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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



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720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic

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From west to east in 2 weeks

An expedition for experienced and adventurous cyclists

Date: 11/08 – 25/08 2020

1295 euro pp. if 4 or more participants

Level of difficulty: This tour has been created for experienced riders in good physical condition. The route takes in 3 passes (3320 m., 3484 m, and 3340m. cycling over deserted roads, some asphalt, some dirt. Not all slopes are steep, but some are very long. However, it is worth the effort. Along the way you will enjoy striking scenery and have the chance to visit nomads who live in the mountains during summer. The hospitality of the nomads is simply legendary. The route starts in Talas, the capital of the most western province of Kyrgyzstan. You will cross a large part of the country encountering a diversity of landscapes.

Accommodation: In Bishkek you will stay in a small, pleasant hotel close to the centre of the city. En route we will stay in hotels, B&Bs in villages, in tents (transported by minibus), or in yurts.

Group: 4 - 8 participants.

Distance: 36-100 km a day, depending on the level of difficulty of the route. We will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide/interpreter and our luggage is transported by minibus.

Bicycle: You may bring your own bicycle and helmet or rent a bicycle in Bishkek. Due to the bad condition of some of the tracks, the bicycle must be a solid mountain or tracking bike with wide tires and good springs. No other bikes are suitable.

Programme

Day 1 Departure from your home airport.

Day 2 Arrival at Manas Airport outside Bishkek where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Some rest after the flight. After a light lunch some sightseeing around Bishkek Stay in hotel.

Day 3 By minibus through the tunnel (3130 m) at the Too-Ashuu Pass to Talas, the starting point of the tour (300 km). In the afternoon we cycle to the Manas Mausoleum (2 x 15km). Altitude 1250m. Stay in B&B.

Day 4 From Talas first to Aras and then continue over a tarmac road to Taldy Bulak. Total 75 km. Stay in tents.

Day 5 Over the Ötmok Pass (asphalt) at 3200m into the Suusamyr Valley. Stay in tents. About 80km depending on the place the tents will be put up.

Day 6 We cycle south along the Kökomeren River on a bad tarmac road to the small village of Kyzyl-Oi, descending down to 1750m. Total 60 km. Stay in B&B.

Day 7 First to the small town of Chaek. After 15 km we start climbing to the Kara-Keche Pass (3484m). About 65 km after the turn off, the tents will be put up to spend the night.

Day 8 Continue along the bad road to the mining village of Kara-Keche. 25km after the village we reach the junction to Son-Kul Lake. Cycle along the south side to the yurt camp where we will spend the night (75-85 km).
 
Day 9 Cycle around the shore of the lake to the north-east side. Here again we will spend the night in a yurt. Around 50 km cycling.

Day 10 Through a series of many switchbacks we descend the Kalmak Ashuu Pass (3340m) to the village of Tolok (2480m). Here we will stay with a local family in the village. (64 km).

Day 11 From Tolok first to the main road (8 km) then over an asphalt road to Kochkor, a centre of felt making. Total 50 km. Stay in B&B.

Day 12 Along the Orto-Tokoy Reservoir to the south side of Lake Issyk-Kul. After 61km we reach the village of Kara-Tala (1700m) where we will spend the night with a local family.

Day 13 We leave Kara-Tala and continue along the lake to Kyzyl-Tuu, a village famous for the making of yurt frames and yurt decorations. We will have lunch with a family that will show us how this is done. In Bokonbaevo we will meet a man who hunts with golden eagles and other birds of prey. Then a short distance to the yurt camp Sonun at the border of the lake where we can swim, stay in the yurt.

Day 14 Today we drive back to Bishkek, in the afternoon some time for shopping. Farewell dinner. Stay in Umai hotel or equivalent.

Day 15 Transfer to the airport and departuree.

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 small additional fee the trip will go on as planned.

 

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