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Celestial Mountain Trail

15 days / 11 days riding from £ 1,550

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in tents, outdoor dining

 

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KYRGYZSTAN-Celestial Mountain Trail

15 days / 11 days riding from 1550£


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This adventurous trail ride journeys through a very wild area of Kyrgyzstan. In the homeland of the famed "celestial horses" which were coveted by Chinese emperors, your route follows that of local herders and shepherds, passing through their pasture-lands dotted with yurts. Ride over passes at 3,800m, across rivers and past emerald blue lakes within the Tien Shan mountain range.

Strengths

- The magnificent endless horizons of the Tien Shan mountain range
- Follow part of the Silk Road to China, through valleys forged by ancient glaciers
- Experience the semi-nomadic traditions of local Kyrgyz herders and be welcomed into their yurts
- A 100% Kyrgyz team who have invested in local development initiatives and ecotourism projects
- The varied and exceptionally rich flora of the Tien Shan mountain pastures

Itinerary

Day 1: LONDON - BISHKEK -

International flight from London to Bishkek. There are no direct flights from the UK and so you will likely route through another airport.

Day 2: BISHKEK - BARSKOON - No riding

Accommodation : FAMILY GUESTHOUSE

You will likely arrive into Bishkek in the early hours of the morning. You will be met at the airport and transferred directly to the village of Barskoon (c. 4-5 hours). The road follows the rich valley of Chui and you stop for lunch near a lake where it may be possible to swim in the clear, warm waters.

On arrival at Barskoon you will be welcomed by your guides family and will overnight in a rustic guesthouse.

Please note that it would be ideal to arrive at the airport around 5-6:00 am. If you arrive earlier, you will need to wait until all of the other riders have arrived. Breakfast is not included as most riders will have had breakfast in the plane.

Day 3: KOK-BULAK - SARAY BULAK (2,550M) - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Set out on your horse riding trail towards Tarylga river. Cross Chon-Jargylchak river in order to reach the grazing pastures ("jailoo") of Kok-Bulak where you will have your first opportunity for a canter. You should have impressive views of Lake Issyk Kul to the north and the snowy peaks of the Tien Shan mountains to your south.
Camp in the Saray-Bulak valley close to the river.

Day 4: KICHY-JARGYLCHAK VALLEY - KOK BELL - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Continue riding eastwards and climb up the Kichy-Jargylchak valley and through pine forests into the heart of the mountains. View the distant Akterek glacier and perhaps stop at a shepherds yurt to sample your first taste of koumiss.
Camp in the Kok Bell valley.

Day 5: KASHKA SUU - JYLUU-SUU - JUKKUU - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Ford the river and ride through the Kashka Suu valley until reaching the hot springs at Jyluu-Suu where you stop for lunch. In the afternoon you continue riding through the broad Jukkuu valley until reaching your campsite. Here you join one of the major Silk Roads which led from Kyrgyzstan into China.

Day 6: DUNGURUME MOUNTAINS - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Set off riding towards the Celestial mountains and gradually ascend alongside the torrential river. As you gain altitude you will see the Dungurume mountains with their glaciers which give the river its milky white colour. You may meet nomads here with their herds of horses.
Camp alongside the Dungurume river.

Day 7: ARABEL PLATEAU - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Follow a path through the forest and out onto an ancient plateau. You leave the forest behind at 2,800m but continue ascending along scree paths until crossing the pass at 3,633m. Here you have spectacular views of the immense plateaus, meandering rivers and peaceful mountain lakes. Descend slightly to camp beside a lake at 3,500m amidst a sea of snowy peaks.

Day 8: TARAGAI RIVER - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Ride across the high plateau which is scattered with Marco Polo sheep and numerous marmots. In this remote valley you will come across the surreal sight of Kumtor gold mine. Still encircled by the snow-capped Tien Shan mountains you camp by the Taragai river under a star filled sky.

Day 9: PATYR BASHYK - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Today you ride over a second high pass - Ak Bel at 3,833m you cross on a path through snowy high mountains. You should see more sheep and moungain goats before descending to Lake Patyr Bashyk where you camp at 3,600m.

Day 10: YSHTYK CANYON - KARA-KERUU - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Todays ride takes you through Yshtyk canyon which is at times so narrow that you can touch both sides at the same time! The scenery is spectacular and you will cross the river many times.
This evening you join the shepherds in Kara-Keruu valley, where they await your arrival with traditional tea.

Day 11: JETIM BEL - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Cross the Kara-Sai river and enter the valleys of Kyzyl-Eshme and Kok-Bulak. Here there are many opportunities for long canters across the wide open spaces...
Camp near the pass at Jetim Bel.

Day 12: KUMTOR VALLEY - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Continue riding through the vast valley of Kysyl-Eshme and into the Kumtor valley where the landscape invites you to canter and perhaps, gallop. Cross the high pass at Ak Bel again and re-enter the valley of Taragai to camp.

Day 13: BARSKOON - 4 hours riding

Accommodation : FAMILY GUESTHOUSE

Your final riding day and you cross the Taragai river and enjoy one final magnificent view of the Tien Shan mountains. Descend to Arabel valley and say goodbye to your horses.
You will be transferred by car to Barskoon where you will again be greeted by your guides family and can have a relaxing bath before a traditional meal.

Day 14: BARSKOON - BISHKEK - No riding

You will be transferred back to Bishkek, stopping for lunch en-route. In Bishkek there will be time to visit the bazaar of Osh - a colourful and lively market and worth the detour! Dinner is to your own account tonight before a short night in your hotel.

Day 15: BISHKEK - LONDON -

You will be transferred to the airport at the time that is most convenient for all of the riders, if your flight is outside the scheduled transfer, then you will need to take a taxi to the airport. Flights are not included.


Price details

- International flights are not included.

- The group is comprised of between 2 and 6 riders, plus guides

- Prices are based on a group size of 4 or more riders. There is a small group supplement of c. £125 per person payable if the group size is only 2 or 3 riders.

- There is no single supplement and you must be prepared to share. The only exception is in Bishkek when it is possible to request a single room in the hotel for an additional c. £15
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 English speaking tour leader
1 kyrguiz expedition leader

Logistic

1 vehicle and driver
1 cook
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider

International Transport

International flights

Inland transports

Airport transfers
Private bus

Accommodation

2 person tents
Double room in hotel standard 2*
Yurt or double room in private home

Meals

Full board from lunch on D2 to lunch D14

Extra

First aid kit
visit of hot springs site

OPTION

Accommodation

Single room supplement (Bishkek)
Extra night in Bishkek (please contact us for rates)

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverage and personal extra
Free dinner on day 14

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurances are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend to take out an insurance policy as soon as your travel is booked in case of cancellation.
Visa fees
International flights

Extra

Small group supplement if less than 4 riders £140
Tips to local team

TIPS

It is customary to tip but this is entirely at your discretion. In Bishkek you may wish to tip 10%, but on the trail we recommend c. £5 - £10 per person per day to be split amongst all the team.

HORSES

The Kyrgyz horses are cross-breds between the "heavenly horses" of Russia (Orlov and Don valley) which are discussed in ancient texts and the English Thoroughbred. The resulting breed is sturdy, well balanced, rustic, tough and ideally suited for the rough terrain. They live freely in herds in the mountains and are c. 14.2 - 15.1hh.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You need to be a capable rider who is used to riding outdoors and fit enough for some long hours in the saddle. You are riding in a very remote location across rugged terrain and there is no option to miss a day if you get tired.

PACE

The ride is not fast because of the altitude and steep terrain, but the flat plateaus and valley bottoms are conducive to some long canters - although some sections which look inviting may have too many marmot burrows and your guide will assess the conditions on the day.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You will be asked to groom, tack and untack your own horse although help is on hand. You may also assist with feeding and watering the horses if you wish.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You need to be fit and in good physical condition. You will be riding at altitude - between 1,600 and 3,800m - with some very rough terrain to cross and significant elevation changes throughout each day. There are some sections where you will need to dismount and lead your horse downhill. Please check with us if you have any medical conditions as you will be a long way from medical help.
You should be prepared for extremely changeable weather and the mountains could show you rain, hail, snow, wind and sun all within 24 hours

Previous experience of riding a trail of several days is a definite advantage but is not required. Riders who do not ride regularly are requested to get riding fit prior to the start of their holiday.

Visiting a new country offers the opportunity to meet other cultures with different mentalities, therefore it is important to accept these differences and respect the local way of life.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Saddles are local and consist of a basic frame over which is thrown sheep or goat skins for comfort.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit. Helmets are mandatory.

COMFORT

During the trail you stay in two man tents and should take your own sleeping bags and mats.
In Barskoon you will share a room or yurt.
In Bishkek you stay in double or triple rooms with private bathrooms.

CLIMATE

The weather is likely to be changeable.
In Bishkek and at low altitudes it can be hot and dry, but in the mountains and at altitude you can experience many variations. It can be warm during the day but the temperature will drop to around zero or below at night. You could experience rain, hail or even snow as well as wind but the bad weather rarely lasts long. The area actually reports low rainfall throughout the year but you should be prepared with many warm layers and waterproof clothing.

Meals

The food is simple and abundant, using as many fresh ingredients as possible and prepared daily by the cook.
Breakfast consists of eggs, bread, cheese and dried fruits.
Lunch is a picnic and consists of bread, cheese, meat, fruit and chocolate.
Dinner often starts with a hot soup followed by a main of meat, salad, pasta, rice and followed by cheese, fruits or chocolate.

Support Team

Guide and local team

Your hosts and guides for the trail will be members of the Obolbekov family and they have worked for many years with our sister company in France - Cheval d'aventure. They all speak excellent English.

Packing list

You are riding at high altitude and the weather can be unpredictable, even in the summer. Please make sure to pack sensibly and bring enough warm clothing to get you through the ride! Warm jumpers or fleece jackets, waterproof gear and gloves are a must throughout the season.

Head
- Helmets are mandatory on the ride. We recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. There are many lightweight options available nowadays
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana
- Warm hat for cold nights when camping

Upper body
- Thermals (long or short sleeved)
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and are an extra layer
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm fleece or jumper (and a spare in case one gets wet)
- Warm and waterproof jacket - it can rain at any time of year and the evenings can be particularly cold
- Swimming costume - for swimming/bathing in rivers/hot springs

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Thermals
- Casual trousers for the evenings, such as jeans or tracksuit bottoms
- Waterproof over trousers

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps as an extra layer against inclement weather. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Waterproof shoes/boots can be useful for abundant dew in the mornings or when it rains
- Trainers or equivalent light shoes for moving around the camp in the evenings
- Several pairs of warm, thick socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, cold or rain whilst riding. Waterproof gloves can be particularly useful

Nightwear
- Sleeping bag. You need at least a comfort factor down to minus 15 celsius.
- Sleeping bag liner - silk, cotton or fleece - adds an extra layer
- Thermarest or similar sleeping mat for your comfort
- Pyjamas or tracksuits or thermals for sleeping in

Other useful items
- Towels - camping ones will both dry and pack more easily
- Small backpack for accessing items required during the day (carried by support crew)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
- Swiss army knife
- Field glasses
- Wet Wipes or equivalent (for when washing facilities aren't available)
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it with
- Small plastic bags for rubbish
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)

In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- Swiss army knife (or equivalent)

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Water purification tablets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel
- Micropur tablets to purify water

Miscellaneous
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided with a capacity of 60-80 litres. We recommend taking a backpack or similar.
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (passport, camera, sunscreen, lipbalm etc)
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- Tall riders may benefit from taking a pair of long stirrup leathers with them (the local stirrups are adjustable but are sometimes limited in length)
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- Please take your rubbish home with you. There are no recycling facilities in Kyrgyzstan, so take your used batteries, aerosols etc back home and dispose of them appropriately. Try to leave excess packaging material at home before travelling
- You may wish to take some photographs or postcards of your home with you to show your hosts. You may also wish to take some crayons, colouring books etc for the children

ENTRY FORMALITIES

To enter Kyrgyzstan, a passport valid for six months beyond the intended departure date, with one blank page, is required by all nationals of the UK, USA, Australia and other EU countries.

Visas are not required by nationals referred to above for stays of up to 60 days except:
1. Nationals of Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania, who do require a visa.
Nationals not referred to are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Kyrgyzstan.

For up to date advice please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kyrgyzstan

Addresses of consulates

  • Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in the UK
    Ascot House, 119 Crawford Street
    W1U 6BJ London
    Tél. : (020) 7935 1462
    Fax :
    mail@kyrgyz-embassy.org.uk
  • British Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    21 Erkindik Boulevard
    Office 404
    720040 Bishkek
    Tél. : +996 (312) 303637
    Fax :
    ukin.kyrgyzrepublic@fco.gov.uk
  • Ambassade de France au Kirghizstan
    32, rue Orozbékova apt. 2
    720040 Bichkek
    Tél. : +(996) 312 97 97 14
    Fax :
    cad.bichkek-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr
  • AMBASSADE DU KIRGHIZSTAN
    47, Rue de l'Abbaye / Abdjistraat
    B-1050 BRUXELLES
    Tél. : 00322 640 18 68
    Fax : 00322 640 01 31
    kyrgyz.embassy@skynet.be

HEALTH

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Kyrgyzstan. It's a good thing to get your vaccinations in order before travelling to Kyrgyzstan. The general vaccination against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) is recommended. Also a hepatitis A vaccination is recommended and when travelling longer than 2 weeks also typhoid.
If you are staying longer than 3 months or have a particular risk (travelling by bike, handling of animals and visits to caves) you might consider a rabies vaccination. Vaccination against Tuberculosis as well as hepatitis B is also sometimes recommended for stays longer than 3 months. It is also recommended to have a vaccination against tick borne encephalitis when you go hiking and/or camping for several days or more in the period of March to November.
Malaria does, but only at lower elevations in the south and in Bishkek from June to October. Pills are not necessary; buy repellent (preferably with 50% DEET), and sleep under a net.
Finally, other possible health issues include diarrhea and other general travellers' diseases like motion sickness. Watch what you eat and drink and in case you get it, drink plenty of fluids (to prevent dehydration) and bring ORS.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

Our recommendation:
Cancellation and travel insurances are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend to take out an insurance policy as soon as your travel is booked in case of cancellation.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

Standard time +06.00 UTC
Kyrgyzstan Country Code 996

BUDGET AND MONEY

Kyrgyz Som (KGS; symbol лв) = 100 tyin. Notes are in denominations of лв1, 000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1, and 50, 10 and 1 tyin. Coins exist in denominations of 1, 3, 5 and 10 som, and 10 and 50 tyin.
Credit cards:
Credit cards are accepted in some of the larger hotels and restaurants in Bishkek and can also be used at banks to withdraw cash from the counter. They are of little value outside the main cities. ATMs exist but are hardly commonplace in Bishkek or Osh and even less so elsewhere.
ATM:
ATMs are easy enough to find in Bishkek, although smaller cities like Jalal-Abad and Osh have far fewer. Some ATMs issue US dollars as well as Kyrgyz Som.

VOLTAGE

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin continental plugs are standard.

ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

This adventurous trail ride journeys through a very wild area of Kyrgyzstan. In the homeland of the famed "celestial horses" which were coveted by Chinese emperors, your route follows that of local herders and shepherds, passing through their pasture-lands dotted with yurts. Ride over passes at 3,800m, across rivers and past emerald blue lakes within the Tien Shan mountain range.

  • A great view of the camp from horseback
    Trail riding in Kyrgyzstan
  • Horses running free in Kyrgyzstan
    Free horses running in kyrgyzstan mountains
  • Traditional Kyrgyz riders in the vast plains of Kyrgyzstan
    Horseback trail in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan
  • Crystal clear waters and lakes in Kyrgyzstan
    Horse and rider next to a lake in Kyrgyzstan
  • Stay in yurts and discover the local traditions
    Riding on the celestial mountain trail of Kyrgyzstan
  • Dramatic scenery surrounds you on this trail ride
    Horseback trail in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan
  • A typical yurt camp at the foot of the mountains
    Horseback riding trail in Kyrgyzstan
  • Riding in the wilds of Kyrgyzstan
    Kyrgyzstan on horseback
  • Everyone joins for a delicious feast
    Eating traditionnal food with the locals
  • Riding out from a yurt camp in Kyrgyzstan
    Horseback trail Kyrgyzstan mountains

STRENGTHS

- The magnificent endless horizons of the Tien Shan mountain range
- Follow part of the Silk Road to China, through valleys forged by ancient glaciers
- Experience the semi-nomadic traditions of local Kyrgyz herders and be welcomed into their yurts
- A 100% Kyrgyz team who have invested in local development initiatives and ecotourism projects
- The varied and exceptionally rich flora of the Tien Shan mountain pastures

ITINERARY

Day 1: LONDON - BISHKEK -

International flight from London to Bishkek. There are no direct flights from the UK and so you will likely route through another airport.

Day 2: BISHKEK - BARSKOON - No riding

Accommodation : FAMILY GUESTHOUSE

You will likely arrive into Bishkek in the early hours of the morning. You will be met at the airport and transferred directly to the village of Barskoon (c. 4-5 hours). The road follows the rich valley of Chui and you stop for lunch near a lake where it may be possible to swim in the clear, warm waters.

On arrival at Barskoon you will be welcomed by your guides family and will overnight in a rustic guesthouse.

Please note that it would be ideal to arrive at the airport around 5-6:00 am. If you arrive earlier, you will need to wait until all of the other riders have arrived. Breakfast is not included as most riders will have had breakfast in the plane.

Day 3: KOK-BULAK - SARAY BULAK (2,550M) - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Set out on your horse riding trail towards Tarylga river. Cross Chon-Jargylchak river in order to reach the grazing pastures ("jailoo") of Kok-Bulak where you will have your first opportunity for a canter. You should have impressive views of Lake Issyk Kul to the north and the snowy peaks of the Tien Shan mountains to your south.
Camp in the Saray-Bulak valley close to the river.

Day 4: KICHY-JARGYLCHAK VALLEY - KOK BELL - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Continue riding eastwards and climb up the Kichy-Jargylchak valley and through pine forests into the heart of the mountains. View the distant Akterek glacier and perhaps stop at a shepherds yurt to sample your first taste of koumiss.
Camp in the Kok Bell valley.

Day 5: KASHKA SUU - JYLUU-SUU - JUKKUU - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Ford the river and ride through the Kashka Suu valley until reaching the hot springs at Jyluu-Suu where you stop for lunch. In the afternoon you continue riding through the broad Jukkuu valley until reaching your campsite. Here you join one of the major Silk Roads which led from Kyrgyzstan into China.

Day 6: DUNGURUME MOUNTAINS - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Set off riding towards the Celestial mountains and gradually ascend alongside the torrential river. As you gain altitude you will see the Dungurume mountains with their glaciers which give the river its milky white colour. You may meet nomads here with their herds of horses.
Camp alongside the Dungurume river.

Day 7: ARABEL PLATEAU - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Follow a path through the forest and out onto an ancient plateau. You leave the forest behind at 2,800m but continue ascending along scree paths until crossing the pass at 3,633m. Here you have spectacular views of the immense plateaus, meandering rivers and peaceful mountain lakes. Descend slightly to camp beside a lake at 3,500m amidst a sea of snowy peaks.

Day 8: TARAGAI RIVER - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Ride across the high plateau which is scattered with Marco Polo sheep and numerous marmots. In this remote valley you will come across the surreal sight of Kumtor gold mine. Still encircled by the snow-capped Tien Shan mountains you camp by the Taragai river under a star filled sky.

Day 9: PATYR BASHYK - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Today you ride over a second high pass - Ak Bel at 3,833m you cross on a path through snowy high mountains. You should see more sheep and moungain goats before descending to Lake Patyr Bashyk where you camp at 3,600m.

Day 10: YSHTYK CANYON - KARA-KERUU - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Todays ride takes you through Yshtyk canyon which is at times so narrow that you can touch both sides at the same time! The scenery is spectacular and you will cross the river many times.
This evening you join the shepherds in Kara-Keruu valley, where they await your arrival with traditional tea.

Day 11: JETIM BEL - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Cross the Kara-Sai river and enter the valleys of Kyzyl-Eshme and Kok-Bulak. Here there are many opportunities for long canters across the wide open spaces...
Camp near the pass at Jetim Bel.

Day 12: KUMTOR VALLEY - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Continue riding through the vast valley of Kysyl-Eshme and into the Kumtor valley where the landscape invites you to canter and perhaps, gallop. Cross the high pass at Ak Bel again and re-enter the valley of Taragai to camp.

Day 13: BARSKOON - 4 hours riding

Accommodation : FAMILY GUESTHOUSE

Your final riding day and you cross the Taragai river and enjoy one final magnificent view of the Tien Shan mountains. Descend to Arabel valley and say goodbye to your horses.
You will be transferred by car to Barskoon where you will again be greeted by your guides family and can have a relaxing bath before a traditional meal.

Day 14: BARSKOON - BISHKEK - No riding

You will be transferred back to Bishkek, stopping for lunch en-route. In Bishkek there will be time to visit the bazaar of Osh - a colourful and lively market and worth the detour! Dinner is to your own account tonight before a short night in your hotel.

Day 15: BISHKEK - LONDON -

You will be transferred to the airport at the time that is most convenient for all of the riders, if your flight is outside the scheduled transfer, then you will need to take a taxi to the airport. Flights are not included.

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YOUR ADVISOR

Did you know ? 

The Kyrgyz horse

The Kyrgyz horse is a cross between the "celestial horses", often praised in the ancient texts, and different Russian breeds or thoroughbreds.

This breed, that contributed to the kyrgyz identity for so long, had disappeared.

Top level rider and journalist Jacqueline Ripart travelled all around the world to study horses. Her curiosity led her to seek out the forgotten horses and equestrian culture. It is her persistence that led to the rehabilitation of the kyrgyz horse

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