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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


  • 5 horse riding days
  • Get to visit Tepke farm as well as museums
  • Ride strong Kyrgyz horses used to cross high mountain passes
  • Have the 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
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


9 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Manas International Airport
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Nights 1 and 2 - Aziz Guesthouse

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

Night 3 - Amir Hotel (or similar)

This is a comfortable hotel situated in the center of Karakol (on the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul). There are 17 rooms, including five rooms with king-size beds and 12 rooms with twin-size beds. Each room has a private toilet and a shower. The hotel provides disposable slippers and mineral water in every room. Hotel Amir offers a tasty breakfast buffet of mainly European dishes, served in its restaurant.

Nights 4 to 8 - Yurt Camps

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

  • Accommodation in Tamga: Nomad Lodge Yurt Camp

Issyk-Kul is an incredibly beautiful alpine lake and a unique place to stay in traditional yurts with modern comforts. There are 12 yurts in the camp for the accommodation of up to three to four pax in each one. There are two separate dining yurts with wooden tables and benches, decorated with traditional ornaments. Each living yurt is decorated in a national style, has electricity, and comfortable wooden beds with warm blankets.

Yurts are heated by stove every evening. There are 12 toilets and 12 showers in the territory of the yurt camp. Double and single yurt occupancy is possible for extra payment and should be checked for the availability for the required date.

This new camp was opened on the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake in 2020. The camp is located nearby Tamga village, 139 kilometers from the Balykchi town to the east. This camp combines a unique experience of staying in a yurt, a beautiful location on the lakeshore, and a comfortable stay. The camp is located in a wild and beautiful place 100 meters from the lake, between the camp and the lake wild area populated by many birds through which goes the trail to the water.

Each yurt has its own toilet (water-closet) and showers with permanent hot water. The electricity is 24 hours. There are 12 yurts for accommodation and two canteen yurts. All yurts are equipped with carpeted wooden floors and electrical heaters. Also, there are western-style toilets and a warm shower (permanent).

  • Accommodation in Song-Kol: Nomad Lodge Yurt Camp

Song-Kol is an incredibly beautiful alpine lake and a unique place to stay in traditional yurts with modern comforts. There are 10 yurts in the camp for accommodation for up to four pax in each one. There are two separate dining yurts with wooden tables and benches, decorated with traditional ornaments.

Each living yurt is decorated in a national style, has electricity and comfortable wooden beds with warm blankets. Yurts are heated by stove every evening. There are 10 toilets and five showers in the territory of the yurt camp.

The yurt camp is located on the northern shore of the Lake Song-Kul in around 25 kilometers from the Kalmak-Ashuu Pass. Song-Kul is a mountain lake situated in the Tian-Shan Mountain Range at an altitude of 3016 meters; the scene that greets you there is surprising! The wide, brilliant, steel-colored expanse of the lake appears majestic, quiet, and transparent, like a huge bowl of pure mountain air surrounded by hills.

Water and sky seem to meet here, the surroundings of Song-Kul are completely untouched. Perhaps the most surprising fact is that around Song-Kul, you will never see a tree or even a shrub, but there are plenty of medicinal herbs and various flowers. Once the last snow melts, a broad swathe of edelweiss - the beautiful high-altitude mountain flower - bursts into bloom.

It is no surprise then, that this place has, since ancient times, been used as a summer pasture (jailoo). There are 10 yurts for accommodation and two canteen yurts. All yurts are equipped with carpeted wooden floors and stoves. Also, there are western-style toilets and a warm shower (upon request).

  • Accommodation in Jety-Oguz Valley: Yurt Camp

The yurt camp is situated about 40 kilometers southeast from Karakol in Jety-Oguz gorge. Since ancient times, local shepherds move to these alpine meadows (more than 2200 meters above sea level) for summer grazing. They tell many legends about the red rock formations, Seven Bulls and Broken Heart, from which the region takes its name.

Getting acquainted with local nomadic life, complete with mountain scenery, twittering birds, and clean rivers, will make your holiday unforgettable. There are 10 yurts for accommodation and two canteen yurts. All yurts are equipped with carpeted wooden floors and stoves. Also, there are western-style toilets and a warm shower (upon request).

Night 9 - Navat, B Hotel, or similar

For your last night, you will be staying at a hotel.


You will have a wonderful chance to relax from the noise and busy-ness of the city in the mountains and get acquainted with local culture and people!

Horse Riding General Information

The Kyrgyz are one of the last truly nomadic peoples and 130 years of Communist and Tsarist rule have not quenched their spirit. Horses and horsemanship run in the blood and Kyrgyz children learn to ride horses before they can walk. Their horses are specially bred for riding and load carrying on mountain paths and are extremely sure-footed.

They are famous for their quiet disposition and endurance and will carry you easily across the mountains, valleys, and glaciers of Kyrgyzstan. On horseback, you will experience the wilderness and beauty of Kyrgyzstan first hand and feel the genuine warmth and hospitality of the Kyrgyz people in their natural environment.

Additionally, your experienced guides will be on hand at all times to help you understand your hosts and guarantee your safety. The tours skirt along the shores of Lakes Issyk-Kul and Son-Kul, as well as others in the Suusamyr area.

The guides and grooms accompanying you on horseback treks have a wealth of knowledge and have been riding horses since before they could walk! For Novi Nomad's tours, they can provide either a "nomad saddle", which is wider than European saddles or a "cavalry saddle", a Russian saddle. For carrying your equipment and luggage, Novi Nomad uses special bags, which are easily attached to a saddle.

Day 0

Departure day from your home.

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

Arrival to 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.

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 riding 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.

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

After breakfast along the northern shore of Issyk-Kul lake, that is the second-largest mountainous lake in the world on the altitude of 1607 meters above the 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 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 the 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.

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 that 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.

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

After breakfast, have a horse riding from Jety-Oguz gorge to Svetlaya Polyana; the horse riding will take about three to four hours. After the horse riding is finished, you will say “Bye” 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. where you'll have dinner and overnight.

Also, if time lets, you can visit the Fairytale 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, and temples; that is why they call it Fairytale Canyon.

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

After breakfast, drive to Son-Kul lake which is the highest lake on the 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 then transfer to Son-Kul. Son-Kul lake is famous for its pastures, every summer, many local people come here with their cattle and families.

Day 7: Son-Kul Lake

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

Day 8: Son-Kul Lake

After breakfast, meet the horse team and have a horse riding 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.

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 the hotel.

Day 10: Bishkek

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

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.


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.


  • GMT +6: It does not operate Daylight Saving Time
  • Almaty Kazakhstan Kyrgyz time: Same time
  • Tashkent Uzbekistan Kyrgyz time: -1 hour
  • Beijing China Kyrgyz time: +2 hours
  • Moscow Russia Kyrgyz time: +3 hours


The mountainous terrain and distance from the sea and desert outskirts give Kyrgyzstan what can only be described as a harsh continental climate, with big changes in temperature occurring over short periods of time. The wettest place is the west slope of the Ferghana Range with 1,000 millimeters, whilst the driest is Balykchy on the western tip of Issyk-Kul Lake with 100 millimeters of precipitation.

The average temperature throughout the country in January varies between -4 degrees Celsius to -14 degrees Celsius and in July between 12 degrees Celsius and 40 degrees Celsius and there is an average of 247 days of sunshine a year.


The fact that 94% of Kyrgyzstan is covered by mountains produces great variations in the geographical and topographical appearance of the country. The lowest valley floor is itself 500 meters above sea level and the highest peaks soar to more than 7,000 meters above sea level in the mighty Tien Shan Range.

These mighty peaks are world-renowned and are part of the exclusive list of 7,000-meter plus peaks of the world; Pobeda Peak (Victory Peak) - 7,439 meters, Lenin Peak - 7,134 meters, and the legendary Khan-Tengry - 7010 meters, the white/pink marble pyramid held sacred by Kyrgyz through the ages.

Mountain lakes abound and arguably one of the most beautiful series of lakes anywhere in the world can be found at Sary Chelek in a national park, to see this is to behold the true beauty of nature. The "Pearl of the Heavenly Mountains" - or Issyk-Kul Lake - is the second-largest high mountain lake in the world, second only to Lake Titicaca in size and is so big it has its own unique biosphere. Although forests cover only a small area of Kyrgyzstan, the truly unique indigenous walnut tree forests of Arslan-bob are warranted for a visit on their own.

Flora and fauna

The flora and fauna here are both unique and plentiful, ranging from exquisite semi-tropical tulips to stunningly beautiful alpine edelweiss - yes, Kyrgyzstan isn't known as the "Switzerland of Asia" for nothing, and the vitamin content of herbs here isn't bettered by a single country in the world, not even Georgia, whose herbs are much loved by Western medical and perfume companies. There is even a uniquely fir tree - the Tien Shan Spruce.

The number and range of birds of prey have to be seen to be believed and travelers to the more remote parts of the country will be amazed at how close they can get to these animals if they are careful. Although they should probably be counted as domestic animals, it should be noted that camels and yaks are also to be found in the higher areas and plans are afoot to dramatically increase the breeding of yaks.

To do full justice to the wonderful range of flora and fauna would take far more space than is available here - so, again, please come and see for yourself - you will not be disappointed!


The following meals are included in the package, as well as one liter of mineral water per person during the tour days:

Day 0


Day 1

  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Lunchbox
  • Dinner

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Lunchbox
  • Dinner

Day 5

  • Breakfast
  • Lunchbox
  • Dinner

Day 6

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 7

  • Breakfast
  • Lunchbox
  • Dinner

Day 8

  • Breakfast
  • Lunchbox
  • Dinner

Day 9

  • None

Day 10

  • Breakfast (Served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.)

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

Things to do (optional)


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, 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. till 5 p.m. and some are open 24 hours a day. Supermarkets work from 10 a.m. till 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 630 USD for the group.

What's included

  • Horses for riding according to the program
  • English-speaking guide for a group of 4-6 pax or English-speaking driver for a group of 2-3 pax
  • Local horse riding guide in Chon-Kemin, Jety-Oguz, and Son-Kul lake with basic knowledge of English
  • Entry fees to museums
  • Visit of Tepke Farm and presentation
  • Most meals as indicated in each day
  • Mineral water during the tour (one liter a day per person)
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Transport for transfers and excursions in good condition car with A/C (2-3 pax: 4WD jeep with an English speaking driver | 4-6 pax: Mercedes Sprinter)

What's not included

  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Full board meals
  • International and domestic flight tickets
  • Early check-in
  • Items of 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

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Manas International Airport (FRU). Transfers are included in the package, Novi Nomad will pick you up from the airport.

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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