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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)
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Traditional Art and Handicrafts in Kyrgyzstan

Date: 28/7 -11/8 2017. Price 1495 euro p.p. for 4 or more participants

Discover the impressive art and culture of Kyrgyzstan and sample the life of the Kyrgyz nomad. Kyrgyzstan has a very long tradition in making textile products using old traditional patrons and colors. Before independence sculpture and painting was mainly dominated by the Soviet style. Now, however, a completely new and modern style of work has developed, often based on traditional motifs and techniques. On this tour you will visit a museum and the guided tour will show this development. There will also be visits some galleries where you will learn more about traditional handicrafts. A demonstration of elechek (women hats) making and a show of traditional women clothes is also part of the programme.

When you arrive in Bishkek there is an outdoor festival taking place with participants from different central Asian countries. They show their handmade products and offer small workshops.

In the countryside you will learn more about making traditional textile items and see how yurt frames are made, but will also have time to enjoy nature, go for a hike in the mountains or a ride on horseback. You travel around Lake Issyk-Kul.

In Bishkek, you stay in a very pleasant hotel and when in the countryside you will stay in yurt camps, guest houses and B&Bs where a local family takes care of you.

Throughout the whole programme you will be accompanied by an English-speaking interpreter.

This journey is suitable for people who are not only interested in the nomadic way of life but are also interested in the culture and art of the Kyrgyz people. We expect you to be a little adventurous, to be in average physical condition and to find luxury unimportant.


Day 1 Departure from your local airport.

Day 2 Arrive at Manas Airport and transfer to your hotel. After some rest in Hotel Umai, visit festival and exhibition in Bishkek with guide-interpreter. Stay in hotel.

Day 3 In the morning back to the festival, in the afternoon to the museum of Modern Art with guided tour. Stay in hotel.

Day 4 In the morning, again to the festival, after lunch trip to the Pigeon waterfalls outside Bishkek. Stay in hotel Umai.

Day 5 By minibus to Kara-Suu, a village near Kochkor. Kochkor is the center of felt making. On the way a stop to visit the Burana Tower, the remnants of an old Silk Road city which existed in X-XII centuries. In Kara-Suu you will stay with a family skilled in different traditional forms of handicrafts. Stay with family.

Day 6 Day with workshops in Kara-Suu, felt making, weaving, chiy making, embroidery. Stay with family.

Day 7 Visit Kochkor (Altyn-Kol shop, museum, gallery, bazaar) and visit salt mine and back to Kara-Suu. Stay with family.

Day 8 From Kara-Suu to Tuura-Suu yurt camp (2,200m). In the afternoon hike in the mountains or go for an horse ride. Stay in yurt.

Day 9 Day in Tuura-Suu, practice spinning with spindle. Also time to visit the village, school and do some hiking.

Day 10 Drive to Karakol. On route stop in Kyzyl-Tuu to see yurt frames and decorations being made. In Bokonbaevo a man who hunts with a golden eagle and other birds of prey. Stop in Skaska (Russian for fairy tale) for a short hike in wonderful colored chalk/limestone hills. Stay in guesthouse in Karakol.

Day 11 Day in Karakol sightseeing in town and visit  the project “one village-one product”. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 12 By minibus to Tamchy Village on the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. You will stay at the house of the lady who makes local handicrafts. Workshops on Kyrgyz traditional patchwork and making a kerchief with silk and wool. Stay with family.

Day 13 Drive back to Bishkek. In the afternoon time to visit the Osh Bazaar. Stay in hotel.
Day 14 Demonstration about elelcheks and traditional women clothes will take place, time for shopping. Farewell dinner. Stay in hotel.
Day 15 Transfer to the airport and departure.

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

The price includes, from arrival at until departure from Manas Airport, everything except flight, visa (if required), insurance, alcoholic and bottled beverages. For citizens of most countries a visa is no longer required.

For bookings of 4, or more, persons we offer a 5% discount.

Should there are less than 4 participants for this tour, you will be requested to pay an additional amount to take this tour individually or with a small group.


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

You will learn about the nomadic way of life
whilst staying with locals in remote villages.
You will be treated as their guest
and enjoy the hospitality of the mountain dwellers.

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tour specifics


Date   July 28
August 11
Price € 1495
Group min 4

Tour in Kyrgyzstan - Karakol


Tour in Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyz felt carpets (shyrdak)





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