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We can give our warm recommendations to anyone considering going to Kyrgyzstan in general, and with Ecotour in particular! We spent two weeks in some of Ecotour's yurt camps, and it was a highly memorable experience. Ecotour was very flexible and had arranged a programme that suited our wishes perfectly.

Tom & Karin Airaksinen
Stockholm, Sweden





46-A, Donskoy Pereulok
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic


+996 557 802805 (English)
+996 772 802805 (English)
+996 555 913245 (German)
+996 700 584245 (English)

plants of the Kyrgyz mountains

Date : 24/5 –06/6 2017 Price: 1.350 euro p.p. if 6-8 persons

Kyrgyzstan has a very rich flora. There is a greater variety of plants here than in the whole of Europe. Several specimens are unique to this country. Ecotour has conducted this botanical tour since 2011.

We will make a round trip starting from the north-east of the country and coming back from the north-west. We will visit Lake Issyk-Kul, famed for its beauty and variety of landscapes, the central part of Kyrgyzstan, the Naryn region which claims to be the heart of Tien-Shan Mountains, Lake Song-Kul, the second biggest lake in the country, and will conclude the tour with the Suusamyr Valley. A Kyrgyz botanist will lead the tour accompanied by an interpreter. Up until now very little research has been done on the Kyrgyz flora. Thus, each tour also has something of the spirit of a voyage of discovery.

We pass through different landscapes with a great diversity of plant life and cross 4 passes over 3000 m. and visit the most interesting places of the country. Not only will you discover a great variety of rare plants and animals, but also you will experience the life of the Kyrgyz semi-nomads and stay in different yurt camps, some in remote valleys. A local family will take care of you there.

This programme gives you the opportunity to experience numerous different biotopes (small areas with distinct environmental conditions) and their flora and fauna. Kyrgyzstan is also an incredibly photogenic country, a veritable photographer’s paradise.

In our programme everything is included and taken care of. Along with the botanist we are accompanied by an English-speaking interpreter who will be ready to help us at all times. Accommodation is in guesthouses, yurts and with local families. Transportation is by minibus.

If you are not only interested in plants but also in experiencing different cultures, and if you wish to discover a new, unknown world and are not looking for luxury, then wonderful memories of this trip will stay with you for a long time.


Day 1 Departure from your home airport.

Day 2 Arrival at Manas airport, where you will be met by your guide/interpreter, and transfer to UmaiHotel. After a few hours’sleep and a light lunch drive by car to Ala-Archa National Park with a hike to the Ak-Say waterfall higher up the gorge. This National Park is an alpine park in the Tian-Shan Mountains. It was given National Park status in 1976 and is located approximately 40km south of the city of Bishkek. The park comprises the gorge of the Ala-Archa River and the mountains surrounding it. The park covers about 200 square kilometers and its altitude ranges from about 1,500 meters at the entrance to a maximum of 4,895 meters at Peak Semenov Tian-Shanski, the highest peak in the Kyrgyz Ala-Tau range of the Tian-Shan. The flora in this park is very rich and many species typical of an Alpine habitat can be found. In the evening we return back to Bishkek. Stay in Umai Hotel.

Day 3 Drive from Bishkek to Chon-Kemin, a valley bordering Kazakhstan, at 1800m. In 1997 a national park was established with total area of 5000 ha within the valley. The National Park includes all the forests of the Kemin District. The Park is under the protection of the state as its territory is inhabited with unique species of flora and fauna such as the tolai hare, pheasant as well as fir needle-ephedra. We stop for short hike in the gorge to see Goniolimoncuspidatum, Onobrychisarenaria and Astragaluskronenburgii. In the afternoon we will botanize in the nearby mountains next to the village. Stay in a B&B.

Day 4 Along the northern shore of Lake Issyk – Kul we drive to Kara Kyz yurt camp located in the mountains to the east of Karakol (4-5hrs). On the way we stop near Balykchy town to “botanize” in a semi-desert area where Ephedra Intermedia, Peganumharmala, Cynomoriumsongaricum and other special types of semi-desert plants grow. Stay in the yurts at the edge of the forest.

Day 5 Day in Kara Kyz valley at 2000m, the far east of Lake Issyk –Kul which gets much rain due to the western wind and consequently is known for lush vegetation. We will botanize on the mountain slopes with varied number of herbs and flowers and in the forest. The possibility to see: Oxytropisglobiflora, Scorzoneraturkestanica and Dictamnusangustifolius. Stay in yurts.

Day 6 Travel along the south shore of the lake to the yurt camp at 2,200m. On the way there will be a short hike in Skaska Canyon (Russian for fairy tale with very impressive rocks formations). Hundreds of years of wind, sun and rain have formed the chalk/limestone hills into weird figures in many different colours. With some imagination you can see castles, animals and other figures from fairy tales in these rocks. In Skazka we will see Anabasis Tianschanica, Limomiumkaschgaricum, Perovskiaabrotanoides and other semi desert plants. We continue a remote alpine valley. On the way stop for botanizing in the gorge alongside the river to see some orchids. We spend the night in the yurt camp just outside the village where a local family will take care of us.

Day 7 Continue driving to Naryn Town, the main town on the road to the Chinese border (a branch of the ancient Silk Road). We pass by different landscapes with diverse flora and stop to see plants every now and then. The altitude ranges from 1700 up to 3010 at Dolon Pass. In Naryn we stay in a guesthouse.

Day 8 Day trip to National Park Salkyn-Tor, occupying the area of 10448 hectares. Hike in the territory of the National Park with many plants, birds, insects and animals that are listed in Red Book of Kyrgyzstan. In the evening back to the guesthouse in Naryn.

Day 9 After breakfast heading to the South shore of Lake Son-Kul over Moldo-Ashuu Pass (3201m) .The slopes of Moldo-Ashuu overgrown with coniferous tree is rich in flora. Son-Kul Lake is the second biggest lake in Kyrgyzstan located at the altitude of 3,100m (warm clothes are absolutely necessary). Here we find the flora of the high mountains and edelweiss grows abundantly. Stay in a yurt.

Day 10 Day in Son-Kul to hike and “botanize” in the mountains and around the alpine lake. Here we have the possibility to see Ligularia Alpigena, GentianaKarelini, Taphrospermumaltaicum. Stayin a yurt.

Day 11 We leave Son-Kul over the Kara-Keche Pass, and then through a small mining village descend into the valley of the Kökömeren River. We spend the night in the village of Kyzyl-Oy. This is an area with unusually coloured hills, completely different from the green valley that we will go through tomorrow. Stay in a B&B.

Day 12 From Kyzyl-Oy the first 20 kilometres are through a stunning gorge continuing upstream along the Kokomeren River until the mountains open up and bring us to Suusamyr Valley. From here we ascend around many curves from 2,000m to the Tor-Ashuu tunnel at 3,100m. After the tunnel it is another 150 km to Bishkek where we will arrive in the afternoon. Stay in the Umai Hotel.

Day 13 Day trip to the Alamedin Valley located 30 km south of Bishkek. Hike in the picturesque valley with juniper, birch groves and with numerous bushes of black currant, barberry, rose hips and sea buckthorn. Here we can see Salvia Sclarea, Eremurustianschanicus and Astragalusschanginianus. Picnic lunch. In the evening back to the Umai hotel in Bishkek.

Day 14 Departure.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it might be necessary to make small changes in the programme. We ask for your understanding.

The price includes, from arrival at until departure from Manas Airport, everything (transport, guide/interpreter, dinner, bed and breakfast) except flight, visa (if required), insurance, alcoholic and bottled beverages and optional extras such as saunas and horse riding.

Temperatures in the mountains can be quite low at the start and end of season so some warm clothes may be required. A raincoat/cape and hiking shoes/boots are strongly recommended.

For bookings of 4, or more persons we offer a 5% discount.        

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