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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)


This programme can also be done without the hikes, transportation Is then by minibus

Dates: 24/06 - 8/07 2020

Price :1295-euro p.p. if 4 or more participants

Sample the culture and everyday life of the nomads in Kyrgyzstan. You will sleep in yurts, the felt houses of the nomadic herdsmen, will see felt objects for everyday use being made and get the opportunity to cook a Kyrgyz meal. You can also see how nomads prepare kymyz, the national drink made from mare’s milk. And if you are lucky, you might even see traditional games played on horseback.

Visit the Burana Tower and the petroglyphs (stone carvings from the Scythian period) near Cholpon-Ata. In the capital Bishkek enjoy the organized chaos of shopping at the Osh Bazaar.

In between activities there is still plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Tian-Shan Mountains.

Almost each day it is possible to hike and interesting hiking itineraries are included in this programme. The transportation takes place by minibus. On several occasions part of the distance will be done on foot. If, when and how long these hikes will be, is a matter of consulting together. There will be the opportunity to ride horses and to visit the herdsmen who come with their families to the alpine summer pastures to guard the cattle.

Bishkek accommodation is in a small pleasant hotel and on tour in yurts, B&Bs, and hotels. An English-speaking guide/interpreter will accompany you for the whole tour.

This journey suits people who are interested in the nomadic way of life and the culture of the Kyrgyz people. For the hikes you need to be in good physical condition. About 4-5 hours walking a day in mountainous terrain should be in your range of possibilities. We expect you to be a little adventurous and happy to forget luxury.


Day 1: Departure from your home airport.

Day 2: Arrival at Manas Airport where we will meet you and take you to the Umai Hotel (or equivalent) in Bishkek. After a rest and a light lunch sightseeing around Bishkek. Stay in hotel.

Day 3: Drive from Bishkek to Cholpon-Ata on the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. En route visit the Burana Tower, the remnants of the old Silk Road City that existed in the 10th to 12th centuries. Around the tower we will see Balbals (gravestones) from between the 6th and 10th centuries. The small museum contains more artifacts collected in this area. Stay in hotel.

Day 4: In Cholpon-Ata it is possible to visit the Archaeological Open-Air Museum and to see the petroglyphs (rock drawings made by the Scythes from the 11th to 3rd centuries BC). Then a hike in the Kyrchyn Valley (2000m), home of the World Nomad Games and a gathering point for the Kyrgyz through the centuries. Continue to Karakol where we will stay in a nice guesthouse.

Day 5: In the early morning we visit the famous animal market, followed by some sightseeing. After lunch we drive to the Kara Kyz yurt camp (2000m) in the mountains east of Karakol. The last part to the camp can be done on foot. The yurt camp is located by a small stream in the woods. Stay in yurt.

Day 6: Day in Kara-Kyz. Hiking up to the mountains with lots of beautiful flowers and/or if you like a longer and more difficult hike, it is possible to reach a small lake. Stay in yurts.

Day 7: Continue to Jeti-Oguz, a lush valley with striking red sandstone rock formations (including the “Seven Bulls” from which the valley takes its name). Hiking in the area. Continue along the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul to Manjyly yurt camp located in a semi-desert area close to the edge of the lake (1600m). On the way we stop to hike in Skaska, a small valley with strange eroded chalk/limestone hills. Stay in yurt.

Day 8: Drive to Bokonbaevo to meet a man who hunts with golden eagles. Then onto the yurt camp Temir-Kanat (2450 m). The last 200m up to the yurt camp is on foot or on horseback as it is not accessible for most vehicles.

Day 9: Day in Temir-Kanat, where you can go horse riding, hiking or maybe learn some Kyrgyz cooking. On horseback it is possible to reach the glacier behind the yurt camp. You can also visit the shepherds living in their yurts in pastures and taste kymyz, fermented mare’s milk, and see how it is made. Stay in yurt.

Day 10: Hike down to the minibus and then through the Köngur Olung Valley back to the road around Lake Issyk-Kul and continue to Kara Suu, a village near Kochkor, where we will stay with a local family who specialises in making felt carpets. On the way we will stop in Kyzyl-Tuu to see yurt frames and yurt decorations being made. Stay with local family.

Day 11: Today onto Kochkor, a centre of feltmaking. An interesting place to visit is Altyn -Kul, the cooperative shop of the women of the surrounding villages. Next we drive to the Boom Valley for a hike of a couple hours in the Konorchok Canyons, and then continue to Chon Kemin, a valley on the border with Kazakhstan. Stay in nice guesthouse.

Day 12: Day in Kemin, hike in the mountains near the guesthouse or a trip to Jashyl-Kol (Green lake) located 35km to the east of the village. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 13: In the morning hiking in the valley, and in the afternoon we drive back to Bishkek. Stay in hotel Umai or equivalent.

Day 14: Day for sightseeing Bishkek, shopping, visit the Osh Bazaar (lunch not included). If sufficient participants, a folklore concert and farewell dinner. 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.


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Kyrgyz nomadic culture

This journey suits 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, to have an average physical condition
and not necessarily to demand luxury.

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Date   June 24
July 08
Price € 1.295
Group 4 - 8

The price includes everything as described in the programme:

• Transportation by own minibus
• Transfers from and to the airport
• All meals
• Stay in hotel, B&B, yurts and homestay
• Programme as described
• English or German speaking guide/interpreter

The following are not included:
• Flight
• Insurances
• Personal expenses
• Tips
• Alcoholic and other bottled beverages
• Activities not mentioned in the program
• Entrance charges if applicable







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