4 days Horseback riding tour to Song-Kol lake from Bishkek
Category: Trekking or Horse Riding and Cultural Tour
Duration: 4 days combined trip
Level of Difficulty: Moderate (2 passes above 3 300 m)
Best season: beginning of June – end of September
Looking for an unforgattable horse riding holiday? Then join our team and escape to the unspoiled mountains of Tien-Shan, Kyrgyzstan! During your stay here, you will enjoy fantastic horse ride provided by the valleys and passes and through unspoiled nature. Each day is unique and includes not only horse riding, but also an opportunities to see daily life of the Kyrgyz family who has been nomad since ancient times. Come savor your unforgettable horse riding holiday that feels like a dream come true!
Day 1: Bishkek – Tokmok – Kochkor tour
Pick up from the “Manas” airport. Transfer to Bishkek City center, 3 hours of Cultural tour, to visit Osh bazaar (huge market), Ala-Too square, White house, Oak oldest park. Further on, transfer to Kochkor village (260 km). On the way to visit to the memorial complex Burana Tower. Burana Tower is located in 12 km south-west from the city of Tokmok and is one of the oldest structures on the territory of Central Asia (the minaret of the mosque Jami , late 10th the beginning of the 11th century), where in structural and decorative details can be traced practices of pre-Islamic architecture. By arriving at Kochkor village, having a little excursion in that place. After dinner in guest house, we have a gift for you, its Kyrgyz national folklore show program, after folklore show we can teach you some skills of how to play kyrgyz guitar, which is called “Komuz”. Overnight in family guest house.
Day 2: Kochkor — Kilemche jailoo
Transfer from Kochkor to Kyzart pass 2664 m. Get your horses and start the tour. Within sight of the road, cross Kyzyl-Kiya jailoo, an enormous, relatively flat sea of grass. Continue over the Chaar-Archa Pass (3 061 m) into the Chaar-Archa Valley and eat a tasty lunch by the racing river, with views of holy 4400 m Baba-Ata Mountain. Sated, ford the river and follow the trail over verdant hills to Kilemche Jailoo. The name means “like a carpet,” and this swathe of grass covers whole mountain ranges, with shadings as subtle as any shyrdak (shyrdak is a Kyrgyz felt carpet). Diner and sleep in a yurt, naturally.
Trek time: 5-6 hours.
Horse time: 4-5 hours.
Day 3: Kilemche jailoo — Batai-Aral (Song-Kol lake 3016m.)
After breakfast at Kilemche, spend the morning climbing to Jalgyz Karagai pass (3 400 m), over the Song-Kol Mountains and into the lake’s basin. The morning climb affords wonderful views of Kilemche jailoo, and the pass itself is rocky and exciting. From the pass, Song-Kol is still distant, but as you traipse down the slopes, it gets larger and larger; the mountains on the other side get higher and higher, until finally the lake fills most of your field of view and the southern mountains tower above it. After lunch at Jaman Echki, follow the lakeshore east to the yurt at Batai Aral. Upon arrival meet your host family of Kyrgyz shepherds. Meals and overnight are in a yurt of shepherds.
Trek time: 5-6 hours.
Horse time: 5 hours
Day 4: Batai-Aral — Bishkek (or Issyk Kul))
Spend the day enjoying refreshing and well-earned rest at the lake side. Watching and/or participation in everyday life of shepherds: milking mares; making national milk products like kymyz (a fermented mare’s milk) or airan (a sour dense milk product); tending cattle. Eat a delicious lunch here, stroll along the lakeshore, and hope the legendary Song-Kol weather is kind. Afternoon transfer to Bishkek (or Issyk Kul) through Kochkor village.
Driving: 6 hours.
End of the tour
Accommodation & meals:
• 1 night in a guest house
• 2 nights in yurts,
• 3 lunches,
• 3 dinners,
• 3 breakfasts.
• from 1 to 6
• trekking boots,
• weatherproof warm clothing,
For 1 person: 327 $
For 2 people: 206 $ pers.
For 3 people: 165 $ pers.
For 4 people: 155 $ pers.