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Horse Riding Holiday in Kyrgyzstan

Many people in their life would like to see the Great Pamir Mountains. Some of them travel by a well-known Pamir highway, some of them climb Lenin Peak but now Hotel Asia Mountains offers you to ride horses along the paths of majestic Pamir! Snowy mountains will surround you, high peaks reaching the sky will look at you from above and the desert mountain plateaus will greet you with fresh air.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 100 kilograms / 220 pounds, but if there is a person of a bigger weight or a very tall person, just let Hotel Asia Mountains know in advance so they could find the right horse for them.
  • Horse height range: 140 centimeters
  • Tack type: the organizer has two types of horse saddles that are handmade. The first is a saddle with a multipartite compound tree and the second is a saddle with a compound tree and a figured pommel
  • Horse breed: typical Kyrgyz horses - well-trained, tough, and foot sure, they are small (140 cm) but muscular, strong and have a flat back. Kyrgyz horse has four basic gaits: walking, ambling, trotting, and galloping. It moves at great ease on harsh terrain and at high altitudes.

Highlights

  • Tour starts and ends in Osh
  • 3 - 7 hours of horse riding for six days
  • Admire the views of the Pamir Mountains
  • Go over mountain passes, ride along crystal clear rivers
  • Take a glimpse of nomad life with their yurts and herds
  • Experience a stay at the base camp of Lenin Peak
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


12 days with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 4 participants
Airport transfer included: Osh Airport
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Accommodation

The tour is based on twin / double rooms in hotels and guest houses, in yurt accommodation is four people in one yurt.

On this tour, you will also have a chance to stay at the base camp of Lenin Peak from where all of the mountaineers start their way to the mountain summit. You will be able to get acquainted with the life of mountaineers and walk in the surroundings.

You will have a chance to visit local people, stay at their homes, eat Kyrgyz cuisine, see their way of life and traditions. It will be a great journey that will enrich you with positive energy and will give you a lot of happy memories.

Program

Horseback riding in Kyrgyzstan is a fascinating journey that will give you beautiful views of the valleys, peaks, and passes. During this horse riding trip in Kyrgyzstan, you will get acquainted with the life of nomadic people, visit a real yurt and try national cuisine. The route passes in a remote mountain area. And probably you will not meet other tourists. Also, you have a chance to see mountain goats, gophers, and other animals.

The duration of the tour is 15 days. Starting in the historical city of Osh, you will be able to plunge into the busy life of Asia visiting its historical sights and colorful markets. After that, you will drive to Kojo- Kelen village where your horses will be already waiting for you and from here your horse riding will start.

You will go over mountain passes, ride along crystal clear rivers, visit local villages and enjoy the views of the Pamir Mountains.

On this tour, you will also have a chance to stay at the base camp of Lenin Peak from where all of the mountaineers start their way to the mountain summit. You will be able to get acquainted with the life of mountaineers and walk in the surroundings.

You will have a chance to visit local people, stay at their homes, eat Kyrgyz cuisine, see their way of life and traditions. It will be a great journey that will enrich you with positive energy and will give you a lot of happy memories.

Itinerary

Day 1: Osh - Kojokelen Valley (105 kilometers)

Let’s start with a morning visit to the bazaar to buy fresh food before leaving Osh. Then you take the road to Kojo-Kelen Valley. After two hours of drive, you stop at the edge of Papan artificial lake to have a picnic.

The road follows the Ak-Bura River and passes through several small villages. At the end of the asphalt road, a track continues into a groove. After fifty kilometers, the Kojo-Kelen valley opens with a reddish landscape background. After accommodation into a homestay, you will take a small walk on the path of the coal mine with panoramic views of the ocher color cliffs. Back to the village. Dinner and overnight at a homestay.

Day 2: Kojo-Kelen – under Jiptik Pass

Riding day to Jiptik pass. Morning tour of the sacred mountains of Kojo-Kelen, ocher lands sculpted by rain and wind. Then you cross a forest area and ride up to the last yurts. Meet with nomads. Dinner and overnight in tents at 2800 meters.

Day 3: Сross Jiptik Pass – Darbaza-Tash (north Sary-Mogol)

Djiptik Mountain pass is located at a height of 4185 meters. In the morning, you will ride by an old path along the river, then you will cross different moraines left by the vanished glaciers. At the pass, there is a grand view of the peak Lenin on the other side of the valley of the Pamir Alai. Descent into the canyon to Darbaza-Tash yurt camp. Meals and overnight in yurt.

Day 4: Darbaza-Tash to Akkiya campsite (6 hours ride, 20 kilometers)

As you leave the camp, you will head by the passage along the grassy slope of the north Sary-Mogol. Need to be mentioned: you will pass through two coal mines and it is not the most beautiful view but after a few kilometers you will get to the green pasture surrounded by unusual form mountains. Then you are tempted to climb the grassy slopes and go above the river on the right.

Further, after a few kilometers, you will cross the river again to the left and climb the steep slope with a view of the river. This section could worry those who are afraid of heights, but you can be sure of the stability of the path. At the top of the slope, there is a small down section, free and open, here you will put your camp.

Day 5: From the camp to the lakes and back to the camp of Sary-Mogol (20 kilometers, 6 hours)

This day of the trek is very beautiful but quite tough. The distance is short, but the way to and back will take you about six hours. This day you will walk to the pass and come back by the same trail, you will take lunch boxes with you and warm clothes because of unstable weather, you will leave the rest of the unnecessary things in the same camp.

One of the guides will look after the left things and the main guide will accompany you up to the pass. You will need very good trekking boots because the path is very narrow and stony. Your aim today is to reach the top of the pass from where you can see a panoramic view of the Besh-Kol Lake.

Besh-Kol is a lake that flows one into another before entering a cavern, situated beneath Sary-Mogol Pass (4300 meters). The scenery of Besh-Kol is wild and untouched, with a wide array of wildlife including indigenous mountain goats. You will get to the pass by lunchtime, have a break, and have enough time to inspect all destinations. Return to the camp of Sary-Mogol in the evening.

Day 6: Sary-Mogol camp to Kara-Kabak (20 kilometers, 6 hours)

After breakfast - departure towards the west. You ride the hills around 3900 meters. And a large plateau, where your way goes down into the gorge of Kara-Kabak. Finally, you will come to the camp in Kara-Kabak Valley. Overnight in tents at 3026 meters.

Day 7: Kara-Kabak - Daimdjailoo (6 - 7 hours of horseback ride)

Early departure. After passing the hill on the right side, you will go up to the Kashka-Suu valley. A path between the juniper and other bushes in a narrow gorge. Arrival in the valley of Kok-Djar, the landscape here becomes wider. Crossing the Kok-Djar Pass of 4120 meters. Descent to the lakes of Daimjailoo and Kosh-Kol. Setting up the camp. Dinner and overnight in tents at 3880 meters.

Day 8: Daimdjailoo

As your horses also get tired, this day you will walk on foot to explore the lakes. Picnic at the shores of Twin Lakes and night at the same camp.

Day 9: Damdjailoo – Sary-Mogol

Short day trek on horseback (4 hours) and transfer to Lenin Peak base camp. After breakfast, start the horse riding along the Balyk-Zhuugan to Kashka-Suu village, stopping near the river. You will leave the horses and horsemen here and further drive to Lenin Peak base camp. This day you will sleep in well-equipped tents, take a shower and have a great time.

Day 10: Day of rest and recreation

You will have a full day in the camp with the possibility to walk in the surroundings.

Day 11: Lenin Peak base camp - Sary-Mogol - Tulparkol lake (25 kilometers, 5 - 6 hours ride)

Morning drive to Sary-Mogol village and from here departure by horse at 9 a.m. Start from Sary-Mogol to Tulpar-Kol Lake Yurt camp, in the direction of Lenin Peak, on the way whole wide view of Alay valley is seen with all its beauty, when you approach the yurt camp, you will enjoy the marvelous mountain lake Tulpar-Kol and at the shores of the lake a pleasant yurt camp of CBT which will provide you with overnight and delicious dinner in a yurt. The accommodation altitude is 3000 meters. The Highest walking height is 3500 meters.

Day 12: Tulpar-Kol - Tuyuk canyon (6 hours ride)

After breakfast, you will walk up to the panoramic view over the yurt camp, see a total of 42 small lakes. About two hours walk up and down, then ride again to Tuyuk yurt camp. Here you will get a feel of nomadic life staying in Kyrgyz shepherd yurts and eating a lot of dairy foods (kefir, butter, milk, boiler bread, domestic jam).

After lunch, you will have time to explore the canyon, you will have a small hike from the yurt camp to the head of the canyon. In the evening, you can see the life of a shepherd: milking a yak and a cow, grazing sheep, horses, donkeys; wild animals, birds, woodchucks can be visible.

Day 13: Tuyuk canyon - Bouke valley (3-4 hours ride)

Continue the horse riding along the magical scenery of the wide Kosh-Korgon valley. On the way, there are stunning views of pastures against the backdrop of snow-capped, 3000 meters mountain peaks. A very wide valley attracts viewers with charming landscapes. Every traveler can get acquainted with the ancient nomadic life of Kyrgyz shepherds life. Total time: 3 - 4 hours. Walking distance: 11 kilometers.

Day 14: Horse riding to Sary-Mogol along the Kosh-Korgon valley (5 - 6 hours)

Riding along the amazing mountains of Pamir-Alay valley, lots of summer pastures with locals who live in yurts and huts in such a paradise with cattle which astonish tourists by fascinating landscapes.

This is the last day of the Pamir-Alay horseback tour. This evening you will have a special dinner with a Kyrgyz mini concert-show dedicated to you in the guesthouse in Sary-Mogol (komuz, accordion) and a gift - a handmade souvenir.

Day 15: Transfer to Osh

After breakfast, the car will take you back to Osh. This is the end of your horse riding holiday with Hotel Asia Mountains. You can enjoy your time in Osh and spend a night in the hotel (not included in the price) before continuing your journey back home.

Trip intensity: level 2 medium, beginners

It will require physical abilities and endurance, special clothes, and shoes. You also need the necessary gear: a small backpack, warm clothes according to weather, snack, and water. Physical activity takes several hours a day with rest breaks.

You must have skills of being in the mountains, horse riding or cycling, the ability to use special equipment like trekking poles; the ability to move along more complex mountainous terrain, to cross small rivers, etc. Active programs are full of physically active days.

Location

The duration of the tour is 15 days. Starting in the historical city of Osh you will be able to plunge into the busy life of Asia visiting its historical sights and colorful markets. After that, you will drive to Kojo- Kelen village where your horses will be already waiting for you and from here your horse riding will start. You will go over mountain passes, ride along crystal clear rivers, visit local villages and enjoy the views of the Pamir Mountains.

Food

Full board meals are included. Additionally, you will receive one liter of drinking water per day per person during the tour.

The Kyrgyz food used to be seasonal. In the summer it was vegetables, berries, and fruits, and in winter the diet was mainly of dairy food and meat. Kyrgyz people eat mutton, horse meat, beef, camel meat, goat meat, and yak meat. Mutton and horse meat are especially appreciated.

At the moment, many tourists come to Kyrgyzstan and the local population, adjusting to it, cooks more lenten dishes. You can easily find vegetarian food, but you should definitely try national dishes such as Besh-Barmak, Manti, Shorpo, Dymlama, Kazy, Pilov, Ashlyam-Fu, Samsa and Kuurdak.

Nowadays there is no problem with finding drinks. You can easily find all you want in shops: from water to coca-cola lite. But usually, people drink tea in families. In such destinations as Son-Kul, Tash-Rabat, high in the mountains you will be offered kumys (traditional drink from horse milk) or shoro (grains drink).

There is no problem with alcohol. You can easily find beer or more strong drinks in shops. The only thing is that alcohol drinking in public places is forbidden.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • 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

  • Transportation along the route (2-4 people – Mitsubishi Delica, 5-10 people – Mercedes Sprinter van)
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation by the program (3-star hotels in Osh city, home stays in villages, tents, and yurts en route)
  • Entrance fees to all of the sights
  • Meals by the program – full board
  • Professional horse guide and a helper
  • Concert on the last day of the tour
  • Horses for riding
  • Water – 1 liter per day per person

What's not included

  • Any changes in the program
  • Alcohol beverages
  • Excursions not included in the program
  • Tips for guide, driver, and other personnel
  • Any personal expenses: international calls, bar, souvenirs, etc.
  • Any type of insurance
  • International flights and home flights (from Bishkek to Osh, the price is about 50 USD per ticket)
  • Personal equipment for horse riding (helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads)
  • Single supplement – 40 USD

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Osh Airport (OSS). You can get to the international airports in Bishkek or Osh by various airlines: Aeroflot, Turkish Airlines, S7, and others from Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, China, Kazakhstan, and other countries.

There are several flights between Osh and Bishkek during the day. It takes only 40 minutes. You can take 15 kg of luggage and 5 kg on board. Overload costs USD 1-2 per 1 kilogram.

Hotel Asia Mountains does not sell international air tickets but they can recommend where to buy them. You will be met by the tour representatives at the destination airport and taken to the hotel.

You can get to Bishkek from Russia by a train. The train station is located in the center of the city. There is no train connection with Osh or Almaty. You can book the transfer with our managers. Our driver will meet you and drive to the booked hotel.

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 45% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
15 days / 14 nights
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Availability information

Individual dates are also available. For more information, please send an inquiry,

Pricing information

The price options below are based on a group of four. The prices will be lower depending on how many people are joining the tour. Please find the following prices per person for more information:

  • More than 10 people in the group: 1,500 USD per person
  • More than 8 people in the group: 1,600 USD per person
  • More than 6 people in the group: 1,750 USD per person
  • More than 4 people in the group: 1,900 USD per person
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Saturday July 30, 2022
(15 days / 14 nights)

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