Horseback riding tour (3 days)

Extreme horseback riding tour to untouched Uzyn kargaly gorge. Explore unique nature of Tien Shan and improve your equestrian skills.

Nomad Ethnic center  is a unique historical and ethnographic complex located at the foothills of Ushkonyr plateau, Almaty region. he foundation of its creation is based on the centuries-old traditions, culture and life of the nomadic tribes of the Great Steppe – Sakas, Usuns, Kangyus, Turks, Kazakhs and many others. Here everyone can learn to weave nap and lint-free carpets, roll felt, participate in the preparation of traditional Kazakh dishes with their subsequent tasting. Any detail of the ethnic-center bears the spirit of past epochs, giving all visitors the opportunity to dive into the picturesque world of ancient nomads and become not only witnesses, but also participants of epic battles and authentic rituals, to get acquainted with the material and spiritual heritage of nomadic civilizations. NOMAD ethnic-centre combines at the same time historical, cultural, educational and entertainment functions.

Tour Composition: 

Day 1  
10:00 Short Almaty city tour. The tour starts with sightseeing in central part of Almaty.

You will visit the Green Bazaar, where it is impossible to refrain from shopping. It is the great chance to experience an atmosphere of the real eastern market.

Our next destination is the Kok-Tobe hill where the tallest TV tower in the world is located (if to count from the sea level) and where you will get by the picturesque winding mountain road. In Kok-Tobe Park you can stroll along the winding paths of the park, admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the special observation deck and visit the shop of national souvenirs. The first part of the tour ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway

13:00 lunch (at own payment - calculate 8-10 USD per person).

15:00 Shymbulak resort, Medeo Skating Rink. After exploration of sport, cultural and business areas of the city you will get to the Medeo Gorge, well known due to the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam, protecting the city from dangerous mudflow.

18:00 Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel (Almaty)

Day 2
09:00 Breakfast at the hotel.

10:00 Transfer to «Nomad» ethnic center. Nomad ethnic is unique historical and ethnographic complex. Check in to Yurt (accommodation: yurts on the double/sharing basis).

11:00 One day horse riding tour (5-6 hours riding) is a fascinating journey to beautiful and untouched Uzyn kargaly gorge. Trans-Ili Alatau is the most northerly mountain gorge of Tien Shan. The highest altitude 5017 m above sea level. On the northern slope of the deep drains river Uzyn kargaly. Mountain back with his hard-tops attracts many climbers. In addition to climbing routes in the mountains and hiking trails are laid. Uzyn kargaly gorge differs from the other parts of Trans-Ili Alatau system because of absence of the forest zone (subalpine and alpine zones are presented). You can see raspberries, dried apricot and apples. There are also different medical herbs such as sage, thyme and milfoil. Lunch (outdoor picnic is included into the cost). Free time. Return to the ethno center.

18:00 arrival and dinner at Yurt (at own payment - calculate 8-10 USD per person). Overnight at the yurt.
Day 3
09:00 Breakfast (is included) - (or outdoor breakfast on the top of the mountain + 39 USD per person).

10:00 Hiking in the mountains, elk farm where you can see herds of elks at holistic grazing, at the altitude of 2000 m above sea level. Taste national dish "Kuyrdak" made of elk Lunch at elk farm at own payment (calculate 8-10 USD per person).

12:00 departure to the Big Almaty lake and Falcon Farm, where you will enjoy a spectacular show with specially trained hawks - hunting with them is one of the most unique features of the Kazakh way of life.

13:00 lunch (at own payment - calculate 8-10 USD per person).

17:00 Birds of prey show. Sunkar Falcon Farm was originally established to protect the falcon, whose numbers dropped alarmingly in the ’80s and ’90s, when a thriving market developed to export the birds to Arabia for big money. Habitat degradation and the impact of agrochemicals are other big issues confronting almost all birds of prey in Kazakhstan. Sunkar has around 400 birds it is taking care of from 15 species of owl, eagle, lammergeyer, vulture, hawk and falcon. The birds that stay at the center have been rescued and cannot be released anymore into the wild, they would not survive.

18:00 Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel (Almaty)

3 day tour: including transfer, English speaking tour guide, meals – day 2 lunch, day 3 breakfast, accommodation - 1 night – double/sharing basis – yurt, horse riding for 5-6 hours, transportation to the gorge and instructor services) Medeo and Koktobe cableway tickets, entrance fee to Nomad and birds of prey show

Price  – 435 USD per person  (for a group of 2)

Price  – 325 USD per person (for a group of 3)

Price  – 280 USD  per person (for a group of 4)

Price  – 245 USD per person (for a group of 5)


Number of days: 3
Covered regions:
East Kazakhstan
North Kazakhstan
South Kazakhstan
West Kazakhstan
Included services:
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: • Meals • Accommodation in Almaty • Outdoor breakfast on the top of the mountain – 39 USD per person • Archery master classes – 12 USD per person • Cooking classes – 39 USD per group. • Yurt assemble 118 USD per group • Visa costs and processing • Photo and video charges • Alcohol + Beverages • International and domestic flights • Insurance • Tips and gratuities • Any personal expenses • Any services not included in the above itinerary
What to bring: raincoat, rainboots, demi-season jacket, sun-glasses, trekking boots, t-shirt, comfortable trousers; swimsuit, fleece jacket (depending on the season); please bring some water with you
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
Tour categories:
Private tours
Cultural tours
Adventure tours
Offroad tours
Sightseeing tours
Winter tours
Special Event tours
Wildlife tours
Highlight tours
Photo tours
Hiking tours
Horseback riding tours
Circle tours
Short tours
Budget tours
Payment Method

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.

Cancellation Policy

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.