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6 Day Beneath the Stars at Son-Kul Lake Horseback Riding Tour in Kyrgyzstan

NoviNomad Family-run Accommodation, Kochkor Village, Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Horse Riding Tour

Over many years, the horses have helped shepherds to move their houses, yurts, over the passes to the alpine pastures. A horse is considered to be an integral part of the life of the Nomadic people. Throughout these days, you will experience different climatic zones, from semi-desert to tundra. During the tour, you will have a chance to spend a night in the real dwelling of these ancient nomads, yurts, and experience their life and culture!

Key Information

  • Rider weight limit: 216 pounds / 98 kilograms
  • Tack type: Traditional Kyrgyz saddle
  • Horse breed: Kyrgyz Horse

Highlights

  • 3 horse riding days
  • Use of horses included
  • Approximate daily riding time: 6 hours
  • Services of an English speaking tour guide and a stableman
  • Daily meals and mineral water before horse riding and after horse riding included
  • Boiled water during horse riding days
  • Roundtrip airport and land transfers
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Kyrgyz
Group size: 4-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Manas International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

During this tour, you will be accommodated in a yurt that fits four to five people

  • Jaman-Echki Yurt Camp

Shower and normal toilet facilities outside.

  • CBT Yurts in Tulpar-Tash

Simple yurts of the shepherds. Simple food. The toilet facilities are very simple, no shower.

  • Tash-Dobo Yurt Camp

Shower and normal toilet facilities outside.

Day 1: Bishkek - Kochkor

You will stay in a shared or private room at a family-run accommodation.

Day 2: Kochkor - Kilemche - Jaman Echki

You will stay at the Novi Nomad Yurt Camp.

Day 3: Jaman Echki - Tulpar-Tash

You will stay at the CBT Yurt Camp.

Day 4: Tulpar Tash - Tulga-Tash

You will stay in the Ak Sai Yurt camp.

Day 5: Song-Kul lake - Bishkek

You will stay in a shared or private room at a small private hotel.

Program

Day 1: Bishkek - Kochkor

  • Arrive in Bishkek early in the morning.
  • Transfer to the hotel.
  • Rest till noon.
  • Short city tour in the center of Bishkek with a visit to the central square and Osh bazaar (oriental market).
  • Transfer to Kochkor village (260 kilometers).
  • Lunch on the way.
  • Optional visit to a felt carpet workshop where you can not only buy souvenirs but make them yourself.
  • Dinner with a Kyrgyz family.

Day 2: Kochkor - Kilemche - Jaman Echki (Riding Time: 5 to 6 hours)

  • Early breakfast transfer to Jumgal valley to the starting point of the horse ride below the Kyzart pass.
  • Meeting with the guide and horsemen.
  • Within sight of the road, cross Kyzyl-Kiya jailoo, an enormous, relatively flat sea of grass.
  • Continue over the Chaar-Archa Pass (3,061 meters) into the Chaar-Archa Valley and eat a tasty lunch at Kilemche jailoo, with views of holy 4,400-meter Baba-Ata Mountain. The name means “like a carpet,” and this swathe of grass covers whole mountain ranges, with shadings as subtle as any shyrdak, a Kyrgyz felt carpet.
  • After lunch, ride to Jalgyz Karagai pass (3,400 meters), over the Song-Kol Mountains and into the lake’s basin. The afternoon ride affords wonderful views of Kilemche jailoo and the pass itself is rocky and exciting.
  • From the pass, Song-Kol is still distant, but as you ride down the slopes, it gets larger and larger; the mountains on the other side get higher and higher until finally, the lake fills most of your field of view and the southern mountains tower above it.

Day 3: Jaman Echki - Tulpar - Tash (Riding Time: 4 to 6 hours)

  • Breakfast.
  • Horse ride for about 4 to 6 hours along the lake. Local people live and graze their livestock on the meadows (jailoo) around the lake, from June till September. You will taste the wilderness and freedom of nomadic life here. It will be possible to taste the Kyrgyz traditional drink kymyz, fermented mare’s milk.
  • Dinner and overnight in CBT yurts.

Day 4: Tulpar Tash - Tulga -Tash (Riding Time: 4 to 6 hours)

  • Breakfast.
  • Horse ride for about 4 to 6 hours. Stone circles on the southern shore of Son-Kul lake, "Tash-Tulga" or "Tulga-Tash" means hearth, built of stones (trivet). In the archaeological literature, they are called "eight-stone memorial fences". These eight-stone memorials date to I century BC, which have analogies on the territories of Altai, Tuva. and western Mongolia. In the Central Tien-Shan, they are rare and "not in all cemeteries of the Saks era", which means that it must be assumed that the custom of construction of memorials from eight stones was not typical to the whole population of the Saks in Tien-Shan time. Tash-Tulga consists of altars - eight-stone ones and is not tied to the mounds, which in turn, distinguishes them from the same Altai monuments. Each altar presents a laid out eight stones, arranged in a circle, with an average diameter of 1 to 1.3 meters. Nine such eight-stone memorials are lined up in a single line facing north-south for 200 meters. Thus, Tash-Tulga has a planned structure with a numerical symbolism. Tash-Tulga, according to many researchers, from ancient times, served as a ritual center and a gathering place for the nomadic herdsmen. With the onset of the warm season, pastoralists dub their flocks on juicy, abundant with grass and water High Mountain pastures. North of the stone circles, closer to the lake, is where the burials are located on top of which broken up rubble is spread.

Day 5: Song-Kul lake - Bishkek

  • After breakfast, transfer to Bishkek (350 kilometers).
  • On the way, visit Burana Tower, a place on the Great Silk Road, the remaining of ancient town Balasagun (11th Century).
  • Arrive in Bishkek and spend the night.

Day 6: Bishkek

  • Transfer to the airport early in the morning.
  • Flight home.

Level of difficulty

This tour is recommended for beginners with little riding experience and those who can ride approximately 4 to 6 hours per day).

Horse and Luggage

You will ride the shepherd's Kyrgyz horses. They are not big but very strong and able to make long distances on the high mountain trails. For the horse ride, you will use traditional Kyrgyz saddles, it is similar to American Cowboys' saddles. Each saddle is equipped with bags where you can store your personal belongings.

For the days of the horse rides, you can take the part of your total luggage which you will use during those days. This luggage will be packed on your horse on the saddlebags. The rest of the luggage, you can store in the car and get it after two days at the last yurt camp.

  • Luggage horse: If you want the luggage being packed on a separate horse it will be possible. A supplement for luggage horse is 30 USD per day.

Equipment

Kindly bring a down jacket, warm sweater, silk sleeping bag liner, rain gear (waterproof trousers should have an opening on the outside at the bottom of the leg in order to put on and take off without removing your trekking boots), 2 to 3 pairs of warm socks, waterproof trekking boots, gloves, sunglasses, sun cream with high UV-protection, lip balm with UV-protection, horse chaps, and safety horse riding helmets. For an additional price, you can rent the horse chaps and safety horse riding helmets. The cost of renting is 1 USD per day for the horse chaps and 1 USD per day for the helmet.

Health

If you have some specific sicknesses, you need to bring your own first aid kit with necessary medicaments. You should recognize and accept the risk that circumstances may arise which would cause some activities to be shortened or eliminated altogether without reimbursement or refund.

Such circumstance includes weather conditions, earthquakes, and other acts of nature, injuries or other medical problems, which you may experience. However, you recognize and accept that none of the eventualities described above will give you a right to a refund or other forms of reimbursement.

Location

Song-Kul Lake is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan, situated at an altitude of 3,013 meters above sea level. Surrounded by dramatic snow-covered mountain peaks, it is hidden in a flat, plate-like valley. It appears to lie under the sky itself and it feels as if you can touch the stars themselves. In a matter of weeks here, it is possible to experience the rotation of the four seasons. Edelweiss, a mountain flower, grows in abundance here.

Food

Mineral water before horse riding and after horse riding, one-liter per person a day, as well as boiled water during horse riding days are included. The following meals will be served:

Day 1: Bishkek - Kochkor

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2: Kochkor - Kilemche - Jaman Echki

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3: Jaman Echki - Tulpar-Tash

  • Breakfast
  • Lunchbox
  • Dinner

Day 4: Tulpar Tash - Tulga-Tash

  • Breakfast
  • Lunchbox
  • Dinner

Day 5: Song-Kul lake - Bishkek

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

What's included

  • 3 riding days
  • Use of horses
  • Personnel for the trek (stableman)
  • English speaking tour guide
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Full-board meals from Day 1 breakfast to Day 5 lunch
  • 1-liter of mineral water per person before and after horse riding
  • Boiled water during horse riding days
  • All land transfers from the beginning to the end of the program

What's not included

  • Alcohol, soft drinks, and desserts
  • Horses for luggage
  • Dinner on Day 5
  • International flights

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Manas International Airport (FRU). Transfers to and from this airport are included.

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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Tour information

The same tour program can be organized for another date upon request or for individual groups with the same conditions and same price.

Pricing information

The prices below are on the basis of three-star hotel accommodation in Bishkek. Novi Nomad can change it for hotels with a higher level upon request and with additional payment.

Children till 3 years can stay for free. From 4-12 years Novi Nomad provides special prices.

 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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