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Ecotrek Trekking&Travel

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
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About Ecotrek Trekking&Travel
We organize trekking tours and cultural tours in Kyrgyzstan. Also we arrange: horsebackriding tours, bike tours and transfers.
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Andrea J wrote a review Sep 2019
Melbourne71 contributions12 helpful votes
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There is a lot of choice for companies in Karakol, which is clearly on the well worn travellers path in Kyrgyzstan. While I have a little bit of trekking experience, I wasn't confident enough to do the Ala-Kul trek without a guide, even though many companies insisted I didn't need a guide. Enter the guys at Eco-Trek. I was introduced to them by Destination Karakol and from the minute I walked into their offices, I formed an immediate rapport with Adair. He introduced me to Asat, who would be my guide for the next 3 days. What a brilliant 3 days. Asat and I spoke about EVERYTHING, relationships, work, life, travel, and he was my beacon of support as we walked up from Serota Hut to the Ala-Kul pass. He provided so much encouragement, especially when I was really feeling the altitude on the last 200 or so metres. I think he finds it hilarious that the start of the trek is higher than Australia's highest peak! I hit the jackpot as far as decent people go for guides - I said Asat should set up a business of 'life coaching' on treks :) I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him - for those of us that don't trek at altitude often, he showed concern, regularly checking it to ensure I didn't feel the effects of altitude. Don't bother with any of the other companies, go straight to Eco Trek in Karakol.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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ThomasTeh117 wrote a review Jun 2019
Hong Kong, China75 contributions27 helpful votes
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I would like to first thank you the Ecotrek team for such a wonderful trip. The logistics arrangement was seamless. My gf and I had planned this trip since earlier this year and we had been looking forward to it. Aidar had been extremely patient and helpful in answering all our questions and arranging the trek. Initially, we were supposed to depart in mid-June, however, due to personal reasons, we had to bring the trip forward to late May. We thought that we may have to cancel our trip both due to the terrain and also the last minute arrangements. We contacted Aidar on a Wednesday telling him that we have to depart the immediate next Tuesday, and guess what, he said OK. When we arrived in Karakol and visited the office, we saw that indeed the arrangements were made for us to depart ASAP. As we were amongst the first to cross the passes in season, Aidar assigned Ermek, who has plenty of experience and a chill guy, to be our guide. While I would not bore the readers with all the details of my trip, but Ermek managed the whole trek very well. One of the days, just right before Ama-loo Pass to get to Ala-Kul lake, the weather turned for the worse and snowed heavy. While we camped just right before the pass, the next day, Ermek went to check on the conditions and see weather we can cross. Unfortunately, there were high risks of avalanches and indeed, as Ermek communicated that to us, we heard the thundering sound of one. We turned back to Ate-Narashan and called Aidar to arrange transport to get us out of that valley and get us to the next valley, Karakol Valley. Ermek was extremely apologetic about us not crossing the pass, but I reassured him that it is ok and safety is paramount in such trips. Another incident that I find the guide and porters commendable is that a lone trekker wanted to attempt Telety pass. However, weather (again!) was bad and it would be dangerous to cross. Further, it was getting late. Ermek and the rest of the staff were kind and helpful to let her stay in the kitchen tent, to at least wait out the rain until the next day. Ermek was again apologetic but I told him I am happy to see them helping out a fellow trekker. Also, on the trek, the food was great. Our cook kept on whipping out dishes after dishes of delicious local food each day. We enjoyed the food tremendously and we highly recommend that you ask Aidar for the "Shaolin Master" to be your cook on the next trip. Overall, the whole trip was great. The arrangements from end to end were seamless. I would recommend Ecotrek without any hesitation and personally, if I revisit, Ecotrek would be the first one I call up.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Ramcouto wrote a review Jan 2019
Province of A Coruna, Spain37 contributions3 helpful votes
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Aidar was so kind and nice for us, even helping to organize our trip from Spain before our arrival. He helped us with transport, accomodation, and even to organize a crazy trip to Altyn Arashan on new year eve in the middle of a rough winter, hours by horse trough the valley. Loads of snow, overwealmed by romantic landscapes, its a trip that we will never forget.Thank you for everything! I know it won't be the last time we will sea each other and I'm sure more epic trips are on the way once we will be back! Highly recommended, even during winter time :) All the best in life Aidar!! Hope to meet each other soon enough.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Guide94495 wrote a review Dec 2018
2 contributions2 helpful votes
I trekked with Ecotrek in July 2018 and can recommend them without any hesitation! At all phases of the trip, from planning to checking in to the last step of our 7-day trek, the staff were excellent. They were quick to answer our every question (and there were many). The team on the trek (guide, professional cook, and porters) was the best, and we were able to feel their love of the outdoors and their commitment to keeping the environment as healthy and clean as possible. Plus we were able to learn something more of their country, their lives, and their hopes for the future - and that was a tremendous gift. I would be happy to plan another trek with this fabulous team!
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Mathias D wrote a review Aug 2018
2 contributions1 helpful vote
My brother and I went trekking in Kyrgyzstan. In Karakol we visited EcoTrek and they helped us plan the details of our tour and helpfully answered all the questions we had. They are very helpful. It felt like they could arrange just about anything we would like and to a reasonable price! We went for a 7 day hike with a guide (2500 som/day) and horsebackriding in the hills behind karakol afterwards. Ecotrek is the place to go
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from 340ajj, Public Relations Manager at Ecotrek Trekking&Travel
Responded Sep 24, 2018
Dear Mathias, Thank you for your feedback about our services here in Karakol. It was great to help you with a 7 day trek into the mountains near Karakol! We hope to see you and your friends next year! All the best! Enjoy EcoTrek Trekking and Travel Team!
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