Kyrgyzstan Advanture Horse riding tour to Sonkol 11D10N
Kyrgyzstan Trip 2019 11D10N
Best period: June-July-August
Places to visit: Bishkek –Suusamyr- Kilemche-Son-Kul lake- Tash-Rabat- Karakol - Altyn Arashan- Barskoon-Gorge-Chon-Kemin-Grigoriev/Semenov Gorge-Cholpon-Ata-Chonkurchak-Ala-Archa National park
Season: June 15 – September 15
Day 1: Bishkek –Suusamyr –Kyzyl-Oi Village (250 km/5 -6 hrs)
In the morning transfer to sightseeing tour of Bishkek which includes: The Central Square Ala-Too, Historical museum, Oak and Panfilov park, and your last destination will be Osh bazaar, which keeps the spirit of East bazaars. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon transfer from Bishkek to Suusamyr valley with its beautiful scenery, and crossing a mountain pass over then 3000 m high (Too-Ashu). You will drive through the Kara-Balta gorge to gorgeous beautiful Suusamyr valley which is at altitude of 2200 m a/s/l. Great view is guaranteed. Overnight in Guesthouse in Kyzyl-Oi village where you will have fantastic scenery.
Accommodation: CBT Guesthouse (shower, indoor toilet)
Day 2: Kyzyl-Oi Village via Chaek village –Kyzart-Kilemche Valley (200 km/6-7hrs)
Transfer after breakfast to Son-Kol lake via Kyzyl-Oi village which is located in a narrow gorge on the riverside of the powerful Kokomeren River some 40km south of Suusamyr on the road to Kochkor Village and Son-Kol Lake (both in Naryn region), and about 200km from Bishkek. The elevation is 1,800 metres asl; On the way you will be passing one of the most beautiful and fascinating landscape which opens up somewhat to form a hollow ringed by the high red-colored mountains, which gave the place its name. Kyzyl means 'red' and Oi means Bowl in Kyrgyz. Lunch on route at home-stay. After Lunch continue driving to Kyzart Village, where you will take horse riding to Son-Kol Lake, the second largest lake of Kyrgyzstan which is at altitude of 3013 m a/s/l and where you will have possibility to explore and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its surroundings and to explore its nature on your own. Horseback riding trip along the shore of the lake is also possible. It is a great chance to get acquainted with nomadic traditions and culture of local people and have an experience to stay in yurts (Kyrgyz Nomadic House which is made of wooden skeleton, felt and nail free). One the way, overnight in Kilemche valley. Dinner and overnight at Yurt camp
Overnight in yurt – 4 people in a yurt, facilities are outside (Western toilet, shower with heated water)
Accommodation: Yurt stay (shower, outdoor toilet)
Day 3: Kilemche- Son-Kol Lake
After Breakfast start riding a horse to Son-Kol Lake through Jalgyz Karagay pass (3250m). Lunch in Yurt Camp. Free time before Dinner. Overnight and Dinner in Son-Kol lake at Yurt camp.
FYI: Shepherds from the region use these meadows as summer pastures, let their cattle graze and put up yurts. More than 200 families are spending their summers in yurts scattered around the lake. Locals call Song Kul Lake also “Nomad’s Paradise”. It is an ideal place to try out horse riding, meet shepherds and learn about their nomadic lives, and at the same time enjoy the tranquility of this idyllic landscape. Accommodation and dinner in a traditional Kyrgyz yurt.
Overnight in yurt – 4 people in a yurt, facilities are outside (Western toilet, shower with heated water)
Accommodation: Yurt Stay (shower, outdoor toilet)
Day 4: -Son-Kol- via Moldo Ashu pass- Naryn town –Tash-Rabat Caravanserai (Stone Castle)
Breakfast at Yurt Camp
After Breakfast transfer to Tash-Rabat Caravanserai (Stone Castle) via Moldo Ashu pass. Tash Rabat- Caravanserai which was built on the Great Silk Road (Stone Castle from the 15th century). Tash Rabat is located on the heart of Tian Shan Mountains. And it has no analogue in the whole world, because it was made of stones and furthermore it was built inside a mountain on a height 3200 m above sea level. It is one of the cities on the Great Silk Road and this building had been used as hotel and shelter for travelers. In total there are 31 rooms in the mountain. The thickness of walls is 1 m. There are also underground prison cells for ancient thieves. Upon arrival to Tash-Rabat, you will have chance to explore it and enjoy your free time. Lunch in Tash Rabat. Dinner and Overnight in Tash Rabat Yurt camp.
Accommodation: Yurt camp (shower, indoor toilet)
Day 5: Naryn-Tash Rabat Caravanserai (Stone Castle) -Kochkor village-Bokonbaevo Town (200 km/5-6hrs)
After breakfast drive to Bokonbaevo via Kochkor village, which is the settlement that has been a Silk Road spot for travelers to stop by and pitch their camps, today famous as a handicrafts center and one of the most authentic spots which has successfully preserved ancient customs of Kyrgyz nation. Meet the local people of this beautiful countryside, enjoy the process of making felt carpet 'shyrdak' and learn about ancient traditional craft skills of Kyrgyz people. There will be mainly felt carpets for sale. Dinner and Overnight in Guesthouse (Family run accommodation) Bokonbaevo
Accommodation: Guesthouse (shower, Western toilet)
Day 6: Bokonbaevo- Skazka(Fairy-tale canyon) –Barskoon -Karakol (140 km/3 hrs)
After breakfast transfer to Skazka (Fairy- tale canyon) where you will see the sculptures of different creatures which were made by The Mother Nature Then Stop to visit Barskoon Goge, where you will have chance to have a short walk to Barskoon waterfall and have a picnic in open air condition with a guaranteed splendid view to whole Barskoon Valley. Late afternoon, continue driving to Karakol. Upon arrival to Karakol, Check in. Dinner lunch in Uygur family+Folk Show. Overnight in Karakol.
FYI: Barskon, Barskoon or Barskaun, ancient Barsgan, Barskhan is a small settlement on the southern shore of Lake Issyk Kul in the Issyk Kul Province of Kyrgyzstan. It is on the A363 highway between Bokonbaevskoe to the west and Kyzyl-Suu to the east.
According to his testament Pand nāma, Saboktagin was from the tribe (or place) of Barskhan and according to C. E. Bosworth's summary from preface of the book, the tribe was "so named because in ancient times, one of the rulers of Persia had settled in Turkestan and become a ruler there. He was called Pārsi-khwān that is, one who is literate in Persian, and this became contracted to Barskhan.
Ancient caravan ways dispersed from here, ancient Barsqan, to the East and South, to China and India, the ruins of a caravanserai are quite evidences of those times. The 11th century scholar Mahmud al-Kashgari (also known as Barskhani) was a native of this area. He is best known as the author of the first Turkic languages comparative dictionary which he wrote whilst living in Baghdad in 1072-4. His map of the then known world has Barskon at the centre of the world. His tomb is South of Kashgar - on the road to Pakistan. The modern town began as a military post.
The road south from Barskon which passes up the Barskon valley (A364) used to be one of the routes of the Silk Road, passing over the Bedel Pass (4,284 m) into China (the section from Kara-Say to Bedel Pass is now closed). It is now the main road leading to the Kumtor Gold Mine - hence it is well maintained and there is a reasonable amount of traffic - including lorries making their way up to the mine and back.
Barskon is a village at the mouth of the Barskon valley - which has an impressive Barskoon waterfall in 90 km to the south-west of Karakol on one of the tributaries of Barskaun River and is a good centre for trekking and horse riding.
There is a sad legend about beautiful waterfall. Female of snow leopard gave birth to three wonderful small snow-leopards. After she had left her children in lair, she went hunting. But when she came back, she saw that her unwise children went out of the lair and hurt on mountainous cliffs. And she started cry, and her tears became a waterfall with three ledges. In the beginning of the gorge there is an ancient fortress (IX-XIVcc). There are two interesting monuments along the road - a Soviet lorry mounted on a plinth and a bust of Yuri Gagarin, who holidayed on the South shore of Issyk Kul after his historic first manned space flight.
Accommodation: Guesthouse Matsunoki (shower)
Day 7: Karakol-Altyn-Arashan/(Hot-Springs)-Karakol city
In the morning change, car to Russian Millitary 4WD VAN (Uazik) and drive to Altyn-Arashan valley. "Altyn Arashan" is Kyrgyz for "golden springs" and famous with its natural curative Sulfur hot springs. Free time for rest or visit hot springs (2600 m). Picnic on the way. Afternoon drive back to Karakol. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Overnight at Karakol
Accommodation: Matsunoki Guesthouse or similar (shower)
Day 8: Karakol—Chon-Kemin via Cholpon-Ata/Semenov/Grigoriev Gorge
Breakfast at hotel.
After breakfast go for Karakol City Tour: visit of the museum of M.V. Prejvalsky, one of the world’s greatest explorers. His main achievements were the crossing of the great desert Taklamakan and the discovery of more than 4000 animals, including the Horse of Prejevalsky. Later, you will visit the Dungan mosque and an old wooden Orthodox Church. One of its highlights is the fact that it is built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. Later transfer to Chon-Kemin Village, the road will go along the northern shore of the sparkling pearl of Central Asia – Issyk-Kul Lake. Lunch in local restaurant. On the way, stop to visit Grigoriev gorge with further proceeding to Semenov gorge and visit small mountain lakes. Later, continue driving to Upon arrival to Guest house Ashu check-in. Afternoon, you will have chance to go for easy walk around Chon-Kemin valley for 2-3hrs where you will enjoy its Nature and Beauty. Chon-Kemin is a unique natural reserve where the natural landscapes are preserved almost in virgin state. The glaciers are neighbouring with green coniferous forests and steppe regions. The valley protected with ranges from three sides lies at the height from 1400 to 2800 m above sea level. If there are warmth reigning and green meadows blooming bellow in the valley, then there are permanent snow covering the ranges of Kungei-Ala-Too and Zailiyskiy-Ala-Too at the height of 4700 m. Overnight and Dinner at Guesthouse Ashu or similar. Overnight at Chon-Kemin
FYI: The Chon-Kemin gorge and valley, one of the most picturesque localities in the territory of Kyrgyzstan represent a unique natural complex comprises a gorge, valley and the Chon-Kemin River flowing along the Chon-Kemin water gap through a stunning Boom Gorge.
Accommodation: Guest house Ashu or similar (shower, indoor toilet) ashu.kg
Day 9: Chon-Kemin/Burana-Chonkurchak Gorge (210 km/3-4hrs)
After breakfast transfer to Bishkek. On the way visit Burana Tower (minaret of 11 century) and the museum under open air of Balbals (stone warriors). Then continue driving to Don-Aryk village and have lunch at Kyrgyz family where you will have a chance to taste one of the Kyrgyz National Food (which is called Besh-Barmak it means Five inger leaking food). Upon Arrival to Chonkurchak Gorge. Check in. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Bungalo;
Accommodation: Supara Chonkurchak hotel
Day 10: ChonKurchak Gorge- Ala archa National Park-Bishkek
After breakfast transfer to Ala-Archa where you will be in the alpine gorge through which the fast flowing Ala-Archa River runs, flanked by tall, snow-covered, peaks with steep-sided, forested, mountain slopes. Hiking in the gorge. Return back to the alpine camp and drive back to Bishkek. Lunch/Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Bishkek
Accommodation: Discovery hotel 3* or similar
Day 11: Bishkek-Airport
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Airport. End of Service.
Price is given per pax in USD
1 pax/$ 3040
2pax $/ 1520
KILEMCHE- YURT CAMP
SON-KUL LAKE-YURT CAMP
TASH-RABAT- YURT CAMP
KARAKOL-MATSUNOKI GUESTHOUSE 3*
BISHKEK-DISCOVERY HOTEL OR SIMILAR 3*
Services included into the price:
&O; Accommodation with breakfast in the stated hotels
&O; Mineral water 1L per person daily
&O; Full board meals: (daily lunches and dinners)
&O; Yurt set up Show
&O; Horse trek Day 2-3 /Son-Kul Lake
&O; Russian Military Van (Uazik)
&O; Comfortable AC transport:
Kyrgyzstan: Minivan (7-8 seats) 1-6 pax, Minibus (18-20 seats) 7-10pax
&O; Professional English speaking escort guide
&O; Entrance fees to the monuments.
Services NOT included into the price:
&O; International and domestic flights
&O; Alcohol and soft drinks
&O; Personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.