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
If you became tired of the noise of hectic and dusty cities there is a great chance to feel the freedom of mind. You will have a horse riding to enjoy untouched nature of mountainous Kyrgyzstan and to visit many lakes with pure gleaming water. During the trip you will learn many interesting things about Kyrgyz traditions and culture, because the Kyrgyz being nomads for many years have managed to keep all traditions till now days.
Day 1: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley
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. The entire day is dedicated to a guided Bishkek City Tour, including lunch. During this tour we will visit 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. Then you will be transferred to the Chon Kemin valley in the Kalmak-Ashuu Guesthouse. This is where you also will spend the night. On the way, we will visit the Burana Tower (minaret of the 11 century) and its attached open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). Dinner is served at 7 p.m.
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 prepared in the Tamga Guesthouse, where you will also spend the night.
Day 3: Tamga - Chong Kyzyl Suu
After a strengthening breakfast we will start our way to impressive Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley by car (70 km). Afterwards you will start your horseback riding along the Terskey mountain range (5h). 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 in hot springs. Afterwards, we will ride on horses to the Physical and Geographical station of Chong Kyzyl Suu which will take us one 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 - pass Karatakia - gorge Kitchi Kyzyl Suu
Right after the breakfast we head towards 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 called Kumis (fermented mare's milk). Dinner is served at 7 p.m. Night in tents.
Day 5: Kitchi Kyzyl Suu - gorge Jukutchak
After breakfast you will start horse riding to Kashka-Tor pass (3937m above sea level). Afterwards you will ride a horse through the stunning red canyon. On the way you will come across the red cave that is called "500 rams" and there you can find also a mountain waterfall. You will have your lunch at the bottom of the waterfall. The waterfall is found 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. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. Night in tents.
Day 6: Gorge Jukutshak - gorge Ashu-Kashka Suu
8 a.m. is when the breakfast is served. After this we make an ascent on horses to the pass Ashu-Tor (3636m above sea level), on the way you will see a mountain waterfall and also you can take a bath in the sauna with thiocyanogen water. After lunch we continue our horse riding down in the gorge of Ashu-Kashka Suu (6h). Dinner is served at 7 p.m. Night in tents.
Day 7: Ashu-Kashka Suu Gorge - Kashka-Suu Lake
8 a.m. is when the breakfast is served. 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 is originated in glacier and that is why its water so clean and pure. 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)
After a strengthening breakfast you will start horse riding to Kumtor river (6h). You will ride among Ak Shirak Mountains, which have snow even in summer. You will be surprised by the changeable weather. It can change from summer heat to winter snow within 20 minutes.Kumtor is very popular among the people who search for gold and it is said that even nowadays some men are seen to be looking for gold in this place. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. You will spend the night in tents near the Central Tien Shan observatory.
Day 9: Kumtor - Arabel Suu
8 a.m. is when the breakfast is served. Afterwards you will ride your horse along Arabel Suu River (5h). Having had a traditional lunch, we will continue to the valley of mountain lakes. Dinner and night near the Arabel Suu River in tents. There is the valley of eight lakes. They are situated nearby to each other and you can see all of them simultaneously. It makes unforgettable feelings to walk there.
Day 10: Arabel Suu - Chokoli Lakes (3006m)
8 a.m. is when the breakfast is served. Then there is a continuation of horseback riding to the Chokoli Lakes. Marco Polo sheep and ibezes can also be seen. Also you will visit a glacier not far from the mountain lake. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. You will spend the night in tents near the lake.
Day 11: Chokoli Lakes - Bishkek (by car)
As soon as you are finished with packing your backpacks you are served breakfast. 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
You are accompanied by your guide to Manas International Airport at time previously arranged according to your flight details.