Kyrgyzstan horse riding 1

Kyrgyzstan horse riding: Tour 1

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Horse riding

Duration: 9 days 

Places to visit: Bishkek - Issyk Kul Lake - Karakol - Chong Kyzyl Suu - Ashu Tor - Kishi Kyzyl Suu village - Jumakuchak - Kok Terek - Bishkek  

"Horses are the men's wings" This is how Kyrgyz people estimate the significance of horses in the life of nomads. It is next to impossible to live without a horse as a nomad. The uniqueness of thios tour is that you will ride not only along the beautiful nature but through the Great Silk Road! Encountering local people on your way you will learn many interesting things about Kyrgyz traditions and customs!

Tour summary:

Day 1: Bishkek - Issyk Kul Lake
You meet your guide at Manas International Airport who will accompany you to Bishkek city, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. It will take 30 minutes to get the city where you will have your first breakfast in Kyrgyzstan. Then you will be transported to the celestial Issyk Kul Lake (200 km), the second largest and deepest lake in the world found at the altitude of 1608 m.a.s.l. the coastline of which stretches for the length of 180 km. For its magnificent beauty it also called "the pearl of Central Asia."  On our way, we will visit the Burana Tower (minaret from the 11th century) and an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). After having taken a traditional lunch, we continue our way to the lake. As soon as we are in Hotel you will have a rest on the northern beach of the lake where you can lie on the warm sand or swim in the lake. Thanks to the abundance of salt the Issyk- Kul lake has curative properties. Dinner is at 7 p.m.
Day 2: Issyk-Kul Lake - Karakol
A traditional breakfast gets ready for 8 o'clock in the morning. Then you have free time to swim in the lake till 12 pm. Afterwards, you will begin your trip to Karakol city by car (200 km). On the way, we will make a short break to give you the opportunity to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.), including the local museum. You will have a second stop during the trip at 12 o'clock, where you can enjoy lunch in a relaxed atmosphere, before continuing our way to Karakol city along the northern shore of the sparkling pearl of Central Asia, which's beauty you will be able to enjoy to the full during another break, where you go on a one hour cruise on a steam boat. Then you will be transferred to Karakol city. A traditional dinner will be in a restaurant  at 8 p.m. Also for additional price you can have a folklore show there. Night in a Guesthouse.
Day 3: Karakol - Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley
A traditional breakfast gets ready for 8 o'clock in the morning. The entire morning is dedicated to a guided Karakol City Tour. The tour includes the visit of the Dungan mosque. One of its highlights is the fact that it is built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. This will be followed by the visit of an old wooden Orthodox Church. Later, you will visit the museum of M.V. Prejvalsky, one of the world's greatest explores. His biggest achievements were the crossing of the great desert Taklamakan and the discovery of more than 4000 animals, including the Horse of Prejevalsky. We will end the City Tour with a traditional lunch and leave Karakol at 1 p.m. and start our way to impressive Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley (70 km). On the way, you will see red mountains in different shapes, just before we will visit the mineral sources of hot springs at Jeli Suu ( Dungan Village), where you will have the possibility to take a bath. Afterwards, a horseback riding tour to the Physical and Geographical station of Chong Kyzyl Suu is waiting for you (1 hour). Your dinner and overnight stay will be in yurts. A yurta is a collapsible nomadic dwelling being used for more than two thousands years for its astonishing portability and comfort. It is of circular shape prepared of wooden skeleton and covered with thick layers of felt to protect from all the extreme climatic conditions.
Day 4: Chong Kyzyl Suu - Ashu Tor - Chong Kyzyl Suu (6h)
After a strengthening breakfast, we will leave the camp at 9 am and start our horseback riding tour to the Ashu Tor pass (2800m). After your lunch you will have an ascent on horses to an amazing mountain lake, which finds its origin in a glacier. With a bit of luck you might see mountain goats. After enjoying the view of the mountain lake we come back to the station. Dinner is served at 8 p.m. Overnight is in yurts.
Day 5: Chong Kyzyl Suu - Kishi Kyzyl Suu
After an early breakfast at 7 am, you will ride off to the valley of Kishi Kyzyl Suu (lunch on the way) - it is a gorgeous canyon that you will definitely like (6h). You will be carried away by the amazing scenery offered through views the untouched nature. We will arrive in Kishi Kyzyl village at 7 pm, where you will have half an hour time to settle in your tents, before being served a traditional dinner.
Day 6: Kishi Kyzyl Suu village - Jumakuchak
After breakfast we continue our horseback riding tour from the Kishi Kyzyl Suu valley to Jumakuchak (6h) via the small Jumalai pass, where we will have a picnic. There is a gorgeous sight of the surface of Issyk-Kul Lake. You will have a chance to explore its virgin nature on your own. Traditional dinner is served at 7 p.m. Overnight in Jumakuchak in tents among nomadic yurts of Kyrgyz people.
Day 7: Jumakuchak - Kok Terek village
A traditional breakfast gets ready for 8 o'clock in the morning. before you will mount your horse to take the ride from Jumakuchak to Kok Terek Village under the hoofs (6h). On the way you will come across the red cave that is called "500 rams" and a picturesque mountain waterfall. You will have your lunch at the bottom of the waterfall. The waterfall is situated not far from hot springs (40 degrees Celsius) that are also possible to visit if you wish. After having a rest we continue our way to Kok Terek village. Our dinner and overnight will be in a home stay.
Day 8: Kok Terek - Bishkek
A traditional breakfast gets ready for 8 o'clock in the morning.. Then you will be transferred to Bishkek city by car along the southern shore of the famous Issyk-Kul Lake (380 km). You will arrive in Bishkek in a Hotel **** at around 8 pm, where you will have time for yourself until your pick up at 7 pm. Then you will have a farewell dinner in a restaurant.
Day 9: Bishkek - Europe
A traditional breakfast gets ready for 8 o'clock in the morning. Then we start our Bishkek city tour (the capital of Kyrgyzstan).
The tour includes the visiting of the central Ala-Too Square, Duboviy Park (Oak Park),
Pobeda Square (Victory Square), the History Museum, National philharmonic, Oriental Bazaar, Art Gallery and many others places of interest. At 2 p.m. you will have lunch. The rest of the day is at your own disposal. You are taken by your guide to Manas airport at time previously arranged according to your flight details.

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