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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)

Visit the nomads of Kyrgyzstan by bike in small groups

Price: 1.325 euro p.p. if 4 persons and more, 1850 Euro p.p. for 2 persons

Dates: 13/6 – 1/7; 24/07 – 11/8 and 14/08 – 01/09 2017

This is a 19 days tour on your own or rented bicycle in a country not often visited by western tourists.

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.

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.

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.

Level of difficulty - this is not a real difficult tour. The tour passes through mountainous regions with frequent slopes and every now and then a stiff climb (usually graded as 3rd level). If you cycle frequently, are in good physical condition and are not scared of a short climb, then this trip is perfect for you. With the regular brakes and different activities available on this tour it is well within the scope of an experienced biker.

Accommodation - the tour takes you around the south side of Lake Issyk Kul. You will stay in hotels, guesthouses, with local families and in yurts.

Travelling in a group - A group consists of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 participants. The average cycling distance per day is 60 km, but there is one day of 92km on rather flat terrain. If necessary you can ride along in the car. Your luggage will be transported by minibus, along with the interpreter, and will be within reach during the whole trip.

Rest days - we have planned sufficient days of rest during the trip. During these days you will have the opportunity to explore the countryside or nearby towns and villages, go for a hike or ride a horse.

Bicycle ideally you should bring your own bicycle. However bicycle rental is available. As many of the roads are often in a bad condition we advise you to bring a good mountain bike or a strong trekking bike.

Have a look at the video made by one of our cycling groups about Kyrgyz nature and culture around Issyk-Kol lake.


Day 1 Departure from your local airport.

Day 2 Arrival at Manas Airport and transfer to your hotel. After lunch preparation of bicycles followed by some sightseeing. Stay in hotel.

Day 3 By minibus along the northern shore of Lake Issyk Kul to Karakol on the east side of the lake. Karakol is the biggest town on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. Places of interest that are worth visiting include the Dungan Mosque and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Stay in B&B.

Day 4 Start cycling, head to the yurt camp at Kara Kyz (2,000m), 37 km rather flat asphalt then 9 km climbing up over a rough road from 1,800- 2,000m. Stay in yurt.

Day 5 Cycle back to the main road and then to Karakol National Park. Here you can either cycle or hike and enjoy the beautiful nature. Along the river there is a small path which leads up into the mountains (from 1,740 to 3,000m). Picnic lunch. In the evening back to Karakol. Stay in B&B.

Day 6 If you are in Karakol on a Sunday you can visit of the famous animal market in the morning, then on to Jeti Ogus. 20km asphalt followed by16km of dirt road up to the beautifully situated yurt camp. The area has beautiful red rocks with names like "Broken Heart" and "Seven Oxen" which can be seen. Stay in yurt.

Day 7 Day in Jeti Ogus yurt camp.You can hike down to the waterfall or to the spa in the village (7 km.)

Day 8 To Jenish starting with a 23km descent to the main road and then asphalt road. 60km in total. You are now cycling on the south shore of the lake. Stay in a B&B.

Day 9 To Sonun, a yurt camp in a semi desert area. About 70km over asphalt road, the last 4 km sand path. Here you can swim in the lake. Stay in yurt.

Day 10 To the village of Bokonbaevo, 15km and at an altitude of 1.600m. After 4 km again asphalt road. Stop to meet a man who hunts with a golden eagle and to see his bird(s). From here up into the mountains to the yurt camp at Boz-Salkyn at 2,500m 12 km cycling Not an easy road, it is possible to ride this part in the minibus. Stay in yurt.

Day 11 Cycle back down to Bokonboaevo and then into the mountains to the yurt camp at Temir-Kanat, 20km of mostly asphalt road. From the village of Temir-Kanat to the yurt camp is a short steep climb where you will have to walk up. Stay in yurt.

Day 12 Leisure days in yurt camp, time to relax, hike, ride horses. Stay in yurt.

Day 13 From Temir-Kanat over the Ala-Bash pass to the yurt camp at Tuura-Suu. 75 km very bad dirt road. Stay in yurt. Here also it is possible to ride in the car, if needed.

Day 14 Down to Kara-Talaa, a village by the lake. Cycle through a pleasant canyon but over a bad road, 35km. Stay with a local family.

Day 15 To the small town of Kochkor. Flat road, 72 km of partly bad asphalt. Stay in a B&B.

Day 16 From Kochkor to Boom, 48 km alongside a water reservoir and over a pass at 2.100m, then down. Here the car will be waiting for you, By car to the village Kemin and from here cycling to the ski resort Orlovka After 24 km flat asphalt road you reach the turn of into the mountains. Next 4 km you climb from 950 to 1.400m Stay in lodge.

Day 17 From Orlovka down, next over a secondary road to Tokmok. Near Tokmok you will visit the Burana Tower, a remnant of a town at the Silk road. When you reach the main highway, you continue by car to Bishkek, stay in hotel Umai.

Day 18 Free day for shopping etc. Lunch is not included.

Day 19 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.

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.

Single supplement os 190 Euro.


Kyrgyzstan is a land full of beautiful experiences and wonders unique...
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Kyrgyz nomadic culture

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.

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