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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)


Nomadic culture with festival

Dates:  28/08 – 11/09 2019

Price 1295 euro p.p. if 4 or more participants

Encounter the culture and daily life of the nomads in Kyrgyzstan. Sleep in yurts, the felt houses of the nomadic herdsmen. See felt objects being made. Watch how a yurt frame is made. Take the opportunity to help cook a Kyrgyz meal. Listen to the songs of children and the music of their traditional musical instruments. Discover how kymys, the Kyrgyz national drink, is made from mare’s milk. Meet the eagle man who hunts with a trained eagle.

Pay a visit to the Burana Tower, a remnant of a town on the old Silk Road and to the petroglyphs, stone carvings from the Scythian period, near Cholpon-Ata. In Bishkek experience the Osh Bazaar. See and hear a performance by professional musicians playing folklore music on traditional Kyrgyz instruments.

In Bishkek accommodation is in a small nice hotel and on tour you stay in yurt camps, guesthouse or with a local family.

During the whole journey you are accompanied by an English speaking interpreter.

This tour is for people who are interested in the nomadic way of life and the culture of the Kyrgyz people. We expect you to be a little adventurous, be in average physical condition and happy to forget luxury.


Day 1 Departure from your local airport.

Day 2 Arrival at Manas Airport where you will be met and taken to the Umai Hotel. After some rest and a light lunch, sightseeing Bishkek. Stay in hotel.

Day 3 Drive from Bishkek to Cholpon-Ata on the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. En route visit to Burana Tower, the remnants of the old Silk Road. Just before reaching Cholpon-Ata you will visit the new Nomad museum which gives an impression of the nomadic lifestyle. Stay in hotel.

Day 4 Continue along the north shore of the lake. In Cholpon-Ata it is possible to visit the Archaeological Open-Air Museum and to see the petroglyphs (rock drawings made by the Scythes from the 11th to 3rd centuries BC). Near Üructur there is an open air hot spa where if you want, you can take a bath (swim suit needed) From here continue to Karakol. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 5 If on Sunday, in the morning visit of the animal market. Sightseeing Karakol, you can visit Russian Orthodox Church and Dungan Mosque. The Holy Trinity Cathedral is a fine example of a Russian Orthodox Church, which served as a dance hall under the Soviets, and a school during the Second World War. Next to Kara-Kyz, a yurt camp 20 km south east of Karakol.

Day 6 Day in Kara-Kyz. Hiking up to the mountains with lots of beautiful flowers and/or if you like a longer hike it is possible to reach a small lake. Stay in yurts.

Day 7 Continue to Jeti-Oguz, a lush valley with striking red sandstone rock formations (including the “Seven Bulls” from which the valley takes its name). Hiking in the area. In the afternoon, driving along the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul to Sonun yurt camp located in a semi-desert area at the edge of the lake. On the way, a stop for a short hike in Skaska. (meaning fairy tale) A small valley with weather beaten sandstone cliffs Stay in yurt in Sonun (alt 1600m ).

Day 8 By car to the nearby district town of Bokonbaevo where you will meet a man who hunts with golden You will see his birds and he will tell about his profession and the way he trained his eagles. Then to the yurt camp Temir-Kanat alt 2450 m. Stay in yurt.

Day 9 Day in Temir-Kanat, where you can go horse riding, hiking or maybe learn some Kyrgyz cooking. You can also visit the shepherds living in their yurts in pastures and taste kymyz, fermented mare’s milk, and see how it is made. Stay in yurt.

Day 10 Through the Kongur-Ölung valley, famous for its birds of prey and great variety of wild flowers to the yurt camp at Tuura-Suu (2,200m). On the way, a stop in Kyzyl-Tuu, to see yurt frames being made. Stay in yurt.

Day 11 Day in Tuura-Suu. Hiking, horse riding, listening to the local children sing folksongs and play traditional musical instruments. Stay in yurts.

Day 12 Leave the yurt camp and head to Kochkor. This is the centre of felt making, the women from the surrounding village have started a cooperative shop where they sell their products. It is interesting to visit this shop, named AltynKol (means golden hands) you can visit the bazaar and small museum. Demonstration felt making. Stay in B&B..

Day 13 Head back to Bishkek, if wanted a stop can be made for a hike in Konorchok canyons. Stay in hotel in Bishkek.

Day 14 Day without fixed program, time for shopping, visit Osh bazaar and Museum, lunch not included. Stay in hotel.

Day 15 Transfer to Manas Airport and departure.

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.

If there are less than the required number of participants for any programme (tour) a small additional fee will be payable for the programme to go ahead as planned.


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tour specifics

Date   August 28
September 11
Price € 1.325
Group 4-8






Kyrgyz music and traditional costumes
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