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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


Red-fronted Serin

Masked Wagtail



46-A, Donskoy Pereulok
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic


+996 557 802805 (English)
+996 772 802805 (English)
+996 555 913245 (German)


Date 22/05 – 05/06 2017. Price: 1,525-euro p.p. for 4 or more participants.

From 6 participants, a professional foreign ornithologist will accompany the tour,

if less than 6 participants a local guide will come a long.

Kyrgyzstan is home to more than 390 different kinds of birds.

On this tour, you will travel around Lake Issyk-Kul, the second largest mountain lake in the world. At the lake, numerous migratory birds spend the winter. You will also visit Son-Kul, a lake at 3.100 m. On the northern shore, there will be visits to bird reserves where a number of aquatic birds have their nests - In Ala Archa National Park, and in Kara-Kyz, live many well-known and lesser-known species of songbirds and woodland birds.

If 6 or more participants, you will be accompanied by a professional ornithologist and an interpreter who will be ready to help you at all times. Accommodation will be in guesthouses, yurts and with local families. Travel will be by minibus.

On this journey, you will get to know the great variety of biotopes, their bird populations and also see the great diversity of landscapes in Kyrgyzstan. It may also be possible to visit the snow leopard reserve on the north side of lake Issyk-Kul. This rehabilitation centre is set up to protect and rescue snow leopards and other rare animals that have been caught in poachers’ traps and rescued. However the rehabilitation centre is not always open for visitors, and so we cannot guarantee this visit.

This tour is not for those seeking luxury but for those with a little more adventurousness, who are interested in discovering different cultures and new, unknown places. This tour will provide you with many good memories for a long time to come.

The itinerary can be changed.


Day 1 Departure from your local airport.

Day 2 Arrival at Manas Airport and transfer to the Umai Hotel. A short rest and lunch followed by a visit to the nearby fishing ponds (start at 4:30 a.m.) just outside Bishkek or looking for birds in the green spaces of the capital (Bishkek is a very green city). Stay in hotel.

Day 3 Day trip to the forests in the mountains of the Ala-Archa National Park, 40km south of Bishkek.

Day 4 Departure early morning to drive to the north shore of lake Issyk-Kul. In Toru-Aigyr you will stay in a yurt camp at the waterfront. Here you will see a lot of different birds.

Day 5 In the morning we will be looking for sandgrouse and in the afternoon to waterfowl not far from Balykchy. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 6 Staying in the area you start with an early morning a trip into the mountains. In the afternoon to Ananievo to visit another reserve for waterfowl. Stay with local family.

Day 7 Day in Ananievo. In the morning to the lake and in the afternoon birdwatching in the mountains that form the border with Kazakhstan. Stay with local family.

Day 8 If possible today you will visit the snow leopard project in the mountains at 2.000 m. First part by car, last part hiking. This rehabilitation centrewas created to cure and protect the snow leopards that have been caught in traps and injured. In the afternoon by car to the yurt camp Kara-Kyz, south- east of Karakol. Stay in yurt.

Day 9-10 Two days birdwatching in Kara-Kyz valley, an unspoiled area with foliage and coniferous trees. Stay in yurt.

Day 11 Along the south shore to Sonun yurt camp. This yurt camp is located in a dry semi-dessert area close to the edge of the lake. Stay in yurt.

Day 12 Continue along the shore of lake Issyk-Kul and turn to the south to Naryn. Driving through a beautiful mountain area. Stops will be made to watch bids. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 13 Along the Naryn River to Ak-Tal, then up the Moldo-Ashu pass of 3.345m to Son-Kul Lake, alt 3.100 m. Stay in yurt.

Day 14 Day at Son-Kul lake to watch the kind of birds living at this altitude. Stay in yurt.

Day 15 Transfer to Bishkek, decend over the Kalmak-Asuu pass, a rather long drive. Stay in hotel.

Day 16 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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Price € 1525
Group 6-10


Evermann's Redstart

Long-tailed Shrike

Meadow Bunting

 Sulphur-bellied Warbler

 Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin

 Eastern Black Redstart

 Turkestan Shrike

Northern Wheatear  

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