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10 DAY HORSE RIDING TOUR TO KYRGYZSTAN

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10 days / 9 nights
Kyrgyzstan

Introduction

Time of travel: June-August, 2022
No of nights: 9

Song Kol Lake is a large alpine lake and truly a gift of nature. It is located at an altitude of 3016
m above sea level, being so high, only in summer you can fully enjoy its blue, get acquainted
with the life of modern nomads, live in Kyrgyz yurts and taste the national dishes of our
hospitable Kyrgyz people. We learn about everyday life and Kyrgyz traditions, national games,
huge flocks of sheep, horses, cows, we may meet camels and yaks. We will plunge into the
habitual habitat of a nomadic people, which for decades has not lost its uniqueness.
Issyk Kul is the second largest lake after Titicaca in the Andes, a high mountain lake. It is widely
believed that the name Ysyk Kol in Kyrgyz means ‘hot lake,’ because the water in the lake never
freezes. Located at an altitude of 1609 meters, the lake covers an area of 6236 km2 and it can
reach depths of 668 meters.

Destination

Kyrgyzstan

Departure

Departure Time

June-August, 2022

Dress Code

Itinerary

1
1

MANAS AIRPORT - CHONG KEMIN NATIONAL PARK

Meeting at the airport. Departure to Chong Kemin.
National Park is a uniquely beautiful natural zone with a
length of fifty kilometers in the valley of the Chong
Kemin River serves as a treasure trove of rare species of
flora and fauna. Glaciers here harmoniously coexist with
forest zones and steppe areas, the landscapes are
natural and untouched by time. The natural park covers
an area of 500 hectares; the height of its location
smoothly increases from 1,400 to 2,800 m.
After resting, a short horse ride to the panorama, where
a magnificent view of the valley opened up.
Driving time: 3 hours
Horse riding time: 2 hours
Meals: Lunch/Dinner
Overnight at the hotel

2
2

CHONG KEMIN - TUZ ASHU - SONG KOL LAKE

Transfer to Jumgal valley to the starting point of the
horse ride. After lunch we leave for Song Kol. Crossing
the Tuz Ashuu pass (3400m). There is a magnificent
view of the lake. The lake is surrounded by alpine
meadows. Continue on to the yurt camp.
Horse riding time: 4-5 hours
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Overnight in yurt camp
Note: the living conditions in the yurts are very
traditional, which means that a person will have the
opportunity to share a toilet outside the yurt and
experience a real Kyrgyz way of life. Single
accommodation is not available, 3-5 people in the yurt.

3
3

BATAI ARAL - TAYLAK BAATYR MAUSOLEUM - TUZ ASHU

On the northern shore of the lake is the only stone
building in the entire valley – the Taylak Baatyr
mausoleum, built at the end of the 19th century.
Horse riding time: 4-5 hours
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Overnight in yurt camp

4
4

TUZ ASHUU - TULPAR TASH - SOUTH SHORE OF THE LAKE

We will visit Tulpar Tash, which is one of the most
beautiful places of Song Kol lake. The luster of the
surface of the lake can be seen from afar. On the shores
of the lake there are burial mounds of noble leaders of
nomadic tribes and stone statues of the Turks of Kir-Jol
(VI-VIII centuries). Jailoo is located northwest of Song
Kol Lake, where nomads place their yurts during the
summer season.
Horse riding time: 4-5 hours
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Overnight in yurt camp

5
5

SONG KOL - ISSYK KUL LAKE - FAIRY TALE CANYON - KARAKOL

Continue our trip to Issyk Kul Lake. We will go to Teskey
Torpok pass (or serpentine called “33 parrots”). The
pass extends from Song Kol to Naryn. One of the most
famous and beautiful passes. It is named because of the
same number of turns of the mountain serpentine
(3133m). Which in fact seems to be more. On the way
we will visit Fairy Tale Canyon. Among weird rock
formations there is a ridge that resembles two walls of

fortification, which looks like the Great Wall of China, it
rises vertically out of the surrounding sandstone. The
rocks vary in color from a sandy yellow to red and
orange, there are colorful striations visible in places,
which show the different chemical composition of the
rocks.
After lunch your waiting show hunting with golden
eagles (Salbuurun) in Kyrgyzstan is a unique chance to
comprehend all the secrets of this ancient art, adopting
a thousand-year experience of hereditary nomad
hunters. During the hunt, you will be able to trace and
experience for yourself how a graceful, dexterous and
proud bird shoots from the hand of the host to the very
clouds and rapidly falls on its prey. Also, you will have
the opportunity to consider the bird closer and even
hold it in your arms.
In the evening, it’s time to swim in the crystal clear
lake.
Driving time: 5-6 hours
Eagle hunting show: 1 hour
Overnight at the hotel
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

6
6

KARAKOL - ALMALUU GORGE

The next day we will drive to Almaluu and start horse
riding to Almaluu gorge. We will summit Almalu (Ortok)
pass (3650m).
Driving time: 3 hours
Horse riding time: 4-5 hours
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Overnight in tents

7
7

ALMALUU GORGE - ALTYN ARASHAN GORGE

Horse riding to Altyn Arashan Gorge. This day is the
time to relax in the stunning beauty in the Altyn
Arashan gorge and take hot springs in the pools in
nature. Altyn-Arashan (Golden Source) is a
high-mountain gorge in the eastern part of the
Terskey-Ala-Too ridge. This gorge is one of the most
popular tourist places in Kyrgyzstan due to its unique
nature, hot springs located right in the gorge, extensive
spruce forests and stunning views. In the evening it is
possible to take a thermal water bath. They are located
at a record height of 2600 meters and have a healing
effect due to the content of radon and hydrogen sulfide
in water, maintaining high temperatures all year round:
35 degrees for a radon source and 41 degrees for
hydrogen sulfide.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Horse riding time: 4-5 hours
Overnight in yurt camp

8
8

ALTYN ARASHAN - KARAKOL CITY TOUR

The next last horse riding route will be in the direction
of the Peak Palatka (5020 meters). In the evening, back
to Karakol by Soviet car (UAZ) along the gorge.
Horse riding time: 3-4 hours
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Overnight at the hotel

9
9

KARAKOL - CHOLPON ATA - BISHKEK

Day of return to Bishkek. On the way the equestrian
hippodrome in Cholpon-Ata, where the World Nomad
Games took place, covers an area of twenty-five
hectares. The arena is the only one in Central Asia
located on the lake. The total capacity of the
hippodrome is 10 thousand people.
Driving time: 6-7 hours
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Overnight at the hotel

10
10

BISHKEK - MANAS AIRPORT

In the morning transfer to the airport.
Driving time: 40min
Meals: Breakfast

Details

activities

PACKAGE TOUR INCLUDES:
★ Accommodation (hotel, yurt)
★ Meals (full board)
★ Transport (minibus, Soviet car UAZ)
★ English speaking guide
★ Horses for horse riding
★ Local horseman
★ Horses for equipment, luggage
★ Eagle hunting show
★ Tents

★ Entrance fees to sights according to the program
★ Drinking water.

FEE EXCLUDES:
– Travel insurance
– Sleeping bag (optional).

other

IT IS RECOMMENDED TO TAKE WITH YOU:
❖ Personal first-aid kit (the most common problems: corns, burns, allergies, diarrhea,
muscle fatigue after walking. Take with you painkillers, antihistamines, antibiotics, and
other medications you need).
❖ Weather in the mountains is quite cold at night and it is highly recommended to have
warm clothes, raincoat, waterproof boots, gloves, sunglasses, sun cream with high
UV-protection, lip balm with UV-protection, horse chaps, and safety horse riding
helmets.
❖ Currency exchange – if you are going to exchange cash dollars / euros for local currency
(soms), then we recommend that you take large denomination bills with you, not torn,
without seals, inscriptions and other damage. Since such banknotes are not accepted by
banks and exchange offices.

Payment

Number of pax 6-8
Price per person £1399

PAYMENT TERMS:
A security deposit of 10% is payable to secure booking. Balance fee 90% to be collected in cash
upon arrival.