Cycling and trekking

Cycling and trekking

15 day tour, active and adventurous, since ….

Cycling on own or hired bicycle, trekking and horse-ridding

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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

If you are active and adventurous we can offer you this unforgettable trip. Imagine yourself cycling in the mountains, 3 days hiking in Tong and maybe some horse riding in a yurt camp at 2.450 m above sea level. During your stay you learn about Kyrgyz traditions and legends, and meet many local people. You need to be in good physical condition and have the expertise that is required for the activities you want to include. You can either bring your own bicycle or rent a bicycle in Bishkek.

You should bring a sleeping bag, isolating (air) mattress, warm clothes and raincoat. Our interpreter and local guides will accompany you and are ready to help you if it is needed. Encounter the life and the culture of the nomads of Kyrgyzstan.

In Bishkek you will spend your nights in the Hotel Umai. During the cycling part of the tour you will sleep in B&Bs and yurts, nomadic tents made of felt. During trekking you will sleep in small tents.

See how herdsmen make ‘Kymyz’, the national drink made from mare’s milk. Listen to the children singing their songs and playing their instruments.

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 we will meet you and take you to your hotel. After lunch preparation of bicycles followed by some sightseeing. Accommodation in hotel.
  Day 3By minibus until after the tunnel at the Tor Ashuu Pass – 125 km (the tunnel is at 2.564 m and is 2,5 km long). Then we cycle down to the village of Kyzyl-Oi (1.800 m). 16 km of asphalt until the junction with the road to Osh, and then 45 km of dirt road to the village. Stay with local family.
  Day 4After lunch cycling through the gorge along the Kokomeren River to Chaek, the district town of this area, 35 km of dirt road. Stay in B&B.
  Day 5Today we start by cycling to Kyzart along a very spectacular road. We will enjoy the wonderful mountain landscapes and explore local flora and fauna (47 km). Then we continue to Kochkor in the minibus – if wanted a longer distance may be cycled. Stay in B&B.
  Day 6We will cycle past the Orto-Tokoy Water Reserve down to Lake Issyk-Kul and the village of Kara-Tala. This is where the cycling ends. Continue in the minibus to the yurt camp Sonun close to the shore of the lake. 65 km over flat asphalt road. Stay in yurt camp.
  Day 7By minibus to Tosor Gorge where we begin our 3-day hike. Hike to Kyrchyn Valley. Stay in tent.
  Day 8-9From Kyrchyn we hike to Bel-Tam (stay in tent), and next day to the yurt camp Temir-Kanat (2.450 m). Stay in yurt.
  Day 10Day in the yurt camp Temir-Kanat, hiking or horse riding in the surrounding mountains and getting a closer view of the glaciers. Stay in yurt.
  Day 11Driving to the Boom Gorge where we will hike for a few hours in the Konorchok Canyons. Drive to the Chon Kemin Valley where we stay in a nice B&B.
  Day 12Day in the Kemin Valley. The valley has a rich variety of vegetation and animal life, and we will hike in the surrounding mountains. Stay in B&B.
  Day 13Return to Bishkek, stopping near Tokmok to visit the Burana Tower, an architectural complex that has survived from the 10th century and the times of the Great Silk Road. Arrive in Bishkek in the afternoon. Stay in the Umai Hotel.
  Day 14Day without programme to allow you to go shopping and/or visit some museums and the Osh Bazaar. Lunch not included. Stay in hotel.
  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
May 30June 13
Group
4 and more persons
For four and more persons (Bike rental not included)
Price€ 1.350 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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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.