Horse riding tour and colours of the Fergana Valley

Horseback Riding Vacations in the Tian Shan mountains and excursions in the Fergana Valley

 

Country: Kyrgyzstan, Western Tian-Shan mountains, Uzbekistan
Tour duration: 8 days  / 7 nights
Itinerary: Bishkek - Osh - Kara-Suu Lake - Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve - Osh - Margilan - Rishtan - Kokand - Tashkent

GUARANTEE DATES OF THE GROUP TOUR 2021:

  Group №1. 06.07-13.07.2021   Group №2. 27.07-03.08.2021  
  Group №3. 17.08-24.08.2021  

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.

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 not only two different types of activities - horseback riding and excursions, but also two countries – Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, with the beginning in Osh and the end in Tashkent.

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

 

Itinerary:
Day 1. Arrival in Bishkek. Flight to Osh.
Arrival in the international airport “Manas” early in the morning. Domestic flight to Osh. Meeting at the airport. Transfer and check in at the hotel.
Sightseeing in Osh: sacred Sulaiman-Too mountain, visit to the observation deck, walk through the central square of the city, local bazaar.
Overnight at the hotel.

Конный тур в горах Кыргызстана

Day 2. Transfer Osh - Kyzyl-Kol village (350 km; 6 h).
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the Kara-Suu River valley (1300 m) located in the eastern part of the southern slope of the Chatkal Range, which is the largest in the Western Tien Shan.
Lunch at a roadside cafe.
Accommodation in a traditional guest house in Kyzyl-Kol village (means “Red Lake”). Dinner.
Overnight at the guest house.

Day 3. Horseback Riding 17 km
Ascent along the Kara-Suu River valley to the Kara-Suu Lake (17 km, 4 h).
Breakfast.
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.
Lunch en-route.
Accommodation in a tent camp on the shore of picturesque Kara-Suu Lake surrounded by green mountain slopes. Dinner.
Overnight in a camp.

Конный тур в горах Кыргызстана

Day 4. Horseback Riding 12 km
Ascent to the Kuturma pass. Descent to the Iri-Kol Lake (12 km; 6 h).
Breakfast.
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.
Lunch on the pass.
Descent from the Kuturma pass to the Iri-Kol Lake (1300 m) along the slope covered with fragrant herbs and graceful shrubs.
Accommodation in a tent camp. Swimming in the lake. Dinner.
Overnight in a camp.

Конный тур в горах Кыргызстана

Day 5. Horseback Riding 5 km. Transfer to Osh (320 km).
Horse riding from Iri-Kol Lake to Sary-Chelek Lake (4-5 km; 2 h). Transfer to Osh.
Breakfast.
Horseback riding to the southern part of Sary-Chelek Lake (4-5 km; 2 hours). On the way, you will continue to enjoy the magical views and landscapes of beautiful Kyrgyzstan mountains.
Transfer to Osh.
Lunch at a roadside cafe.
Check in at the hotel. Leisure time.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6. Osh – Margilan – Rishtan - Kokand (190 km). Margilan, Rishtan (sightseeing)
Osh – Margilan – Rishtan – Kokand (190 km, 5-6 h).
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the land border with Uzbekistan. Border formalities. Transfer to Margilan. Visiting “Yodgorlik” silk factory which is famous for handmade silk – “khan-atlas”. Visiting the Said Ahmad Khoji Madrasah, where cells these days are used as handmade carpet making workshops.
Lunch - tasting of Fergana plov.
Transfer to Rishtan. Visiting a house of hereditary ceramist Said Akhmedov and pottery workshop, acquaintance with the master and his crafts. Demonstration of the process of making unique hand-made ceramic dishes.
Transfer to Kokand. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7. Kokand (sightseeing). Kokand - Tashkent (235 km, 4 h). Tashkent (sightseeing)
Kokand (sightseeing) - Tashkent (235 km, 4 h). Breakfast at the hotel.
Sightseeing in Kokand: Khudoyar-Khan Palace, Modari-Khan Mausoleum, Djami Mosque, Necropolis Sarymodor.
Transfer to Tashkent via the Kamchik pass (2285 m). Lunch en-route in a local café.
Arrival in Tashkent. Check-in at the hotel.
Sightseeing in Tashkent: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, the oldest bazaar of Tashkent “Chorsu”, Amir Temur square.
Overnight at the hotel.

Tashkent

Day 8. Tashkent. Departure
Departure from Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport. The end of the program. Departure.

Tashkent

Cost of the tour in USD:

The cost for 1 person 1.385 USD
Single supplement at hotels +100 USD

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

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;
  • Domestic flight Bishkek - Osh (Economy class ticket, maximum luggage weight - 20 kg);
  • Accommodation at the hotels on twin/double sharing basis with breakfasts;
  • Accommodation at the national Kyrgyz guest house;
  • Sightseeing tours according to the program;
  • Meals: according to the program;
  • Entrance fees at museums and monuments;
  • Mineral water on each day of the tour;
  • Memorable souvenirs;
  • Services during the active part of the trip:
    • Full board (three hot meals a day);
    • Accommodation in twin sharing tents;
    • Horse riding rental;
    • Services of mountain guide, cook and service staff;
    • Horse packing services for personal and team baggage transportation;
    • Bivouac and kitchen equipment (tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, kitchenware, tables, chairs, WC);

 

  • Equipment rental during the the active part of the trip:
    • Sleeping bag;
    • Raincoat;
    • Forehead flashlight;
    • Camping sleeping pad
    • Metal thermos bottle.
    • First-aid kit;
    • All needed documents arrangement:
      • Permit for visiting the territory of National Park;
      • Ecological fee

The cost of the tour doesn’t include:

  • International flights;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Alcoholic drinks.

This tour comes with the following types of accommodation:
Hotels. We recommend 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 in a chamber atmosphere with almost home cosiness. Hotels of this level are characterized by a warm welcoming, empathetic and friendly attitude by the staff and enable you to familiarize yourself with the national culture.
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.

This tour comes with the following accommodation in city:

Location Accommodation
Osh Sunrise Osh Hotel 3*
or similar
Kyzyl-Kol village Guest house or similar
Kokand Silk Road Kokand 3* or similar
Tashkent Orient Inn Hotel / Orient Grand
or similar
Mountains/ Horse riding part of the trip Tent camp

Transport in Uzbekistan:

Group Type of transport
up to 3 seats "Daewoo Lacetti"
up to 5 seats "Hyundai Grand Starex"
up to 45 seats "Golden Dragon"

Transport in Kyrgyzstan:

Group Type of transport
up to 5 seats "Mitsubishi Delica"
up to 15 seats "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

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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