Forming an integral part of the Great Silk Road, poets, pilgrims, warriors and traders have been riding across the spectacular Tien-Shan, "Celestial" Mountains, of Kyrgyzstan for thousands of years. Few places on earth can claim such a fine tradition of horsemanship, or a life so orientated around the horse, and local horsemen will guide you through the verdant, flower-filled valleys, across the wide open steppes and over the high mountain passes. The best way to see Kyrgyzstan from the locals' perspective is on horseback. Kyrgyz horses are hardy, wiry beasts, specially-bred for high altitude and rough paths. Particularly recommended areas to explore on horseback are the foothills of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too, shores of Yssyk-Kul, the route from near Kochkor and Shamshy Valley to Lake Song-Kul and, for more experienced riders, the Tien-Shan and At-Bashy Mountains.
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We provide the opportunity of unique horseback trips along the Great Silk Road in Kyrgyzstan. You will ride across the virgin natural landscapes of the Tien Shan range, with its pine and archa woods in lower regions, and the tundra zone, which is covered with edelweiss, primulas, high mountain roses and tulips. You will taste the ancient drink of the Kyrgyz people - "kymyz", enjoy roaring mountainous rivers where you can fish for trout, and wander through endless Alpine meadows. In the forest areas we can spend nights around the campfire.
Each group is accompanied by a team of 4 people: trip leader, interpreter, groom (horse wrangler) and cook. They set up tents, make the fire, cook, and take care of the horses and tacks (harnesses, saddles, etc) On the way, we will meet real nomads and cowboys, visit their yurts and enjoy authentic Kyrgyz cooking. These tours are for those who prefer active lifestyle!
Horse riding tour from Shamshy – SonKul
Horse riding tour from SonKul – Yssyk-Kul
Horse riding tour from Kochkor – SonKul
Duration: 11 days, 10 nights
Type of route: Mountain horse riding tour
Size of Group: No more than 12
Season: June 15 - September 15
Description: This tour gives you the possibility of enjoying the amazing beauty of the Central Tien Shan mountains, seeing one of the most magnificent mountain lakes, indulging in your passion for riding, and last but not least, experiencing the ancient culture of the Kyrgyz nomads, which is still alive today in the Djailoos (summer alpine pastures) where you will be welcomed with the warmest hospitality and invited to partake in all they may offer you in their yurts (Kyrgyz national dwelling).
Guests must be ready to spend several hours a day on horseback.
Bishkek - Kochkor - SaralaSaz - AkBel - Sook - KoldoSuu - Utor - SonKul - Kyzyl-Oi - Bishkek
Day 1: Bishkek. Arrival in Bishkek. Transfer to hotel**, rest and breakfast. Sightseeing city tour (Green bazaar, Central Square and historical museum). Lunch. Free time.
Day 2: Bishkek - Kochkor (200km). After breakfast, drive to Kochkor. On the way, visit to Burana tower (10th c.) Lunch in small restaurant. Accommodation in CBT home stay in Kochkor. PM felt carpet making show. Dinner. Overnight in home stay.
Day 3: Kochkor - SaralaSaz - AkBel. After breakfast (about 9 AM) trip to Djailoo SaralaSaz by car (1 hr) There we will meet the family which will lend us their horses for the trip. Start of our horseback riding! We leave at about 11 AM, riding over alpine meadows, where many different yurts are set up. Arrival at Djailoo Ak-Bel in the afternoon (about 4 hours). We are welcomed by a family with kymyz, the national drink made from fermented mares' milk. Dinner. Overnight in yurts.
Day 4: AkBel - pass Buchuk - Sook. We leave the Djailoo at about 8 AM after breakfast. Descent to the Irizuu valley, over a few hills. Start our route up the mountain to reach Buchuk. Lunch. Ride to Djailoo Sook, which sits on a spot of breathtaking beauty. At the Djailoo, we have tea as usual and a traditional dinner. Overnight in yurts.
Day 5: Sook - pass KuchBel - Koldosuu. Breakfast. 9 AM start to summit pass Kuch Bel. A bit further up, we gain a perfect view of the surrounding snow covered mountain ranges and several neighboring valleys. From there, we start to climb the pass. Descent via the gorge of a small mountain river. Picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we arrive at Djailoo Koldosuu, where a family awaits us with dinner. Overnight in yurts.
Day 6: Koldosuu - pass KyzylKia - Utor. 8 AM wake up and after breakfast traversing several hills (also the border between the Kochkor and Naryn regions) to reach Djailoo KyzylKia, where we have lunch with a charming family. Afterwards, cross pass KyzylKia (2,600m) and stay at Djailoo Utor, which is situated among alpine meadows with the most beautiful mountain flowers imaginable. This day is shorter, with only about 3 - 4 hours in the saddle, giving you some time to rest on the Djailoo and to collect your strength. Dinner and overnight in yurts.
Day 7: Utor - Kilemche - SonKul. Start of track at 8 AM. Traverse several hills and small passes to Djailoo Kilemche. En-route, we will see a variety of mountain gorges. At Djailoo Kilemche, we ford a river, and then make our way up our last mountain pass. On the way, lunch on a beautiful pasture, and a little rest. On top, you can catch the first view of SonKul (3,016m) Rest in yurt, tea and snacks. In the late afternoon, last part of tour to the final yurt, further to the east of the lake. Dinner. Overnight in yurts.
Day 8: SonKul. Free day at the lake.
Day 9: Son-Kul - Kyzyl-Oi. 8 AM drive to Kyzyl-Oi village (200km). Village is situated in the picturesque narrow gorge of the Kokomeren river (1,800m). Here you will see the real life of these rural people. The village has hardly changed since the 19th century. Accommodation in CBT homestay.
Day 10: Kyzyl-Oi - Bishkek. After breakfast, drive to Bishkek (200km) via the Tju - Ashuu tunnel. Lunch. Arrival in Bishkek. Accommodation in hotel. Dinner at restaurant, folklore show.
Day 11: Departure. Transfer to airport.
Bishkek - Kochkor - SaralaSaz - AkBel - Sook - KoldoSuu - Utor - SonKul - Issyk-Kul - Bishkek
Duration: 11 days, 10 nights
Accommodation: at Issyk-Kul - 2* hotel
Itinerary is the same up to day 9:
Day 9: Son-Kul - Issyk-Kul. After breakfast, drive to Issyk-Kul (northern coast, 260km). Accommodation in hotel.
Day 10: Isyk-Kul - Bishkek. After breakfast, drive to Bishkek (260km). Accommodation in hotel. Dinner.
Day 11: Departure. Transfer to airport.
We strongly believe that you will certainly love our program and assure you that we are absolutely open to any suggestions to increase the range of our services for the entire satisfaction of our clients and are happy to meet your special requirements. You can alter the duration of your tour and places of visits by adding one of the extensions. Our tour operator will work closely with you or your travel agent to carefully prepare an itinerary based on your stated interests.
Please, contact us, and we will be more than willing and happy to develop totally different program of your horseback riding tour in totally different region of Kyrgyzstan only depending on your preferences and desires.
Level of difficulty: This tour is recommended for people with an average level of fitness and experience in horse riding, because sometimes they must ride for 5-6 hours per day.
Conditions: If you have some specific sicknesses you need to bring own first aid kit with necessary medicaments.
- Good condition transport for all transfers and excursions;
- Double room accommodation in hotels and guesthouses;
- Family run accommodation;
- Full board during the tour (breakfast, lunch, dinner);
- English / German / French speaking tour guide (upon your request);
- Double tents, mats and kitchen equipment;
- Horses for riding and luggage;
- Personal for trek (stableman, cook);
- Folklore program in Jety-Oguz;
- Entry fees to museums.
Service is not included:
- Single room accommodation;
- Single tent during the trek;
- Alcohol and soft drinks;
- International airfare;
- Airport taxes in Bishkek;
- Cost for the Kyrgyz visa;
- Tipping for the porter service at the airport and hotels.
Please contact us:
Phone: [+996] 312 31-74-26