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Horse riding trip in heart of Tien Shan

Part of the Great Silk Road
13 days
July to August

Marco Polo famous route awaits you, along with plenty beautiful passes, valleys and gorges of the Great Silk Road. We will travel through the titanic mountain range that lies between China and West. Enjoy the adventure with best friend of a true nomad, a horse! Many nomad camp and dwellings are expecting us along the way, ready to bring up some light on their customs and traditions.

Preparation for the trip :

  • Recommended to do 6h of sport before arriving, per week.
  • You must bring your sleeping bag and air mattress or foam.
  • The nights can be very cold, there must be adequate sleeping bags that can withstand -5C °.
  • During the trip the average altitude is 3000m.
  • Provide your personal médicamment because the guide has a basic pharmacy.

Program

Day
1
Bishkek

Your guide will meet you at Manas International Airport and accompany you to the Kyrgyz capital, just 30 minutes from the airport . This whole day is devoted to excursions Bishkek. It includes a visit to the Victory Square (Victory Square ), Oak Park (Oak Park), the central Ala-Too Square, the History Museum, National Philharmonic and many other attractions. But no tour of Bishkek will be complete without paying a tribute to our Asian bazaar! We'll show it to you today, and you can take a lot of pictures of dynamic vibrant local life. Bazaars chic and colorful appearance, filled with tapestry, fabrics and people buying and selling goods. Traditional dinner will be served at 7 pm. You will spend the night in a guesthouse.

Day
2
Issyk-Kul

Your guide will meet you at 8:00 am, and you will be relocated to Lake Issyk-Kul , surrounded by celestial mountains . It is the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608 m. Above sea level). The lake is called "Pearl of Central Asia." In connection with the salt water lake Issyk Kul possesses some great healing properties. On the way to the lake you visit Burana Tower (minaret of the 11th century) and an open air museum of Balbans (known as “place of stone warriors”) . You’d enjoy a traditional lunch, and then we will make our trip to the lake. Your dinner will be at a guesthouse. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day
3
Barskoon-Saruu village

Early morning transfer to Saruu valley. Two hours trekking. Lunch. Visit to the beautiful Taarylga jailoo. During the trek you will learn the real beauty of the mountains, the serenity and silence of Tien Shan, the Celestial mountains. Accommodation in tent. Dinner. Overnight in tent.

Day
4
Jyluu-Suu-Djuukunun-Ichi

Breakfast. 3 hours riding. In Djuuku you will spend time with friendly Kyrgyz families and taste their fresh airan (yogurt) and kymys (a fermented national drink from mare’s milk). Lunch.  5 hours riding and trekking. Overnight in tent.

Day
5
Chon-Tash-Kumtor

Today you will have a beautiful trek and riding where you can enjoy the fascinating scenery, fresh air and freedom of mind in such mountainous serenity. Your path will go along the river bank in a very narrow wooded gorge named Djuuku bashy that will lead us to the alpine meadows. Here, on a flower carpet, in the mountains the air is sweet and clear, the views are amazing. You will forget all your troubles and gets closer to the nature.

Day
6
Kumtor-Atcha-Tash-Koroo

After a strengthening breakfast we will start our descent along the gorge for about 3 km. Then we cross the river over a bridge and go towards the forest. Then we ascend again which finishes at a steep slope covered with grass; After some rest we ride up a little more along the river and reach a beautiful  Tash-Koroo.

Day
7
Tash-Koroo-Bordu

Five hours. Trekking to Kyzyl-Jar. Lunch. There you will meet many different kind of animals.  Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day
8
Bordu-Suu-Dombor-Too

Today you will have ride towards to the Dombor too. We will descent over green fields with blooming flowers and crystal mountain springs.

Day
9
Dombor-Too-Ak-Tuz

You will be trekking  today to Ak-Tuz. In the afternoon we can visit some nomads. All nomads are very hospitable. They will always invite you inside their houses/yurts to drink tea with them. They are not used to seeing many tourists and are always glad to speak with them.

Day
10
Ak-Tuz-Archaluutash

Breakfast. During this day you will go over Archaluu-Tash. The road is just breathtaking and you will fall in love with our mountains. Lunch. After lunch we will leave Ak-Tuz and head to Archaluutash. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day
11
Archaluutash-Atcha-Ichi

Three hours riding to direction Atcha with another sheperd's way. Lunch. 5 hours riding.

Day
12
Atcha-Kumtordun Ichi

Breakfast. Shorter trek of 8km from Atcha direction to Kumtor. Lunch. After lunch three hours riding. At 3 o’clock companies member will meet you at Kumtor.  And then transfer to Barskoon by car. Dinner and overnight stay in guesthouse.

Day
13
Transfer to airport

In the morning is transfer to airport.

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Include

  • Transport (vechle and driver)
  • Guide service
  • Horsemen
  • Full board
  • Accommodation (hotel, guesthouse, homestay, tents)
  • Rent of horses
  • Admission to museums
  • Last night in Bishkek

Not Include

  • Travel insurance
  • Airtickets and taxes
  • Alcohol and mineral water
  • Additional services 

Notes

This riding tour is made special for experienced riders. During this tour the average altitude will be 3600 meters above the sea level. 6-8 h of horseback riding per day. The weather conditions can be very severe. We recommend you to have special equipment to face storm, snow, rain and hail. Nights can be very cold.

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