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3 Day Horse Trail Riding Karakol - Altyn Arashan - Ala-Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan

Altyn Arashan, Kyrgyzstan

Horse Riding Holiday in Kyrgyzstan

Looking for an unforgettable short getaway in Kyrgyzstan? Lucky you, EcoTrek Trekking & Travel offers a short holiday on horseback to explore and enjoy the Kyrgyz landscape. During this short holiday, you'll visit Altyn Arashan hot spring, Ala-Kul Lake, Akshu Village, and many beautiful places Kyrgyzstan has to offer.

Key information

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


  • Trail to Aksu Village
  • Ride to Ala-Kul Lake
  • Ride to Altyn Arashan hot springs
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Transportation
  • All meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


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You'll be staying in a yurt in Altyn Arashan hot springs for this holiday. A 2-person 3-season tent and a sleeping mat will be provided. EcoTrek will also provide a kitchen for the cook and dining area for the clients to eat their meals. If you want to stay in a single tent there is a cost of 4 EUR per day.


Day 1

Meet with Ecotrek team in Karakol in the morning. Afterward, a car will drop you to Jolkolot Village where a horseman will meet you and tell you some instructions of horseriding. Then, you will start your riding adventure. By passing Aksu Leschoz, you will get to Altyn Arashan hot springs and have an overnight there in a yurt.

  • Altitude: 2700 meters
  • Duration: 5 - 6 hours

Day 2

You'll leave the campsite and travel to Ala-Kul Lake. Coming to Keldike pass(3800 meters), you'll need to leave your horses and walk up to Keldike Pass and see Ala-Kul Lake (3500 meters). Eat here for lunch. Then, you'll come down back to your horse and travel back to Altyn Arashan. You'll then enjoy hot spring pool.

  • Overnight in yurt (2500 meters)

Day 3

After breakfast, you can walk around, or up by the river and then have lunch. Then take your horses and you will ride to Aksu Village for 3 - 4 hours, where the driver will meet you and drop you to Karakol (30-minute driving).

Technical information

  • Highest point: 3850 meters
  • Lowest point: 1750 meters
  • Total elevation gain: 2200 meters
  • Total elevation loss: 2200 meters
  • Level of difficulty: medium
  • Total hours of hiking: 16 (average)
  • Total amount of trekking days: 3
  • Approximate trekking distance: 55 kilometers


Places you will visit are:

  • Karakol
  • Jolkolot Village
  • Aksu Leschoz
  • Altyn Arashan
  • Ala-Kul Lake
  • Keldike Pass
  • Aksu Village


EcoTrek will provide a professional mountain cook. The cook will prepare fresh and nutritious food for the trek. Please inform your cook if you are a vegetarian or have any allergies. If there are more than seven clients, a mountain cook assistant is provided.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Horseman
  • Transportation from Karakol to the starting point and ending point
  • Horses (3 days)
  • Lunch boxes
  • Food in yurt camp (2 breakfast and 2 dinners)
  • Hot spring pool

What's not included

  • Hotel accommodation in the town of Karakol
  • Transportation from Bishkek to Karakol city and back
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Bottled water during trek
  • Flights to and from country
  • Visa cost (for countries not offered free visas)

How to get there

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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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