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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


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Active cultural tour

This spring tour is suitable for those who want to combine an adventurous tour with a little more comfort. You will stay mainly in guesthouses and small hotels except for one night in yurts and two nights with a local family. 

You make a trip around Lake Issyk-Kul, a beautiful lake in the eastern part of Kyrgyzstan at an altitude of 1,600m. On the north shore you will visit an open air museum with petroglyphs, rock drawings from the 11 -3th century B.C. In Karakol, the largest town on Lake Issyk–Kul you will spend two nights. Here you can visit the Russian Orthodox cathedral and a mosque built in the shape of a lama temple. There is a day trip to the flower valley JetiÖgus. At this time of the year all the spring flowers are blooming in the Alpine meadows. It is also possible to visit a spa built during Soviet time and still in operation. Here you can take a bath or get a massage. Do not expect anything luxurious it is still functioning as it did in Soviet times! Along the south shore you continue to Kochkor, a centre for felt. On the way you will visit a village famous for yurt production. Here the making of a yurt will be explained and you will see the craftsmen at work. In Kochkor you can visit several workshops where handmade felt articles from the region are made and sold.

You will be in Bishkek during the festivities for Victory Day. This is a day in remembrance of the end of the second World War. Each year there is a big celebration with music, dance, singing and a parade. In theatres and the opera special performances are given in honour of the veterans. You will, of course, have the opportunity to attend these festivities.

During the excursion to the Alamedin gorge, about 30km west of Bishkek, you can visit the hot spa and take a bath if you want. An interpreter will be available during the whole tour. The maximum number of participants is 8. Transportation is by minibus. In Bishkek you will stay in the Hotel Umai, a 15 min walk from the city centre.

Everything is included in the price, except flight, insurances, personal expenses, tips and bottled drinks.


Day 1 Departure from your local airport.

Day 2

Arrival at Manas Airport and transfer to your hotel in Bishkek. After lunch, we will go sightseeing around Bishkek with a guide/interpreter. Bishkek is a rather new town built mostly in the Soviet style with wide boulevards, many parks and numerous terraces. You can visit the Old Square from where you can walk through the oldest park in Bishkek, Oak Park, and onto the main square, Ala-Too. Passing by the National Opera and Ballet Theatre, you will get to Victory Square, built for the 40th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War (Second World War). Stay in hotel.

Day 3 Today is Liberation Day, the day in memory of the end of the “Great Patriotic War”. There is a parade, music and dancing in the centre of town. Veterans are paid respect with flowers and a meal. Stay in hotel.

Day 4 By minibus to Kochkor 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, 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. Kochkor is famous for felt-making. In the afternoon visit Altyn-Kol felt shop, museum and bazaar. Stay in B&B.

Day 5 Drive to a small mountain village,Tuura-Suu, at 2,200m. You can walk the last part of a pleasant gorge leading to the village. In the afternoon walk around the village to get acquainted with the rural life. Homestay.

Day 6 Day in Tuura-Suu. Hiking and/or horse-riding. On horse we can reach a small mountain lake, which is a grazing place of yaks in the spring and late autumn. In the evening back to the village. Homestay.

Day 7 Along the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul and down to the Sonun yurt camp at 1,650m. On the way stop at Kyzyl-Tuu Village to see how yurt frames and decorations are made. Stay in yurt.

Day 8 By minibus to Karakol at the east end of the lake and the biggest city of the region. Short hike in Skazka (fairytale in Russian), a hidden valley of startling vivid rock formations. 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. In the afternoon strolling around the city to see the Russian gingerbread styled houses, visiting the Dungan Mosque (1910) and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral (1898) built of wood. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 9 Early in the morning visit the Sunday animal market in Karakol. Next 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. In the evening back to Karakol. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 10 Continue along the north shore of the lake to Tamchy Village. Hike in the Grigorievka Gorge where the slopes are covered with spruce forest and with a nice fast flowing river. Next onto Cholpon-Ata 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). Stay in B&B.

Day 11 By car to Boom Gorge. Here you turn into the Konorchok canyons for a hike of 4-5 hours. The weather-beaten rocks are shaped and carved by time, wind and water, with the use of some imagination they may turn into people, animals or castles of bizarre shapes and forms. Then onto Orlovka ski resort. Stay in a lodge.

Day 12 Drive back to Bishkek. In the afternoon you can visit the Osh Bazaar for shopping. Stay in hotel.

Day 13 Day trip to Alamedin Valley, 35km south of Bishkek, located in the Kyrgyz Ala-Too range. At the entrance of the valley, there is a Soviet spa with naturally, radon, heated water. If you like, you can take a bath and have good massage on the way back. About 4 hours of hike in a beautiful alpine valley covered with glades with berries, mushrooms, juniper and birch forests and views of glaciers and the Usechenko peak (4,650m). In the evening back to Bishkek. Stay in hotel.
Day 14 Transfer to the airport and departure.


Due to unforeseen circumstances, it might be necessary to make small changes in the program. We ask for your understanding.

In the case that there are less than 4 participants for this tour, you will be requested to pay an additional fee to make this tour individually or with a small group.

If you book with 4 persons or more, we offer 5% discount.


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Kyrgyz nomadic culture

This journey suits 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, to have an average physical condition
and not necessarily to demand luxury.

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Date   May 7
May 20
Price € 1195
Group min 4







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