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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)

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 Along the north shore of Lake Issyk-Kul (1.600m) to Tamchy Village. On route visit Burana Tower, a remnant of an old Silk Road town. The tower is part of the minaret of the town of Balasagun that was the capital of the Karahanieden in the 11th century. In 1974 the tower was restored and now you can climb up inside the tower and enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Around the tower you find Balbals (gravestones) from between the 6th and 10th centuries. The newly built small museum contains more artifacts collected in this area. Stay in B&B.

Day 4 To Cholpon-Ata to visit the open-air archeological museum of petroglyphs (rock drawings made by the Scythes from the 11th to 3rd centuries BC). Onto Karakol, the biggest town in Issyk-Kul to see the Russian Orthodox Church, the Dungan Mosque and few old Russian ginger-bread styled houses. From here you continue to Kara-Kyz yurt camp alt. 2000 m., 30 km from Karakol. Stay in yurt.

Day 5 Day un Kara-Kyz. Hiking up in the mountains with lots of beautiful flowers and herbs. If you like a long and tough hike, it is possible to reach a small mountain lake. Stay in yurt.

Day 6 To Jeti-Oguz, a lush valley with some striking red sandstone rock formations including the “Seven Bulls” from which the valley takes its name. Hiking in the area. Continue on the southern shore of the lake to Skaska (Russian for "fairy tale") where the coloured rocks are said to resemble fairy-like shapes. In the late afternoon, we reach Sonun yurt camp located in the semi-desert area at the lake (1,600m). Stay in yurt.

Day 7 Into the mountains to the Boz-Salkyn yurt camp set in an alpine meadow (2.500 m). In the afternoon it is possible to hike in the beautiful gorge with its forest and stream. Stay in yurt.

Day 8 From Boz-Salkyn to Temir-Kanat yurt camp at 2,450m. On the way stop at Bokonbaevo village to meet a man who hunts with eagles. Stay in yurts.

Day 9 Day in Temir-Kanat, where you can ride, go hiking and learn some Kyrgyz cooking. Stay in yurt.

Day 10 From Temir-Kanat to the yurt camp at Tuura-Suu (2,200). On the way a stop in Kyzyl-Tuu to see how yurt frames are made. Stay in yurt.

Day 11 Day in Tuura-Suu. Hiking and horse riding. Visit to herdsmen, and tasting kymys (the Kyrgyz national drink made from mare’s milk). The local children sing their folksongs and play traditional musical instruments. Stay in yurt.

Day 12 To Kara-Suu village. Stay in a house of a local family and see them making shyrdaks (traditional felt carpets).

Day 13 In the morning visit Kochkor (Altyn-Kol shop, museum, gallery, bazaar and a saltmine where medical treatment is given) and then drive back to Bishkek. In the afternoon time for shopping, and in the evening a folklore concert.

Day 14 Independence Day. Visit the city centre to the festivities: parade, dances and concert. In July it is a day without set program, time for shopping, visit Osh bazaar. Lunch not included. Stay in hotel. 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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