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Tour of Issyk-Kul Lake

Tour Country:

Uzbekistan

Duration:

15 days

Price per person:

1700 - 3700 USD

About tour:

The group will consist of 4-8 people and 10 or more horses.  There will be 2-4 good guides and an English or German speaking interpreter will also be with you.  In Bishkek you will stay in a small pleasant hotel close to the city centre and on tour you will sleep in yurts or with local families.

For 9 days you will be on horseback for 4-6 hours daily.  You should be able to master step and trot and have some riding experience.  You ride through green pastures along old animal tracks, sometimes using a dirt road.  From time to time, we spend two nights in a village and ride from there in different directions into the mountains.

You need to be in good physical condition.  Do not expect luxury as you will be living the life of Kyrgyz nomads.  The average altitude of the tour is around 2000m.

Tour Program:

Day 1 – Home airport

Departure from your home airport.

Day 2 – Manas airport – Bishkek city tour

Arrival at Manas Airport where you will be met and taken to your hotel. After a short rest, a light lunch, and then some sightseeing in Bishkek.  Stay in the Umai Hotel or equivalent.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: hotel.

Day 3 – Issyk-Kul lake

By minibus to the Sonun yurt camp on the south side of lake Issyk-Kul (1600m).  Here we have time to relax and get used to the new time zone and changes in altitude.  Swimming and hiking.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: yurts.

Day 4 – Tosor Canyon – Tosor gorge

By car to Tosor Canyon where the horses and horsemen will be waiting for us.  This is the start of the horse riding program, and today we will ride up the Tosor Gorge and through alpine meadows, to the yurt camp Boz-Salkyn . This is a rather long ride through a beautiful landscape.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: yurts.

Day 5 – Tosor gorge

Today a less strenuous program.  Riding in the mountains around the yurt camp Boz-Salkyn.  We can ride up to a panorama point from where we have a wonderful view of lake Issyk-Kul and the snow-capped mountains of Kazakhstan across the lake.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: yurts.

Day 6 – Temir-Kanat

Ride from Boz-Salkyn to Temir-Kanat, a yurt camp located on a plateau (2450m).  32km in total.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: yurts.

Day 7 and 8 – Horseriding around Temir-Kanat

Riding up into the mountains to about 3100m, close to the glacier, in and around Temir-Kanat.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: yurts.

Day 9 – Toguz Bulak

Head west through small villages and stop in Toguz Bulak where we will stay with a local family. In the afternoon riding in the nearby mountains.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: local family.

Day 10 – Toguz Bulak

Day riding around Toguz –Bulak.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: local family.

Day 11 – Kongur Ölung Valley 

Ride through the Kongur Ölung Valley to the village of Kol-Tor.  Here we will spend the night with a local family.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: local family.

Day 12 – Kol-Tor

Horse riding around Kol-Tor.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: local family.

Day 13 – Ala-Bash pass – Tuura-Suu – Issyk-Kul lake

Today we ride over the Ala-Bash Pass to the village of Tuura-Suu.  Here the horse riding ends.  By minibus, we descend to the road around lake Issyk-Kul.  We will spend the night with a local family in Kara-Tala.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation: local family.

Day 14 – Bishkek – Burana tower

We return to Bishkek and on the way, we stop to visit the Burana tower, a remnant of a town on the old Silk Road.  As well as climbing the tower to enjoy the view, we can also see Balbals (ancient gravestones) and petroglyphs (rock drawings).  In the afternoon, some time for some 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.

Meals: breakfast.

Included
  • • 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 guesthouse
  • • 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

TOUR PRICES

Fixed price per person

3700usd

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