Horse riding tour and colours of the Fergana Valley

Horse riding tour in the Tian Shan mountains and excursions in the Fergana Valley

 

Country: Kyrgyzstan, Western Tian-Shan mountains, Uzbekistan
Tour duration: 7 days  / 6 nights
Itinerary: Osh - Kara-Suu River - Sary-Chelek reserve area - Osh - Margilan - Fergana - Rishtan - Kokand - Tashkent

Guarantee Dates of the Group Tour: 06.09 - 12.09.2020

Horse riding tour and colours of the Fergana Valley

This group tour is the only one in our travel list  where we offer to make a part of the most beautiful route in the mountains of 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 Tian Shan  reserve area and at the same time you will not get tired, but, on the contrary, replenish your strength and energy, in particular, through interaction with gentle horses.

In the second part of the tour, you will get acquainted with the cultural attractions of the Fergana Valley and go sightseeing in its ancient cities: Osh, Margilan, Rishtan and Kokand. Thus, the tour unites two different types of vacation activities and two countries - Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.  The trip starts in Osh and ends in Tashkent.

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

 

Itinerary:
Day 1. Arrival to Osh.
Transfer from Osh to Kara-Suu village (1300 m; 350 km; 6 h). Overnight at a traditional Kyrgyz house.

Конный тур в горах Кыргызстана

Day 2. Kara-Suu River.
Ascent along the Kara-Suu River Valley to the lake of the same name (1800 m, 17 km, 4 hours). Tent Camp.

Day 3. Kuturma Pass - Iri-Kol lake.
Ascent to the Kuturma Pass. Descent from the Kuturma pass to Iri-Kol lake (1300 m; 12 km; 6 h). Tent Camp.

Конный тур в горах Кыргызстана

Day 4. Iri-Kol lake - Sary-Chelek Lake.
Riding from Iri-Kol lake to the southern end of Sary-Chelek Lake (4-5 km; 2 hours).
Transfer to Osh (320 km; 6 hours). Hotel accommodation.

Конный тур в горах Кыргызстана

Day 5. Osh - "Dustlik" land border - Margilan - Fergana (road transfer, 120 km).
Breakfast at the hotel and further transfer to the land border with Uzbekistan.
Border formalities and further transfer to Margilan and visit “ Yodgorlik ” silk factory which is famous for handmade khan-atlas, and local bazaar. Transfer to Fergana. Accommodation at the hotel and rest.

Day 6. Fergana - Rishtan - Kokand - Tashkent (road transfer, 320 km).
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Rishtan and visit the house of the local pottery master(hand-made ceramics). Further transfer to Kokand. Sightseeing tour around Kokand: Palace of Khudayar Khan, Mausoleum of Modari Khan, Juma Mosque. After lunch further transfer to Tashkent via the high mountain pass Kamchik. Accommodation at the hotel on arrival and rest.

Day 7. Tashkent. Departure.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out of the hotel.
Leisure time without any transport and excursion services. Visiting bazaars and walking around the city are recommended. Transfer to the airport. Departure.

Tashkent

The cost of the tour 2020:

The cost for 1 person 1205 USD
SGL supplement +160 USD

*This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group.

  • Meeting and seeing off in airport;
  • All transfers on comfortable air-conditioned transport according program;
  • Accommodation at the hotels on twin/double sharing basis with breakfasts, check-in to the hotels at 14:00, check-out at 12:00;
  • Preparation of necessary documents:
    • Permit for staying at the territory of National Park;
    • Ecological fee.
  • Guide services for the each city tour;
  • Services on the active part of the trip:
    • 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 and team baggage;

The cost of the tour doesn’t include:

  • Visa invitation and visa fee;
  • Entrance fees to the monuments and museums in Uzbekistan;
  • International flights;
  • Medical insurance.

Hotels:
This tour comes with the following accommodation in city:

City Hotels
Osh Sunrise Osh hotel 3*
or similar
Fergana Club 777
or similar
Tashkent Orient Inn Hotel / Orient Star / Orient Grand
or similar

Transportation on Uzbekistan part of the route.
On this route will be used the following type of transport (depending on the number of people in a group):

"Hyundai Grand Starex"
(up to 6 seats)

Hyundai Grand Starex

"Eurise"
(up to 15 seats)

Eurise

"Golden Dragon"
(up to 45 seats)

Golden Dragon
Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Fold-back seats Lighting in saloon Air conditioner Audio system Lighting in saloon Fridge Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Fold-back seats Lighting in saloon Fridge

Transportation on Kyrgyzstan part of the route.
On this route will be used the following type of transport (depending on the number of people in a group):

"Mitsubishi Delica"
(up to 5 seats)

Mitsubishi Delica

"Mercedes-Benz Sprinter"
(up to 11 seats)

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

"Setra"
(up to 53 seats)

Setra
Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Lighting in saloon Audio system Safety belt Lighting in saloon Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Fold-back seats Lighting in saloon

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can attempt this trek? Should the participants of the tour have prior trekking experience or prepare themselves physically?
  2. Can people with health problems participate in this programme?
  3. Is travel insurance compulsory for this tour?
  4. What is the weather like in the mountains?
  5. Is it possible to swim in the lakes?
  6. What are the probabilities of encountering some dangerous creatures (besides relatively harmless mosquitoes) such as snakes, spiders, scorpions, mites etc.?
  7. Is it allowed to pick up mountain herbs and flowers? Which plants should be avoided?
  8. How about communication facilities during trek travel?
  9. How good is Internet access?
  10. Visa, permits
  1. Who can attempt this trek? Should the participants of the tour have prior trekking experience or prepare themselves physically?
    This trekking is rather easy and is suitable for anyone with good physical condition. Tourist above 16 and under 65 years of age can join this tour provided they have no serious health problems and their doctor does not object to participation in such kind of tourist activities. Children above 14 can also join this trekking tour provided they are accompanied by their parents.
    The offered trekking tour can be graded as simple-average, which means no special skills in mountaineering are required. The escort team consists of an experienced high altitude guide able to choose the right path and advise you on the precautions to be taken in each section of the route. During the tour you will have to trek on foot long distances. Therefore the only condition for those willing to participate in this trekking programme is absence of medical contraindications to such activities.
  2. Can people with health problems participate in this programme?
    Please note, that the route of the tour runs through mountains with considerable altitude differences (the maximum altitude is 4140 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.
  3. Is travel insurance compulsory for this tour?
    Yes, it is. The medical insurance of up to $ 10,000- 15,000 should be obtained before leaving your homeland.
  4. What is the weather like in the mountains?
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. What are the probabilities of encountering some dangerous creatures (besides relatively harmless mosquitoes) such as snakes, spiders, scorpions, mites etc.?
    Though such a probability exists, it is too small as proved by our long experience of organizing trekking tours.
  7. Is it allowed to pick up mountain herbs and flowers? Which 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.
  8. How about communication facilities during trek travel?
    Cellular telecommunication is available in Osh and on the way to Aphlatun 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.
  9. How good is Internet access?
    Internet access is available only in Osh. There are many internet-cafes there.
  10. Visa, 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.

E-mail: adventure@centralasia-travel.com

 

Service staff

Throughout the trekking travel you will be escorted by high altitude guide, who is the tour manager and our authorized representative. He is responsible for the safety and security of the group as well as decision making, including any changes in the route due to unforeseen circumstances that could threaten the health and well-being of the participants.

The tour is serviced by a team whose responsibility is to pitch and take down tents, lay the table for meals, wash up, pack the loads on horses, make fire and the like.

The team also includes a dedicated professional cook and a horse handler who is responsible for proper packing of the loads on horses and porterage.

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Equipment on route

- Tents are used for accommodation of two persons. The tents are wind-resisting and water-proof and are suitable for any weather conditions. For your comfort the tents are equipped with firm air-beds as well as comfortable sleeping bags with individual lining.
- Tent camp also has a big hangar-like mess tent with tables and camp chairs.
- Throughout the trek we provide quality tableware.
- To cook dishes during the trek we provide gas burner with gas cylinders or a supply of firewood.
- The tent camp is equipped with portable WC.

Any trekking group is provided with portable radio transmitters and GPS navigator.

We also offer the travelers small a flashlight for forehead with extra batteries.

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Meals

Throughout the trek programme you will be served hot meals three times a day. (Please note that in cities we provide only breakfast, whereas lunch and dinner, or any additional food extravagance and alcoholic beverages can be arranged extra.) 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.

Starting point

Tourists should arrive to Osh - the starting point of the tour on the date the tour begins. All expenses connected with early arrival or late departure on completion of the tour should be covered by tourists themselves. In this case our company can arrange transfers to and from the airport as well as book the hotel.

Route Map

Route Map

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