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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)
+996 700 584245 (English)

E-mail: info@ecotour.kg elmirakalmakova@gmail.com






Spring active cultural programme

Dates: 07-21/05 2018. Price 1195 euro p.p. if 4 or more participants.

This spring tour is suitable for those who want to combine an adventurous tour with a little more comfort. You will stay mainly in guesthouses, with a local families and small hotels except for one night in yurts.

On May 9 the end of the Second World War is celebrated. This is a day with concerts, a parade and other outdoor festivities.

You make a trip around Lake Issyk-Kul, a beautiful lake in the eastern part of Kyrgyzstan at an altitude of 1,600m. On the north shore you will visit an open air museum with petroglyphs, rock drawings from the 11 -3th century B.C. In Karakol, the largest town on Lake Issyk–Kul you will spend two nights. Here you can visit the Russian Orthodox cathedral and a mosque built in the shape of a lama temple. There is a day trip to the flower valley JetiÖgus. At this time of the year all the spring flowers are blooming in the Alpine meadows. It is also possible to visit a spa built during Soviet time and still in operation. Here you can take a bath or get a massage. Do not expect anything luxurious it is still functioning as it did in Soviet times! Along the south shore you continue to Kochkor, a centre for felt. On the way you will visit a village famous for yurt production. Here the making of a yurt will be explained and you will see the craftsmen at work. In Kochkor you can visit several workshops where handmade felt articles from the region are made and sold.

You will be in Bishkek during the festivities for Victory Day. This is a day in remembrance of the end of the Second World War. Each year there is a big celebration with music, dance, singing and a parade. In theatres and the opera special performances are given in honour of the veterans. You will, of course, have the opportunity to attend these festivities.

During the excursion to the Alamedin gorge, about 30km west of Bishkek, you can visit the hot spa and take a bath if you want. An interpreter will be available during the whole tour. The maximum number of participants is 8. Transportation is by minibus. In Bishkek you will stay in the Hotel Umai (or similar), a 15 min walk from the city centre.

Everything is included in the price, except flight, insurances, personal expenses, tips, bottled drinks and entrance fees.

Programme

Day 1 Departure from your local airport.

Day 2

Arrival at Manas Airport and transfer to your hotel in Bishkek. After lunch we will go sightseeing around Bishkek with a guide/interpreter. Bishkek is a rather new city built mostly in the Soviet style with wide boulevards, many parks and numerous terraces. You can visit the Old Square from where you can walk through the oldest park in Bishkek, Oak Park, and onto the main square, Ala-Too. Passing by the National Opera and Ballet Theatre, you will get to Victory Square, built for the 40th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War (Second World War). Stay in hotel.


Day 3 Today is Liberation Day, the day of the end of the “Great Patriotic War”. There is a parade, music and dancing in the centre of town. Veterans are paid respect with flowers and a meal. Stay in hotel.

Day 4 Day trip to Alamedin Valley, 35km south of Bishkek, located in the Kyrgyz Ala-Too range. Towrads the top of the valley there is a Soviet spa with naturally, radon, heated water. If you like, you can take a bath and have good massage on the way back. About 4 hours of hike in a beautiful alpine valley covered with glades with berries, mushrooms, juniper and birch forests and views of glaciers and the Usechenko peak (4,650m). In the evening back to Bishkek. Stay in hotel.

Day 5 By minibus to Cholpon Ata, a lively town on the north side of Lake Issyk-Kul. On route visit Burana Tower, a remnant of an old Silk Road town. The tower is part of the minaret of the town of Balasagun, the capital of the Karahanieden in the 11th century.Around the tower you find Balbals (gravestones) from between the 6th and 10th centuries. The newly built small museum contains more artifacts collected in this area. Stay in hotel.

Day 6 In Cholpon-Ata you can visit the archeological open air museum where you can see rock drawings from the Scytes.Then continue to Karakol, the largest town in this part of the country, sightseeing in Karakol. Stay in hotel.

Day 7 In the morning visit the animal market in Karakol, then daytrip to Jeti-Ögus, one of the most beautiful valleys of Kyrgyzstan. Here you can see the red rocks with names like “broken heart" and “seven oxen”: You can hike along the small river and/or visit the old Russian spa in the small village. Stay in hotel in Karakol.

Day 8 Along the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul and down to the Sonun yurt camp at 1,650m.Sop for a short hike in Skazka (fairytale in Russian), a hidden valley of startling vivid rock formations. The sandstone cliffs of this miniature canyon have been weather-sculptured into an ensemble of fairy-castles, pillars and human forms and faces, ranging in color from deep red to bright orange and yellow. Stay in yurt.

Day 9 Today you continue to a small mountain village, Tuura-Suu, at 2,200m. You can walk the last part of a pleasant gorge leading to the village. In the afternoon walk around the village to get acquainted with the rural life. Homestay.

Day 10 Day in Tuura-Suu. Hiking and/or horse-riding. On horse we can reach a small mountain lake, which is a grazing place of yaks in the spring and late autumn. In the evening back to the village. Homestay.

Day 11 Descent to the main road and from here to a small village near Kochkor where a local family will show how felt is made from sheep wool. In the afternoon to Kochkor where you willstay ina B&B.

Day 12 Day in Kochkor, you can visit Altyn-Kol a cooperative shop where women from the surrounding village show their felt products and shirdaks, Visit the bazaar, museum shop and a nearby salt mine. Stay in B&B in Kochkor.

Day 13 Back to Bishkek. In the Boom Valley you will stop for a hike of a couple hours in the Konorchok canyons. Arriving in Bishkek in the afternoon. Stay in hotel.
 
Day 14 Day without fixed program, time for shopping, visiting a museum and Osh bazaar. Lunch not included. 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.

In the case that there are less than 4 participants for this tour, you will be requested to pay an additional fee to make this tour individually or with a small group.

If you book with 4 persons or more, we offer 5% discount.

                    

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Kyrgyz nomadic culture

This journey suits people who are interested in the nomadic way of life
and the culture of the Kyrgyz people.
We expect you to be a little adventurous, to have an average physical condition
and not necessarily to demand luxury.

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tour specifics

 

 
Date   May 7
 
May 21
   
Price € 1195
   
Group min 4
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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