Short nomadic culture
4-day tour giving you the chance to experience life in yurts, since 2008
Two different yurt camps, one close to the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul and the other on a mountain plateau
You will visit the Burana Tower, one of only 3 ancient buildings in Kyrgyzstan
At the lake you will have time for a swim or a hike through the badlands, and in the mountains you can go for a horse ride or hike higher into the mountains
For people who only have a limited amount of time we have developed compact tours that will allow you to experience a flavour of the nomadic life and culture. The short programs can be done for this price between June 1 and September 1 – if places available.
Accommodation will be in one or more of our yurt camps up in the mountains from where you will be able to hike or ride a horse further into the mountains, and to swim in lake Issyk Kul. On some of our tours you will hear local children playing traditional Kyrgyz instruments, or see how our national drink, kymyz, is made from horse’s milk. Visiting shepherds living, with their families, in the high summer pastures is also very popular.
Here an example of such a tour. Depending on the length of your stay and your personal interests it is possible to include other activities. Unless otherwise stated transportation is by minibus.
If required an English speaking guide can be provided for the duration of the trip, but please note this is not included in the prices quoted.
Day By Day Programme
Here you can find a detailed description of the tour with routes and locations
|Day 1||Depart from Bishkek after breakfast. Visit Burana Tower, a remnant of a town from the old Silk Road, and the museum. Then onto Sonun yurt camp on the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul (1.600 m). Spend the night in a yurt.|
|Day 2||From Sonun onto our yurt camp at Temir-Kanat (2.450 m). On the way we stop to meet a man who hunts with eagles. We will see his bird(s) and hear about his profession. From here it is not far to the yurt camp. The last 100 m of the journey is by foot or on horseback. Stay in yurt.|
|Day 3||A day in Temir-Kanat, horse riding or mountain walking. If you wanted to learn to cook a Kyrgyz meal, this can be arranged. Stay in yurt.|
|Day 4||From Temir-Kanat return to Bishkek. On the way a stop in Kyzyl-Tuu to see how yurt frames and decorations are made. Arrive in Bishkek in the afternoon.|
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|
|4 and more persons|
|For four and more persons|
|Price||€ 290 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
Your booking will be confirmed upon receipt of a deposit of euros 250 per person. The outstanding balance must be paid either 8 weeks before departure or in cash upon arrival. We do not accept debit or credit cards.
• Transportation by minibus
• Transfer from and to the airport
• All meals, breakfast, lunch and supper
• Stay in hotel, B&B, guesthouse, yurt and homestay
• Programme as described
• English/German (as required) speaking guide/interpreter
• Personal expenses
• Entrance charges if applicable
• 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.