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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)


plants of the Kyrgyz mountains

Botanical tour in Kyrgyzstan,
with visit to the walnut forests.

Dates: 21/05 -04/06 2020

Price: €. 1250 p.p. if 6 people or more

Kyrgyzstan has a very rich flora. There are a greater variety of plants here than in the whole of Europe. Several specimens are unique to this country. Ecotour has organized a 15-day botanical tour in different parts of the country. This year we are offering a botanical tour which covers the central and south part of Kyrgyzstan. A Kyrgyz guide/interpreter is an expert on alpine plants, and will lead the tour. Up until now very little research has been done on the Kyrgyz flora. Thus each tour also has something of the spirit of a voyage of discovery.


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 short rest and brunch, we visit to the Alamedin Valley located 30 km south of Bishkek. Hike in the picturesque valley with juniper, birch groves and with numerous bushes of black currant, barberry, rose hips and sea buckthorn. Here we can see Salvia Sclarea, Eremurus Tianschanicus and Astragalus Schanginianus. Picnic lunch. In the evening back to the hotel in Bishkek.

Day 3: Day trip to Ala-Archa National Park with a hike to the Ak-Say waterfall higher up the gorge. This National Park is an alpine park in the Tien-Shan Mountains. It was given National Park Status in 1976 and is located approximately 40km south of the city of Bishkek. The park comprises the gorge of the Ala-Archa River and the mountains surrounding it. It covers about 200 square kilometers and its altitude ranges from about 1500 meters at the entrance to a maximum of 4895 meters at Peak Semenov Tien-Shanski, the highest peak in the Kyrgyz Ala-Too range of the Tien-Shan. The flora in this park is very rich and many species typical of an Alpine habitat can be found. In the evening, we return to Bishkek and stay in the hotel.

Day 4: From Bishkek to Chon-Kemin, a valley bordering Kazakhstan (1800m). In 1997 a national park was established with total area of 5,000 ha within the valley. The national park includes all the forests of the Kemin District. The park is under the protection of the state as its territory is inhabited with unique species of flora and fauna such as the Tolai hare and pheasants, as well as the Ephedra Intermedia and Equisitana. On the way we will see Goniolimon Cuspidatum, Onobrychis Arenaria and Astragalus Kronenburgii. Picnic lunch. Stay in a B&B.

Day 5: Botanizing in the mountains near the guesthouse or a daytrip to Jashyl-Kol (Green Lake) located 35km to the east of the village. Stay in a B&B.

Day 6: From Chon Kemin over the Dolon Pass to Naryn, a major town on the road to the Chinese border (a branch of the ancient Silk Road). The altitude ranges from 1700 up to 3010 at Dolon Pass. In the semi-desert areas we will see Peganum Harmala, Nitraria Sibirica, whereas at the pass we will look for Androsace Lechmanniana and Androsace Dasyphylla. In Naryn we stay in a guesthouse.

Day 7: Day trip to the National Park Salkyn-Tor, occupying an area of 10448 hectares. Hike in the territory of the national park with many plants, birds, insects and animals that are listed in the Red Book of Kyrgyzstan. In the evening back to the guesthouse in Naryn.

Day 8: After breakfast we head to the South shore of Lake Son-Kul over Moldo-Ashuu Pass (3201m). The slopes of Moldo-Ashuu are overgrown with Picea Schrenkiana and are rich in flora. Son-Kul Lake is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan, located at the altitude of 3100m (warm clothes are absolutely necessary). Here we find the flora of the high mountains such Trollius Komarovii, Smelovskia Calycina, Trollius Lilacinus and carpets of edelweiss. It is also possible to spot Tulipa Dasystemon and Tulipa Heterophylla. Stay in a yurt.

Day 9: We continue over the Kara-Keche Pass (3384m) and down to a coalmine, and then drive through the gorge along the Kokomeren River. On the way we stop for the dry slopes of the gorge to look for Dianthus Kuschakevich and some interesting species of Alliums. In the afternoon, walk in the dry hills of Kyzyl-Oi village. Stay in a B&B.

Day 10: A spectacular drive through a glen to the wide green valley of Suusamyr, then up to Ala-Bel Pass (3175m). Here we stop in a valley with some snow to look for Chrosispora Sibirica and Oxygraphis Glacialis. We will reach the southern shore of Toktogul water-reservoir and stay in a holiday complex by the shore.

Day 11: Following the road to Osh, we drive past large turquoise-coloured parts of the water reservoir to Arslanbob Village, surrounded by the most famous walnut forest in the world. We will stop at the beginning of the Ferghana Valley. Stay in a B&B in Arslanbob village.

Day 12: Day walking through the largest natural walnut forest in the world covering 11000 hectares situated between the Fergana Valley and the Chatkal Mountains. Various wild forms of other fruit-bearing species including Malus Siversiana, Pyrus Korshinsky, Prunus Sogdiana, but the main treasure of these southern forests is the walnut tree. The walnut forest is located at altitudes varying between 1500 metres and 2000 metres. Hiking to the waterfalls and a small cave, or grotto known as the “Cave of Forty Angels”, where a holy woman used to live and people would come to her and make petitions. Stay in a B&B.

Day 13: Drive back to the Chychkan Gorge. On the way we will have botanizing stops in the semi-desert areas of the Tash-Komur coal mining area, and now and then stop to see Capparis Spinosa and wild cherries, and the endemic species of Convolvulus. Arriving in the Chichkan Gorge late afternoon and then botanizing in the forest zone with a big variety of plants such as Aquilegia Atrovinosa and several genus of Pedicularis. Stay in the Oson Motel.

Day 14: Around many switch-backs we climb up the Too-Ashuu Pass (3180m), the only pass with a tunnel (2.6 km). Botanizing before and after the pass on the slopes covered with meadows of Ligularia Alpigena, Pholomoides Oreophylla, Trollius Dzungaricus. In the afternoon we arrive in Bishkek and visit the Osh Bazaar, if wanted, with vegetables, fruits and Kyrgyz traditional clothes. There is also a part, where they sell medicinal plants. Stay in hotel and farewell dinner.

Day 15: 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.

Temperatures in the mountains can be quite low at the start and end of season so some warm clothes may be required. A raincoat/cape and hiking shoes/boots are strongly recommended.

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

Kyrgyzstan is a land full of beautiful experiences and wonders unique... click the link below

wild tulips in Kyrgyzstan

On this journey you will get to know the great variety of biotopes,
their bird populations and
also see great diversity of landscapes in Kyrgyzstan.

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The price includes everything as described in the programme::

• Transportation by own minibus
• Transfers from and to the airport
• All meals (full board)
• All overnight stays
(hotels, guesthouses, yurts)
• Program as described
• English speaking guide/interpreter
• Road taxes and entrance fees.

The following are not included::

• Flight
• Insurances
• Tips
• Activities not mentioned in the programme
• Personnel expenses
• Alcoholic and other bottled beverages



















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