Horse Trekking Tour 1: Song Kol Lake, 9 days/8 nights
The heart and soul of this nomadic culture is, we think, found in the saddle. You could choose to read about the Kyrgyz, you can visit the country and even participate in their cultural events, but to truly comprehend them – perhaps the best vantage point for that is a saddle, looking out over their mountains. To the Kyrgyz, the horse is not only transport, but also a source of milk and even food. It is a measure of wealth, a warrior’s comrade in years past and a hunter’s companion today; above all, however, the horse is the nomad’s symbol, security, and freedom, all at once.
Day 1: Arrive Bishkek, travel via automobile and see Burana Tower which is on the way to Kochkor guest house, spend night.
Day 2: Following breakfast, drive to meet our local guides and get fitted for our horses. We’ll ride that day and spend the night in a yurt in a “jailoo,” a high alpine pasture – quiet, beautiful, and “off the beaten path.”
Day 3: Horse trek day 2, arrive at a lovely, high alpine lake and have an evening yurt stay.
Day 4: Horse trek day 3, return to the Kochkor guest house for one night. Witness shyrdak (local felt rug) making process.
Day 5: Horse trek day 4, enjoy rugged mountain horse paths, see local families in their summer jailoo homes, tending sheep. Spend the night in a yurt.
Day 6: Horse trek day 5, arrive at Song Kol Lake and again, have a pleasant time eating the local foods and talking with your hospitable hosts.
Day 7: Enjoy the morning walking by the side of the lake, taking photographs, and then by automobile we’ll return to Kochkor for one night at the guest house.
Day 8: Return to Bishkek via automobile, visit a bazaar or shop for souvenirs as the client might desire. Final night lodging in Bishkek.
Day 9: Depart Kyrgyzstan via Bishkek airport.
(summertime, June to mid-September)
Total, 9 days and 8 nights in Krygyzstan: $1850 USD per person
Note: Prices are based on 1 traveler. There will be a discount for multiple guests, as the cost of the guide and vehicle can be divided among the party. Please let us know how many travelers there are in your group, as parties of more than 3 adults may necessitate an additional vehicle and guide. Also, any and all ‘expedition packages’ are merely suggestions of what is available in Kyrgyzstan, they can be customized in any number of ways.
Our expedition packages do not include:
- Travel to and from home country, or excess luggage fees.
- Alcoholic beverages (clients may provide their own at their own expense, but are requested to please be respectful of local customs regarding consumption. ie. there is some alcohol consumption locally, but you should still be in control of yourself and stop before you are intoxicated.)
- Any kind of insurance, medical or otherwise.
- Visas or other legal documents needed to enter Kyrgyzstan (although we can provide an “Invitation Letter” for clients at an additional fee, if required.) Most countries have a free 60 day tourist stamp agreement with Kyrgyzstan. See the Visa policy of Kyrgyzstan.
- Meals and optional touring while in Bishkek.
- Any other expenses of an incidental or personal nature, including telephone calls and shopping for souvenirs.
Breakfast and dinner are provided for guest house stays, and lunch is included as well for yurt stays, featuring local cuisine with the specific menu selected by your hosts. If you have specific food concerns, e.g. an allergy, please let us know in advance and we can make appropriate arrangements as needed. If the client wishes to go fishing, they are responsible for bringing necessary tackle. Also, while our tours involve several multiple-hour horse trips, the pace is gentle and the guides are very good at monitoring client safety, and even comfort. In particular, the horse trip to the hot springs near Saruu can be shortened, or even omitted, if the client requests and a vehicle can be used to arrive at the hot springs. Suggested packing lists and general descriptions of climate and terrain can be provided upon request.
Lastly, please rest assured we will do everything in our power to ensure a safe and enjoyable (and hopefully even educational!) journey for our clients. If you like what we do, tell your friends. If for some reason you don’t, then tell us – and we’ll do what we can to “make it right.”
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.