Kyrgyzstan horse riding 3

Kyrgyzstan horse riding: Tour 3

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Horse riding

Duration: 7 days

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

You can't even imagine how high Kyrgyz nomads estimate their horses.  It goes without saying that there exist many traditions and customs connected to them. Almost all traditional games are played on horses. It was next to impossible to live in the mountains without it. You also can ride a horse in the places that are hidden from other people. You will ride it as if you are in the past time... The feeling of riding a horse in the mountains is amazing. You start to feel the taste of life and you understand - the best architecture in the world is the Mother Nature!

Tour summary:

Day 1: Bishkek - Karakol
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 transferred 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). Also you will have an opportunity to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.), including the local museum. National dinner will be in a restaurant  at 8 p.m. Also for additional price you can have a folklore show there. Night is in a Guesthouse.

Day 2: Karakol - Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley
A traditional breakfast gets ready for 8 o'clock in the morning. The entire morning is devoted 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 most prominent explorers and geographers. 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, 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 3: 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 stay is in yurts.

Day 4: Chong Kyzyl Suu - 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 local people.

Day 5: 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 prepared in a home stay.

Day 6: Kok Terek - Bishkek
After packing your backpacks, you will be served breakfast at 8 o'clock. 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 be served a farewell dinner in a restaurant.

Day 7: Bishkek - Europe
You are taken by your guide to Manas airport at time previously arranged according to your flight details.

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