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Summer Horse Riding Tour Kyrgyzstan

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Travel back in time at Son-Kul Lake! Exploring Son Kul by horse is an unforgettable experience. Besides the stunning landscapes, this area preserves all the attributes of nomadic life, which is what makes this trip fascinating. You will meet Kyrgyz nomads who will happily invite you to their yurts and offer you tea or traditional dairy products. By sleeping in yurts, traveling by horse, and eating traditional food, you will feel like a real nomad!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: No limit
  • Horse Height Range: 15.2 - 16.2 hands
  • Horse Breed: Kyrgyz horse

Highlights

  • 3 horse riding days
  • Tour with elements of adventure and hike in the mountains for up to 4 hours
  • Visit mountain base camps and high altitude camps over 2500 meters ASL
  • Magnificent endless horizons of the Son Kul Lake (Tien Shan mountain range)
  • Experience semi-nomadic traditions of local herders and be welcomed into their yurts
  • Work with local communities and use their products
  • Ride through the varied and exceptionally rich flora of the Tien Shan mountain pastures
  • 6 nights accommodation in homestays, guest houses, tents, and yurts

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Kyrgyz
Group size: 4-15 participants
Airport transfer included: Manas International Airport
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Accommodation

  • Bishkek: B Hotel / Bridges (three stars) or similar (3 nights)
  • Kyzart: Homestay (2 persons in one room), 1 night
  • Tuz Ashuu: Yurt camp (4-6 person in one yurt), 1 night
  • Tulpar Tash: Yurt camp (4-6 person in one yurt), 1 night
  • Tuulga Tash: Yurt camp (2 persons in one yurt), 1 night

The hotels may change depending on availability. In the case of providing another hotel, the category will be similar. Be ready that yurt camps at Song Kul Lake (Tulpar Tash and Tuz Ashuu) have basic facilities with no showers at all. Accommodation in Kyzart village homestay – shared shower and toilets

Yurt

Yurt is a traditional dwelling of the nomadic people of Central Asia. The foundation of the yurt consists of a wooden carcass and several felt layers. The construction of such a dwelling doesn’t require a lot of time, which makes it practical and useful for locals. The interior of a yurt is decorated with felt carpets and traditional embroidery.

Program

Day 1: Bishkek City (30 kilometers / 45 minutes)

Arrive in Bishkek early in the morning. Upon arrival at the International Airport of Manas (FRU), you will be met by the tourist guide at the arrival gates. Transfer to Bishkek city. Early check-in is not included. Visit Manas Monument, the main national hero of the Kyrgyz people.

Have a walking tour around the main Ala Too Square to watch the ceremony of changing of the Guard of Honor, Kurmanzhan Datka Monument, and main governmental buildings, and finish at the Old Square with Government House. Transfer to Victory Square to finish the city tour and by short excursion there. Visit of Osh market (closed on Monday). Return to the hotel. Dinner is not included.

Day 2: Bishkek City - Burana Tower - Kyzart Village (280 kilometers / 6-7 hours)

Drive to the village of Kyzart. On the way visit Burana Tower (old minaret) near Tokmok town. That minaret was constructed in Balasagyn town; one of the capitals of Karakhanid State existed in 11-12 centuries AD. Explore the ruins of that important trading point at the Great Silk Road and visit a little local museum telling about that civilization. Also watch a collection of Balbals, Turkic ancient tombs.

Upon arrival you will be accommodated in the house of local people. You can have a walk in this typical Kyrgyz village. Instructions and preparation for horse riding. Dinner and overnight at the local homestay.

Day 3: Kyzart Village - Chaar Archa Pasture - Tuz Ashuu Pasture (16 kilometers on horseback / Approximately 4-5 hours)

Today, after breakfast transfer by vehicle to the bridge (14 kilometers) starting point of horse riding to Tuz Ashuu pasture. During the horse riding, discover magnificent views of the pastures of Chaar Archa. Picnic lunch with lunch boxes. Take the height and arrive at Tuz Ashuu pass (3228 meters). Stop there and enjoy beautiful Son Kul Lake.

Descent to the pastures of Tuz Ashuu (3050 meters), crossing on the passages several herds of cattle and sheep with their shepherds. Upon arrival, meet with the family of shepherds who welcomes you for dinner in the yurt camp (4-6 person in a yurt). Distance by car from the village to the starting point is 14 kilometers

  • Horse riding distance: 16 kilometers, including 1,100 meters uphill and 200 meters downhill

Day 4: Tuz Ashuu Pasture - Tulpar Tash Pastur (14 kilometers on horseback / Approximately 3-4 hours)

After breakfast, take the west direction of the lake and horse ride along the shore of the lake. Small climbs and descents (maximum of 100 meters) await you before arriving at Tulpar Tash yurt camp. Lunch in a yurt camp. The shore of the lake is beautiful with herds of horses, cows, sheep, and goats. Possibility to go to the shepherds and taste fermented mare's milk, kurut-cheese balls, and simply tea with cow's milk. Dinner and overnight at yurt camp (4-6 people in a yurt).

  • Horse riding distance: 14 kilometers, including 100 meters uphill and 100 meters downhill

Day 5: Tulpar Tash Pasture - Kambar Ata Pasture - Tuulga Tash Pasture (18 kilometers on horseback / Approximately 5 hours)

This day, walk for 18 kilometers, the landscape is beautiful with the yurts of shepherds. Although, there are no trees or even bushes around the Lake, the altitude and climatic variations allow watching an exceptional flora and fauna. Lunch at Kambar Ata Yurt Camp. Fields of edelweiss and forget-me-nots will be present during the hike.

Possibility to observe different species of birds, such as ducks, cranes, storks, mergansers, coots, plovers, golden eagles, cormorants, and thousands of seagulls. Сontinue horse riding till Tuulga Tash pasture. Dinner and overnight at a yurt camp (2 persons in a yurt).

  • Horse riding distance: 18 kilometers, including 0 meters uphill and 0 meters downhill

Day 6: Tuulga Tash - Bishkek (350 kilometers / 6-7 hours)

After breakfast, take another beautiful drive to Bishkek city. You'll leave Song Kul Lake and will take the road in the morning through one of the most spectacular areas of Tien Shan, Kalmak Ashu Pass (3446 meters), towards Bishkek city. Lunch is en route. Arrival in Bishkek, check-in. If time permits, you may go shopping in the largest department store in the city, ZUM.

Optionally (for a supplement) enjoy a folklore show at a local restaurant. Especially for you musicians, they will play the national melodies of the Kyrgyz people and show you musical instruments. You will listen to singing and enjoy the charming melodies of ancestors. The folklore show is possible if the whole group participates.

Day 7: Bishkek City - Manas Airport (FRU) (30 kilometers / 45 minutes)

Have breakfast then a morning transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home. End of tour.

Responsibilities of clients

Clients should accept and be aware of the risk that circumstances may arise that would cause some activities to be shortened or even canceled without reimbursement or refund. Such circumstance includes weather conditions, earthquakes, and other acts of nature, as well as injuries or other medical problems clients may experience. Each participant should organize medical insurance in his/her home country.

You will spend the nights at the yurt camps of local semi-nomads. Visiting a new country offers the opportunity to meet other cultures with different mentalities, therefore it is important to accept these differences and respect the local way of life. Clients should recognize and accept the risk that circumstances may arise that would cause some activities to be shortened or eliminated altogether without reimbursement or refund.

Such circumstance includes weather conditions, earthquakes and other acts of nature, injuries, or other medical problems, that they may experience. Each tourist should have medical insurance that should be organized for him/herself in the home country. Please take your rubbish home with you.

There are no recycling facilities in Kyrgyzstan, so take your used batteries, aerosols, etc back home and dispose of them appropriately. Try to leave excess packaging material at home before traveling.

Trip information

  • You need to be a capable rider who is used to riding outdoors and fit enough for some long hours in the saddle. You are riding in a very remote location across rugged terrain and there is no option to miss a day if you get tired.
  • There are some difficulties on the route, tourists should have an average level of fitness for horse riding, and take into account that sometimes they have long transfers up to 4 hours by mountain roads and more than 4 hours of horse riding (1 day only).
  • You will be asked to groom, tack, and untack your own horse although help is on hand. You may also assist with feeding and watering the horses if you wish.
  • The ride is not fast because of the altitude and steep terrain, but the flat plateaus and valley bottoms are conducive to some long canters - although some sections that look inviting may have too many marmot burrows and your guide will assess the conditions on the day.
  • You need to be fit and in good physical condition. You will be riding at an altitude between 2,200 and 3,200 meters. There are some sections where you will need to dismount and lead your horse downhill. Please check with us if you have any medical conditions as you will be a long way from medical help.
  • Previous experience of riding a trail of several days is a definite advantage but is not required. Riders who do not ride regularly are requested to get riding fit prior to the start of their holiday.
  • Your luggage will be transported by horses during the trip.
  • Some horseback riding days can be modified for security and / or weather reasons.
  • During trekking, lunches are at yurt camps of local semi-nomads. It may be that you will have to wait for the preparation of dinner since there is no connection there.
  • Transfer times are given approximately by average speed. They depend on climate and road conditions.
  • Horseback time is given approximately by average speed. Depending on the level of the physical conditions of all participants, the weather and / or the state of the terrain, horseback trekking time can vary.

Kyrgyz horse

The Kyrgyz horse or Kirgiz horse is a traditional breed of small horse from the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan). Kyrgyz people associate it with their nomadic past. During the Soviet era of Kyrgyz history, the Kyrgyz horse was cross-bred with imported foreign breeds, including Don and Thoroughbred strains, to create a new and larger breed, the Novokirgiz or New Kirgiz.

Included excursions

  • Visiting Ala Archa National Park
  • Hiking to the Ak-Sai waterfall
  • Sightseeing tour of Bishkek
  • Going to ZUM (Central department store) to buy souvenirs
  • Trekking in the canyons of Konorchek
  • Hiking to Tuz Achuu pasture
  • Visiting Osh Bazaar, the biggest open-air market in the city

Location

Kyrgyzstan is amazing and unique in its beautiful country. This small oasis in the heart of Central Asia impresses with its huge variety of landscapes and the unique Son Kul Lake plays a considerable role. Only in Kyrgyzstan during the summer period, you will see yurts – nomadic portable dwellings, decorated with felt carpets. Meet nomads, who will welcome you and invite you to their yurt to try the traditional Kyrgyz drink, kymyz.

Food

Included in the package are the meals as per the itinerary (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 4 dinners). Food in Kyrgyzstan is strictly connected with the country’s nomadic traditions and is influenced by food from Russia, Turkey, the Middle East, and other Central Asian countries. The staples of the Kyrgyz diet and the diets of most of the traditionally nomadic people in Central Asia are boiled mutton, flat, crusty round bread, rice, and tea mixed with sheep or horse milk.

Kyrgyz are very fond of horsemeat. Sour cream, yogurt, and sausage are used to flavor dishes. Kyrgyz likes soupy food. The sort of food that is eaten in the form of pasta by Russians is eaten as a soup by Kyrgyz.

Please take your flasks for the trip. During the trekking part, Ak Sai Travel provides boiled water for all participants. Ak Sai Travel wishes to limit the use of plastic bottles. Also, they recommend that you take a 1.5-liter water flask.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation based on double/twin room sharing in hotels and homestays and 4-6 people sharing in yurts (except Tuulga Tash yurt camp, in this yurt camp accommodation there can only be 2-4 pax in a yurt)
  • Local English-speaking guide (for Days 1-6)
  • Daily meals as per program (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners)
  • Entrance and ecological fees according to the program
  • Transport services during the tour
  • 1 liter of drinking water per person per day (Boiled water during the horse trekking part. Please take your flask to replenish water during the tour.)
  • Rent of horses for riding, horseman services, and his assistant(s) on Days 3, 4, and 5
  • Horses for portering on Days 3, 4, and 5

What's not included

  • Early check-in
  • Folklore show
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for driver and guide
  • International and domestic flights
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Other meals

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Manas International Airport Airport transfer included: Manas International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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