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11 Day Horseback Riding Turgen-Aksuu-Altyn-Arashan Tour in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Horseback Riding in Kyrgyzstan

Welcoming travelers is central to Kyrgyz culture and the opportunity to spend some time with the herders who live their life on horseback is a once in a lifetime experience. Part of the enjoyment of this ride is spending time with the local people you meet along the way which means that the timing can be unpredictable.

Key information

  • Rider Weight limit: 220 pounds / 100 kilograms
  • Tack Type: Kyrgyz National
  • Horse height range: 1.40- 1.50m
  • Horse Breed: New Kirgiz, Kirgiz breed horses, and mountain breed

Highlights

  • Bishkek City tour
  • Ride to Altyn-Arashan hot springs
  • Ride under through Bozuchuk pass
  • Approximate daily riding time: 5 - 6 hours
  • Services of an English translator and guide
  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • 3 fresh daily meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


10 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Manas International Airport
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Accommodation

Your accommodation would be:

  • Day 1: guesthouse in Bishkek
  • Day 2: yurt in Jeti-Oguz valley
  • Day 3: tent
  • Day 4: tent
  • Day 5: tent in Almaluu valley
  • Day 6 and 7: tent in Altyn-Arashan hot springs
  • Day 8: guesthouse in Karakol
  • Day 9: guesthouse in Cholpon-Ata city
  • Day 10: guesthouse in Bishkek

Program

Day 1

Meeting at Manas International Airport (FRU). Transfer to the guest house for 40 minutes (25 kilometers). You'll then enjoy a Bishkek City tour.

  • Overnight in the guest house
  • Elevation: 900 meters

Day 2

Leaving the guest house, you will travel to Jeti-Oguz valley (six to seven hours / 390 kilometers) and you will hike to waterfall for two to three hours (5 kilometers).

  • Overnight in the yurt camp
  • Elevation: 2300 meters

Day 3

You'll leave the yurt camp and travel to Turgen-Aksu valley for one to two hours (60 kilometers). There will be a short description of horseback riding and how to control your horse. You will ride your horse under the Bozuchuk pass for five to six hours (12 kilometers).

  • Overnight in the tents
  • Elevation: 2950 meters

Day 4

Leaving the campsite, you will ride your horse over the Bozuchuk pass (3369 meters) for five to six hours (10 kilometers).

  • Overnight in the tent
  • Elevation: 2700 meters

Day 5

Leaving the campsite, you will ride your horse over Ailanysh pass (3671 meters) for five to six hours (14 kilometers) down to Almaluu valley.

  • Overnight in the tent
  • Elevation: 2500 meters

Day 6

You'll leave the campsite and ride your horse to Altyn-Arashan hot springs for four to five hours (10 kilometers).

  • Overnight in the tents
  • Elevation: 2500 meters

Day 7

Leave the campsite and ride your horse to Palatka peak (5240 meters) and return to Altyn-Arashan hot springs (six hours / 20 kilometers).

  • Overnight in the tent
  • Elevation: 2500 meters

Day 8

Leaving the campsite, you will ride your horse to Jolkolot village for five to six hours (22 kilometers). You will then travel to Karakol for 15 minutes (4 kilometers).

  • Overnight in the guest house
  • Elevation: 1670 meters

Day 9

Leave the guest house and travel to Cholpon-Ata city for three to four hours (130 kilometers).

  • Overnight in the guest house
  • Elevation: 1600 meters

Day 10

You'll leave the guest house and travel to Bishkek for four to five hours (324 kilometers). On the way, you will visit Burana tower.

  • Overnight in the guest house
  • Elevation: 900 meters

Day 11

Leaving the guest house, you will travel to Manas International Airport (FRU) for 40 minutes (25 kilometers).

Technical information

  • Highest point: 3671 meters
  • Lowest point: 1670 meters
  • Total elevation gain: 2290 meters
  • Total elevation loss: 2670 meters
  • Level of difficulty: medium / difficult
  • Total hours of hiking: average 30 hours
  • Total amount of trekking days: 6
  • Approximate trekking distance: 88 kilometers
  • Total hours of driving: 16 hours
  • Total kilometers of driving: 958 kilometers

Location

These are places you will visit or ride through during this horse riding holiday:

  • Bishkek
  • Jeti-Oguz valley
  • Turgen-Aksu valley
  • Bozuchuk pass
  • Ailanysh pass
  • Almaluu valley
  • Altyn-Arashan hot springs
  • Palatka peak
  • Jolkolot village
  • Cholpon-Ata city

Food

Breakfast

  • Hot cereal or fried eggs
  • Cheese
  • Honey
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Coffee and tea

Lunch

  • Salads
  • Sandwiches
  • Fruit
  • Coffee and tea

Dinner

  • Soup
  • Second course
  • Cheese
  • Honey
  • Dried fruit
  • Bread
  • Coffee and tea

Snack

  • Cookies
  • Coffee and tea

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Transportation to and from planned attractions
  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • Accommodation and food for the personnel
  • 3 fresh meals per day throughout the tour
  • Guide + English translator
  • Mountain cook
  • Porter
  • Mountain cook assistant (if more than 7 clients)
  • Trekking assistant (if more than 7 clients)
  • Horse
  • Horsemen
  • Mountain kitchen gear
  • Mountain toilet
  • Bottled water in cities / purified spring water during trek
  • Attraction ticket fees
  • Karakol National Park fees

What's not included

  • Single room in the guest houses
  • Single tent (4 EUR per day)
  • Transportation to attractions not included in the tour
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Bottled water during the trek
  • Entrance fee to hot springs (4 EUR)
  • Overnight in mountain huts (tents provided)
  • Flights to and from country
  • Visa cost (for countries not offered free visas)

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 14% 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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