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

Dates: 01/06 – 17/6 and 23/7 – 06/08 2019

This is a 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 really 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 breaks 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 minibus. 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 where you will be met and transfered to your hotel. After lunch preparation of bicycles followed by some sightseeing in Bishkek. Stay in hotel.

Day 3 By minibus to the east side of lake Issyk-Kul. Here you start cycling over a secondary road to a small village where you will stay with a local family (375km by car, 20km cycling).

Day 4 Continue though the valley and after 37km you start climbing from 1,950m to the San-Tash Pass at 2,150m, followed by a rather steep descent. If you prefer you can do this by minibus. By car to the yurt camp Kara-Kyz (alt 2,000m). Total 52km cycling and 40km by minibus. Stay in yurt.

Day 5 From Kara-Kyz to Karakol, a short distance so you have time for sightseeing in Karakol. Places of interest that are worth visiting include the Dungan Mosque and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. In the afternoon visit 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). Stay in hotel.

Day 6 If you are in Karakol on a Sunday you can visit the famous animal market in the morning, then on to Jenish. Stay in a guesthouse close to the beach. Total 59km.

Day 7 Day trip: Discover the valleys around Jenish, total 62km, of which 28km asphalt. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 8 To Sonun, a yurt camp in a semi desert area. About 70km over asphalt road, the last 4km sand path. Here you can swim in the lake. Stay in yurt.

Day 9 To the village of Bokonbaevo, 15km and at an altitude of 1.600m. After 4km 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 12km cycling. Not an easy road, it is possible to ride this part in the minibus. Stay in yurt.

Day 10 Cycle back down to Bokonbaevo 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 11 Leisure day in yurt camp, time to relax, hike, ride horses. Stay in yurt.

Day 12 From Temir-Kanat over the Ala-Bash pass to the yurt camp at Tuura-Suu. 62km very bad dirt road. Stay in yurt. Here also it is possible to ride in the car if needed.

Day 13 Day in the yurt camp Tuura-Suu. You can visit the village, go hiking, horse-riding or cycling in the mountains. Stay in yurt.

Day 14 Cycle down to Kara-Talaa, a village by the lake. Cycle through a pleasant canyon but over a bad road, 35km. Then over an asphalt road to Kochkor (alt 1,800m), regarded as being a centre of felt making. Total 97km. Stay in B&B.

Day 15 From Kochkor to Boom, 48km alongside a water reservoir and over a pass at 2.100m, then down. Here the minibus will be waiting for you. 48km asphalt road. By minibus to Bishkek. Stay in hotel Umai or equivalent.

Day 16 Free day for shopping, visit Osh bazaar etc. Lunch is not included. A cycling tour in Bishkek will also be possible. Stay in hotel.

Day 17 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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