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The way of nomad (Horse riding tour), Kyrgyzstan, 12 Days

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

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 the tour in the museum, 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.

Overnight in hotel.

 

Day 2. Bishkek – Burana – Chon Kemin gorge

After breakfast in Bishkek, we go towards Burana Tower located about 80 km from the capital. 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 gorge. 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.

Overnight in guesthouse.

 

Day 3. Chon Kemin (horseback riding)

Day of horseback riding in the alpine areas. We overlook the Chon-Kemin valley. We climb to Kalmak Ashuu pass at 2 500 meters where we will have amazing views of the entire valley with its green pastures.

Overnight in guesthouse.

 

Day 4. Chon Kemin – Grigoriev and Semienov gorge – Karakol

After the breakfast, we go towards Grigoriev and Semienov gorge.

They are located on the northern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake, 60 kilometers from Cholpon-Ata.

These places are considered as the most famous attractions of the Issyk Kul region. We drive to the the first lake at Grigoriev Gorge and we will have a picnic on the shore (if the weather is nice).

You can have a walk, enjoy the wild nature around you and have a pleasant pastime in this beautiful place. 

In the evening, we get the city of Karakol.

Overnight in guesthouse.

 

Day 5.  Karakol – Jety Oguz – Tamga (horseback riding)

After breakfast, we go Jety Oguz valley. Its name means “Seven bulls”. The name is symbolic, because there are seven huge red-brown rocks resembling ranked furious bulls standing together.

Especially romantic look has the rock "Broken Heart" located at the entrance to the gorge.  At the upper part of Jety Oguz there are also mountain lakes and waterfalls. We will ride horses towards the waterfall.

In the evening, you will try a real Russian bath "banya" in Tamga village.

Overnight in guesthouse.

 

Day 6. Tamga – Skazka – Bokonbaevo – Kochkor

In the morning, we go towards the town of Kochkor by the south shore of the lake; we visit the Skazka canyons, which signify Fairytale. Here you can find objects of surprising shapes and sizes. A real skyscraper or an animal may appear in front of you.

In Bokonbaevo, we will meet the real eagle hunters who demonstrate you the talent of their birds of prey.

In Kochkor, the Kyrgyz women show you the process of producing traditional felt handicrafts. At dinner, we will listen to the national music and folk instruments.

Overnight in guesthouse.

 

Day 7. Kochkor – Kilemche /towards Son Kul (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.

Our first pass on the way is called Chaar-Archa ( 3 600 m ). 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.

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

Overnight in yurt camps.

 

Day 8. Kilemche - Son Kul (horseback riding)

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

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.

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

Overnight in yurt camps.

 

Day 9. Son Kul (horseback riding)

We continue our horseback trek and 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.

Overnight in yurt camps.

 

Day 10. Son Kul – Kyzyl Oy

The goal of the day is to get Kyzyl Oy village.

Kyzyl Oy is a mountain village located at the altitude of about 1800 meters in the valley of the river Kekemeren. Here you can see an extraordinary landscape of majestic mountains surrounding the village.

Especially colorful is the red clay covering the mountains from bottom to top. This clay was used as material for house building since the beginning of 20th century. Nowadays some of these houses can be still seen in Kyzyl-Oy. Around village, many wild places with unique flora and fauna and the wonderful ecology allow travelers to relax far away from a big city.

Overnight in guesthouse.

 

Day 11.  Kyzyl-Oy – Bishkek

The road to Bishkek passes through Too-Ashuu mountain pass. From this pass, there is a clear view over the whole valley with green grass and horses studs.

We will return to the civilization descending from the pass and passing along one of the most important roads of the country.

After lunch, we will have time to visit the local market and buy some presents.

Diner at restaurant.

Overnight in hotel.

 

Day 12. Bishkek – Airport- Departure

Transfer to airport. Departure.

 

Price quotation: 

2 pax

4 pax

6 pax

8 pax

1650$

 1145$

1130$

1100$


 

Include:  

  • All Transfer
  • Professional driver
  • English speaking horse guide during the treks (5 days)
  • Accommodation described in the program in twin /double room
  • Full board
  • Horse rent
  • Visits described in the programm
  • Activities *
  • Mineral Water

 

Exclude:

  • International flights
  • Single supplement
  • Personal Insurance
  • Visa (not required for ~70 countries)
  • Alchohol

 

Activities:

         Acquaintance with the culture and traditions of the local people

       Eco-tourism

         Kyrgyz traditional music show

         Felt production show

         Eagle hunting  

       Horseback trek

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
Transport: Jeep
Tour season:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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