A journey full of adventure that will allow you to appreciate the history and culture of this country on horseback. You will discover unique landscapes in Kyrgyzstan, with its red sand hills getting to know the nomadic lifestyle very closely.

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Trip summary

  • Departure Bishkek
  • End Bishkek
  • Countries
    • Kyrgyzstan
  • City
    • Bishkek
    • Chong-Kemin
    • Karakol
    • Tamga
    • Kochkor
    • Song-Kul lake
  • Theme Unusual trips
  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

  • 1
    Day 1

    Arrival at Manas Airport in Bishkek where the driver will take you to a hotel located in the capital.

    After breakfast and rest, we will start our tour in the capital Bishkek. We will visit the heart of the city, Ala-Too Square, where the Historical State Museum is located. After the tour in the museum, walk in the oak park, one of the favorite places of local people. Bishkek is also known as the greenest city in Central Asia thanks to its countless parks and lanes that make the city an ideal place to live.

    After lunch, we will have time to visit the local Osh bazaar market. Here you can appreciate the creativity and talent of local artisans. You will find products of all kinds.

    In the evening, we will go to one of the best restaurants in Bishkek, where you can enjoy exquisite national dishes.

    Accommodation: 3 * Hotel.

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  • 2
    Bishkek – Burana - Chon Kemin
    Day 2

    In the morning, after breakfast in the hotel, an hour drive will take us to the Burana Tower (old minaret), near Tokmok town.

    This minaret was built in the town of Balasagun, one of Karakhanid's capitals. We will explore the ruins of this important exchange point on the Great Silk Road and visit a small local museum that tells the story of this civilization. It will also be possible to see a collection of ancient tombs called Balbals. Lunch along the road.

    We will head to the village of Chon-Kemin, located in the valley with the same name. It is a unique place due to its incredible beauty and its rich diversity of wildlife and flora. You will be thrilled in front of the delightful landscapes of this natural complex. We will get acquainted with locals, then walk around the area.

    Accommodation: Bed and breakfast.

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  • 3
    Chon Kemin (horseriding)
    Day 3

    Riding day in the alpine areas of the village. We will climb to the "Kalmak Ashuu" pass at 2,500 meters where we will have a breathtaking view of the whole valley with its green pastures.

    Accommodation: Bed and breakfast.

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  • 4
    Chon Kemin - Grigorievskoe e Semienovskoe – Karakol
    Day 4

    Breakfast and departure to the north part of Issyk Kul Lake to Grigorievskoe and Semionovskoe gorges. Small hike to explore the magnificent gorges covered by the dense forest. Then we head towards the city of Karakol. We will visit the Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and the dungan mosque, prayer site of Chinese Muslims, built in wood without the help of nails. Dinner and overnight at a guesthouse in Karakol.

    We will taste typical dungan dishes.

    Accommodation: Bed and breakfast.

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  • 5
    Karakol –Jeti Oghuz – Tamgha (horserifing)
    Day 5

    After breakfast, we will go to the Jeti Oguz valley. His name means "seven bulls". The name is symbolic, because there are seven huge brown rocks that resemble furious bulls.

    The Broken Heart Rock at the entrance of the gole is also particularly romantic. Jeti Oguz is also famous for the place called Kok-Jayyk, the Valley of Flowers full of poppies in the spring. At the top of Jeti Oguz there are also lakes and mountain waterfalls. Walk to the waterfall on horseback. Lunch in the middle of nature.

    In the evening you can visit the Russian sauna (Russian bania) in the small village of Tamgha.

    Accommodation: Bed and breakfast.

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  • 6
    Tamga – Skazka – Bokonbaevo – Kochkor
    Day 6

    Departure to reach the hidden Skaska Valley; a walk will allow us to admire the beauty of the area, with limestone hills eroded by the wind over the centuries and transformed into a fantasmagoric set of columns and canyons with red hues, which take on the most varied forms, from dragons to castles: like being in a fairytale.

    We will continue to the village of Bokonbaevo: here we will have the opportunity to visit the colorful bazaar and enjoy the different rhythms of a small Kyrgyz town. We will be attending traditional eagles hunting, an activity still practiced that has far-reaching roots dating back to the conquest of Central Asia by the Mongols during the 12th-13th centuries.

    Dinner and overnight stay in a guesthouse in the village of Kochkor where we will see the production of handmade felt.

    Accommodation: Bed and breakfast.

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  • 7
    Kochkor - Kilemche
    Day 7

    We start our day trip on horseback to Lake Son-Kul. In the morning, we will go to the starting point where we will meet our guide and take the horses.

    The first step crossed is Chaar-Archa (3,600 m). We will explore the Kilemche valley. The name of the valley means "carpet" for its variety of alpine herbs and flowers.

    Overnight in yurts.

    Accommodation: Yurt.

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  • 8
    Kilemche - Son Kul Lake
    Day 8

    Today's horseback ride offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beauty of these places and feel part of nature. Today we cross another step, Jalgyz Karagay (3 400 m).

    Along the way, Son-Kul Lake looks very small, but as we descend and approach the lake, it will look like a huge lake.

    Full board at the camp. You can talk to locals, with nomadic families to find out more about their lifestyle and about the changes that occurred after the collapse of the Soviet Union 20 years ago.

    Accommodation: Yurt.

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  • 9
    Son Kul (horseriding)
    Day 9

    Day dedicated to exploring the surroundings of the lake on horseback.

    Full board at the camp.

    Note: The yurt can accommodate 6 people, during the low season it can accommodate 2 people according to availability.

    Accommodation: Yurt.

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  • 10
    Son Kul –Kyzyl Oi
    Day 10

    Departure for the village of Kyzyl Oi. It is a mountain village situated at an altitude of about 1800 meters in the valley of the Kekemeren River. Here you can see an amazing landscape of majestic mountains surrounding the village.

    Particularly colorful is the red clay that covers the mountains from below to the top. This clay has been used as building material since the beginning of the 20th century. Today some of these houses can still be seen at Kyzyl-Oi. Around the village, many places are wild with unique flora and fauna, a place that allows travelers to relax away from big cities.

    Accommodation: Bed and breakfast.

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  • 11
    Kizil Oi- Bishkek
    Day 11

    The road to Bishkek passes through the Too-Ashuu mountain pass. From this step, there is a clear view across the valley with green grass and pastures.

    We will return to civilization through one of the most important roads in the country.

    After lunch, we will have time to visit the local market and buy gifts.

    Accommodation: 3 * Hotel.

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  • 12
    End of tour
    Day 12

    Airport transfer.

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • All transfers
    • Professional driver
    • Guide
    • Horse hire
    • Accommodation as described in the program
    • Full board
    •  Visit to the places along the way
    • Activities
    • Entrances to the museums described in the program
    • Agency assistance 24h / 7
    • Mineral water
    Price does not include
    • Voli
    • Bevande alcoliche
    • Mance
    • Assicurazioni per il vostro viaggio
    • Supplemento in camera singola