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Kyrgyzstan Horseback Riding Holiday

Discover a new place of destination! You are invited to visit one of the most beautiful countries in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan is located in the heart of Eurasia; it is a mountainous (94% of the territory is mountains) and multiethnic (more than 80 nationalities) country with beautiful nature, landscape, and rich culture; it is a place where you may realize your dreams! If you like active holidays or like to be in a calm, peaceful place, then Kyrgyzstan is the right place for you!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 216 pounds / 98 kilograms
  • Tack Type: Nomad Saddle, Cavalry Saddle
  • Horse Breed: Kyrgyz Horse

Highlights

  • 5 horse riding days
  • Get to visit Tepke farm as well as museums
  • Ride strong Kyrgyz horses used to cross high mountain passes
  • Opportunity to get acquainted with the nomadic culture of the country
  • Daily breakfast as well as most lunches and dinners
  • Spend nights in traditional Kyrgyz housing (yurts)
  • English-speaking guides or driver
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


9 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Manas International Airport
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Accommodation

You will stay at various accommodations as outlined in the itinerary (hotels, guesthouses, yurts).

Program

Day 0

Departure day from your home.

Day 1: Bishkek (55 kilometers, 2 hours of driving)

Arrival in Bishkek in the morning, meeting with the Kyrgyz guide/driver and transfer to Chon-Kemin. Before transfer, if clients wish, Novi Nomda can have a city tour of the city by visiting Central Ala-Too Square, Oak Park, and Philharmonic Hall. You can visit Osh Bazaar, a Kyrgyz supermarket (bazaar) where one can buy everything from clothes to food, spices, souvenirs, etc.

Have a late transfer to Chon-Kemin; later, visit the Burana Tower, a place on the Great Silk Road. Upon arrival at your Chon-Kemin accommodation, have dinner at the mountainous cozy guesthouse.

  • Included meals: Dinner
  • Overnight in: Aziz Guesthouse

It is a unique place that combines Kyrgyz traditions with high service. One can find comfort in a cozy Kyrgyz-style house: wide rooms with comfortable furniture and showers. Entering the house one smells the mix of wood, cane, and felt. The subtle smell of the fireplace during the dinner will make your evening special.

Day 2: Chon-Kemin

After breakfast, you will meet the local horse guide and horses and have a nice horse riding to the panoramic view of Chon-Kemin Valley. Horse riding is about five to six hours. The guesthouse will provide you with lunchboxes so you will find a nice place for lunch and have it there.

After the ride is finished, you will return to the guesthouse, have dinner, and overnight in the guesthouse. After dinner, it is possible to continue the evening with talks at the fire.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, lunchbox, and dinner

Day 3: Chon-Kemin - Tepke - Karakol (170 kilometers, 3 hours of driving)

After breakfast, ride along the northern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake, which is the second-largest mountainous lake in the world at an altitude of 1607 meters above sea level, to Karakol city. On the way, make a 30-minute break with a swim and photo stop at a nice spot at the lake, right behind the city of Balykchy.

Later, you will have a walk in the Open Air Museum of Petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata city. The Open Air Museum sometimes referred to as a Stone Garden, covers some 42 hectares and contains a number of prehistoric monumental structures (stone circles, tombs, the remains of a boundary stone wall, balbals), and Petroglyphs (dating from the II millennium BC up to the Middle Ages up to the VI century AD).

You will arrive at Tepke village for a late lunch, here, there is a nice farm that breeds Kyrgyz horses, you will have the presentation and lunch here; optionally, horse games. Later, transfer to Karakol, have a short city tour of the city then overnight in the hotel.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Overnight in: Amir Hotel or similar

Day 4: Karakol - Jety - Oguz (40 kilometers, 3 hours of driving)

If Day 4 falls on a Sunday, visit the Sunday animal market in Karakol, where people from the whole Issyk-Kul region come to the place. The market opens from 5 a.m. till 12 p.m. After breakfast, transfer to Jety-Oguz Gorge.

The Jety-Oguz Gorge is famous for its red rock formations in the form of the Seven Bulls, the translation of the place is “Seven Bulls”. Local people tell a lot of legends about this place. When you are approaching Jety-Oguz Gorge first, you see the broken heart, (broken heart is that 2 Seven Bulls of 7), then, when you pass this Broken Heart and look to the back of it, you see all these 7 Bulls.

Later, you will pass several wooden bridges over the mountainous river to reach your yurt camp. The place where the yurt camp is stationed is called the Flower Valley because it has many flowers, especially in June. Upon arrival, meet the local guide and horses and have a horse ride to Oguz Bashy; the horse riding will take about three to four hours. The lunch will be provided as a lunchbox. The overnight will be in the yurt camp.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, lunchbox, and dinner
  • Overnight in: Yurt Camp

People sleep by 4-5 in a yurt, they sleep in yurts, there are beds and personal linens. There are sleeping yurts and separate dining yurts. There are toilets and showers outside (not in the yurt), but they are good.

Day 5: Jety-Oguz - Svetlaya Polyana - Tamga (160 kilometers of driving in total, three to four hours of driving)

After breakfast, you will have a horse ride from Jety-Oguz Gorge to Svetlaya Polyana. The horse riding will take about 3-4 hours. After the horse riding is finished, you will say goodbye to the horse riding team and drive along the southern shore of the lake to Tamga. Tonight, you will be again accommodated in the yurt camp, which is situated on the shore of the lake. If you wish, you can enjoy the warm waters of the lake. Dinner and overnight.

Also if time permits, you can visit the Fairy Tale Canyon with its sandy mountains of different colors, and take a walk. There are hills of different forms, if you look at them you can distinguish different animals, birds, temples that is why people call it Fairy Tale Canyon.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunchbox, and dinner
  • Overnight in: Yurt camp

People sleep by 4-5 in a yurt, they sleep in yurts, there are beds and personal linens. There are sleeping yurts and separate dining yurts. There are toilets and showers outside (not in the yurt), but they are good.

Day 6: Tamga - Son-Kul Lake (250 kilometers, 4-5 hours of driving)

After breakfast, drive to Son-Kul Lake which is the highest lake at an altitude of 3016 meters. In the morning, you can visit Fairytale Canyon, if yesterday, you did not have time. You will have a stop in Kochkor village to visit the felt workshop, here the local women produce the goods made of felt and then transfer them to Son-Kul. Son-Kul Lake is famous for its pastures, every summer, many local people come here with their cattle and families.

  • Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Overnight in: Yurt camp

People sleep by 4-5 in a yurt, they sleep in yurts, there are beds and personal linens. There are sleeping yurts and separate dining yurts. There are toilets and showers outside (not in the yurt), but they are good.

Day 7: Son-Kul Lake

After breakfast, meet the horse team and have a horse ride toward the pass. The horse riding will be about four to five hours. You will see the real nomads, and taste the traditional Kyrgyz drink called Kymyz made of mare’s milk. Dinner and overnight in the yurt.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunchbox, and dinner
  • Overnight in: Yurt camp

People sleep by 4-5 in a yurt, they sleep in yurts, there are beds and personal linens. There are sleeping yurts and separate dining yurts. There are toilets and showers outside (not in the yurt), but they are good.

Day 8: Son-Kul Lake

After breakfast, meet the horse team and have a horse ride along the shore of the lake. The horse riding will be about four to five hours. You will see the real nomads. Dinner and overnight in the yurt.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunchbox, and dinner
  • Overnight in: Yurt camp

People sleep by 4-5 in a yurt, they sleep in yurts, there are beds and personal linens. There are sleeping yurts and separate dining yurts. There are toilets and showers outside (not in the yurt), but they are good.

Day 9: Son Kul - Bishkek

After breakfast, transfer to Bishkek. Upon arrival, accommodation will be in a hotel. There will be a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. and overnight in a hotel.

  • Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Overnight in: Hotel or similar

Day 10: Bishkek

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast (is served from 7 to 10 a.m.)

Level of difficulty

There are no difficulties on the route but tourists should have an average level of fitness because sometimes, you will have long transfers (4-5 hours) by mountain roads.

Location

Kyrgyzstan, a magical place with shades of Shangri-la or The Lost World. Maybe those masters of prose who wrote such masterpieces had visited or heard of this legendary mountain kingdom. Unlike its Himalayan or South American counterparts of literary fame, Kyrgyzstan, or The Kyrgyz Republic to give it its official title, is real but its beauty and untamed wildness are the stuff of oral legends.

It is said that everything in life can be found in Kyrgyzstan, both physically and geographically. There are flat steppes, arid deserts, green, rolling foothills, plunging ravines with turbulent, frothing rivers, waterfalls cascading from the sides of sheer mountain faces, wondrous nut, and fir forests full of some of the most beautiful - and endangered - species in the world, endless grass-covered high mountain pastures, alpine meadows that make Switzerland's meadows look like small well-tended parks, and staggeringly beautiful snow-covered mountain peaks sitting atop some of the most difficult - and rewarding - climbs in the mountaineering world.

This is a land where vultures and eagles soar. Seeing is believing and the only way you can ever experience the true delights of this small, secluded mountainous country - by Asian standards - is to visit it. Words alone cannot do justice to the variety of sights and sounds - and truly awesome silences - that await you.

Kyrgyzstan lies at the very heart of Central Asia, surrounded by the mighty expanses of China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. It covers an area of 198,500 square kilometers and its longest borders run 925 kilometers from west to east and 454 kilometers from north to south. The topography and geography of the country lend itself to a North-South divide, with the main concentrations of population/business in the north and south with an almost uninhabited interior.

Food

The package includes meals as outlined in the itinerary. One liter of drinking water per person will be provided.

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

Things to do (optional)

Shopping

The retail market, especially in Bishkek, continues to develop apace and there are now several modern shopping complexes and supermarkets and lots of individual specialist boutiques selling mainly imported food, clothes, footwear, electronic goods, etc. For lovers of the exotic, the bazaars are open seven days a week.

There are also several bazaars selling literally everything and the Dordoi Bazaar on the northern outskirts of the city is in fact the largest market in Central Asia. Buyers come from all over, including Russia, and arrive here to purchase goods for wholesale in their own countries. If you have money, it is possible to buy virtually anything you could wish for here.

Aside from ordinary shops, there are a host of specialist stores in Bishkek where you can buy anything you may need, including specialized trekking equipment and clothes.

There are lots of pharmacies in the towns and western drugs and medicines are quite freely available but if you need special prescriptions you would be well advised to bring an adequate supply with you. Opticians are everywhere and offer very good services at very good prices compared to Europe/USA.

In specialized food shops in large cities, you can buy virtually all your favorite food and drinks. The majority of shops are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and some are open 24 hours a day. Supermarkets work from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. You are advised to go shopping and to the markets with Kyrgyz som (KGS) only and no other currencies.

Horse games in Tepke

Horse games is 250 USD for the group.

Supplement for the English-speaking guide

For a group of 1-3 pax this add-on would be 660 USD for the group.

What's included

  • Transport for transfers and excursions (good condition car with A/C) for Kyrgyzstan (2-3 pax – 4 WD jeep with English-speaking driver, 4-6 pax – Mercedes Sprinter)
  • 9 nights twin room accommodation in hotels and guesthouses, four or five people accommodation in a yurt
  • Meal is indicated on each day
  • English speaking guide for the group of 4-6 pax, no guide for 2-3 pax but English speaking driver
  • Local horseriding guide in Chon-Kemin, Jety-Oguz, and Son-Kul Lake with basic knowledge of English
  • Mineral water during the tour (one litter a day per person)
  • Entry fees to museums
  • Visit of Tepke farm and presentation
  • Horse for riding according to the program

What's not included

  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Full board
  • International and domestic flight tickets
  • Early check-in
  • Full board
  • Items of a personal nature including extra luggage charges, room service, medical expenses, etc.
  • Camera and video fee where applicable
  • Trip cancellation, medical and accident insurance
  • Porter services in the airport and hotels
  • Double yurt accommodation
  • Horse games

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 20% 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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