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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

 

 



address:
46-A, Donskoy Pereulok
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic

phones:

+996 557 802805 (English)
+996 772 802805 (English)
+996 555 913245 (German)

E-mail: info@ecotour.kg
elmirakalmakova@gmail.com






Two weeks cycling with children, age 8- 14 years old.

Date on request.


Price in euros:

2 parents +  child:

1290

1290

950

   

2 parents + 2 children:

1180

1180

820

820

 

2 parents + 3 children:

1140

1140

770

770

770

This programme has been especially designed for active, sportive families. If you have children between 8 and 14 years old who are energetic, adventurous and love to cycle, this will be a tour they will never forget. In 2 weeks you cycle through a fascinating part of the country, and stay in yurt camps in the mountains and on the shore of the lake. These locations vary in altitude from 1600 to 2450m. For children there are all kind of activities - swimming, hiking, horse riding (or learning to ride on the small Kyrgyz horses), especially when you stay an extra night in a location and get the chance to discover the surrounded area. Daily cycling distances are between 25 and 50km. On some days part of the itinerary will be done by minibus, to avoid cycling on busy highways.

In Bishkek you will stay in the Umai Hotel (or similar), located near the centre of the city. In the mountains you will stay in yurts, nomadic dwelling made of felt. In each yurt camp a local family will take care of your needs whilst you are there. Luggage will be by transported by minibus which will be with you during the whole tour. A guide/interpreter (English or German) will accompany you during the trip. If one of you needs a rest from cycling you can ride in the minibus.

For this tour a good trekking bike or mountain bike with wide tires, is necessary. Most roads are tarmac roads and rather stony. You can bring your own bike or rent a good mountain bike in Bishkek.

If you have an adventurous family, if you are interested in the way nomads live, can forget luxury for a short while and enjoy the natural life, then this will be a holiday you will remember forever. Don’t forget to bring your camera.

Programme

Day 1: Departure from your home airport.

Day 2: Arrival at Manas Airport where you will be met and taken to your hotel. After lunch preparation of bicycles followed by some sightseeing in Bishkek eith our guide/intepreter. Stay in hotel.

Day 3: By minibus through the tunnel at the Tor Ashuu Pass, 125km (the tunnel is at 2564m and is 2.5km long), to the junction with the main road to Osh. Here we start cycling to the village of Kyzyl-Oi (1800m). 45km of dirt road to the village. Stay in a B&B.

Day 4: Day in Kyzyl-Oi. This village is located in a narrow gorge on the side of the powerful Kokomeren River, and is surrounded by the high red-colored mountains that gave the place its name (Kyzyl means red in Kyrgyz). Especially colourful is the red clay covering the mountains from bottom to top. This clay has been used as material for house building since the beginning of 20th century, and some of these houses may be seen in Kyzyl-Oi. Around Kyzyl-Oi village there are a lot of pristine places with unique flora and fauna. Stay in B&B.

Day 5: We continue along the Kokomeren River to Chaek, a small town in an agricultural valley, where we can visit the bazaar. Stay in B&B. 46km cycling (alt 1677m).

Day 6: Today we cycle through the Jumgal Valley to the village of Kyzart. The small town is a few km off the main road. 46km cycling (alt 2229m). Here we will stay with a local family in the village, in very simple accommodation.

Day 7: We continue to the Kyzart Pass (2664m). It is not steep, but a long way up, and after 15km we reach the highest point and then descend slowly. After50 km and at an altitude of 1920m we reach the junction to the salt-mine in Tuz. It is possible to visit the salt-mine, and also to see the sanitarium for people with asthma and other medical problems. From here by minibus to Kochkor where we will stay in a B&B. Alt 1845m.

Day 8: We leave Kochkor by minibus and after 20km leave the main road and start cycling. For 46km we cycle over a bad, flat asphalt road to the village Kara-Tala close to the south side of Lake Issyk Kul. Here we will stay with a local family. The shore of the lake is only a few km cycling from here. Total 46km and alt 1650m.

Day 9: Today we drive first to the village of Kyzyl-Tuu where we will visit family that makes yurt frames and yurt decorations. After lunch we cycle into the Kongur Olung Valley to the village of Toguz -Bulak where we will stay with a local family or in a B&B. (30 km).

Day 10: Continue through the Kongur Olung Valley to the village of Temir-Kanat, and then up to the yurt camp at 2450m. The last 100m up is too steep to cycle or to go by car, so we have to do this either by foot or on horseback. (25 km). Stay in yurt.

Day 11: Day in the yurt camp Temir-Kanat. There are horse here so we can go for a ride, a hike in the mountains or visit local herdsmen living in yurts in the mountains. Stay in yurt.

Day 12: A 22km cycle down to the district town of Bokonbaevo (1700m). Here we will meet a man who hunts with golden eagles and other birds of prey. He will show his bird(s) and tell about his profession. Then another 15km to the yurt camp Sonun on the edge of the lake. Stay in yurt.

Day 13: Day in Sonun swimming or hiking in the badlands, a semi desert like area. Stay in yurt.

Day 14: By minibus back to Bishkek. In the afternoon some time for shopping and/or visiting the Osh Bazaar. Stay in hotel.

Day 15: Transfer to the airport and departure.

In the price everything is included as written in the program.

Not included: flight, visa (if required), insurances, bicycle, personal expenses, entrees, tips, alcoholic and other bottled beverages.

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