Kyrgyzstan is not only a country of the mountains but also of horses. According to an ancient proverb "horses are the wings of the Kyrgyz". It takes a significant part in the nomadic culture. This trip will be ideal for horse lovers. Enjoy the wild and untouched nature and learn about the lifestyle of the Kyrgyz nomads while riding the beautiful Kyrgyz horses.

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Trip summary

  • Travel style Group departure
  • Departure Bishkek
  • End Bishkek
  • Countries
    • Kyrgyzstan
  • City
    • Bishkek
    • Chong-Kemin
    • Kalmak-Ashuu
    • Tamchy
    • Kochkor
    • Kol Ukok
    • Kyzart
    • Kilemche
    • Son Kul
    • Song-Kul lake
  • Theme Horse riding
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

  • 1
    Airport – Bishkek (30 km, 40 min)
    Day 1 Transfer by car

    Arrival to Manas Airport in Bishkek where our team will pick up you and drive you to the hotel. 

    After breakfast, visit of the city. We will visit the heart of the city, Ala-Too Square and enjoy a walk in the Oak Park.

    After lunch, we'll visit the local market, Osh bazar. Just as you step the market, you plunge into the realoriental atmosphere: an interminable stream of people, a big variety of goods and colors.

    In the evening, we go to one of the best restaurants in Bishkek where you can taste delicious Kyrgyz national dishes.

    Visited places:
    • Bishkek
  • 2
    Bishkek – Burana – Chon Kemin gorge (200 km, 3h)
    Day 2

    Breakfast in the hotel.
    Our journey begin with a visit to the historical monument Burana Tower located about 80 km from the capital.
    Burana Tower is an ancient minaret in the Chuy Valley in the north part of Kyrgyzstan. It is close to the city of Tokmok. The tower with funerary monuments, earthworks, remains of the castle and three mausoleums – that’s all what last out of the ancient Balasagyn town that was founded by Karakhanids at the end of the ninth century.
    We have lunch on the road café or in the guesthouse.
    After we keep our way towards Chon Kemin gorge. It is unique place thanks to its unbelievable beauty and its rich diversity of fauna and flora. You will have the opportunity to hike in the gorge and enjoy the beautiful alpine views.

    Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse

    Accommodation: Guesthouse (Kemin Guesthouse or similar)
    Optionally: Horse riding, national horse games, folk show

    Visited places:
    • Bishkek
    • Chong-Kemin
  • 3
    Chon Kemin – Kalmak Ashuu (horseback riding)
    Day 3

    After breakfast in the guest house you start the horse trek with the local English horse guide.

    We head towards the pastures of Akkytay, around noon we will climb to the point where we will have a panoramic view of the entire valley.

    We have a picnic there. Horses can rest too. After lunch we continue our trek. We go to the Kalmak Ashuu pass.

    We install the tents in the evening. Dinner around the fire and rest.

    Horse riding: 6 hours
    Accommodation: Tent

    Visited places:
    • Chong-Kemin
    • Kalmak-Ashuu
  • 4
    Kalmak Ashuu – Balykchy - Tamchy (horseback riding) (50 km, 40 min)
    Day 4

    Breakfast in the camp. Then we take our horses and we go down towards Issyk Kul Lake.
    Picnic on the road. At around 15 hours we reach the point where our trek ends. We are already in the region of Issyk Kul. Your driver picks you up.

    Your horse guide returns with his horses to Chon Kemin. And you go to the guest house where you rest and take a shower. You can swim in the lake later and rest a bit on the beach.

    Horse riding: 6 hours

    Accommodation: Guesthouse (Tamchy Guesthouse or similar)

    Visited places:
    • Kalmak-Ashuu
    • Tamchy
  • 5
    Tamchy – Kyzyl Tuu - Kochkor (200 km, 3h)
    Day 5

    After the breakfast in the guesthouse we go towards Kochkor village. On the way we will go to Kyzyl Tuu village where the local family reveals the secrets of producing yurts. This family isengaged in this unique art from generation to generation.

    Lunch in the guesthouse or in the local restaurant.

    Déjeuner a Kochkor dans la maison d’hôte ou restaurant. Free time before dinner. You can
    stroll around the village by visiting the local market.

    Diner and overnight in the guesthouse.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse (Mira Guesthouse or similar)

    Visited places:
    • Tamchy
    • Kochkor
  • 6
    Kochkor - Kol Ukok (horseback riding)
    Day 6

    Breakfast in the guesthouse. Transfer by car from Kochkor to the starting point (15 minutes).

    From here you start the horse trek to the Ters Tor pastures, famous for their pure air and
    crystalline waters.

    Picnic lunch on the way. Arrival in the yurt of the shepherds at Kol Ukok. You can walk and take beautiful pictures of the lake and mountains that surround it.

    Diner and overnight in the yurt.

    Horse riding: 5 h
    Accommodation: Yurt camp

    Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to the availability . No shower in the camp.

    Visited places:
    • Kochkor
    • Kol Ukok
  • 7
    Kochkor - Kyzart (horseback riding) (70 km, 1h)
    Day 7

    After the breakfast in yurt we return on horseback by the same path on the starting point of
    our trek where our driver is waiting for us.

    Lunch in the cafe in Kochkor. Transfer to Kyzart village by car (1 hour).
    Dinner and rest in the guesthouse.

    Horse riding : 4 h

    Accommodation : Guesthouse (Maksat Guesthouse or similar)

    Visited places:
    • Kol Ukok
    • Kyzart
  • 8
    Kyzart - Kilemche (horseback riding)
    Day 8

    Today we keep our road to Son Kul Lake. In the morning, we go to the starting point by car where horses and the rider-guide await us.

    We will ride down through the Kilemche valley. The valley’s name means in Kyrgyz language "like a carpet", and this carpet is presented by the variety of mountain herbs and alpine flowers covering all the nearby slopes.

    We will have a dinner with the nomads and sleep in the yurts.

    Horse riding: 5 h
    Accommodation: Yurt camp

    Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to the availability . No shower in the camp.

    Visited places:
    • Kyzart
    • Kilemche
  • 9
    Kilemche - Son Kul (horseback riding)
    Day 9

    After breakfast we continue our trek.
    Horseback ride provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beauty of these places and feel a part of the nature. Today, we cross another pass (3 400m).

    From the pass, Son Kul Lake seems very small, but as we go down and approach the lake, it appears as a big and gorgeous lake.

    When we arrive in the yurts camp, you get to know the hospitality of the nomads, their lifestyle and their customs.

    Horse riding: 6 h

    Accommodation: Yurt camp

    Optionally: national horse games demonstration

    Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to the availability . No shower in the camp.

    Visited places:
    • Kilemche
    • Son Kul
  • 10
    Son Kul (horseback riding)
    Day 10

    We continue our horseback trek and today we ride horses along the Son Kul lakeshore.
    Breakfast, lunch, dinner in the yurt camp.

    Accommodation: Yurt camp

    Optionally : national horse games demonstration

    Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to the availability. No shower in the camp.

    Visited places:
    • Son Kul
    • Song-Kul lake
  • 11
    Return to Bichkek (315 km, 5-6h)
    Day 11

    After breakfast in the yurt we come back to the capital.
    The road to Bishkek passes through Boom gorge. You can take pictures of this beauty and
    breathtaking sceneries.

    After lunch in local restaurant, we will have time to visit the local markets and buy some
    presents. You will not leave the bazar unsatisfied; you will surely find something that you were looking for reminding you about Kyrgyzstan and your unforgettable trip here.

    In the evening, we will have the farewell dinner at traditional Kyrgyz restaurant.

    Accommodation: Hotel 3* (My Hotel / Rixon Hotel or similar)

    Visited places:
    • Song-Kul lake
    • Bishkek
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • All transfers in comfortable andair conditioned vehicle
    • Professional driver
    • English speaking guide during the whole trip
    • Accommodation described in the program in twin /double room/tents/yurt
    • Full board
    • Visits described in the program
    • Tents (2 pax per tent)
    • Horse rental (days: 3,4,6,7,8,9,10)
    • Yurt crafts
    Price does not include
    • International flights
    • Personal expenses
    • Single room supplement
    • Insurances
    • Tips for guide, driver etc.
    • Optional activities
    • Early check in
    • Port of luggage in hotels and airport
    • Alcoholic drinks
    • Sleeping bags and mats
    • Horse equipment: helmets