|Celestial Horses 9 Days/8 Nights|
This is a 9-day horse-riding tour.
Looking for a special trip? Wonderful views and a charming atmosphere are waiting for you! There is a Kyrgyz saying “Horses are men’s wings”. Since ancient times horses played a vital role in the nomad’s life. It was impossible to survive without a horse in our mountainous country. During the tour you will be riding a horse along the Great Silk Road like a nomad. At the same time you will get acquainted with Kyrgyz traditions, try the national drink Kumis (mare’s milk) and delicious dishes.Places of Visit: Burana, Cholpont-Ata museum, Petroglyphs, Chong Kyzyl Suu gorge, Ashu Tor pass, Kok Terek village, Jumakuchak, Kishi Kyzyl Suu
Day 1 Bishkek – Issyk-Kul Lake
Your guide will pick you up at Manas International Airport and accompany you to Bishkek City (30 min. drive), where you will start the day with a breakfast. Then you will be transferred to the celestial Issyk-Kul Lake (200 km). On our way, we will visit the Burana Tower (minaret from the 11th century) and an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). After having taken a traditional lunch, we continue our way to the lake. As soon as we are in a hotel you will have a rest on the northern beach of the lake where you can lie on the warm sand or swim in the lake. Thanks to the salty water, Issyk Kul Lake possesses curative qualities. Your dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
Issyk-Kul Lake (200 km), the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608m.above sea level). The Lake is also called “the pearl of Central Asia”. Burana tower - 11th centure minaret located on the territory of what used to be one of 3 capitals of Karahkanid empire - Balasagun city.
Day 2 Issyk-Kul Lake – Karakol
The day starts with a breakfast at 8 o’clock. Then you have free time to swim in the lake till 12 pm. Afterwards, you will start your trip to Karakol city by car (200 km). You will have a second stop during the trip at 12 o’clock, where you can enjoy lunch in a relaxed atmosphere, before continuing our way to Karakol city along the northern shore of the sparkling pearl of Central Asia, which’s beauty you will be able to enjoy to the full during another break, where you go on a one hour cruise on a steam boat. Night in a guesthouse
On the way, we will visit ancient stone inscriptions - petroglyphs - (dating back to 800 B.C.), including the local museum.
Day 3 Karakol – Chong Kyzyl Suu gorge
You will be served breakfast at 8 o’clock. The entire morning is dedicated to a guided Karakol City Tour. Afterwards, a horseback riding tour to the Physical and Geographical station of Chong Kyzyl Suu is waiting for you (1 hour). Your dinner and overnight stay will be in that Geographical station that is situated in a stunning gorge. It is an old house with wooden walls that still stays as a reminder of old times. On the way it is possible to meet nomads with their yurts. A yurta is made of felt and wooden frame without a single nail. It is a collapsible dwelling of nomads. It takes only few hours to erect and to collapse, respectively.
The tour includes the visit of the Dungan mosque. One of its highlights is the fact that it is built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. This will be followed by the visit of an old wooden Orthodox Church. Later, you will visit the museum of M.V. Prejvalsky, one of the world’s greatest explores. His biggest achievements were the crossing of the great desert Taklamakan and the discovery of more than 4000 animals, including the Horse of Prejevalsky. We will end the City Tour with a traditional lunch and leave Karakol at 1 p.m. and start our way to impressive Chong Kyzyl Suu gorge (70 km). On the way, you will see red mountains in different shapes, just before we will visit the mineral sources of hot springs at Jeli Suu (Dungan Village), where you will have the possibility to take a bath.
Day 4 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 in yurts.
Ashu Tor pass (2800m) and amazing mountain lake.
Day 5 Chong Kyzyl Suu - Kishi Kyzyl Suu
After an early breakfast at 7 am, you will ride off to the valley of Kishi Kyzyl Suu (lunch on the way). Traditional dinner. Overnight in tents.
Kishi Kyzyl Suu - it is a gorgeous canyon that you will definitely like (6h). You will be carried away by the amazing scenery offered through views the untouched nature. We will arrive in Kishi Kyzyl village at 7 pm, where you will have half an hour time to settle in your tents.
Day 6 Kishi Kyzyl Suu village – Jumakuchak
After breakfast we continue our horseback riding tour from the Kishi Kyzyl Suu valley to Jumakuchak (6h) via the small Jumalai pass, where we will have a picnic. Traditional dinner. Overnight in tents among nomadic yurts of Kyrgyz people.
There is a gorgeous sight of the surface of Issyk-Kul Lake. You will have a chance to explore its virgin nature on your own.
Day 7 Jumakuchak – Kok Terek village
The day starts with a breakfast at 8 am, before you will mount your horse to take the ride from Jumakuchak to Kok Terek Village under the hoofs (6h). After having a rest we continue our way to Kok Terek village. Our dinner and overnight will be in a home stay.
On the way you will come across the red cave that is called “500 rams” and a picturesque 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.
Day 8 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 at around 7 pm, where you will have time for yourself until your pick up at 8 pm. Then you will have a farewell dinner.
Day 9 Bishkek
Your guide will meet you at the hotel at the pick up time arranged previously according to your flight details and accompany you to Manas International Airport.
Standard Tour price
1) Twin Accommodation;
3) All transfers;
4) Entrance fees;
5) Fool board (B/L/D);
7) Rent of tents;
8) A horse per person;
Does not include:
1) Personal Insurance;
2) Air ticket;
4) Alchoholic beverages;
5) All other items not listed in the Include section;