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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



address:
46-A, Donskoy Pereulok
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic

phones:

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

E-mail: info@ecotour.kg
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Spiritual Kyrgyzstan - 2 week tour

Dates: 12/8 – 26/8 2019

Price: 1,395-euro p.p. if 4 or more participants

Kyrgyzstan has a long tradition of Shamanism. Before Islam came to the country this was the main spiritual belief and never disappeared completely. Since the country became independent there has been a revival of the interest in- and practice of- Shamanism. For guests, interested in Shamanism this tour offers the opportunity to get acquainted with the different forms still present in Kyrgyzstan.

There is also time to enjoy the beauty of the countryside, meet the herdsmen who live in yurts during summer months and get acquainted with the nomadic culture and different forms of art. Transportation will be by own minibus and an interpreter will come along to help in the communication with the local people. You will stay in nice hotels and B&B’ s but also with local families where the sanitary facilities are rather basic.

Programme Day by Day

Day 1 Departure from local airport.

Day 2 Arrival at Manas airport where you will be met by your guide/interpreter and transferred to the Umai Hotel or equivalent. After a rest and lunch some sightseeing around Bishkek. Accommodation in the hotel.

Day 3 In the morning yoga and meditation and after lunch drive to Tashtar-Ata, the Mountain of Salvation (18km south of Bishkek). Also, a visit the Central Mosque and newly renovated historical museum to get acquainted with the Kyrgyz nomadic history. Stay in Umai hotel or equivalent.

Day 4 Drive from Bishkek to Balykchy, a town at the west side of Lake Issyk-Kul. Here you will visit a shaman. Stay with a local family.

Day 5 Along the lake to Cholpon Ata, a lively bathing resort with an archaeological Open-Air Museum where you can see the petroglyphs, also visit in Chon Sary -Oi the new Nomadic Museum. Stay in nice hotel.

Day 6 Along the northern shore of Issyk-Kul first to a hot Spa, where you can take a bath and then to Karakol town, the east end of the lake. In Karakol, you can visit the regional museum. Stay in a hotel.

Day 7 If it is Sunday visit the animal market and do some sightseeing. You continue to the yurt camp Manjyly. Stop in Jeti Ogus, Next stop is Skazka (means fairy-tale). Manjyly yurt camp is located in a dry, semi dessert area not far from the lake, possibility to swim.

Day 8 Today a visit of Manjyly-Ata, a sacred place for the Kyrgyz, and then to Temir-Kanat. This yurt camp is located on a plateau above the village (2,450 m.) Stay in a yurt.
 
Day 9 Day in the yurt camp Temir-Kanat. Hike in the surrounding mountains or go for a ride on horseback. Stay in yurt.

Day 10 Continue west, stop in Toguz Bulak to meet another Shaman. Have lunch with a local family and continue to the village Kara-Tala where you will spend the night with a family living in the village.

Day 11 Drive to Kochkor, the centre of felt-making. Visit Kochkor Ata, another sacred place of the Kyrgyz and the bazaar, drive to the Chong-Tuz salt mine. In the evening back to Kochkor and stay in a B&B.

Day 12 Along Orto-Tokoy Reservoir to the main road to Bishkek. En route stop at the Burana Tower and museum. Arrive in Bishkek in the afternoon. Stay in hotel Umai.

Day 13 In the morning yoga and meditation and in the afternoon to Ala-Archa National Park. Hiking along the trail to Ala-Archa river. The flora in this park is very rich and many species typical for this habitat can be found here. Picnic lunch. Stay in the Umai Hotel or equivalent.

Day 14 Day in Bishkek visiting Historical Museum and/or shopping and sightseeing. Farewell supper, stay in hotel.

Day 15 Transfer to the airport and departure.

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

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

 

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In the price, everything is included as described in the program:
• Transportation by own minibus
• Transfers from and to the airport
• All meals
• Stay in hotel, yurt, guesthouse and B&B
• Horses to ride in Temir-Kanat
• Programme as described
• Road taxes
• English or German speaking guide/interpreter

In the price is not included:
• Flight
• Insurances
• Personal expenses
• Tips
• Alcoholic and other bottled beverages
• Activities not mentioned in the program
• Entrée to museums

 

 

 

 

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