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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)


Visit the nomads of Kyrgyzstan by bike in small groups

Dates: 01/06 – 17/6 and 24/7 – 09/08 2020

Price: 1345 euro p.p. if 4 persons or more, 1795 euro p.p. if 2 persons

This is a 17 day tour on your own or rented bicycle in a country not often visited by western tourists.

Meet the nomads and their culture. Sleep in yurts, the nomadic tents made of felt. Listen to children sing their folksongs and play the traditional instruments of the Kyrgyz. Watch kymyz (fermented mare’s milk) being made.

During your bike tour there will be plenty of time to enjoy the local nature. In the yurt camp by 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.

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.

Level of difficulty - this is not a very difficult tour. The tour passes through mountainous regions with frequent slopes and every now and then a stiff climb (usually graded as 3rd level). If you cycle regularly, are in good physical condition and are not scared of a short climb, then this trip is perfect for you. With regular breaks and the different activities available on this tour it is well within the scope of a reasonable experienced biker.

Accommodation - the tour takes you around the south side of Lake Issyk Kul. You will stay in hotels, guesthouses, with local families and in yurts.

Travelling in a group - a group consists of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 participants. The cycling distances per day are between 60 and 95km. If necessary you can ride along in the minibus. Your luggage will be transported by minibus, along with the interpreter, and will be within reach during the whole trip.

Rest days - we have planned sufficient days of rest during the trip. During these days you will have the opportunity to explore the countryside or nearby towns and villages, and go for a hike or ride a horse.

Bicycle ideally you should bring your own bicycle. However, bicycle rental is available. As many of the roads are often in a bad condition we advise you to bring a good mountain bike or a strong trekking bike. You also have to bring your own helmet and orange or yellow safety jacket.


Day 1: Departure from your home airport.

Day 2: Arrival at Manas Airport where you will be met and taken to your hotel. After lunch preparation of bicycles followed by some sightseeing in Bishkek with your guide/ interpreter. Stay in hotel.

Day 3: BBy minibus to the north side of Lake Issyk-Kul. After we pass Bosteri we start cycling over an asphalt road to Ananievo, a small village where we will stay with a local family. (275km by car, 30km cycling).

Day 4: Continue along the north side of the lake. After 70 km we arrive in Tup, and from here we continue by minibus to the yurt camp Kara-Kyz (2000m). Kara Kyz is located in a wooded area 20km from Karakol, and next to a small river. Stay in a yurts.

Day 5: Descend from Kara Kyz to Karakol, the first part over a rather bad stony road, (if necessary this can be done by minibus). Near Ak-Suu we will stop to visit the hot spa of Kench and then continue over a flat asphalt road to Karakol. Sightseeing in Karakol. Places of interest that are worth visiting include the Dungan Mosque and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Stay in hotel.

Day 6: We cycle from Karakol along the south side of Lake Issyk-Kul to the turn off to Jeti Ogus. This is one of the most beautiful gorges in Kyrgyzstan located at the altitude of 2200m. We will see famous red rocks the “Seven Bulls” and the “Broken Heart”. Many legends are told about these rock formations. In the small village there is an old Russian Spa. If one wants to take a bath or have a massage, this is possible to arrange. Back to the main road and continue to Jenish. Stay in a guesthouse near the lake. Total 31 + 55km.

Day 7: Daytrip - discover the valleys around Jenish, total 62km, of which 28km asphalt. Visit a hot spa and take a bath. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 8: To Manjyly, a yurt camp in a semi desert area. Stop for a short hike in the Fairy Tale Canyons. About 70km over asphalt road, the last 2km a sand path. Near Manjyly you can swim in the lake. Stay in yurts.

Day 9: To the village of Bokonbaevo, 18km and at an altitude of 1600m. After 2km again asphalt road. We will stop to meet a man who hunts with golden eagles and to see his bird(s). From here up into the mountains to the yurt camp at Boz-Salkyn at 2500m. 12km cycling. This is not an easy road and it is possible to ride this part in the minibus. Stay in yurts.

Day 10: Cycle back down to Bokonbaevo and then into the mountains to the yurt camp at Temir-Kanat, 20km of partly asphalt road. From the village of Temir-Kanat to the yurt camp is a short steep climb where you will have to walk up. Stay in yurts.

Day 11: Leisure day in yurt camp, time to relax, hike, ride horses. Stay in yurts.

Day 12: Today again a rather short cycling part. From Temir-Kanat into the Kongur Olung Valley over a reasonably good asphalt road to the village Toguz-Buak. Continue through the valley and turn to the main road along the river. At the village of Kyzyl-Tuu a local family will show how they make yurt frames and yurt decorations. We will have lunch with this family. Over the next couple of kilometres you will slowly climb to 2200m (false flat), and then descend again to 1700 m. In the village Kara-Talaa we will spend the night with a local family. (70km cycling).

Day 13: Leave Kara-Talaa, and cycle through a pleasant canyon but over a bad road, 35km. Then over an asphalt road to Kochkor (1800m), a centre of felt making. Total 97km. Stay in B&B.

Day 14: Daytrip cycling near Kochkor to visit the salt mine in Tuz. In this mine you can visit the “curative hospital” partially located in the mine where there are rooms used to treat health problems like chronic bronchitis and certain allergies. Cycle back to Kochkor in time to visit Altyn Kol, a cooperative shop where women from the surrounding villages show and sell their felt product. Stay in B&B.

Day 15: From Kochkor to Boom, 48km alongside a water reservoir and over a pass at 2100m, then down. Here the minibus will be waiting for you. Asphalt road. By minibus to Bishkek. Stay in hotel.

Day 16: Free day for shopping, visiting the Osh Bazaar etc. Lunch is not included. A cycling tour in Bishkek will also be possible. Stay in hotel.

Day 17: 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.

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.

Single supplement os 190 Euro.


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

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.

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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 and local family
- 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
- Bike rental


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