Activity: Horse riding
Duration: 7 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Karakol - Chong Kyzyl Suu - Ashu Tor - Kishi Kyzyl Suu village - Jumakuchak - Kok Terek - Bishkek
The feeling of riding a horse in the mountains is wonderful! For many centuries the Kyrgyz nomads have been appreciating horses. It was almost impossible to live in the severe mountains of Tien - Shan without it. There are plenty of customs and traditions, which are connected with horses. Almost all celebrations and festivals are accompanied with divers' games on the horsebacks in the life of the local people. You also can ride a horse in the hidden from other people places. You will find out for yourself many interesting things and realize that the best creation in our world is nature.
Day 1: Bishkek - Karakol
You will be collected by your guide from Manas International Airport. Transfer to Bishkek City (30 min. drive). Your day will start the day with breakfast. After breakfast you will be transferred (200 km.) to the Celestial Issyk Kul Lake (1608m.above sea level), the 2nd largest mountain lake in the world. The Lake is also called "the treasure of Central Asia". On the way, we will stop to visit the Burana Tower Historical Complex and its open air museum of Balbans - stone warriors. In cholpon - Ata that is on the northern shore of Issyk - Kul Lake you will also have an opportunity to visit ancient stone carvings (dating back to 800 B.C.), including the local museum of Issyk - Kul. 8 p.m. dinner will be in a restaurant. Also for additional price you can have a folk performance there. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 2: Karakol - Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley
Breakfast will be served at 8 o'clock in the morning. This day will be dedicated to a guided Karakol city tour, during which you will visit the Dungan mosque, which was built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. This will be followed by the visit of the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Soon after, you will visit the museum of Prjevalsky, one of the world's greatest explorers. N. Prjevalsky greatest achievements were the crossing of the great Taklamakan Desert and the discovery of more than 4000 species of animals, including the horse that was later named after him. The City Tour ended with a traditional lunch and we leave Karakol town at 1 p.m. starting our (70 km) way to remarkable Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley. You will see red mountains in different shapes on the way. In Jeli Suu we will stop at the place of the mineral sources of hot water, where you will have the possibility to take a have a bath. After, 1 hour horseback riding tour is to the Physical and Geographical station of Chong Kyzyl Suu. Dinner. Overnight stay will be in yurts. A yurta is a collapsible dwelling, an original nomad's habitation. It is made out of wooden frame that is covered with felt. The carcass of yurt is made without a single nail.
Day 3: Chong Kyzyl Suu - Ashu Tor - Chong Kyzyl Suu (6h)
After a strengthening breakfast, we will leave the camp at 9 am and start our horseback riding tour to the Ashu Tor pass (2800m). After your lunch you will have an ascent on horses to an amazing mountain lake, which finds its origin in a glacier. With a bit of luck you might see mountain goats. After enjoying the view of the mountain lake we come back to the station. Dinner is served at 8 p.m. Overnight stay is in yurts.
Day 4: Chong Kyzyl Suu - Jumakuchak
This day, after breakfast we continue our 6 hours riding tour from the Kishi Kyzyl Suu valley to Jumakuchak via the small Pass of Jumalai, where we will have a stop for picnic. You will have a chance to explore its virgin nature on your own. From this place it is possible to observe gorgeous surface of Issyk-Kul Lake. Traditional dinner is served at 7 p.m. Night is in tents in Jumakuchak among the nomadic yurts of Kyrgyz people.
Day 5: Jumakuchak - Kok Terek village
At 8 a.m. breakfast will be served. After, you will get on your horse to have 6hours ride from Jumakuchak to Kok Terek Village. En route, you will see a picturesque mountain waterfall and the red cave that is called "500 rams". You will have your lunch nearby cascade. This cascade is situated in the vicinity of hot springs (40 degrees Celsius), which are also possible to visit if you wish. We continue our way to Kok Terek villag after having a rest. Dinner and overnight will be in a home stay.
Day 6: Kok Terek - Bishkek
After packing your backpacks, you will be served breakfast at 8 o'clock. Then you will be transferred to Bishkek city by car along the southern shore of the famous Issyk-Kul Lake (380 km). You will arrive in Bishkek in a Hotel **** at around 8 pm, where you will have time for yourself until your pick up at 7 pm. Then you will have a farewell dinner in a restaurant.
Day 7: Bishkek - Europe
Your guide will collect you from the hotel and transferred to the airport.