Horse riding tour is an opportunity to understand the life, culture, customs and traditions of the nomadic people. You can ride horses and visit yurts of Kyrgyz nomads. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you will plunge into the world of high mountains, fast rivers and fresh air. Book a Horse riding tour and we will arrange the best conditions for you so that you can enjoy every moment of your journey
- Have experience during the staying in the yurt
- Breath taking and stunning panoramas unfold from the mountain passes
- Ride a horse up to Son Kul Lake, the gem among all Kyrgyzstan’s mountain lakes
- History of traders, preachers and invaders
Duration: 6 Days
Combined tour: horseriding
Best season: middle of July – middle of September
Description of horse riding tour
Price in USD
Arrival in Bishkek early in the morning. Transfer to the hotel. Rest till noon. Short city tour in the center of Bishkek with visiting the central square, Osh bazaar (oriental market). Transfer to Kochkor village (260 km). Lunch on the way. Optionally visit felt carpet workshop, where you can not only buy souvenirs but make them yourself. Dinner with Kyrgyz family.
Family run accommodation.
Early breakfast transfer to Jumgal valley to starting point of the horse ride below the Kyzart pass. Meeting with the guide and horsemen. Within sight of the road, cross Kyzyl-Kiya jailoo, an enormous, relatively flat sea of grass. Continue over the Chaar-Archa Pass (3 061 m) into the Chaar-Archa Valley and eat a tasty lunch at Kilemche jailoo, with views of holy 4400 m Baba-Ata Mountain. The name means “like a carpet,” and this swathe of grass covers whole mountain ranges, with shadings as subtle as any shyrdak (shyrdak is a Kyrgyz felt carpet).
After lunch riding to Jalgyz Karagai pass (3400 m), over the Song-Kol Mountains and into the lake’s basin. The afternoon ride affords wonderful views of Kilemche jailoo, and the pass itself is rocky and exciting. From the pass, Song-Kol is still distant, but as you ride down the slopes, it gets larger and larger; the mountains on the other side get higher and higher, until finally the lake fills most of your field of view and the southern mountains tower above it.
Riding time about 5-6 hours.
Dinner and accommodation in the NoviNomad Yurt camp .
Breakfast. Horse riding about 4-6 hours along the lake. Local people live and graze their livestock on the meadows (jailoo) around the lake, from June till September. You will taste the wilderness and freedom of nomadic life here. It will be possible to taste the Kyrgyz traditional drink kymyz (fermented mare’s milk)
Riding time about 4-6 hours
Dinner and Overnight in CBT yurts.
(Meal B/ Lunchbox/D)
Breakfast. Horse riding about 4-6 hours. Stone circles on the southern shore of Son-Kul lake. “Tash-Tulga” or “Tulga-Tash” means hearth, built of stones (trivet). In the archaeological literature they are called “eight-stone memorial fences”. These eight-stone memorials date to I century BC, which have analogies on the territories of Altai, Tuva and western Mongolia. In the Central Tien-Shan, they are rare and “not in all cemeteries of the Saks era”, which means that it must be assumed that the custom of construction of memorials from eight stones was not typical to the whole population of the Saks in Tien-Shan time. Tash-Tulga consists of altars – eight-stone ones, and is not tied to the mounds, which in turn distinguishes them from the same Altai monuments. Each altar presents a laid out eight stones, arranged in a circle, with an average diameter of 1-1.3 meters. Nine such eight-stone memorials are lined up in a single line facing north-south for 200 m. Thus, Tash-Tulga has a planned structure with a numerical symbolism. Tash-Tulga, according to many researchers, from ancient times served as a ritual centre and a gathering place for the nomadic herdsmen. With the onset of warm season pastoralists dub their flocks on juicy, abundant with grass and water High Mountain pastures. North of the stone circles, closer to the lake, is where the burials are located on top of which broken up rubble is spread
Riding time about 4-6 hours
Dinner and overnight in the Ak Sai Yurt camp.
(Meal B/ Lunchbox/D)
After breakfast Transfer to Bishkek (350 km). On the way a visit to visit Burana Tower, a place on the Great Silk Road, the remaining of ancient town Balasagun (11 century). Arrival in Bishkek.
Accommodation in the small private hotel.
Transfer to Airport early in the morning. Flight home.
- Double room accommodation in Bishkek, Kochkor
- Four-people accommodation in the yurt
- Meal based on full board from breakfast in Day 1 to lunch in Day 5
- Mineral water before horse riding and after horse riding (1 L per person a day)
- Boiled water during horse riding days
- English speaking tour guide
- Personal for trek (stableman)
- Horses for the clients
- Transport for all transfers according the program
- Single room accommodation
- Alcohol and soft drinks, deserts
- Horses for luggage
- Dinner in day 5
- International flights
The price of the tour does not include the cost of international and domestic flight tickets. But if you want, we can organize international flight tickets with TURKISH AIRLINES via Istanbul, AIR ASTANA via Nur-Sultan or AEROFLOT via Moscow.
Flight tickets with TURKISH AIRLINES via Istanbul: is 650-900 EURO per person
Flight tickets with AIR ASTANA VIA NUR-SULTAN: is 650-900 EURO per person
Flight tickets with AEROFLOT via Moscow: is 650-900 EURO per person
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