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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)


Wild Tulip Expedition


Dates: 14.04 – 28/04 2019

Price 1,295 euro p.p. with local botanist, 1,095 euro p.p. without local botanist if 6-8 or more participants

Legend has it that a long time ago a Seljuk nomad discovered the tulip whilst he was searching for a lost goat somewhere in the Tien-Shan Mountains close to the Chinese border in an area that is now known as Kyrgyzstan. And still today there are many different kinds of wild tulips growing in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. In early spring they can be found on several mountain slopes.

In 2019 Ecotour will host its 8th TULIP EXPEDITION designed specifically to search out this beautiful flower in its original habitat, Transportation will be by minibus but hiking will also be part of the programme. Luxury should not be expected.

Accommodation in Bishkek is in the small cozy Umai Hotel about a 15-minute walk from the civic center. Here you will have a room with a/c, satellite T.V., free WIFI, private toilet and shower.

On your first days in Bishkek we will visit some area’s near Bishkek and the Alamedin Gorge which include some hiking. Next, we will drive to a valley close to Lake Issyk-Kul. In the valley we will stay 2 nights in a B&B in a small village.

The trip will continue to Lake Issyk-Kul (1,600m) From a guesthouse we make day trips into 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. We continue to Karakol, where you can visit the town and hike in the National Park, and return along the south side of the lake and over the Kyzart Pass to Kyzyl-Oi in the Suusamyr Valley. The next day is a long drive with some stops on the way, to Talas the far west part of the country.

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

More detailed description on request


Day 1 Departure from local airport.

Day 2 Arrival at Manas Airport where you will be met and taken to the Umai Hotel. After a light lunch we will do some sightseeing in Bishkek. Stay in the Umai Hotel.

Day 3 Day trip to Alamedin Gorge. A narrow gorge to the south of Bishkek and hopefully you first opportunity to discover a tulip. Stay in the Umai Hotel.

Day 4 Today a trip in the Bishkek area to the Ata Beit memorial complex and the Chunkurchak Valley, botanize around there. We should see the endemic tulips of Kyrgyzstan: T.Zenaedae and T. Dasystemon. Stay in the Umai Hotel.

Day 5 By minibus to the Chon-Kemin Valley, a National Park along the border with Kazakhstan. En route we will visit the Burana Tower. Overnight in B&B.
Day 6 Day in the Chon-Kemin Valley to botanize in the mountains to see T. Heterophylla and other specific spring flowers. Overnight in B&B.
Day 7 From Kemin to Semyonovka on the north side of Lake Issyk-Kul. There will be stops on the way, including a semi-desert where we can botanize. Stay with a local family.

Day 8 Next day to Karakol, hike in Karakol National Park, stay in hotel in Karakol.

Day 9 Along the south shore to Kochkor. Visit valley with hot spa and meet a man who hunts with golden eagles and other birds of prey. Stay in B&B in Kochkor.

Day 10 From Kochkor to Kyzyl-Oi in the Suusamyr Valley. Stops on the way for botanizing. Stay in B&B.

Day 11 From Kyzyl-Oi through an alpine landscape to the Otmok Pass (3320) and descend into the Talas Oblast (province). Stay in B&B.

Day 12 Day trip to State Reserve, south of Talas town which has a rich vegetation.. Here the endemic Tulipa talassica Lazkov was found named after the Kyrgyz botanist Georgy Lazkov. In the evening back to the guesthouse.

Day 13 Back to Bishkek through the Too-Ashuu tunnel – some stops on the way, Stay in hotel Umai.

Day 14 Daytrip to Ala Archa National park, about 40 km from Bishkek, stay in hotel Umai.

Day 15 Transfer to Manas Airport and departure.

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 14
April 28
Price € 1095 - 1295
Group 6-8

In the price, everything is included as described in the program:

• Transportation by own minibus
• Transfer from and to the airport
• All meals
• Stay in hotel, B&B, yurt
• Programme as described
• English speaking guide/interpreter


In the price is not included:

• Flight
• Insurances
• Personnel expenses
• Entrance fees
• Tips
• Alcoholic and other bottled beverages
• Activities not mentioned in the program

wild tulips in Kyrgyzstan


Wild tulips in Kyrgyzstan


Wild tulips in Kyrgyzstan


Wild tulips in Kyrgyzstan



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