Horseback riding tour: The way of nomad, 12 days

                                  The way of nomad

          Kyrgyzstan is not only a country of the mountains but also of horses. According to an ancient proverb "horses are the wings of the Kyrgyz". It takes a significant part in the nomadic culture. This trip will be ideal for horse lovers. Enjoy the wild and untouched nature and learn about the lifestyle of the Kyrgyz nomads while riding the beautiful Kyrgyz horses.

                           Route of program day by day: 

 

Day 1. Airport – Bishkek (ca. 30 km, 40 min)

Arrival to Manas Airport in Bishkek where our team will pick up you and drive you to hotel situated in the capital. You can have a rest in cozy and comfortable rooms after the flight.

After breakfast in hotel, we start our city tour. We will visit the heart of the city, Ala-Too Square where the State Historical Museum is located. After we can enjoy a walk in the Oak Park, one of the favorite places of local people. Bishkek is known as the greenest city in Central Asia thanks to its countless parks and alleys making the city a great place to live. 

After lunch, we will have time to visit the local market Osh bazar. Here you can appreciate the creativity and talent of local artisans. Just as you step the market, you plunge into the real oriental atmosphere: an interminable stream of people, a big variety of goods and colors.

In the evening, we go to one of the best restaurants in Bishkek where you can taste delicious Kyrgyz national dishes.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* (My Hotel / Rixon Hotel or similar)

 

Day 2. Bishkek – Burana – Chon Kemin (ca. 200 km, 3h)

After breakfast in Bishkek, we go towards Burana Tower.

Burana Tower is an ancient minaret in the Chuy Valley in the north part of Kyrgyzstan. It is close to the city of Tokmok. The tower with funerary monuments, earthworks, remains of the castle and three mausoleums – that’s all what last out of the ancient Balasagyn town that was founded by Karakhanids at the end of the ninth century.

After we keep our way towards Chon Kemin valley. It is unique place thanks to its unbelievable beauty and its rich diversity of fauna and flora. You will have the opportunity to hike in the gorge and enjoy the beautiful alpine views.

Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Guesthouse (Kemin Guesthouse or similar)

Optionally: horseback riding, national horse games demonstration, folk show

 

Day 3. Chon Kemin – Kalmak Ashuu (horseback riding)

After breakfast in the guest house you start the horse trek.

We head towards the pastures of Akkytay, around noon we will climb to the point where we will have a panoramic view of the entire valley. We have a picnic there. Horses can rest too.

After lunch we continue our trek. We go towards the Kalmak Ashuu pass.

We install the tents on the foot of the pass. Dinner around the fire and rest in the tents.

Horse riding: 6 hours

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Tent

 

Day 4. Kalmak Ashuu – Balykchy - Tamchy (horseback riding) (ca. 50 km, 40 min)

Breakfast in the camp. Then we take our horses and we go down towards Issyk Kul Lake.

Picnic on the road. At around 15 hours we reach the point where our trek ends.

We are already in the region of Issyk Kul in Balykchy. Your driver picks you up. Your horse guide returns with his horses to Chon Kemin.

You go to the guesthouse where you rest and take a shower. You can swim in the lake later and relax a bit on the beach.

Horse riding: 6 hours

Meals included: no meals included

Accommodation: Guesthouse (Tamchy Guesthouse or similar)

 

Day 5. Tamchy – Kyzyl Tuu - Kochkor (ca. 200 km, 3h)

After breakfast in the guesthouse we go towards Kochkor village.

On the way we can stop in the small village Kyzyl Tuu. Here you will see how the Kygryz family makes the yurts and you try to set up with help of local people the real Kyrgyz yurt. This family is engaged in this unique art from generation to generation (option).

Lunch in the guesthouse or in the local restaurant. Free time before dinner. You can stroll through the village and visit the local market.

Kyrgyz women can show you the process of producing traditional felt handicrafts (option).

Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Guesthouse (Mira Guesthouse or similar)

Optionally: yurt show, felt show

 

Day 6. Kochkor – Kol Ukok Lake (horseback riding)

Breakfast in the guesthouse.

Transfer by car from Kochkor to Isakeev village (15 minutes) from here you start the horse trek towards Ters Tor pastures, famous for their pure air and crystalline waters.

Picnic on the way. After we continue our trek to get Kel Ukok Lake.

Kol Ukok Lake is a quiet and peaceful place, ideal for a leisurely, tranquil hike. In summer, you can meet local shepherds. There are wolves, foxes, rabbits and mountain goats as well as many wild plants and flowers like wild garlic and edelweiss.

Dinner in the yurt.

Horse riding: 5 h

Meals included: breakfast

Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to the availability. No shower in the camp.

Accommodation: Yurt camp

 

Day 7. Kol Ukok Lake – Kochkor - Kyzart (horseback riding) (ca. 70 km, 1h)

After the breakfast in yurt we return on horseback by the same path to the starting point of our trek where the driver is waiting for us.

Lunch in Kochkor in the local restaurant. Transfer by comfortable car to Kyzart village (1 hour).

Upon arrival you can take a walk in the village and see how the local population leave here.

Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

Horse riding: 4 h

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Guesthouse (Maksat Guesthouse or similar)

 

Day 8. Kyzart -  Kilemche (horseback riding)

Today our horse trek to Son Kul Lake begins. In the morning, we go to the starting point where we will get our horses and local horse guide.

We will ride down through the Kilemche valley. The valley’s name means in Kyrgyz language "like a carpet", and this carpet is presented by the variety of mountain herbs and alpine flowers covering all the nearby slopes.

Overnight in the yurt.

Horse riding: 5 h

Meals included: breakfast

Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to the availability.

Accommodation: Yurt camp

 

Day 9. Kilemche - Son Kul (horseback riding)

After breakfast in the yurt we continue our adventures towards Son Kul Lake.

Horseback ride provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beauty of these places and feel a part of the nature. Today we cross Tuz Ashuu pass (3 400m).

From the pass Son Kul Lake seems very small, but as we go down and approach the lake, it appears as a big and gorgeous lake.

When we arrive in the yurts camp, you get to know the hospitality of the nomads, their lifestyle and their customs.

Diner and overnight in the yurt camp.

Horse riding: 6 h

Meals included: breakfast

 Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to the availability.

Accommodation: Yurt camp

Optionally: national horse games demonstration

 

Day 10. Son Kul (horseback riding)

Today we ride horses along the Son Kul lakeshore.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner in the yurt camp.

Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to the availability.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Yurt camp

Optionally: national horse games demonstration

 

Day 11. Return to Bishkek (ca. 315 km, 5-6h)

Breakfast in the yurt camp. Transfer to Bishkek.

We will return to the civilization by descending from Kalmak Ashuu pass (3400m) and through Boom gorge. You can take pictures of this beauty and breathtaking sceneries.

Lunch on the road.

Upon arrival we will have time to visit the local market and buy some presents.

In the evening, we will have a dinner in the traditional Kyrgyz restaurant.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* (My Hotel / Rixon Hotel or similar)

 

Day 12. Bishkek – Airport – Departure (ca. 30 km, 40 min)

Transfer to airport. Departure.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Price quotation:

2 pax - 1695 USD
4 pax -1095 USD
6 pax - 925 USD
8 pax - 835 USD
10 pax - 760 USD

 

Number of days: 12
Covered regions:
Bishkek City
Batken
Chuy
Jalal-Abad
Naryn
Osh
Talas
Issyk-kul
Osh City
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
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: • International flights • Personal expenses • Single room supplement • Insurance • English speaking guide during the whole trip • Lunches and dinners and breakfast (day 4) • Optional activities • Early check in • Tips for guide, driver etc • Alcohol beverages • Sleeping bags and mats • Helmets
What to bring: Warm shoes, warm clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses, sleeping bags and mats, helmets
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Tour categories:
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