Horseback-Riding: the best way to glimpse Kyrgyzstan from the locals perspective is on horseback, most horse riding treks take you through vast pastures with shepherd’s yurt camps, to mountain lakes, forests, canyons and waterfalls. One of the famous horse tours is around Karakol, on the fabulous, remote routes from the south shore of Lake Issykul to Altyn Arashan or Golden Springs, You will enjoy the wild life and relax in hot water springs.
Brief description: This seven days horse riding takes in some of the most beautiful scenery in Kyrgyzstan -the world’s second largest alpine lake Issyk-Kul, mountain ranges and alpine peaks, passes, hot springs of Altyn-Arashan valley and truly amazing Ala-Kul lake located high in the mountains at the altitude of 3500 metres above sea level. You will have the opportunity to discover the natural areas of Terskey AlaToo, to get an epic view of the highest points in the Teskey Ala Too range, such as the Karakol peak (5 216 m), the Jigit peak (5 117 m) and many other impressive peaks and glaciers. The tour begins and ends with the opportunity to visit some of Kyrgyzstan’s finest cultural and historical treasures
|1||Jety oguz (Broken Heart) – Dragon Valley (2600m)|
Meeting in Karakol and transfer by car to Jety-Oguz sanatorium (40km from Karakol), the Jety Oguz canyon is one of the prettiest trekking and camping spots around Karakol, with pine-covered hills, lush pastures filled with wild flowers and icy-cold mountain streams, on the way discover of the Red Rocks and the Broken Heart Rock. Meeting with the horse guide, trek through the Tien Shan forest of the Jety-Oguz gorge. On the way discover of the “Dragon valley”. Dinner and overnight in tents (2600m). Horse Riding time 5-6 hours.
|2||Irdyk Valley – Karakol Gorge|
Breakfast. Crossing to Karakol Valley through Irduk Valley. Karakol Valley is smooth green valley with extremely beautiful forests. After lunch continue riding to Karakol camp site. Dinner, bon fire. Overnight in tents. Horse Riding 6-7 hours.
|3||Kashka Suu Valley – Djaman Tor(3000m)|
Breakfast. Approach to Kashka-Suu valley from Karakol valley over Djaman-Tor pass (3560m). After lunch discover the Karakol ski base at 3000m with impressive panorama to wonderful Lake Issyk Kul. Dinner and overnight in tents. Horse Riding time 5 hours.
|4||Djaman Tor – Chon Jar pass(3560m) – Altyn Arashan|
Breakfast. Departure to Altyn Arashan through Djaman-Tor valley, passing of the Chon-Kok-Jar Pass (3560m). After the lunch riding up to the Altyn Arashan valley, this outstandingly beautiful valley, alive with hot springs, is ideal spot to relax and fresh up. Dinner and overnight in a guesthouse. Horse Riding time 4-5 hours.
|5||Altyn Arashan – Keldike valley – Alal Kul lake(3500m) Breakfast. Day hike to Pristine Lake Ala Kul, riding up through Keldike valley until to bottom of the pass(3200m), after lunch hike up to Ala-kol pass (3850 meters) on feet(2 hours). From the top there is a chance to see mountain goats and marmots. Return to the Hot Springs camp site. Dinner and overnight in a guest house. Horse Riding time 7-8 hours.||Guest House|
|6||Altyn Arashan – Takir tor valley – Anyr Tor valley(2700m) Breakfast. Day rides to close valleys: Takir-Tor with possibility to take a bath in natural hot springs or to the typical summer pasture Angir-Tor with its small lakes and panorama point. Dinner & overnight in tents Time on horseback 4-6 hours.||Tents|
|7||Kok tuz – Karakol town(1700m) Return to the horse base down through Altyn Arashan valley and Kok-Tyz (“blue field”) pasture back to Jolgolot. Time on horseback 4-5 hours.||–|
Physical requirements: Participants must be in good physical condition, but don’t need any special skills of horse riding. The differences of heights range from 600 m to 850 m in vertical elevation. The maximum elevation is 3 850 m.
Group Size:1 min-10 max