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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)


An active and adventurous family tour in Kyrgyzstan

This tour is suitable for families with children between 6 and 14 years old

Departure dates on request

The price depends on the number of adults and children (euros):

1adults and 2 children





2 adults and 1 child





2 adults and 2 children






2 adults and 3 children






An active and adventurous tour with a varied programme. Kyrgyzstan is a very special, and still relatively unknown, destination for a family holiday. Ecotour has put together a special programme for families with children. It is an active programme with much happening - hiking in the high mountains, horse riding (or learning how to ride on the small Kyrgyz horses) and swimming in Lake Issyk Kul. At the different yurt camps where you will be staying there will be local children who will love to play with your children or take them off for a hike.

In Bishkek you will stay in a small comfortable hotel not far from the centre of town, and in the mountains a few times in a nice B&Bs, in a boz-ui (yurts) the felt house of the nomads or nice hotel. Local families who live in the yurt camp will take care of you and your children. Transportation will be by minibus and an English or German speaking guide/interpreter will accompany you during the whole tour.

If you have children who love adventure, if you are interested in learning about and experiencing other cultures, if like to be active and are in reasonable physical condition, if you do not need luxury, then this is just the holiday for you and your family in a wonderful destination. It will depend on the age and interest of your children if you want to include all options mentioned in the programme.

This price includes everything except flights, insurance, personal expenses, entrance fees and bottled beverages.


Day 1: Departure from your local airport.

Day 2: Arrival at Manas Airport where you will be met and taken to your hotel in Bishkek. After a rest and a light lunch some sightseeing around Bishkek. Bishkek is a relatively new city built mostly in the Soviet style with wide boulevards, many parks and numerous terraces. We will visit the Old Square from where we can walk through the oldest park in Bishkek, Oak Park, to the main square, Ala-Too. Passing by the National Opera and Ballet Theatre we will get to Victory Square, built for the 40th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War (Second World War). We will also visit the Panfilov amusement park for children. Stay in hotel.

Day 3: By minibus to the Chon Kemin Valley. This long valley stretches across altitudes of 1400m and 2800m, and reaches over 80km deep into the mountains, parallel to the Kazakh border. It has verdant pastures, woodland (of Tien Shan Firs), several mountain lakes and spectacular views of the mountains. Here we will stay in a nice guesthouse at the edge of a village. From here we hike into the mountains. It is possible to rent horses here (cost not included). Stay in Guesthouse.

Day 4: It is a short drive to the Boom Valley where we will hike for a couple hours in the Konorchok Canyons. The weather-beaten rocks have been shaped and carved by time, wind and water and, with the use of some imagination, they may turn into people, animals or castles of bizarre shapes and forms. From here we continue to the yurt camp Temir-Kanat on the south side of Lake Issyk-Kul. The yurt camp is located on a plateau above the village (2450m). The last 100m up we will have to walk or go on horseback as vehicles cannot easily reach the yurt camp. From here you have a beautiful view of the lake and, on the far side of the lake, the mountains beyond that border Kazakhstan. Stay in yurt.

Day 5-6: Two days in the yurt camp where you can hike and/or go for a horse ride (included in cost). There are many (young) animals and often children from the village come to play with your children. We can taste the traditional drink, kymyz, made of fermented mare’s milk and cook a traditional meal with the family in the yurt camp. Watch some local games played on horseback. Stay in yurt.

Day 7: Down to Manjyly yurt camp on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. Here we will see all types of landscape: semi-desert, forest and mountains with beautiful glaciers in the distance, and across the lake to the mountain ranges on the other shore. In the afternoon we can go swimming in the lake or hike in the badlands. Stay in yurt.

Day 8: Day in Manjyly yurt camp. Hike in the badlands or go swimming in the lake. It is also possible to visit Manjyly Ata, a nearby sacred place of the Kyrgyz. The mazar is a complex of sacred places, hidden amongst the gentle clay hills, there are holy trees, 7 healing springs, old graves and a dilapidated mosque. Stay in yurt.
Day 9: We leave Manjyly after breakfast and visit Fairy Tale Valley. 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. Then onto the Juuku Valley, a hidden valley with beautiful red rocks, where there is a hot spa and we can take a bath. We continue to Karakol, the largest town in this part of the country where we arrive in the late afternoon. Stay in hotel.

Day 10: If this is Sunday then an early morning visit the famous animal market. Farmers from all the surrounding villages come here to buy and sell their horses, sheep, cows etc. Optional sightseeing Karakol. Next to the yurt camp at Kara-Kyz at 2000m, east of Karakol. The yurt camp is located at the edge of the forest and by a small stream. Stay in yurt.

Day 11: Day in Kara-Kyz. Hike up to the mountains with lots of beautiful flowers. Possible to reach the Balbals, gravestones from the 6-10th centuries. A longer hike is possible to reach a small lake. Stay in yurt.

Day 12: Along the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul to Cholpon Ata, a nice bathing resort with a sandy beach. Also a hike in the Kyrchyn Valley is interesting. This valley is the home of the World Nomad Games and has been a gathering point for the Kyrgyz tribes through the centuries. Stay in hotel in Cholpon-Ata.

Day 13: Day in Cholpon-Ata, go to the beach and/or visit the archeological open-air museum to see petroglyphs and small local museum. Stay in hotel.

Day 14: From Cholpon-Ata back to Bishkek. We will stop to visit the Burana Tower, a remnant of an old Silk Road Town. The tower is part of the minaret of the town of Balasagun, capital of the Karahanids in the 11th century. In 1974 the tower was partly restored and now we can climb up inside the tower and enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Around the tower we find Balbals (gravestones) from between the 6th and 10th centuries. The newly built small museum contains more artifacts collected in this area. Stay in Bishkek at the Umai hotel or equivalent.

Day 15: Transfer to the airport and departure.

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

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