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7 Days Real Nomads Horse Riding Holiday near Son-Kul Lake in Naryn Region, Kyrgyzstan

Asia Mountains Hotel 1, Lineinaya Street 1A, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Horse Riding Holiday Kyrgyzstan

An equestrian tour near Son-Kul Lake will be able to reveal to you the real life of nomads, their culture and traditions, their hospitality and simplicity, and their hard work. Despite this, the ability to enjoy every day, simple little things that people perceive completely differently and which are common for them. Enjoy beautiful mountain plains, snowy peaks, cold, turbulent rivers, and deserted expanses. Immerse yourself in the kingdom of nature, not enslaved by people with all its grace and beauty with Hotel Asia Mountains.

Key information

  • Tack Type: Hand-made Kyrgyz national saddles
  • Horse Breed: Kyrgyz horses

Highlights

  • Ride to Kyr-Jol
  • Riding in the Baydyluu Gorge
  • Ride through the Jon-Bulak pass
  • Horseback ride to Zangi and Bakchetin Canyon
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • English speaking guide
  • Full board meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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

During this horse riding holiday, you will be staying at:

  • Day 1: Hotel Asia Mountains in Bishkek
  • Day 2: yurt camp at Lake Son-Kul
  • Day 3: forester's house in Sary-Bel
  • Day 4: local resident's house or yurt in Teshik
  • Day 5: guesthouse in Ottuk Village
  • Day 6: local elder's house nearby Dolon pass

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Arriving at the Manas International Airport (FRU)

You will be transferred to Bishkek. Accommodation would at the hotel and there, you'll have a rest. You'll enjoy a city tour with visiting colorful Osh Bazaar where you can buy fresh and dry fruit, berries, and nuts.

You will then visit the main Ala-Too square with changing of the guards, old square with the Lenin statue, Manas complex with Philharmonic hall, and Victory square with the central mall - ZUM.

Day 2: Moving to the southern shore of Lake Son-Kul

On the way, you will also visit the historical-architectural complex of Burana Tower. Burana Tower (minaret) is located on the territory of an ancient settlement 90 kilometers far from Bishkek.

The historians and archeologists proved that the settlement was once the capital of Karakhanid Khanate and was called Balasagun founded in the 10th century. Burana Tower is the central monument of this complex. Arriving at the lake, you'll stop for the night in a yurt camp.

Day 3: Start of the horse trek

First, you'll go to the serpentine called 33 parrots. Lunch will be on the way. Further going down the serpentine, you will approach the waterfall.

You will stop near the yurts at a place called Sary-Bel, where the forester lives, a small group of people can stay here for the night. In another case, you will go further for about five kilometers and spend the night in the house of the forester on the river.

Day 4: From the valley of Sary-Bel to the place of shepherds Teshik

From Sary-Bel along the valley of the same name, you will climb the Jon-Bulak pass. Here, you'll have lunch and then go down to the Teshik. Overnight would be in the house of local residents or a yurt.

Day 5: Zangi and Bakchetin canyons

Today, you are going to see two beautiful canyons: Zangi and Bakchetin. On the way, you will come across the shepherds which will enable you to see their life, have a cup of tea, and listen to hunter stories. Canyons' height varies from 150 to 300 meters.

You may want to spend an extra day to explore the area. People say that by standing on one edge of the canyon, you can watch Capricorns safely walking on the other side of it and easily take photos of them.

After lunch, you will climb to the ridge called Kyr-Jol, which means the road running along the ridge, and by this old road, you will ride to the Ottuk Village. Dinner would be in a cafe and accommodation would be in a guesthouse where you can take a hot shower and sit by the fireplace.

Here in the Ottuk Village, it's also possible to organize an extra day and get acquainted with the life of the local population. Perhaps you can pay a visit to a local shaman who banishes evil spirits and heals people. Locals will be happy to show you how they make felt products and toys. You can taste kumys, the national drink made from mare's milk, and just feel like a guest, welcomed by the Kyrgyz traditions.

Day 6: Ride to Baydyluu Gorge

From the guest house, you'll go riding in a gorge called Baydyluu and make a circular ride along the slopes of the beautiful Kyrgyz mountains back to the main road. Here, you will say goodbye to your guides and go through Dolon pass by car. Descending from the pass, you will stop for the night in the home of local elders.

Day 7: End of the tour

This morning will be free. You will be able to stroll through the village; see how people make home stuff for yurts. After lunch, you will return to Bishkek. Accommodation would be at a hotel. You'll then have a farewell dinner. You'll be transferred to the airport for the flight home. This marks the end of the program.

Riding level

Please note that this horse riding is categorized as level two riding.

Level 2: medium difficulty (for beginners)

Level 2 will require physical abilities and endurance, special clothes, and shoes. You also need the necessary gear: 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, and others. Active programs are full of physically active days.

The horses

In Kyrgyzstan, people ride ordinary Kyrgyz horses. They are small but quite strong to cover long distances in the highlands. Hotel Asia Mountains carry out a large number of horse tours.

All horses are well-circled animals with a calm temper and stable character. But you also have to understand that any inaccurate handling of them may entail any unpredictable consequences.

Location

This horse riding will take place near Son-Kul Lake in Naryn Region, Kyrgyzstan. The high-mountainous Son-Kul Lake will provide you with a reflection of the blue sky, high passes will provide you with magnificent views. See for yourself deep canyons, real Kyrgyz villages without embellishment, and catch an opportunity to get acquainted with the locals, staying in yurts, shepherds, and ordinary houses.

You will learn about Kyrgyz everyday life and Kyrgyz traditions, you will see yurts and their interior, kids and their national games, huge flocks of sheep, horses, cows, perhaps you will meet camels and yaks. Immerse yourself in the usual habitat of the nomadic people, who have not lost their uniqueness for dozens of centuries.

Naryn Region is located in the central part of the country on the slopes of inner Tien-Shan. Naryn Region is the highest part of the country. Only about five percent of the total population of the country lives here. The lowest temperature was recorded here.

The main activities of local people are farming and cattle breeding. Naryn region attracts tourists with its untouched nature, the life of nomads who leave the village and go to high mountain pastures in the summer.

Food

Travelers are often concerned with what will be served for meals during a tour. The cuisine in Kyrgyzstan is very diverse and Hotel Asia Mountains offer national, European, vegetarian cuisines, as well as special meals, for example, gluten-free on their tours.

It is better to warn about your dietary requirements and preferences in nutrition in advance. Hotel Asia Mountains has been working in the tourist market for 20 years already and has vast experience in cooking even in the most severe conditions and expeditions.

Hotel Asia Mountains co-operate with the best cooks who have done not one trekking route and know all the nuances of cooking in the mountains above 2000 meters. The cuisine in Kyrgyzstan is rich in calories and nourishing.

Main dishes consist of meat, pasta, and broth. The main national dishes that the locals like so much are: manty, lagman (fried or with broth), pilaf, beshbarmak, and samsa. National drinks are kumys, maksym, tan, and more.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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

What's included

  • Horses
  • English speaking guide
  • Professional horse guide
  • Transport by the program
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Meals - full board
  • Airport transfers

What's not included

  • Any changes in the program
  • Alcohol beverages
  • Excursions not included in the program
  • Tips for driver, guides, and hotel personnel
  • Any personal expenses in the hotel: international calls, bar, and others
  • Single supplement of 60 USD

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Manas International Airport (FRU). Transfer from and to this airport is included. Hotel Asia Mountains will pick you up at the airport.

You can get to the airport 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 kilograms of luggage and five kilograms on board. Overload costs 1 - 2 USD per one kilogram.

Arrival by train

You can get to Bishkek from Russia by train. The train station is located in the center of the city. You can book the transfer with Hotel Asia Mountains' managers. Their driver will meet you and drive to the hotel.

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.
7 days / 6 nights
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Pricing information
  • 10 people and more in the group: 1067 USD per person
  • 8 people and more in the group: 1169 USD per person
  • 6 people and more in the group: 1274 USD per person
  • 4 people and more in the group: 1466 USD per person
  • 2 people and more in the group: 2176 USD per person
  • Single supplement: 60 USD
Friday July 16, 2021
(7 days / 6 nights)

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