Horse riding in Kyrgyzstan. Truly Nomadic Land, 5 days

Destination: Alay Valley, Osh region, 

Description: Spend five days on horseback like a Kyrgyz nomad, exploring the heart of the rugged Alay mountains in the south of Kyrgyzstan. Spend four nights in yurts with Kyrgyz host families who spend their summers tending and protecting their herds of sheep, cattle, and horses. On the fourth day, summit Ak Tor Pass and enjoy the sweeping expanse of the Alay Valley unfolded on all sides.

Title:  Truly Nomadic Land

Category: horseback

Duration:  5d / 4n

Distance:  70 km

Max elevation: 3557 m

Min elevation: 1654 m

Total Gain/Loss: 4453 m+ / - 4261 m

Season: May – October

Starting Point: N40° 15.561' E73° 25.054'

 Difficulty: No prior horseback riding experience necessary.

  

Day 1: Osh City –  Kara Bulak Village - Tepshi Camp

Start your ride up a dirt road after driving to Gulcha from Osh along the Pamir Highway. The road follows the Kara Bulak stream towards the Tepshi camp, passing shepherds’ yurts set up among junipers. Near the top of the climb, you will leave the road for a trail ascending the ridge on the left. Here, you will eat lunch and enjoy the rugged mountains of the Alay across the gorge formed by the Gulcha river. At the end of the ridge, you will descend into the Tepshi camp to meet with your host for the night. Dinner.

Time:  3-4 hours

Distance:  12 km

Max Elevation: 2854 m

Min Elevation: 1654 m

Total Gain/Loss:  1218 m+ / 154 m-

Campsite: N40° 10.997' E73° 26.347'

 

Day 2: Tepshi Camp – Airy Bell Pass – Sary Oi Camp

Breakfast. Start the day heading up to Airy Bell Pass on a small trail starting from your yurt. A steep, hour-long ride will bring you to the summit and an impressive panorama of the Kum Bell Mountains to the west. Descend to the Cholo Kaiyng Gorge and stop for lunch. In the gorge, a dirt road follows a small river to the Sary Oi camp. Arrive at your yurts and join your hosts in the daily activities of nomads. Dinner.

Time:  4-5 hours

Distance:  14 km

Max Elevation: 2956 m

Min Elevation: 1903 m

Total Gain/Loss:  613 m + / 1087 m-

Campsite: N40° 10.375' E73° 22.862'

 

Day 3: Sary Oi Camp to the foot of Ak Tor Pass

Breakfast. The third day starts with an demonstration of milking and making dairy products from horse and cow milk. After an easy morning, descend from Sary Oi to the river and turn upstream, skirting a precipitous gorge. Eat lunch near a shepherd’s tent with a new view of the craggy mountain ridge you descended the previous day. Continue along meandering trails through a pine forest towards the foot of Ak Tor Pass. Arrive at a private yurt. Dinner.

Time: 4-5 hours

Distance:  13 km

Max Elevation: 3046 m

Min Elevation: 2187 m

Total Gain/Loss: 1020 m+ / 223 m-

Campsite: N40° 05.804' E73° 19.178'

 

Day 4: Ak Tor Pass – Murdash Valley – Uch Chat Camp

Breakfast. Cross the headwaters of the river and ride south towards the entrance of the pass. A short, but steep 500 meters ride up brings you to the summit of Ak Tor Pass. On the way up, admire the sharp rock walls of the Asan Korgon range. At the highest point of your horseback ride, rest for a lunch with a side of the majestic Alay mountain ranges. Descend from the pass along a new stream to a final dirt road. Near the end of the day, ride on to Uch Chat summer camp and your host’s yurt. Dinner.

Time: 5-6 hours

Distance: 14 km

Max Elevation: 3556 m

Min Elevation: 2357 m

Total Gain/Loss:  757 m + / 1283 m-

Campsite: N40° 03.121' E73° 21.805’

 

Day 5: Ak Tor Pass - Murdash Village – Osh City

Breakfast. The final day of riding follows the road to Murdash village. Start by riding up to Kosh Moinok Pass. Once past the final rise, snake down through Murdash valley toward your lunch among numerous shepherds’ yurt and shelters. Early in summer, herds of horses, cattle, and sheep laze in the grass on the sides of the road. At the end of summer, locals mow the grass with scythe. Finally, arrive at end drive back to Osh city.

Time: 5-6 hours

Distance: 18 km

Max Elevation: 3263m

Min Elevation: 1848m

Total Gain/Loss:  846m+ / 1515m-

End: N40° 08.053' E73° 26.929'

 

Note: This tour can be changed according to your time and desire.

Number of days: 5
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: hotel in Osh city, alcoholic drinks, other exrtra costs
What to bring: Trekking boots, warm clothes, waterproof clothes, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
Transport: Minivan
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