Activity: Horse riding
Duration: 12 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley - Tamga - Chong Kyzyl Suu - pass Karatakia - gorge Kitchi Kyzyl Suu - Gorge Jukutshak - gorge Ashu-Kashka Suu - Lake Kashka-Suu - river Kumtor - Arabel Suu - Chokoli Lakes - Bishkek
This marvelous tour gives you the possibility to ride a horse along one of the Great Silk Road parts that passed through the territory of Kyrgyz Republic. This tour uncovers for you the chance to familiarize with the Kyrgyz nomadic traditions, try staple drink - Kumis (mare's milk that is fermented) and appetizing national dishes. The proverb "Horse is man's wings" reflects the importance of horses in the life of the Kyrgyz nomads. Since ancient times, horses played an significant part in the life of the Kyrgyz people, because it was almost impossible without a horse to survive in the realm of Tien - Shan Mountains.
Day 1: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley
You will be met by your guide in the International Airport of Manas and accompanied to Bishkek City (30 min. drive). In Bishkek, after having breakfast, the entire day will be devoted to a guided Bishkek City Tour, including lunch. During this sightseeing tour we will visit the central Ala-Too Square, Oak Park (Duboviy Park), Victory Square (Pobeda Square), the History Museum, National Concert hall and the monument of Manas (legendary hero of the Kyrgyz people), Oriental Bazaar, Art Gallery and many other places that provoke your interest. Transfer to Chon Kemin valley to the Guesthouse of Kalmak-Ashuu, where you also will spend overnight. On the way, we will visit the Burana Tower -minaret of the 11 century and its attached Balbans (stone warriors) open air museum. Your dinner will be served at 7 pm.
Day 2: Chon Kemin valley - Tamga
Breakfast is served at 7 o'clock. Afterwards, you will start your trip to Tamga (380 km,6h) by car. We will drive along the southern shore of the celestial Issyk-Kul Lake, which is second largest mountain lake in the world (1608m.above sea level). The Lake is also known as "the pearl of Central Asia". Dinner will be served in the Tamga Guesthouse, where you will also spend the night.
Day 3: Tamga - Chong Kyzyl Suu
Strengthening breakfast. Transfer (70 km.) is by car from the Village of Tamga to exciting Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley. Upon you arrival there, along the Terskey mountain Range you will start your (5hours) horseback riding tour. You will see red sandstone mountains in different fantastic shapes en route. This day we will also visit thermal mineral springs in Jeli Suu, where in hot springs water you will have the possibility to take a bath. After that is one hour horse riding tour to Chong Kyzyl Suu Physical and Geographical Station. Dinner. Overnight stay is in the yurt camp. "Yurta" is unique house of the nomads, which represents wooden skeleton that is manufactured without nails, and covered with felt.
Day 4: Chong Kyzyl Suu - pass Karatakia - gorge Kitchi Kyzyl Suu
After breakfast you will have a horseback riding to the gorgeous Karatakia gorge and then over the Karatakia pass. After enjoying the view of the pass you will take a strengthening lunch. Afterwards you will have horseback riding down to the Kitshi Kyzyl Suu valley (6h). This is a place where you can test Kyrgyz national drink - Kumis (fermented mare's milk). Dinner is served at 7 p.m. Night in tents.
Day 5: Kitchi Kyzyl Suu - gorge Jukutchak
You will start horse riding to (3937m above sea level) Kashka-Tor pass after breakfast. You will ride a horse all the way through the stunning red ravine. En route you will visit the sandstone red cave that is known "500 rams". It is said that in olden times the nomads used this cave for their cattle. But some time later the part of the cave was destroyed by the earthquake. But even now it is possible to imagine the original size of this cave for 500 rams. There is also a mountain waterfall. You will have your lunch at the bottom of the waterfall. The waterfall is situated not far from hot springs (40 degrees Celsius) that are also possible to visit if you wish. After having a rest we continue our way to Jukutchak valley. Night in tents. Dinner is served at 8 p.m.
Day 6: Gorge Jukutshak - gorge Ashu-Kashka Suu
Just after 8 o'clock breakfast, we will commence an ascent on horses to the pass Ashu-Tor (3636m. a. s. l.), on the way you will see a mountain cascade and also you can take a bath in the sauna with thiocyanogen waters. Picnic. After picnic we will go on on our (6hours) horses riding down in the gorge of Ashu-Kashka Suu. At 8 p.m. our dinner will be served. Your dinner will be served. Night is in tents.
Day 7: Ashu-Kashka Suu Gorge - Kashka-Suu Lake
At 8 o'clock is your breakfast. After packing your backpacks you will have an ascent on horses to the pass Kashka-Suu (3891m.), where you will take lunch. Then you will ride your horse to the Kashka-Suu Lake (6h). This lake finds its origin in a glacier, that is why the water is so clean and sparkling. This high mountain lake situated at an altitude of 3800 meters above sea level. Dinner is served at 7p.m. Night in tents.
Day 8: Lake Kashka-Suu - river Kumtor (3012m)
Just after fortifying breakfast you will start 6 hours horse riding to Kumtor river. You will ride among Ak Shirak Mountains, which have snow even in summer. You will be surprised by the unpredictable weather conditions. It can change from summer heat to winter snowfall within 20 minutes. The River of Kumtor is the most famous site for gold diggers. Even these days there are some natives who make an effort in finding gold there. You will spend the night near the Central Tien Shan Observatory in tents. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
Day 9: Kumtor - Arabel Suu
This day we start with a breakfast at 8 o'clock in the morning. After having breakfast we will ride along Arabel Suu River for 5 hours. We will keep on to the mountain lakes valley after having traditional lunch. There is the valley of 8 lakes. The lakes are located nearby each other and you could see all of them. The walking there provokes unforgettable feelings. Dinner. Overnight stay is near Arabel Suu River in tents.
Day 10: Arabel Suu - Chokoli Lakes (3006m. above sea level)
At 8 o'clock in the morning breakfast is served. The continuation of horseback riding tour to Chokoli Lakes. There you could detect ibexes and Marco Polo sheep being lucky. You will also visit the glacier not far from the mountain lake. Our dinner will be served at 7 o'clock in the evening. Near the in tents lake you will spend the night.
Day 11: Chokoli Lakes - Bishkek (by car)
After packing your backpacks, you will be served breakfast at 8 o'clock. Then you will be transferred to Bishkek city by car. You will arrive in Bishkek in a Hotel*** at around 5 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 12: Flight home
At the time arranged in advance according to the details of your flight your guide will collect you up from the hotel and accompany you to the Airport of Manas.