Destinations: The town of Talas, Madaniyat Village, the Sary-Chelek Reserve, Kara-Suu Village
Level of Difficulty: Difficult (two passes over 3,600m – crossing on foot)
Best Season: Mid-July to mid-September
Requirements: Trekking boots, weatherproof warm clothes, hat, sunscreen, sleeping bag, tent, some horse riding skills
Day 1: Leave Bishkek. Arrive in Talas. Meet coordinator. Transfer to Madaniyat Village. Meet guide and support team. Tour and horseback riding introduction. Dinner.
Day 2: Breakfast. Tour starts alongside a stream towards the Ürmaral Gorge. Short picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight camp near two rivers junction. Horse riding – 6-7 hours.
Day 3: Breakfast. Tour crosses Talas Range over the Chiyim-Tash Pass (3,600m). Cross steep and stony pass on foot. Pass by shepherd’s yurts and animals. Short picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight in a camp in the mountains. Horse riding – 6-7 hours.
Day 4: Breakfast. Ride alongside mountain river towards the Kara-Kuldzha Pass (3,161m). View griffins and marmots. Short picnic lunch during the day. Horse riding – 6-7 hours.
Day 5: Breakfast. This day is quite tough. Ascent to Kashka-Suu Pass challenging but rewarding. Short picnic lunch during the day. Dinner and overnight in a camp, on the shore of Lake Kara- Kamysh. Horse riding – 6-7 hours.
Day 6: Breakfast. Cross Kotormo Pass (2,446m) into the Sary-Chelek National Reserve. Observe stunning panoramas, trees and wild animals. Short picnic lunch. Horse riding – 6-7 hours.
Day 7: Breakfast. Ride through Sary-Chelek orchards and forests. Arrive at Kara-Suu Village. Acquaintance with local lifestyle and habits, and visiting local handicraft makers. Short picnic lunch during the day. Shower, dinner and overnight in a local homestay. Horse riding – 6-7 hours.
Day 8: Breakfast. Leave Kara-Suu for Bishkek or Osh via Tash-Kömür.