Description : An adventures horse riding tour with long camping trail through the hidden valley and open meadows in the foothills of Tien-Shan Mountains. For many years, horses played a great role for nomads and now you can ride them in our Tien Shan Mountains. During this tour, you will ride a horse from Shamshy Gorge to the mountain lake “Son-Kul” 3016m. You will meet shepherds and nomad is on the trail and can enjoy unique, untouched nature, mountains, lake, Mountain Rivers, forests of fir-trees.
Itinerary :Bishkek – Shamshy Gorge – Sarala-Saz – Sook Valley – Kum Bel – Kyzart Pass – Son-Kul lake – Issyk-Kul lake – Bishkek
|1||Airport – Bishkek(40 km 40 min)|
Arrival in Bishkek. Meeting at the airport “Manas”, transfer to the hotel. Rest. After lunch in local restaurant Bishkek sightseeing tour: visit Ala-Too square, Oak tree Park, Osh bazar (open market), Open Art Gallery, Opera and Ballet Theatre, Art Museum, History museum and etc. Dinner in local restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.
|2||Bishkek – Shamshy Gorge (120 km, 2 hrs.).|
Breakfast. Transfer to Smashy Gorge. On the way excursion to Burana Tower (X-XI cen.). Then continue drive to Shamshy gorge. Lunch in Yurt Inn. Afternoon walking in the fir-trees forest and enjoy nature. Dinner and accommodation in Yurt Inn.
|3||Shamshy Gorge – Shamsy pass – 3570 m(5-6 hrs. horse riding)|
Breakfast. Meet with horseman and guides’ team, load all the stuffs and start horseback riding towards Shamshy pass. Dinner and overnight in tents before the pass.
|4||Shamshy pass- Sarala-Saz jailoo(5-6hrs horse riding)|
After breakfast continue tour and cross the Shamshy pass (3 570 meters). Discover the nice view of Kochkor-Shamshy valley and hike up to Sarala-Saz jailoo, which opens beautiful views of the Sandyk mountains. Meet local nomads and see local traditions and customs. View of nomad’s yurts from the top of the mountain look like Parisian’s mushrooms. Set up the tents near the nomad’s yurts in Sarala-Saz jailoo.
|5||Sarala-Saz jailoo – Iri-Suu jailoo(4-5 hrs.horse riding)|
Breakfast. Horse riding towards Karakol river. Descend to Iri-Suu jailoo, and then take an evening walk over the hill into the beautiful Karakol River valley. Dinner and overnight in tent.
|6||Iri-Suu jailoo – Sook Valley (5-6 hrs.horse riding)|
After breakfast loading of the gears for a long day tour through nearly empty country. Pass over the Buchuk Pass (3400 m). On the other side, after a brief break for lunch on the trail, descend into the beautiful Sook Valley. Wild onions cover the high cold ridges, while lower down whole hillsides of wildflowers bloom. You can see eagles soar and plenty marmots in the amazing pasture. Set up the tents for dinner and overnight close to Sook river.
|7||Sook Valley- Kyzart Pass (6-7 hrs.horse riding)|
Breakfast. Horseback riding to the next valley west, the Kum Bel to approach to the 3 600 m Kum Bel Pass. From the pass, follow a ridge to the peak, 3656 m above sea level, with fascinating 360 views and sheer drops to the north. After lunch descend into the Jumgal valley, and follow it down to the Kyzart Pass (2664m). Set up the tent camp for dinner and overnight before the pass.
|8||Kyzart Pass – Kilemche(5-6hrs horse riding)|
After breakfast riding through the Kyzart Pass (2664m) and then cross Kyzyl-Kiya jailoo, an enormous, relatively flat sea of grass. Continue over the Chaar-Archa Pass (3 061 m) into the Chaar-Archa Valley. After lunch cross the river and follow the trail over hills to Kilemche Jailoo. Dinner and overnight in the tent.
|9||Kilemche- Son-kol lake (5-6 hrs.horse riding)|
After breakfast riding to Jalgyz Karagai pass (3400 m), over the Song-Kol Mountains and into the lake’s basin. The morning climb affords wonderful views of Kilemche jailoo, and the pass itself is rocky and exciting. After lunch at Jaman Echki, follow the lakeshore east to the yurt at Batai Aral. Upon arrival, meet your host family of Kyrgyz shepherds in Son-Kul lake. Dinner and overnight are in a yurt camp.
|10||Son-kol lake- Cholpon-ata(250km,5-6hrs)|
Breakfast. Transfer to Cholpon-Ata, northern shore of Issyk-Kul lake via Kochkor. On the way visit handicraft and souvenir shop in Kochkor. Lunch in Kochkor in family guesthouse. Then continue drive to Cholpon-ata town (capital of a beach resorts).Issyk-Kul Lake along the North side of the celestial Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608 m).Dinner and overnight in a hotel.
|11||Cholpon-ata –Bishkek (270km,4-5 hrs.)|
Breakfast. Rest on the beach. Afternoon visit Cultural Complex “Ruh Ordo”, Petroglyphs Museum (ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.).Lunch in Balykchy town.Transfer to Bishkek. Check-in to a hotel. Rest. Last moment shopping.Dinner in local restaurant.Overnight in a hotel.
|12||Bishkek- Airport(35km,40 min)|
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport “Manas”. Departure.