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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)


From west to east in 19 days

Date: 1/08 – 19/08 2019 Price: 1525 euro p.p. if 4 or more participants

An expedition for the experienced and adventurous cyclists

Level of difficulty: This tour of nearly 700 km cycling has been created for experienced riders in good physical condition. The route takes in 3 passes (3,320 m, 2,664 m and 2,200m ), cycling over deserted roads, some asphalt, some dirt. Not all slopes are steep, but some are very long. However it is worth the effort. Along the way you will enjoy striking scenery and have the chance to visit nomads who live in the mountains during summer. The hospitality of the nomads is simply legendary. The route starts in Talas, the capital of the most western province of Kyrgyzstan and ends in Bokonbaevo on the southside of Lake Issyk-Kul. You will cross a large part of the country encountering a diversity of landscapes.

Accommodation: In Bishkek you will stay in a small, pleasant hotel close to the centre of the city. En route you will stay in hotels, B&Bs in villages, in tents (transported by minibus), or in yurts.

Group: 4 - 6 participants.

Distance: 36-100 km a day, depending on the level of difficulty of the route. You will be accompanied by an English-speaking interpreter. Your luggage is transported by minibus.

Bicycle: You may bring your own bicycle or rent a bicycle in Bishkek. Due to the bad condition of some of the tracks, your bicycle must be a solid mountain or tracking bike with wide tires and good springs. No other bikes are suitable.


Day 1 Departure from your local airport.

Day 2 Arrival at Manas Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After lunch preparation of bicycles followed by some sightseeing. Stay in hotel.

Day 3 By minibus through the tunnel (2,565m) at the Too-Ashuu Pass to Talas, the starting point of the tour. (300 km). In the afternoon cycle to the Manas Mausoleum (2 x 15km). Altitude 1,250m. Stay in B&B.

Day 4 From Talas first to Aras and then continue over a tarmac road to TaldyBulak. Total 75 km. stay in tents.

Day 5 Over the Ötmok Pass (asphalt)at 3,200 m into the Suusamyr Valley. Stay in tents. About 80 km depending on the place the tents will be put up.

Day 6 Cycle south along Kokomeren river on a bad tarmac road to the small village of Kyzyl-Oi descending down to 1,750m. Total 60 km. Stay in B&B.

Day 7 First to the small town of Chaek. After 15 km you start climbing the Kara-Keche pass (3484m). About 65 km after the turn off the tents will be put up to spend the night.
Day 8 Continue the bad road along the mining village of Kara-Kache. 25 km after the village you reach the junction to Son-Kul lake. Cycle along the south side to the yurt camp where you will spend the night (75-85 km).

Day 9 Cycle around the shore of the lake to the north-east side. Here again you will spend the night in a yurt.

Day 10 Through a series of many switchbacks you descend the KalmakAshuu pass (3,340 m) to the village of Tolok at 2,480m. You will stay with a local family in the village.

Day 11
From Tolok first to the main road (8 km) then over an asphalt road to Kochkor, a centre of felt making. Total 50 km. Stay in B&B.

Day 12 Along the Orto-Tokoy reserve to the south side of lake Issyk-Kul, After 61 km you reach the village of Kara-Tala (alt 1,700m) From here it is 35 km into the mountains to reach the yurt camp at Tuura-Suu at 2,200 m. Stay in yurt.

Day 13 Along a partly very bad road, over the Ala-Bash Pass (2,360m) to the yurt camp at Temir-Kanat (2,450m). The last kilometre is a steep climb. Total 70km. Stay in yurts.

Day 14 Cycle down to Bokonbaevo (1,700m) where you will meet a man who hunts with golden eagles and other birds of prey. Then up into the mountains again. After 12km you reach the yurt camp Boz-Salkyn at 2,400m. Stay in yurt. Total 54km.

Day 15 Continue through the valley, altitude between 2,100 and 2,500m over a deserted, very bad road and reaching the main road after 42km. Here you turn north to the village of Jenish. Stay in guesthouse. Total 76 km.

Day 16 Cycling into a beautiful gorge with red rock formations to a hot spa, take a bath if wanted (entrance fee not included), and cycle back to the main road (70km total). Then by minibus to Karakol. Stay in hotel.

Day 17
Cycle through Karakol to Tup, a village on the east side of the Lake, and from there by minibus to Cholpon-Ata, a friendly lake-side resort. Here you can go for a swim if wanted. Stay in hotel.

Day 18 By minibus back to Bishkek. In Cholpon-Sary-Oi you can visit the new Nomad Museum. In the afternoon Bishkek for some shopping. Stay in hotel.

Day 19 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.

The price includes, from arrival at until departure from Manas Airport, everything except flight, visa (if required), insurance, alcoholic and bottled beverages.

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
and are not scared of a short climb,
then this trip suits you perfectly.

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Date   August 1
August 19
Price (p.p.) € 1.525
Group 4 - 8











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