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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
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Visit the nomads of Kyrgyzstan by bike with luggage transportation

Price: 1.345 euro p.p. if 4 persons and more, 1850 Euro p.p. for 2 persons

Date: 01/06 –17/6 2019

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 on 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 real 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 the brakes and 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 average cycling distances per day are between 60 and 95 km. If necessary you can ride along in the car. 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, 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 have to bring also your own helmet and orange or yellow safety jacket.

Have a look at the video made by one of our cycling groups about Kyrgyz nature and culture around Issyk-Kol lake.

Programme

Day 1 Departure from your local airport.

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

Day 3 By minibus to the north side of lake Issyk-Kul. When you have passed Bosteri, you start cycling over an asphalt road to Semyonovka, a small village where you will stay in a nice B&B (275 km by car, 30 km cycling).

Day 4 Continue along the north side of the lake. After 70 km you arrive in Tupp (68 km) and from here you continue by car to the yurt camp Kara-Kyz (alt 2000m) Kara Kyz is located in a wooded area, 20 km from Karakol at the a small river. Stay in a yurt.

Day 5 Descend from Kara Kyz to Karakol, first part over a rather bad stony road, (if necessary you can do this by car), next over a flat asphalt road to Karakol, Sightseeing in Karakol. If this is a Sunday you can visit the famous animal market. Places of interest that are worth visiting include the Dungan Mosque and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. In the afternoon visit Karakol National Park. Here you can either cycle or hike and enjoy the beautiful nature. Along the river there is a small path which leads up into the mountains (from 1,740 to 3,000m). Stay in guesthouse.

Day 6 Cycle from Karakol along the south side of Lake Issyk-Kul to the turn off to Jeti Ogus. Jeti Ogus is one of the most beautiful gorges in Kyrgyzstan located at the altitude of 2200 m. You will see famous red rocks the “Seven Bulls” and the “Broken Heart. From here return to the main road and continue to Jenish, stay in a guesthouse near the lake Total 31 + 55 km.

Day 7 Day trip: Discover the valleys around Jenish, total 62km, of which 28km asphalt. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 8 To Sonun, a yurt camp in a semi desert area. Stop for a short hike in the Skazka valley. About 70km over asphalt road, the last 4 km sand path. In Sonun you can swim in the lake. Stay in yurt.

Day 9 To the village of Bokonbaevo, 15km and at an altitude of 1.600m. After 4km again asphalt road. Stop to meet a man who hunts with a golden eagle and to see his bird(s). From here up into the mountains to the yurt camp at Boz-Salkyn at 2,500m 12km cycling. Not an easy road, it is possible to ride this part in the minibus. Stay in yurt.

Day 10 Cycle back down to Bokonbaevo and then into the mountains to the yurt camp at Temir-Kanat, 20km of mostly 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 yurt.

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

Day 12 Today again a rather short cycling part. Leave Temir-Kanat after lunch. From Temir-Kanat over a reasonably good asphalt road to the village Toguz-Buak where you will spend the night with a local family.

Day 13 Continue through the Kongur Olung valley and turn to the main road along the river. You will slowly climb up till 2200m (false flat) and then descend again to 1700 m. In the village Kara-Talaa you will spend the night again with a local family.

Day 14 Leave Kara-Talaa, and cycle through a pleasant canyon but over a bad asphalt road, 35km. Next over an asphalt road to Kochkor (alt 1800m), center of felt making. Total 97 km. Stay in B&B.

Day 15 From Kochkor to Boom, alongside a water reservoir and over a pass at 2.100m, then down. Here you will get in the car and drive to Bishkek. 48 km asphalt road. Stay in hotel Umai or equivalent.

Day 16 Free day for shopping, visit Osh bazaar etc. Lunch is not included.

Day 17 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.

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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In the price is included:
- Transportation by own 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
- Road taxes

In the price is not included:
- Flight
- Insurances
- personnel expenses
- tips
- entrees
- Alcoholic and other bottled beverages
- Bike rental
- Activities not mentioned in the program

 

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