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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

 



address:
46-A, Donskoy Pereulok
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic

phones:

+996 557 802805 (English)
+996 772 802805 (English)
+996 555 913245 (German)

E-mail: info@ecotour.kg
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Two-week tour in Tong with 3 days trekking and some day hikes

Date: 08/06 – 22/06 and 06/08 – 20/08 2020

Price 1295-euro p.p. if 4 or more participants

This tour suits people who are interested in the nomadic way of life and the culture of the Kyrgyz people. For the hiking you need to be in good physical condition. About 4-6 hours walking a day in mountainous terrain should be within your abilities. You need to be a little adventurous and not to expect luxury.

OOn this tour you travel through the beautiful mountains and alpine pastures of Kyrgyzstan, and will encounter the culture and experience the everyday life of the nomads in Kyrgyzstan. Sleep in yurts, the felt tent houses of the nomadic herdsmen and in a mountain lodge. From the yurt camps it is possible to hike into the high mountains accompanied by a guide. In the evening you will return to the yurt camp and plan how far to go the next. And if you just want to stay put in the yurt camp and watch daily life, then that is no problem.

During the three trekking days you walk from Temir-Kanat to Tosor or the other way around. This hike is reasonably challenging, hiking through a hilly area at an altitude of between 2200- 2400m, crossing a over pass of 3350m. and one of 2890m. On the third day of the trek you arrive at Manjyly yurt camp or Temir-Kanat yurt camp. Whilst the trekking you sleep in small tents that will be carried on horseback, as will the luggage. An interpreter, guide and horsemen will be with you all the way. In the beginning of the trip there is a day hike in the canyons of the Boom Valley. Also it is possible to walk part of the route to the yurt camps that you will visit during this tour. In Manjyly you can go swimming in Lake Issyk Kul or hike in the badlands.

In Bishkek the accommodation is in a nice friendly hotel, and in the countryside in family-run yurt camps. Throughout the whole tour an English or German speaking guide/interpreter will accompany you.

Programme

Day 1: Departure from home airport.

Day 2: Arrival at Manas Airport where you will be met and taken to our hotel. Free until lunch and then sightseeing in the afternoon. Accommodation in Umai Hotel (or similar).

Day 3: Day trip Ala-Archa National Park, about 40 km south east of Bishkek. We will hike along the trail to the waterfalls of the Ala-Archa River, a rather strenuous hike. The flora in this park is very rich and many species typical for this habitat can be found. Picnic lunch, stay in hotel.

Day 4: Leave Bishkek by minibus and, near Tokmok, we will stop to visit an architectural complex from the 10th Century that has survived from the times of the Great Silk Road. We will see and climb the Burana Tower, and visit the mausoleums that have been reconstructed. We will also see Balbals, grave stones from the middle ages. From here we continue to Chon Kemin, a valley along the border with Kazakhstan, where we will stay in a nice guesthouse at the edge of the village.

Day 5: Day in the Chon Kemin Valley. This long valley lies at altitudes of between 1400m and 2,800m. It has verdant pastures, woodland (of Tien Shan firs), several mountain lakes and spectacular views of the mountains. Hike in the mountains. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 6: We leave Chon Kemin and drive to the Boom Gorge for a 4 to 5 hour hike in the Konorchok Canyons with red aeolian (wind) outcroppings. From here we continue to Kara-Talaa on the south side of Lake Issyk-Kul and stay with a local family.

Day 7: Our first stop today is in Kyzyl-Tuu, a village well known for the making of yurt frames. We will visit a family that will show us how this is done. Here we leave the main road and drive into the Kongur Ölung Valley to the village of Toguz-Bulak where we have lunch with a local family and then continue to the yurt camp Temir-Kanat at 2450m. The last part up to the yurt camp hiking again. Stay in yurt.

Day 8 Day in Temir-Kanat, horse riding and/or hiking. We can visit some nomad families and see the making of Kumus, fermented mare milk. On horseback we can ride up till around 3000m and get close to the glacier.

Days 9-10: Trekking over alpine meadows and crossing high passes of 2890 and 3350m. Luggage on horseback, overnight stay in tents. 4-6 hours hiking a day.

Day 11: Arrive in Tosor Canyon (2100m). A half-day hike to the place where the minibus will meet us to bring us to the yurt camp Manjyly near the lake. Stay in yurt.

Day 12: We leave Manjyly after breakfast and drive to Kochkor, a centre of feltmaking. Here we have lunch and can visit the cooperative felt shop where we can see and, if wanted, buy shyrdaks, the felt carpets for which Kochkor is so well known. After lunch we continue to Son-Kul, a lake at 3100m. Here we will stay in a yurt (we will need warm clothes as it will be cold at night).

Day 13: Day at Son-Kul, hiking around the lake and in the mountains. Here it is possible to rent horses (cost not included). Stay in yurt.

Day 14: By car back to Bishkek, stop to visit the Burana tower, a remnant of an important city on the Great Silk Road. Stay in hotel.

Day 15: Transfer to the 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.

Should there are less than 4 participants for this tour, you will be requested to pay an additional fee to take this tour individually or with a small group.

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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 
- program as described
- English speaking guide/interpreter

IThe following are not included:
- Flight
- Insurances
- Personal expenses
- Tips
- Entrance charges if applicable
- Alcoholic and other bottled beverages

 

 

 

 

 

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