Horseback-Riding – the best way to glimpse Kyrgyzstan from the locals perspective is on horseback, most horse riding treks take you through vast pastures with shepherd’s yurt camps, to mountain lakes, forests, canyons and waterfalls. One of the famous horse tours is around Karakol, on the fabulous, remote routes from the south shore of Lake Issykul to Altyn Arashan or Golden Springs, You will enjoy the wild life and relax in hot water springs.
Trip season: June -September
Duration: 7 days
Type: Horseback riding
Accommodation: 6 nts-tents
Meals: Full board 7 breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 dinners.
Route: Red Rocks of Jety-Oguz — Broken Heart Rock — Tien Shan Forest — Chon Kok Jar Pass — Ala Kol Pass — Altyn Arashan Hot Springs.
Brief description: This seven days horse riding takes in some of the most beautiful scenery in Kyrgyzstan -the world’s second largest alpine lake Issyk-Kul, mountain ranges and alpine peaks, passes, hot springs of Altyn-Arashan valley and truly amazing Ala-Kul lake located high in the mountains at the altitude of 3500 metres above sea level. You will have the opportunity to discover the natural areas of Terskey Ala-Too, to get an epic view of the highest points in the Teskey Ala Too range, such as the Karakol peak (5 216 m), the Jigit peak (5 117 m) and many other impressive peaks and glaciers. The tour begins and ends with the opportunity to visit some of Kyrgyzstan’s finest cultural and historical treasures.
|Day 1||Jety oguz (Broken Heart) – Dragon Valley (2600m)
Transfer by car to Jety-Oguz sanatorium (40km from Karakol), the Jety Oguz canyon is one of the prettiest trekking and camping spots around Karakol, with pine-covered hills, lush pastures filled with wild flowers and icy-cold mountain streams, on the way discover of the Red Rocks and the Broken Heart Rock. Meeting with the horse guide, trek through the Tien Shan forest of the Jety-Oguz gorge. On the way discover of the “Dragon valley”.Dinner and overnight in tents ( 2600m). Working day 5-6 hours.
|Day 2||Irdyk Valley – Karakol Gorge
Breakfast. Crossing to Karakol Valley through Irduk Valley. Karakol Valley is smooth green valley with extremely beautiful forests. After lunch continue riding to Karakol camp site. Dinner, bon fire. Overnight in tents. Working day 6-7 hours.
|Day 3||Kashka Suu Valley – Djaman Tor(3000m)
Breakfast. Approach to Kashka-Suu valley from Karakol valley over Djaman-Tor pass (3560m). After lunch discover the Karakol ski base at 3000m with impressive panorama to wonderful Lake Issyk Kul. Dinner and overnight in tents. Working day 5 hours.
|Day 4||Djaman Tor – Chon Jar pass(3560m) – Altyn Arashan.
Breakfast. Departure to Altyn Arashan through Djaman-Tor valley,passing of the Chon-Kok-Jar Pass (3560m). After the lunch riding up to the Altyn Arashan valley, this outstandingly beautiful valley, alive with hot springs, is ideal spot to relax and fresh up. Dinner and overnight in a guesthouse. Working day 4-5 hours.
|Day 5||Altyn Arashan – Keldike valley – Alal Kul lake(3500m).
Breakfast. Day hike to Pristine Lake Ala Kul, riding up through Keldike valley until to bottom of the pass(3200m), after lunch hike up to Ala-kol pass (3850 meters) on feet. From the top there is a chance to see mountain goats and marmots. Return to the Hot Springs camp site. Dinner and overnight in a guest house. Working day 7-8 hours.
|Day 6||Altyn Arashan – Takir tor valley – Anyr Tor valley(2700m)
Breakfast. Day rides to close valleys: Takir-Tor with possibility to take a bath in natural hot springs or to the typical summer pasture Angir-Tor with its small lakes and panorama point. Time on horseback 4-6 hours.
|Day 7||Kok tuz – Karakol town(1700m)
Return to the horse base down through Altyn Arashan valley and Kok-Tyz (“blue field”) pasture back to Jolgolot. Time on horseback 4-5 hours.
Price is available by request.
Silk Road & Kyrgyz Guided Trips LLC
189 Tynystanova str., 720000
Tel: +996 312 883644 land line
Whatsapp: +996 557 799683
Web site: http://silkroad-trip.com/
Conditions of the program:
Equipment: Participants must have their equipment such as backpacks, desirable to have a personal sleeping bag, warm clothes, raincoat, etc. (The whole structure of personal equipment)
Physical requirements: Participants must be in good physical condition, but don’t need any special skills of horse riding. The differences of heights range from 600 m to 850 m in vertical elevation. The maximum elevation is 3 850 m.
Group Size: 4 min-10 max
- All transfers into the start point at the beginning and end of the trekking
- National parks, hot spring and camp sites fees
- Kyrgyzstan Destinations local Guide (English speaking)
- Cook, gas canisters and cooking set.
- Horse rent (all personal).
- Lodging in the Kyrgyzstan Destinations tents with all meal and drinks at the trekking time.
- Rent of tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping mats.
* Lodging in partner’s guest house at Hot Springs.
- Visa support (if needed)
- International flights to and from Bishkek
- Medical/evacuation insurance
Feel free to contact us for additional information, maps and answers to any questions or to book this trip. If you wish to add more days or cut days to this program, just let us know and we will be happy to prepare a custom designed tour exactly for you.