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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

Kyrgyz lady spinning yarn



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






Dates: 20/05 – 01/6 2020

Price 1195 euro p.p. if 6 or more participants

Discover the culture and sample the life of the Kyrgyz nomad. You will learn to make felt the Kyrgyz way, follow workshops and practice different ways of making textile art products.

Embroidery on felt will be taught in Bishkek and you will have the opportunity to visit museums and art galleries, see a fashion show of traditional clothes and enjoy short concert by a duet playing traditional Kyrgyz instruments will be arranged. If you have special wishes or requirements please contact us in advance and we will try to fit it into your programmme.

There will be plenty of time to enjoy our magnificent nature and to go on some of the myriad of walks available.

In Bishkek you stay in a pleasant hotel, and when in the countryside you will stay in a hotel, B&Bs, yurts, with a local family who will take care of you.

Throughout the whole programme you will be accompanied by and English-speaking guide/interpreter.

Programme

Day 1: Departure from your home airport.

Day 2: Arrival at Manas Airport where we will meet you and take you to your hotel. After a light lunch we will go sightseeing around Bishkek, visit a museum and an art gallery. Stay in hotel.

Day 3: Workshops in Bishkek, including embroidery and making corsage, and a demonstration on elechek making, the traditional millinery of married women and consisting of many layers of fabric. In the evening a fashion show of traditional women clothes. Stay in hotel.

Day 4: Leave Bishkek after breakfast, and near Tokmok we will visit a centre of handweaving. After lunch we continue to Kara-Suu Village. Here starts the first workshop making felt traditional way. We stay in the house of a shyrdak-making family. Stay in the house in Kara-Suu.

Day 5: We will continue with the workshops (shyrdak), learning about the meaning of Kyrgyz patterns and making chi, the reed mat that is used as insulation between the frame and the felt of the yurt. In the afternoon we will visit Kochkor. Stay in the house in Kara -Suu.

Day 6: In the morning the final workshop in Kara-Suu, and in the afternoon we visit Kochkor to seet Altyn-Kol, a cooperative shop of the women from the surrounding villages, and to visit the bazaar and small museum. Stay in the house in Kara-Suu.

Day 7: Today we drive down to Lake Issyk-Kul. In Kyzyl-Tuu we will visit a family who will show how yurt frames and yurt decorations are made. Here we will also have lunch. The next stop is in Bokonbaevo to meet a man who hunts with golden eagles. From here we continue to the yurt camp Manjyly close to the shore of the lake. Stay in yurts.

Day 8: On the way to Karakol we first stop in Fairy Tale Valley for a short hike in the colourful hills, and then in Jeti Ogus, one of the most famous valleys of Kyrgyzstan with bright red rocks. Continue to Karakol where we will stay in a nice guesthouse.

Day 9: Day in Karakol where will we visit the town and the museum. In the afternoon we drive to a hot spa in Kench where we can bathe in the hot mineral waters (bathing suit required). Stay in guesthouse.
 
Day 10: Drive along the north side of Lake Issyk-Kul to Kyrchyn Valley, the home of the World Nomad Games and a gathering point for the Kyrgyz tribes through the centuries. We will have a short hike along the river. From here we continue to Cholpon Ata, a nice bathing resort. Stay in hotel.
 
Day 11: In Cholpon Ata we visit the small the museum and the archeological open-air museum with rock drawings from the Scythian period. On the way back to Bishkek we will stop in Chon-Sary-Oi to visit the new Nomad Museum. Near Tokmok we will go to the Burana Tower, a remnant of a town on the old Silk Road. On to Bishkek and stay in the hotel.
 
Day 12: Day in Bishkek with time to visit Museums and the Osh Bazaar, with time for shopping (lunch not included). Stay in hotel.
 
Day 13: Transfer to Manas Airport and departure.
 

In the price everything is included except: flight, insurances, personal expenses, tipping and bottled beverages.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it might be necessary to make small changes in the programme. We ask for your understanding.

Kyrgyzstan is a land full of beautiful experiences and wonders unique...

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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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The price includes everything as described in the programme:

• Transportation by minibus
• Transfer from and to the airport
• All meals - breakfast, lunch and supper
• Stay in hotel, B&B, yurts and homestay
• Programme as described
• English speaking guide/interpreter

The following are not included:

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

 

festivals in Kyrgystan

A recital of traditional instruments

 

A finished ala-kiiz

 

Pressing felt the traditional way

 

traditional costumes

Kyrgyz traditional costumes and hats

 

Kyrgyz shyrdak

Making a beautiful Kyrgyz shyrdak

 

 

 

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