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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)


Wild Tulip Expedition

Date: 09/04 – 23/04 2020.

Price 1195 euro p.p., minimum 4 participants.

Legend has it that a long time ago a Seljuk nomad discovered the tulip whilst he was searching for a lost goat somewhere in the Tien-Shan Mountains close to the Chinese border in an area that is now known as Kyrgyzstan. And still today there are many different kinds of wild tulips growing in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. In early spring they can be found on several mountain slopes.

In 2020 Ecotour will host its 8th TULIP EXPEDITION designed specifically to search out this beautiful flower in its original habitat. Transportation will be by minibus but hiking will also be part of the programme. Luxury should not be expected.

Accommodation in Bishkek is in the Umai Hotel, about a 15-minute walk from the civic center. The first days in Bishkek will be spent visiting some area’s near Bishkek and the Alamedin Gorge, and will include some hiking. Next is a valley close to Lake Issyk-Kul. 2 nights stay In the valley in a B&B in a small village. The trip continues to Lake Issyk-Kul (1,600m). Staying in a guesthouse, day trips will be made into different valleys. In these valleys not only tulips but a wide variety of spring flowers can be found. The next day is a long drive, with some stops on the way, to Talas in the far west part of the country.

There will be an experienced English-speaking guide/interpreter during the whole of the trip.

More detailed description on request


Day 1: Departure from home airport.

Day 2: Arrival at Manas Airport where you will be met and taken to the Umai Hotel. After a light lunch we will do some sightseeing in Bishkek. Dinner and stay in the Umai Hotel.

Day 3: A day trip to the Alamedin Gorge, 30 km from Bishkek, and back to the Umai Hotel.

Day 4: Today a trip in the Bishkek area to Ata Beit memorial complex and the Chunkurchak valley, where we can botanize. We should see the endemic tulips of Kyrgyzstan: T.Zenaedae and T. Dasystemon. Stay in the Umai Hotel.

Day 5: By minibus to the Chon-Kemin Valley, a National Park along the border with Kazakhstan. En route we will visit the Burana Tower. Overnight in B&B.
Day 6: Day in the Chon-Kemin Valley to botanize in the mountains to see T. Heterophylla and other specific spring flowers. Overnight in B&B.
Day 7: From Kemin to Cholpon Ata on the north side of Lake Issyk-Kul. There will be stops on the way, including a semi-desert where we can botanize. Stay in an hotel.

Day 8: We leave Cholpon Ata and stop in Kyrchyn Valley for a hike along the river. Next to Karakol where will will stay in a guesthouse.

Day 9: Today we travel along the south shore of the lake to Kochkor. We will visit a valley with hot spa and meet a man who hunts with golden eagles and other birds of prey. Stay in B&B in Kochkor.

Day 10: From Kochkor to Kyzyl-Oi in the Suusamyr valley. Stops on the way for botanizing. Stay in B&B.

Day 11: From Kyzyl-Oi through an alpine landscape to the Otmok Pass (,3320m) and descend into the Talas Oblast (province). Stay in B&B.

Day 12: Day trip to the State Reserve, south of Talas, that has a rich vegetation. Here the endemic Tulipa talassica Lazkov was found and is named after the Kygyz botanist Georgy Lazkov. In the evening back to the B&B.

Day 13: Back to Bishkek through the Tor-Ashuu tunnel – some stops on the way, Stay in the Umai Hotel.

Day 14: Our final daytrip to the Ala Archa National Park, about 40 km from Bishkek. Stay in the Umai Hotel.

Day 15: Transfer to the airport and departure.

For bookings of 4, or more, persons we offer a 5% discount.

If there are less than the required number of participants for any programme (tour) a small additional fee will be payable for the programme to go ahead as planned.


Kyrgyzstan is a land full of beautiful experiences and wonders unique... click the link below

plants in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan has a very rich flora,
here you can find a great variety of plants.
Several specimens can only be found in this country.

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In the price, everything is included as described in the program:

• Transportation by minibus
• Transfer from and to the airport
• All meals
• Stay in hotel, B&B
• Programme as described
• English speaking guide/interpreter


In the price is not included:

• Flight
• Insurances
• Personnel expenses
• • Entrance charges if applicable
• Tips
• Alcoholic and other bottled beverages
• Activities not mentioned in the program

wild tulips in Kyrgyzstan


Wild tulips in Kyrgyzstan


Wild tulips in Kyrgyzstan


Wild tulips in Kyrgyzstan



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