Horse riding 06Kyrgyzstan horse riding: Tour 06
Activity: Horse riding
Duration: 7 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Karakol - Chong Kyzyl Suu - Ashu Tor - Kishi Kyzyl Suu village - Jumakuchak - Kok Terek - Bishkek
Horse riding tours are particularly popular among tourists and travelers who arrive in Kyrgyzstan. We have many places in Kyrgyz Republic with wild nature to have a remarkable horse riding tour. You will enjoy the astonishing mountain sceneries and will get a lot of good impressions and unforgettable experience. This horse riding tour concludes hidden places of Kyrgyzstan that you can visit while riding a horse. Even now you can still meet some nomads who spend summer months on the mountain meadows with their cattle! It is a good chance to get acquainted with local people and to know more about their life style.
Day 1: Bishkek - Karakol
Your guide will collect you from Manas International Airport and accompany you to Bishkek City. This drive takes 30 min. drive. In Bishkek city just after breakfast you will be transferred to the celestial Issyk Kul Lake. The distance from Biskek till Issik - Kul is 200 km. On our way, we will visit the Burana Tower (minaret from the 11th century) and an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). Issyk - Kul is the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608m.above sea level) and the biggest lake in Kyrgyz Republic. The Lake is also called "The treasure of Tien - Shan Mountains". In Cholpon - Ata you will also have an opportunity to visit ancient carvings on the boulders (dating back to 800 B.C.), including the local Issyk - Kul museum. At 8 p.m. national dinner will be served in a restaurant. For additional price you can also have a folklore performance there. Overnight is in a Guesthouse.
Day 2: Karakol - Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley
At 8 o'clock you will be served with your breakfast. The whole morning will be devoted to a guided City Tour in karakol. The tour includes the visit of the old wooden Holy Trinity Cathedral. This will be followed by the visit of the Dungan mosque. One of its highlights is the fact that it is built in Chinese style without using nails. Afterward, you will visit the museum of one of the world's greatest explorers - M.V. Prjevalsky. His success was in the crossing of the great Taklamakan desert and the discovery of more than 4000 species of animals, including Prjevalsky Horse. This City Tour will be ended with a traditional lunch and we will leave Karakol at 1 p.m. and start our (70 km) way to striking Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley. En route, you will see differently shaped red mountains, just before we will visit the mineral sources of Jeli Suu hot springs, where you will have the chance to take a bath. After bathing, (1 hour) horseback riding tour is waiting for you to the Physical and Geographical station of Chong Kyzyl Suu. Dinner. Overnight stay will be in yurts. A yurta is a collapsible dwelling that is built without nails, an original nomad's dwelling thatis made of a wooden skeleton that is covered with thin felt mats.
Day 3: Chong Kyzyl Suu - Ashu Tor - Chong Kyzyl Suu (6h)
After breakfast, we will leave the yurt camp at 9 a.m. to start our horseback riding tour to (2800m) Pass Ashu Tor. After your lunch you will have an ascent on horses to an amazing mountain lake, which finds its origin in a glacier. After enjoying the view of the mountain lake we come back to the Station. With a bit of luck you might see mountain goats. Overnight stay is in yurts. Dinner is served at 8 p.m.
Day 4: Chong Kyzyl Suu - Jumakuchak
We continue our (6h) horseback riding tour to Jumakuchak from the Kishi Kyzyl Suu valley via the small Jumalai pass, where we stop to have a picnic. You will have a chance to explore its virgin nature on your own. There is a gorgeous view on the sparkling Issyk-Kul Lake surface. At 7 p.m. is traditional dinner. Night is in tents among nomadic yurts of Kyrgyz people in Jumakuchak.
Day 5: Jumakuchak - Kok Terek village
Breakfast is served at 8 o'clock in the morning. After having breakfast, you will get on your horse to have the ride from Jumakuchak to Kok Terek Village for 6 hours. You will see the red cave that is called "500 rams" and a picturesque mountain waterfall en route. This cascade is situated in the vicinity of hot springs (40 degrees Celsius), which are also possible to visit if you wish. Nearby cascade you will have your lunch. After having a rest we continue our way to Kok Terek Village. Dinner. This night will be spent in the home stay.
Day 6: Kok Terek - Bishkek
You will be served with breakfast at 8 o'clock after packing your backpacks. After breakfast we have return trip (380 km) to Bishkek city by car along Issyk-Kul Lake southern shore. In Bishkek we will arrive at around 8 pm. There you will be accommodated in the hotel where you will have time for yourself until your pick up at 7 o'clock in the evening. We will go to a restaurant have a farewell dinner.
Day 7: Bishkek - Europe
Transfer from the hotel to the Airport of Manas.