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Kyrgyzstan, Horseback Riding around Tamga and Son-Kul Lake

Discover the most remote and beautiful corners of Kyrgyzstan on a 9-day horseback riding adventure guided by IFMGA-certified guide Misha. On the way, experience the ancient Kyrgyz nomadic culture, and take part in its unique traditions.

Mountain RangeTian Shan
Duration9 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelAll Levels
Fitness LevelOpen to everyone
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Spend a week immersed in the Kyrgyz jaw-dropping mountain countryside

  • Experience the local nomadic culture by sleeping at yurt camps

  • Discover beautiful lakes, mountain passes and villages on horseback

Description

I invite you to discover some of the most remote and beautiful corners in Kyrgyzstan during this 9-day horseback riding traverse. You will not only admire breathtaking landscapes but also experience the genuine Kyrgyz nomadic way of life, which is part of our ancient history and culture.

During the trip, we will visit Issyk-Kul and Son-Kul lakes, the two largest lakes in the country, and ride along the foothills of Tamga and Tosor.

We will meet in Bishkek, the capital city of the country, and from there we will drive to Tamga, at the foot of Issyk-Kul Lake. Starting from Tamga we will spend 3 days hiking and riding around Tamga and Tosor gorges, passing by Tien-Shan fir forest in Chegedek gorge and Tamga-Tash stone (an ancient historical monument of Buddist culture).

We will then drive to Kyzart village, and there we’ll get on the horses again to spend a couple of days to get to Son-Kul, a beautiful blue mirror lake at 3016m in a plateau surrounded by endless green pastures and high mountains. Here, we’ll experience the nomad way of life while staying at yurts, and we might see wild herds of yak grazing in high mountains.

Once we are back in Bishkek, you will understand why the Kyrgyz people appreciate and value their horses so much, as they are the most convenient and reliable companions on mountain trails.

This is the perfect trip if you want to experience the best of Kyrgyzstan’s natural beauty and culture – Contact me now to start planning an amazing 9-day horseback riding journey in Kyrgyzstan, I will be happy to guide you!

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Accommodation

Guesthouse, tent camp and yurt camp.

Meeting point

Bishkek airport

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Itinerary

Day 1: Bishkek – Tamga (320km)

Meeting at the airport/border. Drive to Issyk-Kul Lake. The road goes along the Ala-Too mountains in Chu valley and soon comes to picturesque Boom gorge. Stop for lunch in the gorge and then drive straight to Tamga village where we stop at “Tamga” guest house. In the evening we offer you walking to the Issyk-Kul’s shore. Accommodation in a guest house.

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Bishkek – 700m, Tamga village-1685m

Day 2: Tamga gorge

Preparations for the trip and start from the beginning of Tamga gorge. Ride to Tien-Shan fir forest in Chegedek gorge (translated as fir’s branch). On the way stop at Tamga-Tash stone (ancient historical monument of Buddhistic culture) and having lunch there.  Overnight in a tent camp on the bank of Chegedek river.

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Chegedek gorge-2500-2800m

Day 3: Tosor Gorge

Ride to high-mountainous plateau Altyn-Kungey. We’ll see a beautiful panorama of Issyk-Kul lake from the plateau. Ride to Bugumyuz gorge (Tosor gorge).  Overnight in tent camp among fir forest.

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Altyn-Kungey plateau – from 3000m to 3500m, overnight at 2500m.

Day 4: Tamga village

Ride over Uzunkyr mountains toward Issyk-Kul lake. Return to Tamga. Accommodation in guesthouse.

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Tamga-1685м

Day 5: Tamga - Kochkor village

Meeting in Tamga village and transfer to Kochkor village (170 km by car, asphalt approximately 3 hours). Visiting Fairy tale canyons on the way.  Dinner and overnight in guesthouse.

 

Day 6: Kochkor village – Kyzart village – trek to Kilemche

Meeting in Kochkor village and transfer to Kyzart village passing over Kyzart pass (75km by car, asphalt/gravel road, approximately 2 hours). Meeting with trekking team and start horse-riding from the village. The way follows by the country road along Bazar-Turuk River. Then moderate ascent to Boordy pass. View from the pass opens a beautiful panorama of Kilemche jailoo (summer pasture) and surrounding mountains. Following short hike from the pass brings us to the yurt camp at the footstep of Djalgyz-Karagai pass. Optionally, it is possible to make an extra hike to nearest hills to see how sun hide behind endless mountain ranges. Dinner and overnight in yurts.

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Kyzart pass – 2665m, Kyzart village – 2235m, Boordy pass – 2605m, Yurt camp – 2615m

Elevation: +600m, -200m. Distance: 10-15km. Time on the way: around 4-5 hours by foot, 3-4 hours by horse

Day 7: Trek and ride from Kilemche to Son-Kul

Meet morning and sunrise in yurt camp. After breakfast start ascent towards Djalgyz-Karagai pass. The trail is of moderate difficulty, wide and safe. However, the slope gets steep from the middle part of the ascent. Every climbed step gives you a new view and excellent panorama to the Kyrgyz Range Mountains in the South.  Top of the pass is nicely decorated with granite rock ribs. Slopes on the other side slowly run down to Son-Kul Lake. Chain of smooth mountain range surround blue mirror of the lake creating an unforgettable picture. Many nomad camps come across along the way. End of the way in Jaman-Echki area. Dinner and overnight in yurts.

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Djalgyz-Karagai pass – 3325m, Yurt camp – 3050m

Elevation: +870m, -510m. Distance: 13-15km. Time on the way: around 5-6 hours by foot, 4-5 hours by horse

Day 8: Son Kul - Bishkek

Spend last morning hours on Son-Kul Lake and leave towards Bishkek (320 km by car, asphalt/gravel roads approximately 7-8 hours). Drive along North shore of the Lake and over Kalmak-Ashuu . Take the last view to Son-Kul Lake from the pass and descent to the Valley of Tulok River. Serpentine of the road twist along steep slopes and descent into the deep mountain valley with crystal clear river and green grassy fields. On the way, you may see semi-wild herds of yak grazing in high mountains. Arrival in Bishkek in the afternoon.

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Kalmak-Ashuu pass – 3445m, Bishkek – 700-800m

Day 9: Bishkek-Airport

Transfer to airport


About the guide

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Whether in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, China or Tibet, my passion for travel and customer service will make all the difference on your trip. I lead my groups off-the-beaten-path and always strive to make sure that your experience goes far beyond ordinary tourism. An IFMGA-certified mountain guide, I will take you ski touring or climbing to some of the best spots in the area and will make sure you get a sense of our local culture, and leave with unforgettable memories and a burning desire to return.


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Prices per person

Group of 4

EUR 1083 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transport during the trip

- Mules and horses as needed with driver

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Camping equipment: Tents, Cooking utensils

Price details

Service includes:

1. English or French -speaking guide during all tour;

2. Transport during the program;

3. Full board;

4. Twin room accommodation in guesthouses and hotels;

5. Accommodation in yurts (4 people in one yurt) ;

Trek in Issyk-Kul area:

1. Horses for riding;

2. Pack horses during trekking to carry your private and camping stuff;

3. Cook and full board during tour;

4. Tents, kitchen and camping equipment during tour;

Trek to Son-Kul:

1. Horses for riding;

2. Accommodation in yurts;

3. Full board during tour;

Service doesn’t include:

1. Alcohol and soft drinks;

2. Extra Transfers, excursions or horse riding over the program etc.;

3. Visa and invitation letter to Kyrgyzstan;

4. Flight ticket to Kyrgyzstan;

5. Medical insurance.


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