Kyrgyzstan horse riding 2
Activity: Horse riding
Duration: 12 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley - Tamga - Chong Kyzyl Suu - pass Karatakia - gorge Kitchi Kyzyl Suu - Gorge Jukutshak - gorge Ashu-Kashka Suu - Lake Kashka-Suu - river Kumtor - Arabel Suu - Chokoli Lakes - Bishkek
If you are sick of the noise of hectic civilization and want to bury your mind in a peaceful odor of natural harmony then this horse riding tour is just for you! You will certainly enjoy this horse riding tour and will not be able to stop admiring the untouched nature of mountainous Kyrgyzstan. During this tour we will visit numerous lakes with pure sparkling water. Moreover you will learn more about Kyrgyz traditions and culture, because the Kyrgyz having been nomads for centuries managed to preserve all traditions to these days.
Day 1: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley
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. The entire day is dedicated to a guided Bishkek City Tour, including lunch. The tour includes the visiting of the central Ala-Too Square, Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Pobeda Square (Victory Square dedicated for the memory of the deceased in the Great Patriotic War), the History Museum, National philharmonic, Oriental Bazaar, Art Gallery and many others places of interest. Then you will be transferred to the Chon Kemin valley in the Kalmak-Ashuu Guesthouse, where you also will spend the night. On the way, we will visit the Burana Tower (minaret of the 11 century) and its attached open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). Dinner will be served at 7 pm.
Day 2: Chon Kemin valley - Tamga
A traditional breakfast gets ready for 8 o'clock in the morning. Afterwards, you will start your trip to Tamga (380 km,6h) by car. We will drive along the southern shore of the celestial Issyk-Kul Lake, 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."Dinner will be served in the Tamga Guesthouse, where you will also spend the night.
Day 3: Tamga - Chong Kyzyl Suu
After a strengthening breakfast we will start our way to impressive Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley by car (70 km). Afterwards you will start your horseback riding along the Terskey mountain range (5h). 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 in hot springs. 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 organized 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 - pass Karatakia - gorge Kitchi Kyzyl Suu
After breakfast you will make a horseback riding to the gorgeous Karatakia gorge and then over the Karatakia pass. After enjoying the view of the pass you will take a strengthening lunch. Afterwards you will have horseback riding down to the Kitshi Kyzyl Suu valley (6h). This is a place where you can test Kyrgyz national drink - Kumis (fermented mare's milk). ). Dinner is prepared for 7 p.m. and the night is spent in tents.
Day 5: Kitchi Kyzyl Suu - gorge Jukutchak
After breakfast you will start horse riding to Kashka-Tor pass (3937m above sea level). Afterwards you will ride a horse through the stunning red canyon. On the way you will come across the red cave that is called "500 rams" where you also can find a 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 Jukutchak valley. ). Dinner is prepared for 7 p.m. and the night is spent in tents.
Day 6: Gorge Jukutshak - gorge Ashu-Kashka Suu
A traditional breakfast gets ready for 8 o'clock in the morning. Afterwards there is an ascent on horses to the pass Ashu-Tor (3636m above sea level), on the way you will see a mountain waterfall and also you can take a bath in the sauna with thiocyanogen water. After taking lunch you will keep on your horse riding down in the gorge of Ashu-Kashka Suu (6h). ). Dinner is prepared for 7 p.m. and the night is spent in tents.
Day 7: Ashu-Kashka Suu Gorge - Kashka-Suu Lake
A traditional breakfast gets ready for 8 o'clock in the morning. After packing your backpacks you will have an ascent on horses to the pass Kashka-Suu (3891m.), where you will take lunch. Then you will ride your horse to the Kashka-Suu Lake (6hThis is a very beautiful lake with sparkling clean water found at the altitude of 3800 meters above sea level. ). Dinner is prepared for 7 p.m. and the night is spent in tents.
Day 8: Lake Kashka-Suu - river Kumtor (3012m)
After a strengthening breakfast you will start horse riding to Kumtor river (6h). You will ride among Ak Shirak Mountains, which have snow even in summer. You will be surprised the constant changeability of weather for it changes every other 20 minutes. Kumtor River is the most famous place for gold diggers. Even in nowadays there are some people who tries to find gold there. ). Dinner is prepared for 7 p.m. and the night is spent in tents near the Central Tien Shan observatory.
Day 9: Kumtor - Arabel Suu
A traditional breakfast gets ready for 8 o'clock in the morning. Afterwards you will ride your horse along Arabel Suu River (5h). After taking a traditional lunch, we will continue to the valley of mountain lakes. Dinner and night near the Arabel Suu River in tents. There is the valley of eight lakes. They are situated nearby to each other and you can see all of them simultaneously. It makes unforgettable feelings to walk there.
Day 10: Arabel Suu - Chokoli Lakes (3006m)
You will be served breakfast at 8 o'clock Then there is a continuation of horseback riding to the Chokoli Lakes. With a bit of luck you can notice Marco Polo sheep and ibexes there. Also you will visit a glacier not far from the mountain lake. ). Dinner is prepared for 7 p.m. and the night is spent in tents near the lake.
Day 11: Chokoli Lakes - Bishkek (by car)
A traditional breakfast gets ready for 8 o'clock in the morning.. Then you will be transferred to Bishkek city by car. You will arrive in Bishkek in a Hotel*** at around 5 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 12: Flight home
You are taken by your guide to Manas airport at time previously arranged according to your flight details.