Kyrgyzstan horse riding: Tour 03
Activity: Horse riding
Duration: 9 days
Places to visit: Bishkek City - Issyk Kul Lake - Karakol - Chong Kyzyl Suu - Ashu Tor - Kishi Kyzyl Suu village - Jumakuchak - Kok Terek - Bishkek City
The present horse riding tour includes visiting of the celestial mountains and Issyk Kul Heavenly Lake. For many hours you will ride a horse in places with wild, untouched nature and feel a complete freedom. Kyrgyz Republic is the country of the mountains where without a horse it is difficult to survive. That is why horses play a very important part in the life of the Kyrgyz people and represent the best possession for the nomad.
Day 1: Bishkek - Issyk Kul Lake
By your guide you will be collected from Manas International Airport. Transfer from the airport to Bishkek takes half an hour. Upon arrival you will start the day with a nice breakfast. Afterward you will be transferred (200 km) to the second largest alpine lake in the world - celestial Issyk Kul Lake (1608m.a. s. l.). We will visit Burana Complex en route - the minaret that dated11th century A. D. and open air museum of stone warriors - Balbans. We will continue our trip to the lake after having taken a traditional lunch. The lake is also called "The Pearl of Tien - Shan Mountains". Issyk - Kul Lake possesses curative properties due to the salty water. In the hotel upon arrival you will have a rest. On the northern beach of the lake you could lie on the warm sand or swim in the lake. At 7 p.m. is your dinner.
Day 2: Issyk-Kul Lake - Karakol
At 8 o'clock in the morning the day starts with breakfast. Till 12 p.m. you will have spare time to swim in the lake. Transfer (200 km) by car to Karakol town. We will make a short halt en route to visit the site with the ancient stone carvings (dated back to 800 B.C.), including the museum of Issyk - Kul. During the trip you will have the 2nd stop, where you can enjoy lunch in tranquil ambiance, before continue our way alongside the sparkling pearl of Central Asia northern shore to Karakol town. You will be able to admire the splendor of the lake during one more break, where you go for one hour for sail on a steam boat. Next you will be transferred to Karakol town. Traditional national dinner will be at 8 p.m. in a restaurant. For additional price, a folklore show could be organized for you. Overnight stay is in the guesthouse.
Day 3: Karakol - Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley
The whole morning is devoted to the guided City Tour in Karakol. Breakfast will be served at 8 o'clock. The sightseeing tour comprises the visit of the museum of M. N. Prjwalski. The eminent explorer greatest achievements were: the discovery of more than 4000 species of animals, including Prjewalski horse and the great Taklamakan Desert crossing. Soon after, you will visit the Dungan - Chinese mosque, which highlights the fact that it is built without using a single metal nail in the Chinese style. This will be followed by the visit of the old wooden Orthodox Church. The tour will be ended with a traditional lunch. So, at 1 p.m. we leave Karakol starting our (70 km) trip to impressive Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley. You will see red sandstone mountains that differently shaped on the way. But before, we will visit Jeli Suu hot water mineral sources. There you could take a bath. After that we will start our horseback riding tour that will take1 hour to the Geographical and Physical station of Chong Kyzyl Suu. Your dinner and overnight stay will be in yurts.
Day 4: Chon Kyzyl Suu - Ashu Tor - Chon Kyzyl Suu (6hours)
Fortifying breakfast. This day we leave the yurt camp at 9 a.m. and start our horseback riding tour to (2800m.) Ashu Tor Pass. You might see mountain goats, ibex. We will have our lunch on the way. After having lunch we will have a rise on horses to amazing Mountain Lake; from glacier it is replenished with melt water. We return back to the Station after Mountain Lake observation. Overnight stay is in the yurt camp. Our dinner is served at 8 p.m.
Day 5: Chong Kyzyl Suu - Kishi Kyzyl Suu
After breakfast that is served at 7 o'clock in the morning, you will leave Kishi Kyzyl Suu Valley. Riding takes six hours. Lunch is on the way. The gorgeous canyon of Kichi Kyzyl Suu will definitely make an impression on you. There you will see there the remarkable mountains sceneries and its untouched nature. In Kishi Kyzyl Suu Village we will arrive at 7 o'clock in the evening. Before traditional dinner is served you will have half an hour to settle in your tents.
Day 6: Kichi Kyzyl Suu Village - Jumakuchak
Today, after breakfast, we keep on our horseback riding tour(6h) from the Village of Kichi Kyzyl Suu via small Jumalai Pass to Jumakuchak. There we will have a picnic. You will have a chance to explore its virgin nature by yourself. There is a gorgeous sight on Issyk-Kul Lake surface. Traditional dinner is served at 7 o'clock in the evening. Overnight stay is among the yurts of the nomadic Kyrgyz people in Jumakuchak in the tent camp.
Day 7: Jumakuchak - Kok Terek village
At 8 a.m. this day starts with a breakfast. You will mount your horse to take six hours ride to Kok Terek Village from Jumakuchak. En route you will come across a fascinating mountain cascade and the red cave that is known as "500 rams". The cascade is located not far away from the hot springs (40 degrees Celsius) that are also possible to visit if you wish. You will have your lunch nearby cascade. We continue our way to the Village of Kok Terek after having break. We will have a dinner and spend the night in a home stay.
Day 8: Kok Terek - Bishkek
Breakfast will be served at 8 o'clock in the morning. Pack your luggage. Drive (380 km) along Issyk-Kul Lake southern shore to Bishkek City by vehicle. You will arrive in Bishkek approximately at 8 p.m. In the hotel **** you will have time for yourself until your pick up. Next you have a leaving dinner in a café.
Day 9: Bishkek - Europe
At 9 o'clock in the morning is your breakfast in the hotel. Today in the capital of Kyrgyzstan you have a city tour. This tour includes the visiting of many interesting sights and monuments, such as: the Central Ala-Too Square that is the ceremonial heart of Bishkek, the Museum of the Kyrgyz history, Oak Park (Duboviy Park), the Museum of fine Arts, Victory Square (Pobeda Square), National Philharmonic and Oriental Osh Bazaar. At 2 p.m. you will have lunch. The rest of the day is up to you. Transfer is from the hotel to the Airport of Manas.