Cultural spring

Cultural spring

10 days tour, in small groups, since 2003

Meet the nomads and their culture. Sleep in yurts, the nomadic tents made of felt.
Listen to children sing their folksongs and play the traditional instruments of the Kyrgyz.
Watch kymyz (fermented mare’s milk) being made

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During your bike tour there will be plenty of time to enjoy the local nature

In the yurt camp on the shore of lake Issyk Kul you can go for a swim in the clear blue water.
In the mountains you can go for a hike, ride a horse or pay a visit to the nomadic families who live in the mountain pastures during the summer.

About tour

In spring and in the autumn, we organize cultural tours of 10 days or 14 days. In spring you can enjoy the flowering trees around lake Issyk-Kul and the alpine meadows are covered with wild flowers. In fall the colour of trees and bushes change to bright red and golden yellow.

Enjoy a two-week trip around Lake Issyk-Kol, the large mountain lake at the east of Kyrgyzstan. Your tour around the lake is by minibus. Lake Issyk-Kol and its impressive scenery will give you the opportunity to hike and swim. Spend a night in a yurt, visit Kochkor and Bokonbaevo. Both small villages are well known for their handicrafts and felt making, in Karakol you can admire the Russian-Orthodox wooden church as well as the Dungan mosque originally built as a Lama Temple.

You will visit the Burana Tower, a remnant of a city on the old Silk Road. On the north shore of the lake you will find the archaeological open-air museum with the petroglyphs, stone carvings of the Scythes, who lived in the region between the 10th and 1st century BC.

You will visit the Burana Tower, a remnant of a city on the old Silk Road. On the north shore of the lake you will find the archaeological open-air museum with the petroglyphs, stone carvings of the Scythes, who lived in the region between the 10th and 1st century BC.

During entire tour you will be accompanied by an English-speaking interpreter.

Day By Day Programme

Here you can find a detailed description of the tour with routes and locations

  Day 1Departure from your local airport.
  Day 2Arrival in Bishkek. After lunch sightseeing in Bishkek Stay in the hotel Umai.
  Day 3Visit Alamedin Gorge, one of the favorite places of citizens of Bishkek located outside the city. It is situated at the distance of 30 km from Bishkek. Another name of the gorge is “Warm Springs”, as it has hot springs of mineral water so beneficial for health. Stay in hotel Umai.
  Day 4To Cholpon Ata, a nice resort on the north side of lake Issyk-Kul, the pearl of Central Asia and the most beautiful and popular lake in the country. Before reaching Cholpon Ata you can visit the new Nomad Museum. Stay in hotel.
  Day 5After a visit of the open-air museum of petroglyphes in Cholpon-Ata you stop at a small village where you can take a bath in an open-air spa with mineral warm water. In the afternoon you reach Karakol. Stay in hotel.
  Day 6In the morning sightseeing in. In the afternoon to Jeti Ogus one of the most beautiful gorges in Kyrgyzstan. Along the south side of the lake to the village Jenish. Stay in a guesthouse close to the edge of the lake.
  Day 7Tour to beautiful, isolated valley, also with coloured rock formations and a traditional hot spa where you can take bath, hike in the surrounding and enjoy the beauty of nature. Next stop at Skaska (Russian for fairy tale). You will spend the night in the yurt camp located in a semi-dessert area close to the border of the lake.
  Day 8To Bokonbaevo, where you will meet a man who hunts with golden eagles. Next along the lake to Kochkor. Kochkor is the centre of felt making. It is interesting to visit the s shop, named Altyn Kol (means golden hands) and bazaar. Stay in B&B.
  Day 9If a Saturday, visit the Kochkor animal Market. Then return to Bishkek by car. Near Tokmok stop to visit the Burana tower. In the afternoon some time for shopping and/or visit the Osh bazaar. Stay in hotel Umai.
  Day 10Transfer 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.

Tour specifics

Our tours can be organized for individual travelers or groups of up to 10 people (and sometimes more) and for families with (young) children. For the majority of our tours you can specify the start date and length of the tour.

Date
April 19April 28
Group
4 and more persons
For four and more persons
Price€ 790 p.p. 

For bookings of 4, or more, persons we offer a 5% discount. In case there are less participants than required, if you pay an additional fee, the trip will go on as planned.

Terms of payment

•  Transportation by own minibus
•  All meals
•  Stay in hotel, guesthouse, yurt, tent
•  Programme as described
•  English speaking guide/ interpreter
•  Camping equipment except sleeping bag and Iso-mattress
•  Porters to carry luggage (max 12 kg pp.)
•  Cook
•  Trekking guide
•  Road taxes

•  Flight
•  Insurances
•  Personal expenses
•  Entrance fees
•  Tips
•  Alcoholic and other bottled beverages
•  Activities not mentioned in the programme

If you have to cancel a tour you already booked, we have to charge you cancellation fee.
If Ecotour cancels the tour, of course you will get back the full amount you paid.
If you cancel your trip, depending on the time your message reaches us, you owe Ecotour the following amount:

till 42 days before departureone pays the deposit
day 42- till day 2835 %
day 28- till day 2140 %
day 21- till day 1450 %
day 14- till day 575 %
day 5 – till day 290 %
on the last day before and the day of departure100%

A trip with Ecotour means an unusual and unforgettable vacation.
Our trips are suitable for those who do not insist on luxury, love the mountains,
appreciate the silence and do not want to travel in large groups.

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Mountain passes, bad tracks, off-road, and firm climbs over 3000 m characterize this route.
Not all slopes are steep, but some are very long and on dirt roads.
But it is worth the effort.