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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

+996 312 460803
+996 772 802805 (English)
+996 555 913245 (German)

Wild Tulip Expedition


Legend has it that a long time ago a Seljuk nomad discovered the tulip whilst he was searching for a lost goat somewhere in Tien-Shan Mountains close to the Chinese border, an area that is now called Kyrgyzstan. From these nomads the tulip reached Turkey. Tulips became highly cultivated flowers, developed for the pleasure of Sultan Suleiman I (1494-1566) and his entourage. Sultans used to wear the flower on their turban and that is the origin of the name tulip. During the second half of the 16th century news of this extraordinary flower reached Europe and bulbs were sent to the Prefect of the Royal Medicinal Gardens in Prague. This event marked the arrival of the tulip in Europe. There are still many different kinds of wild tulips growing in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. In early spring they can be found on the mountain slopes.

In 2015 Ecotour will host its 4rd. annual tour designed specifically to search out this beautiful flower in its original habitat. The nature of the tour means that we will have to travel to, visit and stay in remote areas of the mountains. Accommodation will be in small hotels, guesthouses or with local families. Transportation will be by minibus but hiking will also be part of the programme. Luxury should not be expected. Tourism in Kyrgyzstan is still developing, and in the places we need to visit there are no four star hotels. Usually the food will be cooked according to nomadic traditions, using seasonal vegetables and fruit, and not much meat. On day trips a packed lunch or a picnic will be provided unless otherwise stated. Accommodation in Bishkek is in the small cosy Umai Hotel about a 15 minute walk from the civic centre. Here you will have a room with airco, T.V., free Wifi and private toilet and shower.

On your first full day we will make day trips from Bishkek and return to the Umai Hotel. These day trip comprise hiking in Alamedin gorge south of Bishkek. As most tulips are to be found in the valleys and canyons on the north side of lake Issyk-Kul, we will stay in this area most of the time.

On day three we will drive to Chon-Kemin, a valley close to Lake Issyk-Kul. On the way we will stop at the Burana Tower. This site is all that remains of the ancient City of Balasagun that was built in the 10th. Century. Only the minaret of a mosque has survived. The tower, constructed of honey-colored bricks, is a circular structure on an octagonal base.

Soon after entering the Kemin Valley we can start looking for tulips on the mountain slopes. In the valley we will stay in a B&B in a small village. Here we will also stay the next day.

The trip will continue to Lake Issyk-Kul (1,600m). We will be staying in a pleasant coastline hotel near Cholpon Ata and from here we make daytrips to different valleys. In these valleys not only tulips but a wide variety of spring flowers can be found. The almond trees should be in blossom. On the way back to Bishkek we will visit Kegeti valley and/ or Shamshi valley. On the last day we make a trip to Ala Archa national park, south of Bishkek.

In the web-site of Harry Jans you can read about the tour done in 2012.
Here you can also find a lot of pictures.

An experienced English speaking guide/interpreter and a Kyrgyz botanist will accompany you during the whole of the trip.

The price includes everything mentioned in the programme. Not included: flight, insurances, personal expenses and bottled drinks. For visitors from most countries a visa is no longer required. 


Day 1 Departure.

Day 2 Arrival, after lunch visit Bishkek. Stay in Hotel Umai.

Day 3 Half day trip to study flora in the Alamedin gorge (2300m). In the afternoon visit Ata Beit. Picnic lunch. Stay in Hotel Umai.

Day 4 By car to Chon-Kemin, en route visit the Burana tower.Overnight in B&B.

Day 5 Day in Kemin valley, botanise in the moutains.
Day 6 From Kemin to Cholpon Ata on the north side of lake Issyk-Kul. Stops on the way to botanise. Stay in a hotel in Cholpon Ata.
Day 7 From Cholpon Ata daytrip to botanise in the Grigorievskaya gorge. Packed lunch.

Day 8 From Cholpon Ata daytrip to Semonovka valley to botenise.

Day 9 From Cholpon Atas to Kegeti valley and/or Shamshi valley, then on to Bishkek. Stay in Hotel Umai.

Day 10 Day trip to Ala Archa national park. Stay in Umai.

Day 11 Departure.

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.

If there are less than the required number of participants for any programme (tour) a small additional fee will be payable for the programme to go ahead as planned.


Kyrgyzstan is a land full of beautiful experiences and wonders unique... click the link below

plants in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan has a very rich flora,
here you can find a great variety of plants.
Several specimens can only be found in this country.

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Date   April 25
May 5
Price € 1450
Group 4-8


wild tulips in Kyrgyzstan


Wild tulips in Kyrgyzstan


Wild tulips in Kyrgyzstan


Wild tulips in Kyrgyzstan



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