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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

Festival tour in Kyrgyzstan - hunting with eagle


46-A, Donskoy Pereulok
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic


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


Festivaltour in KYRGYZSTAN

Nomadic culture with festival

Dates 26/7 – 9/8 2018

Price 1,325 euro p.p. if 4 or more participants

Encounter the culture and daily life of the nomads in Kyrgyzstan. Sleep in yurts, the felt houses of the nomadic herdsmen. See felt objects being made. Watch how a yurt frame is made. Take the opportunity to help cook a Kyrgyz meal. Listen to the songs of children and the music of their traditional musical instruments. Discover how kymyz, the Kyrgyz national drink, is made from mare’s milk. Meet an eagle man who hunts with a trained eagle.

Your program starts with a visit to a festival with horse games and folklore presentations, music and dancing. You can also try traditional Kyrgyz food.

Pay a visit to the Burana Tower, a remnant of a town on the old Silk Road and to the petroglyphs, stone carvings from the Scythian period, near Cholpon-Ata. In Bishkek experience the Osh Bazaar. See and hear a performance by professional musicians playing folklore music on traditional Kyrgyz instrumentsand see a fashion show of traditional Kyrgyz clothes and hats (elecheks).

In Bishkek accommodation is in a small nice hotel and on tour you stay in yurt camps, guesthouse or with a local family.

During the whole journey you are accompanied by an English-speaking interpreter/guide.

This tour is for people who are interested in the nomadic way of life and the culture of the Kyrgyz people. We expect you to be a little adventurous, be in average physical condition and happy to forget luxury.


Day 1 Departure from your local airport.

Day 2 Arrival at Manas Airport where you will be met and taken to your hotel. After some rest and a light lunch, sightseeing in Bishkek. Stay in hotel.

Day 3 By car from Bishkek to the Suusamyr valley and the village where tomorrow the festival will be held. After passing the Tor-Ashuu tunnel at 3,100m you will descend the many serpentines to the junction to Kyzyl-Oi. Here you will stay in a B&B.

Day 4 Today you will visit the festival, see the different horse games, taste Kyrgyz food and enjoy the folklore show, music and dancing. Stay in B&B..

Day 5 Continue along the Kökomeren river to Chaek, the district capital of the region. Shortly after Chaek you start climbing the Kara-Keche pass (3,384m), a rather bad windy road. After the pass you can see Lake Son-Kul in the distance where you will spend the night in a yurt at 3,100m.

Day 6 Day in Son-Kul. Son-Kul is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan, 3,016m above sea level. It is 29 kilometres long and 18 wide with an average depth of 13 metres. Son-Kul is located on a wide plateau surrounded by mountains that are around 4,000m high. There are many shepherd families on the plateau and they spend the whole summer here with their cattle, sheep and yaks. It will be cold here at night so bring warm clothes. It is not a place for swimming or bathing, around the shore it is muddy and mostly moor (and it is too cold anyway). It is possible to rent horses here, (this is not included in the price). Stay in yurt.

Day 7 Over the Kalmak-Ashuu pass you descend to the Tolok valley. You drive through a beautiful mountain area with lots of wild flowers. From here continue to the small town of Kochkor. Stay in B&B.

Day 8 In the morning visit Kochkor, the centre of felt making. The women from the surrounding village have started a cooperative shop where they sell their products. It is interesting to visit this shop, named Altyn-Kol (means golden hands) and you can also visit the bazaar and small museum. See how felt is made. In the afternoon to the yurt camp Tuura-Suu (2,200m) on the south side of Lake Issyk-Kul. A local family will take care of you. Stay in yurt.

Day 9 Day in the yurt camp Tuura-Suu. You can go for a hike or ride on horseback into the surrounding mountains, visit the village and often children from the village will come to sing Kyrgyz songs and make music on traditional instruments. Stay in yurt.

Day 10 From Tuura-Suu to the yurt camp Sonun on the border of the lake. This yurt camp is located in a dry semi-dessert area. Here you can swim, go for a hike in the badlands or help cook a traditional Kyrgyz meal. On the way you will first stop to visit Kyzyl-Tuu, a village known for the making of yurt frames and yurt decorations. A local family will show how this is done. The next stop is in Bokonbaevo where you will meet a man who hunts with golden eagles. He will show his bird(s) and tell about his profession. Stay in yurt in Sonun.

Day 11 From Sonun along the south shore of the lake to Karakol, the largest town in this part of the country. On the way you will stop for a short hike in Skaska (meaning fairy tale).The sandstone cliffs of this miniature canyon have been weather-sculptured into an ensemble of fairy-castles, pillars and human forms and faces, ranging in color from deep red to bright orange and yellow. Stay in hotel in Karakol.

Day 12 After sightseeing in Karakol you continue now along the north side of lake Issyk-Kul. If you want you can stop for a bath in an open air hot spa (bathing suit needed). You will spend the night in a hotel in Cholpon-Ata, a lively resort. Here you can visit the archeological open-air museum to see petroglyphs from the Scythes – entrance not included.

Day 13 On the way back to Bishkek you visit the new Nomadic Musuem in Chon-Sary-Oi and later near Tokmok the Burana Tower, a remnant of a town at the Silk road. Stay in hotel. Entrance fees not included.

Day 14 Day without fixed programme. You can go shopping, visit museums and/or go to the Osh bazaar. Later you will see a fashion show of traditional Kyrgyz women clothes and hats. Lunch not included. Stay in hotel.

Day 15 Transfer to Manas Airport and 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.


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tour specifics


Date   July 26
August 9
Price € 1325
Group 4-10






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Kyrgyz nomads


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