Tour manager: Ilona Mizina firstname.lastname@example.org
Horse Back Riding
Season: mid June - mid August
Duration: 6 days (Horse Riding 2 days)
Recommended list of personal items: warm clothes, a coat, tracking-boots, sleeping bag, mat, rucksack, flash light, your own First Aid Kit and sunglasses.
Conditions: There are no technical difficulties on the trekking route, but the tourists should have good condition as they will ride a horse around 5 hours a day and will go over the passes (3665 m).
Day 1 : Airport - Bishkek
Arrival in Bishkek, transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing tour: Oak Park , Ala -Too Square, Philarmonic, Statue of Manas, Victory Square. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2 : Bishkek - Kochkor
After breakfast drive to Kochkor village. Demonstration of shyrdak (national felt carpet) producing at the local family. Overnight at the home stay.
Most people used to simply pass through Kochkor (or Kochkorka, as it used to be known in Russian), on their way to, or from, Torugart and the Chinese border. Nowadays, more people are stopping and spending some time in the region.
Day 3: Kochkor- Kilemche jailoo
After breakfast drive to the starting point of the trek at Kyzart pass. Meet guides’ team in Kyzart pass with horses (lunch on the way at cafe). Start horseback riding towards Kyzart pass (2 900 meters) into the Chaar-Archa gorge head to Kilemche Jailoo . The name “Kilemche” means “like a carpet,” and this swathe of grass covers whole mountain ranges, with shadings as subtle as any shyrdak (shyrdak is a Kyrgyz felt carpet). Dine and sleep in a yurt, naturally. Horse time: 5 hours.
Day 4: Kilemche jailoo- Son-Kul (Batai Aral)
After breakfast at Kilemche, spend the morning climbing 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. From the pass, Song-Kol is still distant, but as you traipse down the slopes, it gets larger and larger; the mountains on the other side get higher and higher, until finally the lake fills most of your field of view and the southern mountains tower above it. After lunch at Jaman Echki, follow the lakeshore east to the yurt at Batai Aral. Upon arrival meet your host family of Kyrgyz shepherds. Meals and overnight are in a yurt of shepherds. Horse time: 5 hours
Day 5: Son-Kul- Bishkek
After breakfast drive to Bishkek. Visit Burana Tower on the way, which is left from ancient city Balasagyn (XI - XIII). Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 6: Bishkek - airport
Transfer to the airport. End of services. Departure.