Horse riding tour

Horseback Riding Vacations in the Tian Shan mountains

 

Country: Kyrgyzstan, Western Tian-Shan mountains
Tour duration: 5 days  / 4 nights
Itinerary: Osh - Kara-Suu Lake - Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve - Osh

Horse riding tour and colours of the Fergana Valley

This group tour is the only one equestrian tour in our travel list, so now you can make a part of the most beautiful route in the stunning Tian Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan not on foot, but on horseback. You will take a 3-day horse riding trip to Sary-Chelek Lake, enjoy all the beauties of the Nature Reserve area and at the same time you will not get tired, but replenish your strength and energy, in particular, through lively and close communication with gentle horses. It is proved that horseback riding has a beneficial effect on the nervous system. And if you combine incredibly beautiful mountains, healing coniferous air, horseback riding and silence in one space-time, the anti-stress effect will intensify many times.

Join our horseback riding tour and feel the freedom of beautiful mountains!

  • ITINERARY,
    SERVICES & COST
  • FAQ,
    Visa, permits
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION,
    EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

 

Itinerary:
Day 1. Arrival in Osh. Transfer Osh – Kyzyl-Kol village.
Travel time: 7 hours; altitude difference: +340 m.
Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the Kara-Suu River valley located in the eastern part of the southern slope of the Chatkal Range, which is the largest in the Western Tien Shan.
Accommodation in a traditional guest house in Kyzyl-Kol village (means “Red Lake”).
Overnight at the guest house (1300 m).

Конный тур в горах Кыргызстана

Day 2. Horseback Riding: ascent along the Kara-Suu River valley to the Kara-Suu Lake (17 km).
Travel time: 6–7 hours; altitude difference: +500 m.
Preparation for the route. Horseback riding up along the picturesque gorge of the Kara-Suu River (means "Black water") to Kara-Suu Lake (1800 m) passing by small settlements of locals.
Accommodation in a tent camp on the shore of picturesque lake surrounded by green mountain slopes.
Overnight in tents (1800 m).

Day 3. Horseback Riding: ascent to the Kuturma pass. Descent to the Iri-Kol Lake (7 km).
Travel time: 5–6 hours; altitude difference: +650 m; -550 m.
Ascent to the Kuturma pass (2440 m), enjoy a wonderful panorama of the southern part of the huge Sary-Chelek basin and Iri-Kol Lake that unfolds before the travellers.
Descent from the Kuturma pass to the Iri-Kol Lake along the slope covered with fragrant herbs and graceful shrubs.
Accommodation in a tent camp. Swimming in the lake.
Overnight in tents (1900 m).

Конный тур в горах Кыргызстана

Day 4. Horse Riding from Iri-Kol Lake to Sary-Chelek Lake (5 km). Transfer to Osh (320 km).
Travel time: 9 hours; altitude difference: -940 m.
Horseback riding to the southern part of Sary-Chelek Lake, enjoy the magical views and landscapes of beautiful Kyrgyzstan mountains. The route runs through apple orchards along numerous turquoise lakes.
Transfer to Osh. Time for walking around the city.
Overnight at the hotel.

Конный тур в горах Кыргызстана

Day 5. Osh (departure).
Breakfast.Transfer to the airport. The end of the program.
Departure from Osh.

The cost of the tour include:

  • Meeting/seeing-off at airport according to tourist's flight arrival/departure time;
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport during the entire tour;
  • Accommodation at a hotel in Osh on twin/double sharing basis with breakfast;
  • Accommodation at the national Kyrgyz guest house in Kyzyl-Kol village;
  • Meals: according to the program;
  • Services during the trekking part of the trip:
    • Horse rental for each participant of the tour;
    • Full board (three hot meals a day);
    • Accommodation in twin sharing tents;
    • Services of mountain guide, cook and service staff;
    • Horse packing services for personal baggage transportation;
    • Bivouac and kitchen equipment (tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, kitchenware & tableware, tables, chairs, WC);

The cost of the tour doesn’t include:

  • International flights;
  • Medical costs and insurance.

 

  • Personal equipment rental (free):
    • Sleeping bag;
    • Raincoat;
    • Forehead flashlight;
    • Camping sleeping pad;
    • Metal thermos bottle.
  • First-aid kit (group);
  • All needed documents arrangement:
    • Permit for visiting the territory of Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve;
    • Ecological fee.
  • Mineral water for each day of the tour;
  • Memorable souvenirs.

Additional Services:

  • Supplement for additional night on arrival or departure:
    • Single room – 45 USD/per room /per night;
    • Double room – 55 USD/per room /per night.

This tour comes with the following types of accommodation:
Hotels.
We provide accommodation in cozy hotels often decorated in a national style. It is completely unique: it combines modern comfort in every detail and a unique culture of hospitality.
Guest houses.
Accommodation in guest houses will allow you to take a dip into traditions and habits of local people, while maintaining the proper level of comfort. These are traditional houses located in remote mountain villages equipped with all necessary amenities for comfortable stay.
Tent Camp.
Accommodation in tents for 2 persons. Tents are designed for all weather conditions, they are wind-resistant and waterproof, for comfortable stay tourist mats and sleeping bags will be provided. The tent camp is equipped with a dining tent with tables and comfortable folding chairs. We use a gas stove with camping gas burners or firewood (collected along the way) for cooking. The tent camp is equipped with camping toilets. Communication means are always available on the route.

This tour comes with the following accommodation in city:

Location Accommodation
Osh Sunrise Osh Hotel 3* or similar
Kyzyl-Kol village Guest house
Mountains Tent camp

Transport in Kyrgyzstan:

Group Transport
Group 4-15 pax. "Mercedes-Benz Sprinter"

 

FAQ

  1. Do I need any horseback riding experience? Can I submit for this tour if I have never ridden a horse and do not know how to handle them?
  2. How does a horse riding part of the tour go? Are we going to ride horses all the time?
  3. What breeds of horses travellers ride during the tour? How much weight can these horses carry?
  4. When and how can I feed horses with treats?
  5. How will my personal belongings be transported during horse riding tour? Can I ride with a backpack on my back?
  6. What horse ammunition will be used?
  7. Who will take care of the horses, saddle and unsaddle them?
  8. What about those who have health problems? Can they participate in the program?
  9. Do I need insurance?
  10. What is the weather, day and night, in the mountains at this time?
  11. Is it possible to swim in the lakes?
  12. Is it possible to meet more dangerous creatures during this trip such as snakes, spiders, scorpions, ticks and etc., in addition to relatively harmless mosquitoes?
  13. Can I pick up herbs in the mountains? What plants should be avoided?
  14. What about meals?
  15. How do communications work during the horse riding tour?
  16. What about the Internet?
  17. Visas, Permits.
  1. Do I need any horseback riding experience? Can I submit for this tour if I have never ridden a horse and do not know how to handle them?
    Horse riding experience is not required but it is welcome. In any case, before starting our horse riding tour, a brief introductory program will be held, where our guides will give you all the necessary instructions in details and teach you how to sit properly in a saddle, how to manage  horses, etc.
  2. How does a horse riding part of the tour go? Are we going to ride horses all the time?
    From Osh to the village of Kara-suu we get by car. From the village of Kara-Suu and further to Lake Sary-Chelek (3 days), we ride on horseback
    On the way, we will have to overcome the Kuturma pass, the ascent and descent from which in some places can be quite steep, but at the same time safe. However, if you have a fear of heights, then you can climb the pass on foot.
  3. What breeds of horses travellers ride during the tour? How much weight can these horses carry?
    You will ride the Kyrgyz horses during the trip. They are not large, but very strong, hardy and able to make long transition along mountain trails. The Kyrgyz horses are able to carry up to 110 kg for 8 km without resting. However, it should be taken into account that they are living creatures, and after overcoming the passes they need to rest for at least 10-20 minutes.
  4. When and how can I feed horses with treats?
    Feeding treats to a horse on the way is strictly prohibited. This can be done only during the rest, having previously obtained permission from a horse handler. It is not recommended to feed horses with treats secretly.
    Like all horses, they will not refuse delicious food, especially as a reward after a long work. You can give your horse its favourite treats: carrots, apples, dried bread, suschki (Russian small ring-shaped bread) and sugar.
  5. How will my personal belongings be transported during horse riding tour? Can I ride with a backpack on my back?
    All personal belongings, personal and shared camping equipment that you will need during a horse riding tour are carried by separate horses in bags for transporting cargo - khurjuns (oriental saddle bags).
    Our guests and their horses ride light. You can put on a small backpack (15-25 l) with basic necessities: water, a rain jacket, a personal first-aid kit, a camera, etc.
  6. What horse ammunition will be used?
    Kyrgyz people are historically nomadic people, that means they are born riders. Since ancient times, boys have been taught horseback riding from early childhood.
    Horse ammunition in Kyrgyzstan has its own names and some national features that have been formed over many centuries in accordance with living conditions, traditions and climate.
    Horse riding equipment in our equestrian tour will be as follows:
    Ееr” is a saddle made of wood and covered on top with a thick camel or ox leather. A special fabric or felt is laid under the saddle. On the top of the saddle, the Kyrgyz put a kurpacha (quilt) so that the rider can travel softly and comfortably over long distances in the highlands. The saddle is fastened with leather straps.
    •“Jougon” is a bridle with reins from leather straps and metal bits.
    •“Uzongu” is metal stirrups and leather straps that allow you to adjust the distance between the saddle and the stirrups.
  7. Who will take care of the horses, saddle and unsaddle them?
    Throughout the route you will be accompanied by experienced riders from the local residents, Kyrgyz. They will saddle and unsaddle the horses, look after them, feed them and prepare for the daily route.
  8. What about those who have health problems? Can they participate in the program?
    Please note, that the route of the tour runs through mountains with considerable altitude differences (the maximum altitude is 2654 m above sea level). The participants can experience some symptoms of altitude sickness which disappear when the descent from the mountains starts. Therefore the tour may not be suitable for persons suffering from heart or respiratory problems (hypertension, asthma). We recommend you to consult your doctor before planning this tour.
  9. Do I need insurance?
    Yes, it is. The medical insurance of up to $ 10,000- 15,000 should be obtained before leaving your homeland.
  10. What is the weather, day and night, in the mountains at this time?
    In the summer the weather is fair and sunny with daytime temperature reaching +28°С. At night, however, and on rainy days the temperature drops to +8 or + 10ºС which makes the availability of warm jacket rather useful.
  11. Is it possible to swim in the lakes?
    Most definitely it is. In summertime the temperature in the lakes is about 17-19°С. No wonder many travelers like to experience some bracing bathing. So don’t forget your swimsuit.
  12. Is it possible to meet more dangerous creatures during this trip such as snakes, spiders, scorpions, ticks and etc., in addition to relatively harmless mosquitoes??
    Though such a probability exists, it is too small as proved by our long experience of organizing trekking tours.
  13. Can I pick up herbs in the mountains? What plants should be avoided?
    It is advisable not to touch the plants you are not familiar with as some of them can be rather toxic (for example giant fennel can sting you when you touch its leaves). It is forbidden to pick up Red Book plants. The mountain slopes are home to many medicinal herbs including mint, origan, thyme, which you can pick up and brew a delicious ‘mountain tea’. The banks of the rivers are covered with bushes of dog rose and sea-buckthorn.
  14. What about meals?
    Throughout the trek programme you will be served hot meals three times a day.
    Below you can find the menu of one of the trekking days:
    Breakfast
    First dish: cereal porridge (semolina, oats, rice).
    Second dish: cooked eggs with sausages, omelette, pancakes, thick pancakes, toasted bread, cottage cheese pancake, etc.
    Buffet table: cheese, sausage, assorted bread, butter, ketchup, marmalade, chocolate paste, sweets, cookies, wafers, dried cream, honey, sugar, halavah.
    Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa.
    Lunch:
    Buffet lunch: assorted bread, fresh salads, canned fish, cheese, sheep cheese, assorted meat appetizers, tea (black and green) sweets, cookies, wafers, fruits (apples, pears), dried fruits (apricot, raisin, figs, etc.), assorted nuts.
    * In case of camp lunch first course is added.
    Dinner:
    First course - soup (European or local cuisine).
    Second course - various dishes of European cuisine with assorted garnish, as well as a choice of local dishes.
    Buffet table: assorted bread, cheese, sausage, ketchup, spices (mustard, various dressings), sweets, cookies, wafers, sugar.
    Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa, thin jelly.
    Dessert: watermelon, melon, fruits.
    We take drinking water in the mountains from crystal clear springs. It is recommended to drink only boiled water. In cities and during trips, it is recommended to drink only bottled water.
  15. How do communications work during the horse riding tour?
    Cellular telecommunication is available in Osh and on the way to Aflatun settlement. In the mountainous areas, especially in mountain valleys, there are difficulties with signal receipt. Tour manager is equipped with portable satellite terminal to provide uninterrupted external link. Moreover, the group is provided with walkie-talkie to ensure trouble-free connection between trekkers.
  16. What about the Internet?
    Internet access is available only in Osh. There are many internet-cafes there.
  17. Visas, Permits.
    Kyrgyzstan has considerably simplified its visa policy and today citizens of 70 countries of the world enjoy visa-free access to this Central Asian state.
    Visa-free entry to the territory of Kyrgyzstan is granted for the nationals of the Russia, the CIS countries and a number of citizens of European and other foreign countries.
    The details on Kyrgyz visa, rules of entry and stay on the territory of Kyrgyzstan you can find here.
    To enter the territory of Kyrgyzstan the foreign national must have a foreign passport valid for not less than 6 months following the termination date of the tour.
    It is also important that before their trip to Kyrgyzstan foreign nationals arrange travel medical insurance with coverage of up to $10,000-15,000.

In case you can’t find the answer to your question on our site, please call our tour operators team for assistance.

 

Service staff.

The service staff includes a mountain guide, a cook, assistant cooks, waiters, dishwashers and handymen. The service staff is responsible for pitching and taking down tents, cooking and serving, washing up dishes, packing the loads on horses, transportation of personal belongings and team equipment, making fire and so on.

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Meals.

Throughout the trekking tour, three times a day you will be provided with diverse hot meals, with attention to vegetarians. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by our chef and his assistants, while guests enjoy views and relax. Kitchenware for cooking and tableware are also provided in full.

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Tent camp.

Accommodation in tents for 2 persons. Tents are designed for all weather conditions, they are wind-resistant and waterproof, for comfortable stay tourist mats and sleeping bags will be provided. The tent camp is equipped with a dining tent with tables and comfortable folding chairs. Use a gas stove with camping gas burners or firewood (collected along the way) for cooking. The tent camp is equipped with camping toilets. Communication means are always available on the route.

Guest houses.

Accommodation in guest houses will allow you to take a dip into traditions and habits of local people, while maintaining the proper level of comfort. These are traditional houses located in remote mountain villages equipped with all necessary amenities for comfortable stay.

Hotels.

We provide accommodation in cozy hotels often decorated in a national style. It is completely unique: it combines modern comfort in every detail and a unique culture of hospitality.

Route Map

Route Map

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