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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)


Discover the culture and sample the life of the Kyrgyz nomad. Sleep in a yurt, the traditional felt house of the shepherds, built the same way today as it has been for the last 8 centuries. In a number of different villages you will visit the small workshops where felt is manufactured. You will be taught how to and will make felt yourself, and then craft a small shyrdak and an alakiis, the traditional Kyrgyz carpets.

Along the way you will hear local children sing folksongs and play traditional musical instruments. You can see kymyz, the national drink made from mare’s milk, being prepared.

Embroidery on felt will be taught in Bishkek and you will have the opportunity to visit museums and art galleries and, if there are enough participants, a short concert by a folklore-band will be arranged. If you have special wishes or requirements please contact us in advance and we will try to fit it into your program.

There will be plenty of time to enjoy our magnificent nature and to go on some of the myriad of walks available. It will be possible to do a little “exploration” of Kyrgyzstan on horseback or you can go for a swim in the lake.

Get to meet the shepherds and their families who go to the summer pastures, with their flocks and cattle, high in the mountains.

In Bishkek you stay in an unpretentious, but very pleasant,’ hotel, and when in the countryside you will stay in yurt camps and B&B where a local family takes care of you.

Throughout the whole programme you will be accompanied by and English speaking interpreter.

This journey is suitable for people who are interested in the nomadic way of life and the culture of the Kyrgyz people. We expect you to be a little adventurous, to be in average physical condition and to find luxury unimportant.


Day 1 Departure from your local airport.

Day 2 Workshop in Bishkek on elechek making, the traditional millinery of married women and consisting of many layers of fabric. Stay in hotel.

Day 3 Workshops (embroidery, making corsage) and a visit to the Osh-bazaar. Stay in hotel.

Day 4 By minibus to Kara-Suu Village. Start the first workshop (making felt traditional way). Stay in the house of a shyrdak-making family.

Day 5 Continue workshops (shyrdak), learning about the meaning of Kyrgyz patterns andmaking chi, the reed mat which is put between the frame and the felt of the yurt and which is used for moulding felt). Stay in the house.

Day 6 Visit Kochkor (Altyn-Kol shop, museum, gallery, bazaar) and after lunch to Tuura-Suu yurt camp (2200 m). Stay in a yurt.

Day 7 Full day in Tuura-Suu, visit the village, hiking and/or horse riding. Stay in a yurt.

Day 8 Drive to Sonun yurt camp. On route stop in Kyzyl-Tuu to see yurt frames and decorations being made. Stay in a yurt.

Day 9 Some short hiking and continue working on your shyrdak. Stay in a yurt.

Day 10 To Temir-Kanat yurt camp (2450 m). On the way we will stop and meet a man who hunts with eagles and can see his bird(s) of prey. Stay in a yurt.

Day 11 Day in Temir-Kanat. Hiking, horseback riding. Stay in a yurt.

Day 12 By minibus to Tamchy Village on the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. We will stay at the house of the lady who makes local handicrafts. Workshops on Kyrgyz traditional patchwork and making a kerchief with silk and wool.

Day 13 Drive back to Bishkek. On the way visit Burana Tower, the remnants of an old Silk Road city which existed in X-XII centuries. Stay in hotel.

Day 14 Day in Bishkek for a workshop on origami and then for shopping in Osh Bazaar, local shops. Farewell dinner. Stay in hotel.

Day 15 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.


Kyrgyzstan is a land full of beautiful experiences and wonders unique...
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Kyrgyz nomadic culture

This journey suits people who are interested in the nomadic way of life
and the culture of the Kyrgyz people.
We expect you to be a little adventurous, to have an average physical condition
and not necessarily to demand luxury.

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tour specifics

Date   June 2
June 16
Price € 1.295
Group 4-8

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