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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)


Explore the mountains of Kyrgyzstan by mountain bike

A 12, 15, 19 or 22 day tour through uncharted territory for experienced riders

12 days: 02/07 – 13/07 and 09/08 – 20/08 2019. Price: 1095 euro p.p.

15 days: 02/07 – 16/07 2019. Price: 1350 euro p.p.

19 days: 02/07 – 20/07 and 09/08 – 27/08 2019. Price: 1490 euro p.p.

22 day difficult tour: 02/07 – 24/07 2019. Price: 1950 euro p.p.

All prices if 4 or more participants.

Level of difficulty: This tour has been designed for very experienced riders in good physical condition. Mountain passes, bad tracks, off-road, and stiff climbs going over 3,000m characterize this route. Not all slopes are steep but some are very long and on dirt roads. However, it is worth the effort. On your journey you will enjoy remarkable scenery and have the chance to visit the nomads who live in the mountains during summer. The hospitality of the nomads is simply legendary. For the 23 days tour a border permit is required because you cycle along the borders with China and Kazakhstan.

Accommodation: In Bishkek you will spend the night in the Umai hotel (or similar) close to the centre of town. En route you will stay with families in villages or in yurts with the herdsmen. Sometimes you will sleep in tents transported by minibus.

Group: 4 to 8 participants. Distance - 45 to 115km a day, depending on the level of difficulty of the stage. You will be accompanied by an English-speaking interpreter. Your luggage will be transported in a vehicle.

Bicycle: Ideally you should bring your own bicycle and helmet . However bicycle rental is available. Because of the bad condition of the tracks it has to be a solid mountain bike. No other bikes are suitable.

The itinerary of the 12, 15- and 19-days tour can also be done in opposite direction.


Day 1 Departure from your local airport.

Day 2 Arrival at Manas airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Free until lunch then preparing the bicycles followed by a short cycling trip north of Bishkek.

Day 3 By minibus through the tunnel in Too-Ashuu pass (alt. 2.564m) to the Suusamyr valley. After the Tunnel start cycling south along the Kokomerenriver on a tarmac road to the small village Kyzyl-Oi, descending down to 1,750m. Total 60 km. Stay with a local family.

Day 4 Pass through the village of Chaek, at 1,700m and then up in to the mountains. 80km. Accommodation in tents.

Day 5 Over the Kara-Keche pass (3,300m). From here there is good view of Lake Son-Kol. Down to the lake. Accommodation in yurts. Total distance 115 km.

Day 6 Cycling from one side of the lake to the other. Cycling around 50km depending on where the yurts are pitched. Stay in yurts.

Day 7 Cycle up to the Kalmak-Ashuu pass (3,317m), descend into the Tolok Valley (2,400m). Stay with a local family in the nearby village, distance 50km.
Day 8 Rather short distance to cycle today into a beautiful valley - 44km. Overnight in tents (2,900m).

Day 9 Leave the valley and climb to 3,400m. Descend into the Kara-Kudjur Valley. Continue from Sary-Bulak to the village of Kochkor by minibus or continue cycling. 75km or 110km cycling. Stay in B&B.

12 day programme

Day 10 From Kochkor to Kara-Tala, a village on the south shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. After 65km you reach the village. From here it is only a few km cycling to the shore of the lake where you can swim. Stay with local family.

Day 11 From Kara-Tala back to Bishkek. In the afternoon time for shopping, stay in hotel Umai or equivalent.

Day 12 Transfer to the airport and departure.

15, 19 day and 22 day programmes
Day 10 From Kochkor to Kara-Tala, a village on the south shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. After 65km you reach the village. Here you you turn into the mountains and along a small river into the mountains to a yurt camp (2,200 m) using a beautiful, but rather difficult, tarmac road. Total 98 km. Stay in yurts. This yurt camp is only available for Ecotour guests.

Day 11 You cycle over a tarmac, sometimes sandy, rather difficult road through the Kongur-Ölöng Valley to Temir-Kanat yurt camp. Total 60km. Stay in yurts.
Day 12 From Temir-Kanat to Sonun, a yurt camp at the lake located in a dry, semi-dessert area. Here you can swim. Stay in yurt 65 km cycling.

Day 13 Back to the main road and in Bokonbaevo at 1,700m start climbing up to a yurt camp at 2,500 m. Total 32 km. Stay in yurts.

15 day programme
Day 14 Descend to Bokonbaevo and from here by car to Bishkek, in the afternoon some time for shopping. Stay in hotel.

Day 15 Transfer to Manas Airport and departure

19 and 22 day programmes
Day 14 Continue from Boz-Salkin over difficult but beautiful itinerary to the Tosor canyon. Descend though the gorge to the lake (21km). Stay in yurt or B&B in Tosor.

Day 15 Cycle into the Juuku valley with impressive rock formations. Possible to take a bath in a traditional hot spa, tarmac road. Return to main road and then by car to Karakol. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 16 From Karakol to the yurt camp Kara-Kyz (2000m). Stay in yurt.

Day 17 Descent to main road and continue till the turn off to the San-Tash pass. Cross pass and plateau (2200m) and descend into next valley, here turn to the west and after in total 90 km, then continue by car to Cholpon-Ata at Lake Issyk -Kul. Stay in hotel.

Day 18 By car from Cholpon-Ata to Bishkek, visit nomad Museum and Burana tower on the way to Bishkek. Stay in hotel Umai or equivalent.

Day 19 Transfer to Manas Airport and departure.

22 day programme

Day 14 Continue through the valley, altitude between 2100 and 2500m over a deserted, very bad road and reaching the main road after 42 km. Here you turn north to the village Jenish, stay in guesthouse, total 76 km.

Day 15 Cycling into a beautiful gorge with red rock formations to a hot spa, take a bath if wanted, and cycle back to the main road (70 km total) then by car to Karakol. Stay in hotel.

Day 16 Today a rather short itinerary, cycling to the yurt camp Kara-Kyz at 2000m, south east of Karakol. Partly asphalt, partly very difficult stony path. Stay in yurt.

Day 17 By car to the starting pint of this last part of the itinerary. From here there will be a 4x4 car accompany you and you will spend the next 4 nights in tents First day a long climb from 2050 – 3250 total 35 km Stay in tent.

Day 18 Over a steep pas to 3850 m, today pass 2 check points, up and down climbing 1250 m, cycle 72 km in total. Camping at 3000m.

Day 19 First steep climb to 3300m rest of the day descending, beautiful landscape, Here you pass the 3e checkpoint and descent along a river to San Tash, 500m up., 1700 m. descending. Total 85 km. Stay in tent.

Day 20 Cycle down, first to Taldy Suu and from there over a good road to Tup, at the Issyk-Kul lake,from here by car to Cholpon Ata at the north shore. Stay in hotel.

Day 21 Return to Bishkek by car, afternoon some time for shopping. Stay in hotel.

Day 22 Transfer to Manas Airport and departure.

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

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

Kyrgyzstan is a land full of beautiful experiences and wonders unique...
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cycling tour in Kyrgyzstan

If you ride your bike frequently, have a good physical condition
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