General

Enjoy the natural beauty and unique nomadic culture of Kyrgyzstan in the steps of the herders.


Trip highlights:

  • enjoy beautiful landscapes in the central part of Tien Shan – the biggest mountains system of Central Asia (the name is originally Chinese and stands for ‘heavenly mountains’)
  • cross a challenging mountain pass called Ton (4023 m a.s.l.)
  • experience living off the grid in a nomad’s yurt
  • learn what is hunting with eagles and hawks is all about
  • feel the real peace of mind far from the hustle and bustle of city life

Immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere of the Heavenly Mountains while exploring the beautiful corners of the Central Tien Shan range on horseback.

Horse and horsemanship have a particular place in the Kyrgyz history, culture and tradition. It is largely influenced by the nomadic heritage of the people who moved from one place to another in search of pastures for their cattle since ancient times. Thus, Kyrgyzstan, with its spectacular mountain sceneries, wealth of wildlife and unique nomadic culture, is the best place for unforgettable horse riding holidays.

Our tour is a real opportunity to witness what the life of a Kyrgyz nomad looks like today in the remote parts of the country. Tough roads and challenging paths are accompanied by amazing landmarks during the tour which makes it a real adventure.

Tour duration: 8 days / 7 nights / 3 riding days
Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours
Tour itinerary: Bishkek – Tokmok – Kochkor – Naryn – Jyluu Suu – Ton Pass – Tuura  Suu – Boz Salkyn – Bökönbaev – Bishkek
Best season: June – September
Comfort grade: Basic to standard

Itinerary

Day Program
1 Our guide and driver meet you at the airport early in the morning and take you to the hotel in Bishkek, where you have breakfast and take a short rest.

City tour: Erkindik Boulevard, Victory Square, Theater of Opera and Ballet, Museum of Fine Arts, Oak Park, Ala Too Square and surrounding area (theaters, parks, museums). Lunch in a local cafe. After lunch we continue our city tour: State Philarmonic Hall, Osh Bazaar. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B, L, D)

2 Transfer to Naryn. En route, Burana Tower visit.
Lunch in Kochkor. Demonstration of felt making.
Arrival in Naryn. Walk in the center of the town. Then we drive the to the top of the Ak Kyia Pass to observe the panoramic view of the town. Overnight at hotel. (B, L, D)
3 After breakfast our car takes you to Jyluu Suu – an abandoned old healing site built on hot springs especially for shepherds that used to breed cattle in the surrounding areas during the Soviet period. It is the starting point of our journey on horseback. The road to Jyluu Suu runs through extremely beautiful landmarks of the Central Tien Shan range. Upon arrival enjoy bathing in the hot waters. Dinner and overnight in tents.
(B, L, D)
4 Today we cross Ton – a high and challenging high mountain pass 4023 m a.s.l. If the weather is good and the sky is clear, it is a great opportunity to observe the beautiful panoramic view of surrounding mountains. Then we move down to a summer pasture on the southern part of the Tuura Suu village. Overnight in shepherd’s yurts. (B, L, D)
5 Today we take our journey through mountains to a picturesque pasture called Boz Salkyn. Overnight in shepherd’s yurts. (B, L, D)
6 After breakfast we take a horseback tour to a hilltop where you will be dazzled by the panoramic view of the Issyk Kul lake if the weather is good.
After lunch at shepherd’s yurt camp, we descend to the Bökönbaev village on the shore of Issyk Kul. The dinner full of delicious food will be followed by a mini Kyrgyz folk music concert by local musicians. Overninght in yurts. (B, L, D)
7 After breakfast we move to the outskirts of the village to watch the mastery of hunting with golden eagles.
Lunch and transfer to Bishkek.
Goodbye dinner at a Kyrgyz restaurant. Overnight at hotel. (B, L, D)
8 Transfer to the airport.

PLEASE, BRING: warm, wind- and water-proof clothes, comfortable outdoor shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, summer and warm hats.

Package Price: 855 USD (min. group size 6 pax)

For groups with less than 6 pax (or individuals), please, send a request for an exact price quotation using the inquiry form.

The price includes:

  • Twin-room accommodation at hotels and guesthouses
  • 2- or 3-person accommodation in tents
  • Accommodation in groups of 3 or 4 people at yurt camps
  • Horse rental
  • Guide (+ assistant if there are more than 3 people in the group)
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners during the stay
  • All transfers according to the program
  • All museum entrance tickets according to the program
  • All cultural activities according to the program

The price does not include:

  • International air ticket cost
  • Personal expenditures (health/travel insurance, medical expenditures, purchase of gifts, etc.)

NOTES: The program of the tour can be changed upon the guest’s preferences.

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