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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)


From west to east in 19 days

Date: 31/07 – 18/08 2020

Price: 1525 euro pp. if 4 or more participants

An expedition for experienced and adventurous cyclists

Level of difficulty: This tour has been created for experienced riders in good physical condition. The route takes in 3 passes (3320m, 2664m and 2200m ), 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, and en route 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. You will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide/interpreter and all 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.


Day 1: Departure from your home airport.

Day 2: Arrival at Manas Airport where we will meet and take you to our hotel. After lunch we will prepare the bicycles, followed by some sightseeing. Stay in hotel.

Day 3: By minibus through the tunnel (2565m) 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.

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 turn into the Kongur Ölung Valley to the village Toguz-Bulak where we have lunch with a local family. Continue to Bokonbaevo and here we will stay in a B&B and have a chance to get a good shower. 77 km cycling.

Day 14: In Bokonbaevo we will meet a man who hunts with golden eagles and other birds of prey. Then a short distance to the border of the lake where we can swim and stay in the yurt camp Manjyly, located in the so-called “badlands”. Stay in yurt.

Day 15: Continue along the lake. We stop to visit and have a short hike in the 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. From here we continue to the village of Jenish. Stay in guesthouse. Total 82 km.

Day 16: Cycling into a beautiful gorge with red rock formations to a hot spa where, if we feel like it, we can take a bath (entrance fee not included), and then cycle back to the main road (70km total). Continue by minibus to Karakol. Stay in hotel.

Day 17: Cycle through Karakol to Tup, a village on the east side of the lake, and from here by minibus to Cholpon-Ata, a friendly lakeside resort. Here we can go swimming. Stay in hotel.

Day 18: By minibus back to Bishkek. In Chon-Sary-Oi we will visit the new Nomad Museum. In the early afternoon we arrive back in Bishkek and will have time for some shopping. Stay in hotel Umai or equivalent.

Day 19: Transfer to Manas Airport and departure.

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

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


Kyrgyzstan is a land full of beautiful experiences and wonders unique...
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cycling tour in Kyrgyzstan

If you ride your bike frequently, have a good physical condition
and are not scared of a short climb,
then this trip suits you perfectly.

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Date   July 31
August 18
Price (p.p.) € 1.525
Group 4 - 8


The price includes everything as described in the programme:
- Transportation by minibus
- Transfers from and to the airport
- All meals
- All overnight stays hotel in Bishkek, B&B, yurts and local family
- Program as described
- English speaking guide/interpreter

IThe following are not included:
- Flight
- Insurances
- Personal expenses
- Tips
- Entrance charges if applicable
- Horse rental in Son-Kul
- Activities not mentioned in the programme
- Alcoholic and other bottled beverages
- Bike rental













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