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Horse riding tour Bishkek – Son Kul Lake

Horse riding tour #1


Places to visit: Bishkek, Talas, Urmaral Valley, Gorge Chim Tash and Kashkasuu , lakes Sary-Chelek and Kara-Suuu valley


Day 1: Bishkek
Arrival to Bishkek, transfer to the hotel. After some rest a sightseeing tour: Oak Park, Ala -Too Square, Philharmonic hall, Statue of Manas, Victory Square and Oriental market – Osh bazaar and Historical Muesum. Overnight in the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 2: Bishkek- Talas

After breakfast driving to Talas (300 km). Following the main road which is connecting the south and north part of the country you will cross the high pass of Too-Ashu (3585 m. a. s. l.) and the biggest tunnel in Kyrgyzstan. The magnificent panorama view of the Suusamyr Valley will be available from the top. Picnci lunch. On the way cross the second pass Otmok (3200 m. a. s. l.).  Visit to the historical complex Manas ordo. Family run accommodation with the dinner in Talas.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 3: Talas– Urmaral Gorge-Chim Tash Valley
After breakfast travelling to the starting point of the trek in the gorge of Urmara., the state natural reserve. Meeting and introduction to horsemen and trial horse riding. After distribution of horses, riding (3h) toward  the Chim Tash Valley.  Accommodations and dinner in tents.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 4: Chim-Tash  valley- KaraKuldzha Valley

Breakfast. Horse riding toward the pass. Picnic before the pass at the mountain lake.  Cross Talas Range over the Chim-Tash pass (3600 m). Cross steep and stony pass on foot. Pass by shepherd’s yurts and animals.  Accommodation in the tent camp under the Jety-Sart pass. Dinner in the camp.

Horse riding – 5/6 hours.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 5: Kara Kuldzha Valley  – Kashkasuu Valley

After breakfast. Ride alongside Mountain River towards the Kara-Kuldzha pass (3161 m). During the ride you could see the Lamer Gail vultures and marmots. Picnic for lunch. This day you will stop for overnight by river bank in the forest. Possible to make a fire and enjoy the dinner at tent camp.

Horse riding – 4/5 hours.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner



Day 6: Kashkasuu Valley- Kara-Suu Lake

Breakfast. You should be prepared for the long tough day of riding. Horse riding up to Kashka-Suu pass (3350 m. a. s. l.) challenging but rewarding. Cross the pass and descend to Kara-Suu :ake. Short picnic. Dinner and accommodation in the tent camp, on the shore of Lake Kara-Suu.

Horse riding – 6/8 hours.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 7: Kara-Suu Lake – Sary-Chelek National Reserve

After breakfast. Horse riding to Kotormo pass (2446 m) into Sary-Chelek National Reserve. Sary-Chelek is one of the most picturesque lakes in Kyrgyzstan. Ten thousand years ago there was a gorge with a mountain river and after an avalanche, the water collected right in the gorge. It is about 2.5 km wide and 75 km long! The altitude of this mountain lake is 1873 m. a. s. l. and its territory is protected by the state as it is national reserve. Observe stunning panoramas, trees, lakes and wild animals. Picnic.  Riding down toward to Iri Kol lake. Tent camp and dinner by the lake.

Horse riding – 4/5 hours.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 8: Sary-Chelek National Reserve- Kara-Suu village

Breakfast. Last riding day will go through Sary-Chelek orchards and walnut forest. Cross the small pass and descend to Karasuu village. Acquaintance with local lifestyle and habits. End of the horse riding. Accommodation and dinner in the local family.

Horse riding – 4/5 hours.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 9: Sary Chelek – Arslanbob
After breakfast transfer to Arslanbob forest by car. Arslanbob is the largest walnut forest in the world which covers 600 000 hectares. Many different kinds of nuts and fruit trees can be found here. Arslanbob itself lies at 1700 m. above sea level. Along the way to the forest you will see plenty of picturesque places that will amaze you by their beauty. Family run accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 10: Arslanbob
Today you will have a lot of free time to explore this place. You will go hiking and enjoy the beauty of this place and to see a waterfall there. Then you can continue walking around or just relax in a calm atmosphere of this forest. Family run accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 11: Arslanbob – Osh
After breakfast transfer to the second biggest city in Kyrgyzstan – Osh. It is said that the city is older than Rome because it is more than 3000 years old. On the way visiting a market and mausoleum in Uzgen. Uzgen was one of the capitals of the Karakhanid State in the 11th and 12th centuries. Arrival in Osh in the afternoon.

City tour of Osh. As legends say Osh was founded by King Solomon ages ago and had an important position on trading routes of the Great Silk Road. Today you will visit Suleiman-Too (Solomon’s Mountain), museum, Osh bazaar – this market locates at the same place as in the times of Great Silk Road. Overnight in a guest house.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 12: Osh – departure
After breakfast transfer to the airport. Fly home by Turkish Air.

Tour duration

12 days


mid June – mid September

You need to bring

warm clothes, a coat, tracking-boots, warm sleeping bag, mat, rucksack, flash light, your own First Aid Kit and sunglasses