Active family tour

Active family tour

15-day tour, since 2015

This tour is suitable for families with children between 6 and 14 years old

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Active and adventurous, and an experience your children will never forget

Living in yurts, swimming in mountain lakes. Riding horses, hiking in magical canyons … and limited internet.  A unique experience for the whole family.

About tour

An active and adventurous tour with a varied programme. Kyrgyzstan is a very special, and still relatively unknown, destination for a family holiday. Ecotour has put together a special programme for families with children. It is an active programme with much happening – hiking in the high mountains, horse riding (or learning how to ride on the small Kyrgyz horses) and swimming in Lake Issyk-Kul. At the different yurt camps where you will be staying there will be local children who will love to play with your children or take them off for a hike.

In Bishkek you will stay in a small comfortable hotel not far from the centre of town, and in the mountains a few times in a nice B&Bs, in a boz-ui (yurts) the felt house of the nomads or nice hotel. Local families who live in the yurt camp will take care of you and your children. Transportation will be by minibus and an English or German speaking guide/interpreter will accompany you during the whole tour.

If you have children who love adventure, if you are interested in learning about and experiencing other cultures, if like to be active and are in reasonable physical condition, if you do not need luxury, then this is just the holiday for you and your family in a wonderful destination. It will depend on the age and interest of your children if you want to include all options mentioned in the programme.

This price includes everything except flights, insurance, personal expenses, entrance fees and bottled beverages.

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 at Manas Airport where you will be met and taken to your hotel in Bishkek. After a rest and a light lunch some sightseeing around Bishkek. Bishkek is a relatively new city built mostly in the Soviet style with wide boulevards, many parks and numerous terraces. We will visit the Old Square from where we can walk through the oldest park in Bishkek, Oak Park, to the main square, Ala-Too. Passing by the National Opera and Ballet Theatre we will get to Victory Square, built for the 40th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War (Second World War). We will also visit the Panfilov amusement park for children. Stay in hotel.
  Day 3By minibus to the Chon Kemin Valley. This long valley stretches across altitudes of 1.400 m and 2.800 m, and reaches over 80 km deep into the mountains, parallel to the Kazakh border. It has verdant pastures, woodland (of Tien Shan Firs), several mountain lakes and spectacular views of the mountains. Here we will stay in a nice guesthouse at the edge of a village. From here we hike into the mountains. It is possible to rent horses here (cost not included). Stay in Guesthouse.
  Day 4It is a short drive to the Boom Valley where we will hike for a couple hours in the Konorchok Canyons. The weather-beaten rocks have been shaped and carved by time, wind and water and, with the use of some imagination, they may turn into people, animals or castles of bizarre shapes and forms. From here we continue to the yurt camp Temir-Kanat on the south side of Lake Issyk-Kul. The yurt camp is located on a plateau above the village (2.450 m). The last 100 m up we will have to walk or go on horseback as vehicles cannot easily reach the yurt camp. From here you have a beautiful view of the lake and, on the far side of the lake, the mountains beyond that border Kazakhstan. Stay in yurt.
  Day 5-6Two days in the yurt camp where you can hike and/or go for a horse ride (included in cost). There are many (young) animals and often children from the village come to play with your children. We can taste the traditional drink, kymyz, made of fermented mare’s milk and cook a traditional meal with the family in the yurt camp. Watch some local games played on horseback. Stay in yurt.
  Day 7Down to Manjyly yurt camp on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. Here we will see all types of landscape: semi-desert, forest and mountains with beautiful glaciers in the distance, and across the lake to the mountain ranges on the other shore. In the afternoon we can go swimming in the lake or hike in the badlands. Stay in yurt.
  Day 8Day in Manjyly yurt camp. Hike in the badlands or go swimming in the lake. It is also possible to visit Manjyly Ata, a nearby sacred place of the Kyrgyz. The mazar is a complex of sacred places, hidden amongst the gentle clay hills, there are holy trees, 7 healing springs, old graves and a dilapidated mosque. Stay in yurt.
  Day 9We leave Manjyly after breakfast and visit Fairy Tale Valley. The sandstone cliffs of this miniature canyon have been weather-sculptured into an ensemble of fairy-castles, pillars and human forms and faces, ranging in color from deep red to bright orange and yellow. Then onto the Juuku Valley, a hidden valley with beautiful red rocks, where there is a hot spa and we can take a bath. We continue to Karakol, the largest town in this part of the country where we arrive in the late afternoon. Stay in hotel.
  Day 10If this is Sunday then an early morning visit the famous animal market. Farmers from all the surrounding villages come here to buy and sell their horses, sheep, cows etc. Optional sightseeing Karakol. Next to the yurt camp at Kara-Kyz at 2.000 m, east of Karakol. The yurt camp is located at the edge of the forest and by a small stream. Stay in yurt.
  Day 11Day in Kara-Kyz. Hike up to the mountains with lots of beautiful flowers. Possible to reach the Balbals, gravestones from the 6-10th centuries. A longer hike is possible to reach a small lake. Stay in yurt.
  Day 12Along the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul to Cholpon-Ata, a nice bathing resort with a sandy beach. Also a hike in the Kyrchyn Valley is interesting. This valley is the home of the World Nomad Games and has been a gathering point for the Kyrgyz tribes through the centuries. Stay in hotel in Cholpon-Ata.
  Day 13Day in Cholpon-Ata, go to the beach and/or visit the archeological open-air museum to see petroglyphs and small local museum. Stay in hotel.
  Day 14From Cholpon-Ata back to Bishkek. We will stop to visit the Burana Tower, a remnant of an old Silk Road Town. The tower is part of the minaret of the town of Balasagun, capital of the Karahanids in the 11th century. In 1974 the tower was partly restored and now we can climb up inside the tower and enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Around the tower we find Balbals (gravestones) from between the 6th and 10th centuries. The newly built small museum contains more artifacts collected in this area. Stay in Bishkek at the Umai hotel or equivalent.
  Day 15Transfer 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
On requestOn request
Group: one adult + two children
Price for Adult€ 1.395 p.p.
Price for Child€ 995 p.p.
Total Price€ 3.385
Group: two adults + child
Price for Adult€ 1.290 p.p. 
Price for Child€ 990 p.p.
Total Price€ 3.570
Group: two adults + two children
Price for Adult€ 1.190 p.p.
Price for Child€ 950 p.p.
Total Price€ 4.280
Group: two adults + three children
Price for Adult€ 1.090 p.p.
Price for Child€ 840 p.p.
Total Price€ 4.700

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

Your booking will be confirmed upon receipt of a deposit of euros 250 per person.  The outstanding balance must be paid either 8 weeks before departure or in cash upon arrival.  We do not accept debit or credit cards.

•  Transportation by minibus
•  Transfer from and to the airport
•  All meals, breakfast, lunch and supper
•  Stay in hotel, B&B, guesthouse, yurt and homestay
•  Programme as described
•  English/German (as required) speaking guide/interpreter

•  Flight
•  Insurances
•  Personal expenses
•  Entrance charges if applicable
•  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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Kyrgyzstan is a land full of beautiful experiences and wonders unique…
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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.