Holiday in yurt camps 1
15 day tour, in small groups, since ….
In accordance with the third of our operating principles all 5 of our yurt camps are organised with the assistance of local people
During your bike tour there will be plenty of time to enjoy the local nature
In the yurt camp on the shore of lake Issyk Kul you can go for a swim in the clear blue water.
In the mountains you can go for a hike, ride a horse or pay a visit to the nomadic families who live in the mountain pastures during the summer.
In accordance with the third of our operating principles all 5 of our yurt camps are organised with the assistance of local people. Each camp has 4 or 5 yurts. From these camps we offer cultural (arts and crafts, etc.) and adventure (horse riding, hiking, etc.) tours. You can either select the camp of your choice and we will advise you on what is available from there, or tell us what you wish to do and we will advise you from which camps this is available.
It is also possible to combine several camps over a 2 or 3 week period thus enjoying the differing scenery and various activities available at each camp. It gives us much pleasure to assist our guests in “composing” their own special tour. Please contact us for details. Additionally you can select one special tour, for instance horse riding or textiles, and stay in more than one camp. Due to the great variety of landscapes and activities available the majority of our guests choose to have a three week holiday.
Finally you may just wish to spend time in one of yurt camps for a few days with nothing organised. In this instance we will advise you on the activities available in the area. The choice will always be yours, just to rest, to go hiking or to ride out on horseback with guides.
Lake Issyk-Kul is probably the best place to start your holiday where you can have a day or two just to relax, and get used to the altitude, climate and time difference. Your stay in the mountains can be interspersed with a short stay in Issyk-Kul at any stage. On the southern shore we have the Ak-Say camp on the edge of the lake, quiet and beautiful. Or you can stay in the small village of Kara-Talaa with a local family. Here the land is dry and barren, almost semi-desert, and a real contrast to wet and green Europe. In Bosteri, on the northern side of the lake, it is possible to stay with a local family. Their backyard is only a short walk from the beach where you can swim and relax. From Bosteri the Scythian-drawn petroglyphes in Cholpon-Ata are only a short journey away.
Our mountain camps are at Temir-Kanat (2.450 m) and Tuura-Suu (2.220 m). In both camps you will truly experience the nomadic way of life and marvel at the beauty of small mountain valleys devoid of trees but filled with eidelweiss and other mountain flora. You will be able to listen to the children singing and see them making music on traditional Kyrgyz instruments (komuz, oz-komuz, kyak, chor). Horse riding, for every level of ability, is possible in these camps. Either on foot or on horseback you can go and visit local families who live high in the mountains in their yurts and taste fresh kumus, our national drink made from mare’s milk.
Further to the east we have the Jeti-Oguz camp (2.250 m) and from here you can admire an amazing splintered hill known as “Broken Heart”, and behind it the red sandstone cliffs that are Jeti-Oguz (Seven Bulls). The camp nestles in a small fir forest. This region often reminds people of Switzerland, and is well known for its flora. You can hike from here, or bathe at the Jeti-Oguz health spa and get a good massage. It is important that we draw your attention to the local climatic conditions which is humid and you should be prepared for the occasional rain shower.
One of the country’s diamonds is tiny Lake Song-Kol, 3.016 m above sea-level, 29 km long and 18 km wide, it is the second largest lake after Issyk-Kul. The lake and shore are part of the Song-Kol zoological reserve. Our camp is on the south side of the lake at 3.100 m. From the camp you can enjoy a never-ending panorama of incredible beauty that will soothe your soul and banish stress. In the summer the grasslands are dotted with traditional yurts. On horseback or on foot you can wonder around and take photos of the stunning scenery to help you remember Song-Kol forever. Due to the altitude this is our coldest camp, and the climatic conditions can change several times within a day. Even in July and August the overnight temperature can drop below zero.
Our yurt camps are waiting for you between June and September. Come and join us in the majestic mountains of Kyrgyzstan.
Day By Day Programme
Here you can find a detailed description of the tour with routes and locations
Due to unforeseen circumstances, it might be necessary to make small changes in the program.
We ask for your understanding.
Our tours can be organized for individual travelers or groups of up to 10 people (and sometimes more) and for families with (young) children. For the majority of our tours you can specify the start date and length of the tour.
|On request||On request|
|2 and more persons|
|For two persons|
|Price||€ 1.550 p.p.|
|For four persons|
|Price||€ 1.150 p.p.|
|Price||€ 300 p.p.|
For bookings of 4, or more, persons we offer a 5% discount. In case there are less participants than required, if you pay an additional fee, the trip will go on as planned.
Terms of payment
• Transportation by own minibus
• All meals
• Stay in hotel, guesthouse, yurt, tent
• Programme as described
• English speaking guide/ interpreter
• Camping equipment except sleeping bag and Iso-mattress
• Porters to carry luggage (max 12 kg pp.)
• Trekking guide
• Road taxes
• Personal expenses
• Entrance fees
• Alcoholic and other bottled beverages
• Activities not mentioned in the programme
If you have to cancel a tour you already booked, we have to charge you cancellation fee.
If Ecotour cancels the tour, of course you will get back the full amount you paid.
If you cancel your trip, depending on the time your message reaches us, you owe Ecotour the following amount:
|till 42 days before departure||one pays the deposit|
|day 42- till day 28||35 %|
|day 28- till day 21||40 %|
|day 21- till day 14||50 %|
|day 14- till day 5||75 %|
|day 5 – till day 2||90 %|
|on the last day before and the day of departure||100%|
A trip with Ecotour means an unusual and unforgettable vacation.
Our trips are suitable for those who do not insist on luxury, love the mountains,
appreciate the silence and do not want to travel in large groups.
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Mountain passes, bad tracks, off-road, and firm climbs over 3000 m characterize this route.
Not all slopes are steep, but some are very long and on dirt roads.
But it is worth the effort.