Activity: Horse riding
Duration: 9 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Issyk Kul Lake - Karakol - Chong Kyzyl Suu - Ashu Tor - Kishi Kyzyl Suu village - Jumakuchak - Kok Terek - Bishkek
A Kyrgyz saying sounds like this "Horses are men's wings". Since times immemorial horses had played a vital role in the nomad's life. To survive in the mountains was next to impossible. During the tour you will be riding a horse along the Great Silk Road just like a nomad. At the same time you will get acquainted with Kyrgyz culture, get taste of the national drink Kumis (mare's milk) and delicious dishes.
Day 1: Bishkek - Issyk Kul Lake
You meet your guide at Manas International Airport and he/she will escort you to Bishkek city where you start the day with a wonderful breakfast. Then you will be transported to the celestial Issyk Kul Lake (200 km), the second biggest alpine lake in the world found at the altitude of 1608m.above sea level. The Lake is named as "the pearl of Central Asia". 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 trip to the lake. As soon as we are in 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. Dinner is served at 7 p.m.
Day 2: Issyk-Kul Lake - Karakol
8 a.m. is when the breakfast is served. 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). On the way, we will make a short break to give you the opportunity to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.), including the local museum. 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. Yu will simply fall in love with the beauty of the lake where you have a chance to go on a one hour cruise on a steam boat. Then you will be transferred to Karakol city. National dinner will be in a restaurant at 8 p.m. Also for additional price you can have a folklore show there. You are accomodated in a Guesthouse.
Day 3: Karakol - Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley
8 a.m. is when the breakfast is served. The entire morning is dedicated to a guided Karakol City Tour. 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. It is followed by the visit of an old wooden Orthodox Church. After, 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 customary lunch and leave Karakol at 1 p.m. and start our way to impressive Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley (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. Afterwards, we will ride to the Physical and Geographical station of Chong Kyzyl Suu is waiting for you (1 hour). Your dinner and overnight stay will be in yurts. A yurta is a collapsible and the most portable nomadic dwelling that had been used for more two thousands years. It is made of wooden skeleton that is covered by thick layers of felt that protect from extreme weather conditions.
Day 4: Chong Kyzyl Suu - Ashu Tor - Chong Kyzyl Suu (6h)
Right after 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 is originated in a glacier. Mountain goats can also be seen. After enjoying the view of the mountain lake we come back to the station. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. Overnight in yurts.
Day 5: Chong Kyzyl Suu - Kishi Kyzyl Suu
After an early breakfast at 7 am, we will head towards the valley of Kishi Kyzyl Suu (lunch on the way) - it is a gorgeous canyon that you will definitely like (6h). You will be carried away by the amazing scenery offered through views the virgin nature. We will arrive in Kishi Kyzyl village at 7 pm, where you will have half an hour time to settle in your tents, before being served a traditional dinner.
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. This is where we will have a picnic. There is a gorgeous sight of the surface of Issyk-Kul Lake. You will have a chance to explore its pristine nature on your own. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. Overnight in Jumakuchak in tents among nomadic yurts of Kyrgyz people.
Day 7: Jumakuchak - Kok Terek village
8 a.m. is when the breakfast is served. before you will mount your horse to take the ride from Jumakuchak to Kok Terek Village under the hoofs (6h). On the way you will come across the red cave that is named "500 rams" and a chocolate box mountain waterfall. Your lunch is organized at the bottom of 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 Kok Terek village Dinner is served at 7 p.m. and overnight will be in a home stay.
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 in a Hotel **** at around 8 pm, where you will have time for yourself until your pick up at 7 pm. Then you are expected a farewell dinner in a restaurant.
Day 9: Bishkek - Europe
Breakfast is given at 9 o'clock. Then we start our Bishkek city tour (the capital of Kyrgyzstan).
The tour includes the visiting of the central Ala-Too Square, Duboviy Park (Oak Park),
Pobeda Square (Victory Square), the History Museum, National philharmonic, Oriental Bazaar, Art Gallery and many others places of interest. Lunch is at 2 p.m. The rest of the day is at your own disposal. You are accompanied by your guide to Manas International Airport at time previously arranged according to your flight details.