Horse riding 04Kyrgyzstan horse riding: Tour 04
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 played since ancient times a vital role in the nomad's life. There is a Kyrgyz saying "Horses are men's wings". It was impossible to survive without a horse in our mountainous country. During the tour you get acquainted with Kyrgyz traditions, try the national drink Kumis (mare's milk) and delicious dishes. At the same time you will be riding a horse like a nomad along the Great Silk Road.
Day 1: Bishkek - Issyk Kul Lake
From the Manas International Airport you will be picked up by your guide and accompanied to Bishkek (the capital city) (30 minutes drive). Your first day in Bishkek will start with a nice breakfast. After breakfast you will be transferred to the heavenly Issyk Kul Lake (distance - 200 km.), the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608m.above sea level) and the biggest lake in Kyrgyzstan. This lake is also very often called "the pearl of Central Asia". While going to Issik - Kul, on the way we will visit the Burana Tower - minaret from the 11th century, and its open air Balbans museum ("Balbal" means "stone warrior"). After traditional lunch, we keep on our way to the lake. Thanks to the salty water, Issyk Kul Lake possesses curative qualities. 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. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
Day 2: Issyk-Kul Lake - Karakol
We start our day with a breakfast at 8 o'clock in the morning. After breakfast you have free time to swim in the lake. At 12 p. m. we will start our trip to Karakol city - the cultural and administrative center of Issik - Kul region. The distance till Karakol is 200 km. En route, we will make a short stop to give you the opportunity to visit the local museum and ancient stone inscriptions of Cholpon - Ata (dating back to 800 B.C.). You will have a 2nd stop during this trip during which you can enjoy your lunch in a relaxed atmosphere. You will be able to enjoy the all beauty of the lake during another break, where you go on a one hour cruise on a steam boat. Then you will be transferred to Karakol city. We will go to Karakol city along the northern shore of the sparkling pearl of Central Asia. The Kyrgyz national dinner will be in a restaurant at 8 o'clock. Also for additional price you can have a folklore show there. Night in a Guesthouse.
Day 3: Karakol - Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley
Breakfast will be served at 8 o'clock. The whole morning is devoted to the guided City Tour in Karakol. This tour includes: the visit of the Dungan - Chinese mosque, which highlights the fact that it is built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail; this will be followed by the visit of the old wooden Orthodox Church; soon after, you will visit the museum of M.V. Prejvalsky - the eminent explorer of Central Asia. His greatest achievements were: the crossing of the great Taklamakan Desert and the discovery of more than 4000 species of animals, including Prejevalsky Horse. The City Tour will be ended with a traditional lunch and we leave Karakol at 1 p.m. starting our (70 km) journey to impressive Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley. On the way, you will see red sandstone mountains that differently shaped, just before we will visit the mineral sources of hot water in Jeli Suu (Dungan Village), where you will have a chance to take a bath. Then, a horseback riding tour to the Geographical and Physical station of Chong Kyzyl Suu that will take1 hour. Your dinner and overnight stay will be in yurts. "Yurta" is an unique nomadic abode. It represents wooden skeleton covered with felt. This is a collapsible dwelling that is manufactured without a single nail.
Day 4: Chon Kyzyl Suu - Ashu Tor - Chon Kyzyl Suu (6hours)
Fortifying breakfast. This day we leave the yurt camp at 9 a.m. and start our horseback riding tour to (2800m.) Ashu Tor Pass. You might see mountain goats, ibex. We will have our lunch on the way. After having lunch we will have a rise on horses to amazing Mountain Lake; from glacier it is replenished with melt water. We return back to the Station after Mountain Lake observation. Overnight stay is in the yurt camp. Our dinner is served at 8 p.m.
Day 5: Chong Kyzyl Suu - Kishi Kyzyl Suu
After 7 a.m. breakfast, you will ride off to Kishi Kyzyl Suu Valley (6 hours). Lunch is on the way. Kichi Kyzyl Suu it is a gorgeous canyon that you will definitely like. You will see there the amazing sceneries of the mountains and its untouched nature. At 7 p.m. we will arrive in Kishi Kyzyl Suu Village, where you have half an hour to settle in your tents, before traditional dinner is served.
Day 6: Kishi Kyzyl Suu village - Jumakuchak
We continue our (6h) horseback riding tour after breakfast from Kishi Kyzyl Suu Valley to Jumakuchak via small Jumalai Pass. There is a gorgeous sight of the surface of Issyk-Kul Lake. There we will have a picnic. You will have a chance to explore its virgin nature on your own. At 7 p.m. traditional dinner is served. Night is in tents in Jumakuchak among yurts of the nomadic Kyrgyz people.
Day 7: Jumakuchak - Kok Terek village
We start our day with breakfast at 8 o'clock. Atherwards, you will mount your horse to take the ride to Kok Terek Village from Jumakuchak (6h). On the way, you will visit the red cave that is called "500 rams" and a pictorial mountain cascade. The waterfall is situated not far from hot springs (40 degrees Celsius) that are also possible to visit if you wish. You will have your lunch nearby cascade. We continue our way to Kok Terek village after having a rest. Our dinner and overnight will be in a guesthouse.
Day 8: Kok Terek - Bishkek
You will be served breakfast at 8 o'clock after packing your luggage. After breakfast you will be transferred to Bishkek city by vehicle along the famous Issyk-Kul Lake southern shore (380 km). We will arrive in Bishkek in a Hotel **** at around 8 p.m. In the hotel you will have time for yourself. You will be picked up at 7 p.m. to have a farewell dinner in a restaurant.
Day 9: Bishkek - Europe
9 o'clock breakfast. Then we start our city tour in the capital of Kyrgyzstan. This tour includes: the visiting of the Central Ala-Too Square that is the ceremonial heart of Bishkek, the History Museum, Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Art Gallery, Pobeda Square (Victory Square), National Philharmonic, Oriental Osh Bazaar, and many other sights. At 2 p.m. you will have lunch. The rest of the day is up to you. Transfer from the hotel to the airport.