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From Son-Kul to Issyk-Kul by horse

Tour Country:



15 days

Price per person:

2235-5345 USD

About tour:

This 15-day tour is for people who would like to experience the beauty and nature of the Tian-Shan mountains at their own pace.  You will need to be a competent rider, able to cope with unpredictable situations and love nature.  In the mountains you ride along “roads” made by nomads and animals centuries ago.  You will cross 3 high passes (over 3500m), and you will meet the herdsmen who live with their families and herds in the alpine meadows during the summer months.  This trekking tour is not very difficult to do, and if you love to ride through quiet, peaceful mountains, are not in a hurry and enjoy outdoor life, you will always remember it as an unforgettable experience.

A more detailed description of the itinerary, hours of riding and altitudes, can be send to you upon request.

Tour Program:

Day 1 – Home airport.                               

Departure from your home airport.

Day 2 – Manas airport – Bishkek

Arrival at Manas Airport where you will be met and taken to your hotel in Bishkek.  After lunch we will go sightseeing around Bishkek along with our guide/interpreter.  Bishkek is a rather new town built mostly in the Soviet style with wide boulevards, many parks and numerous terraces.  A visit to the Osh Bazaar is a special experience and a good way to get an impression of Kyrgyz life.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: hotel.

Day 3 – Son-Kul lake

By minibus to lake Son-Kul, starting point of the trek.  This lake is at an altitude of 3100m, and is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan.  It is 29 km long and 18 wide, with an average depth of 13 m, and is located on a wide plateau surrounded by mountains that are around 4000m high.  There are many shepherd families on the plateau and they spend their whole summer here with their horses, cattle, sheep and yaks.  Stay in yurt.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: yurts.

Day 4 – Horse riding around Son-Kul lake

Relax around the yurt camp adapting to the altitude and go walking or riding in the surrounding area.  Stay in yurt.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: yurts.

Day 5-11 – Son-Kul lake – Tuura-Suu

Riding from Son-Kul to Tuura-Suu.  We have to cross 3 passes of over 3300m., ride through green hills and over stony slopes, cross a river, pass one small village and meet many herdsmen who are staying in yurts in the mountains with their animals.  The nights we stay in tents.   Details of trip on request.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: tents.

Day 12 – Tuura-Suu – Issyk-Kul lake

Arrive near the village Tuura-Suu.  The minibus will be waiting for us to bring us to the yurt camp Manjyly, close to the shore of lake Issyk-Kul.  Here you can take a proper shower again and swim in the lake.  Stay in yurts.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: yurts.

Day 13 – Manjyly Ata 

Day in the yurt camp Manjyly, hike in the badlands, go swimming  and/or visit Manjyly Ata, a sacred palce for the Kyrgyz.  The mazar is a complex of sacred places, hidden amongst the gentle clay hills, and there are holy trees, 7 healing springs, old graves and a dilapidated mosque.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: yurts.

Day 14 – Burana tower – Bishkek

Return to Bishkek by minibus and on the way we stop near Tokmok to visit the Burana Tower, one of the few historical buildings of Kyrgyzstan and a remnant of an old Silk Road town.  The tower is part of the minaret of the town of Balasagun that was the capital of the Karahanids in the 11th century.  In 1974 the tower was partly restored and now it is possible to climb up inside the tower and enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding area.  In the afternoon some time for shopping in Bishkek.  Stay in the Umai hotel or equivalent.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: hotel.

Day 15 – Manas airport

Transfer to the airport and departure.


Riding days are usually between 4 and 7 hours.  Our group consists of 4-8 people, horses, guides and an interpreter.  Our guides carry all your luggage, the necessary equipment and food on horseback.  During the trek from Son-Kul to Tuura-Suu you will sleep in small tents or in yurt camps.  You need a sleeping bag, mat, helmet, warm clothes, water-proof clothing and appropriate footwear.

We provide tents, but you need to bring your sleeping bags and carriages. In case if you don’t have or don’t want, you could take for rent 1 pieces 1 euro per day.

  • • Transfer from the airport and back
  • • Accommodation in Bishkek (including early check-in)
  • • Transportation by minibus
  • • All meals, breakfast, lunch and supper
  • • Stay in yurts and hotel
  • • Horses
  • • Horse guide
  • • Program as described, English speaking guide/interpreter
Does not include
  • • Insurances
  • • Personal expenses
  • • Tips
  • • Alcoholic and other bottled beverages
  • • Activities not mentioned in the program
  • • Sleeping bag
  • • Mat


Fixed price per person



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