Horseback Tour: 12 days
We will help you to follow Marco Polo’s routes over the most beautiful passes of the Great Silk Road. This peculiar adventure will lead you to the land lying amidst the high Tien Shan Mountains, a big mountain range between China and West. You will cross fast rivers and high mountains thanks to staying power of Kyrgyz horses, the most important animals for nomads from the ancient times. During this trip you will meet nomadic people and get acquaintance with their culture and traditions.
Day 1 Bishkek – Pakrovka: In the morning sightseeing tour of the capital of Kyrgyzstan. After lunch setting off for Pakrovka village, where we will be met by a nice Russian family. Dinner and taking a real Russian sauna. Homestay in a family.
Day 2 Pakrovka – Juuku via Saruu: After a big breakfast we will get our horses and leave the village for Djoukkou valley. We will get to the kingdom of green mountains, red rocks, steep cliffs. Stop en route for picnic. Getting to Djoukkou valley, where we will camp. Overnight in a tent.
Day 3 Juuku – Kichi Kizil-Suu: Riding to Jumatai Pass to get to the Kyrgyz Jungles. Enjoying the scenery of the Kyrgyz mountains. Continuing ascending to the Jumtai Pass. (3600 m). Overnight in a tent in Kichi kizil-Suu.
Day 4 Kichi Kyzyl-Suu - Kizil-Suu: We will spend the day riding in Kichi-Kyzyl Suu. Picnic en route. In the afternoon getting to Chon Kyzyl Suu. Evening we will spend with a local aksakal (an honorable old man), who will tell us how he kidnapped his wife. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 5 - 6 Kyzyl Suu : Next two days we will spend enjoying the beauty of the wonderful places of Kyrgyzstan. We will ride to the Kashka Tor Lake and the glacier. We can see hares in the mountains. During two days we will be able to enjoy the view of Sharkyrar and Shatymy cascades. Overnight in guestgouse.
Day 7 Kyzyl Suu – Archa Tor Pass: The same day we will leave Kyzyl Suu valley and ride to Archa Tor Pass (3683 m). We will se the wildlife of Kyrgyzstan, different birds and animals: rabbits, ibex, marmots, bears. Overnight in a tent.
Day 8 Oguz-Bashi glacier – Djeti Oguz: Descending to Djety-Oguz gorge through Archa Tor Pass. This gorge is serrounded by differetn legends. You will be fascinated by the red rocks of the valley. Then ride to Oguz Bashi glacier. Overnight in a tent.
Day 9 Djeti Oguz –Djeti Oguz Sanatorium: That day we will come back to civilization. We will descend to Djety-Oguz Sanatorium, a very famous sanatorium of the Soviet time. Soviet presidents and famous astronauts visited it. Here we can have picnic on the bank of the river and have some rest. Overnight in a tent.
Day 10 Jeti Oguz Sanatorium - Diytchin: In the morning we will go to the lake. We will stay for a night in a house of a Chinese speaking Muslim. Traditional dinner and homestay.
Day 11 Diytchin –Karakol: After breakfast setting off for the east of the Issyk-Kul lake (more than 1600m above the sea level), to Karakol, a town founded in the 19th century as a Russian garrison where a famous Russian explorer Prjvalky lived. We will see the Dungan Mosque and the Holy Trinity Cathedral in order to understand the life of Kyrgyz people in the 19th century. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 12 Karakol – Bishkek: Transfer to Bishkek along the northern shore of the Issyk-Kul lake. On the way visiting the Burana Museum, a site of a medieval city of Balasagun, the capital of the Karahanid Kaganate, a Turkic dynasty of the 11 century. In the afternoon sight-seeing tour of Bishkek. Dinner at a restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:
- Meeting at airport
- Transport (vehicle and driver)
- Guide service
- Accommodation (hotel, guesthouse, homestay, tents)
- Rent of horses
- Horse navifator
- Admission to museums
- Admission to national parks
- Travel insurance
- Air tickets and taxes
- Visa support
- Alcohol and water
- Additional services
Quote for the tour will be provide upon request and will depend on number of people in the group, hotel preferences (2,3,4,5 *), room types (single, twin…) and other factors. Rough quotes given below.
For detailed itinerary you can refer to this large Map of Kyrgyzstan
This riding tour is made special for experienced riders. During this tour the average altitude will be 3600 meters above the sea level. The weather conditions can be very severe. We recommend you to have special equipment to face storm, snow, rain and hail. Nights can be very cold.
Kyrgyz visa can be obtained in the permanent representation of Kyrgyzstan in Europe or at Manas International Airport in Bishkek (2 passport’s photos and 35$ per pax, passport with a validity of minimum 6 months.)
This is a draft program. It can be revised in line with your request and your personal circumstances such as changes in flights, bad weather conditions and other unforeseen events.
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