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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



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






Kyrgyzstan in a Nutshell

Date: on request

Price: 730 euro p.p. if 4 or more participants

On this 8-day programme you will visit the most beautiful parts of the country and become acquainted with the history and culture of the semi- nomads. You will experience the reality of everyday life in remote mountain villages. During the tour you stay in the houses of local families, yurts, B&Bs and guesthouses. In Bishkek you stay in the Umai Hotel (or similar), not far from the centre of town. Transportation is by minibus and an English or German speaking guide/interpreter will accompany you for the whole tour. To fully enjoy this tour you need an adventurous attitude and the ability to improvise when necessary. Luxury is not available on this trip, and sanitary facilities can be rather basic, whilst hot showers are often absent.

The trip will take you around Lake Issyk-Kul where you will meet a man who hunts with birds of prey, see the famous red rocks of Jeti-Ogus, and visit the Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Dugan Mosque in Karakol. If you are there on a Sunday a visit to the animal market also will be in the programme. On the north side of the lake you will see the petroglyphs, rock drawings of the Scythians made between the 11th and 3rd centuries B.C.

It is possible to go horse-riding and/or hiking in one of the yurt camps and this is included in the price. On the way back to Bishkek you have time to take a short hike in the Konorchok Canyon.

For those guests already travelling in Kyrgyzstan the program can start on day 3, price will change accordingly.

Programme

Day 1: Depart from your home airport.

Day 2: Arrival at Manas Airport where you will be met and taken to the Umai Hotel (or equivalent). After lunch sightseeing in Bishkek. Stay in hotel.

Day 3: By minibus to Lake Issyk-Kul. On the way we will visit Burana Tower and then continue to the yurt camp Sonun on the south shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. Stay in yurt.

Day 4: On to the yurt camp Temir-Kanat (2450m). In Temir-Kanat there are horses and we can go for a ride or hike in the mountains in the afternoon. Stay in yurt.

Day 5: From Temir-Kanat to Bokonbaevo where we will meet a man who hunts with golden eagles. Continue along the south shore to the Juuku Valley, famous for its red rocks. Here there is a traditional Spa with warm mineral water where we can have a bathe. Drive to Karakol. Stay in hotel.

Day 6: If a Sunday we will have an early visit to the animal market. Sightseeing around Karakol, including the Russian Orthodox Church and the Dungan Mosque. Now along the north side of Lake Issyk-Kul to Cholpon–Ata. Here we visit an open-air museum of petroglyphs, a unique monument of the Bronze Age. Stay in a hotel in Cholpon-Ata.

Day 7: Leave Cholpon-Ata for Bishkek, and on the way we will visit the new Nomad Museum and go for a hike in the Konorchok Canyon. Finally to Bishkek, where we arrive in the afternoon. Stay in the Umai Hotel.

Day 8: Transfer to the airport and departure.

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

In case there are fewer participants than required, for the payment of a small additional fee, the trip will go on as planned.


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
- English speaking guide/interpreter
- Program as described

The following are not included:

- Flight
- Insurances
- Personnel expenses
- Tips
- Alcoholic and other bottled beverages
- Entrance charges if applicable
- Activities not mentioned in the programme.

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