We shall go by traces of well-known traveller Marko Polo through the most beautiful pass on the Great Silk Way. This magnificent travel will lead you to the high plateaus which divided the West and the East in antiquity. Due to quick Kirghiz horses you can freely go on the rivers and mountains, valleys and gorges. You will meet nomads: remoteness from civilization has allowed them to keep the culture during last 2000 thousand years.
This horse track will overflow your pleasure with feeling that you are real horseman, you will feel yourself the real Kirghiz nomad and will be fascinated with the divine Kirghiz nature.
Day 1. Bishkek – Tamga
Arrival to airport Manas in the morning, arrival in guest house in Bishkek, you can take shower and have a breakfast here. In the morning we will meet the sights of capital of Kyrgyzsytan – Bishkek city.
Bishkek – is former military garnison of Russian Tsar which has constructed Frunze. After a lunch we shall go in east direction, and we will reach southern shore of Issyk-Kul lake – Tamga village. On the road, we visit of traditional hunter with eagle. Overnight at guest house in Tamga village.
Day 2. Tamga – Juuku
After very tasty breakfast, we drive to the Juuku valley, where we meet our horses and horse guide. In the middle age, this valley was main road on the Great Silk Road. Start to ride along the river. Overnight in the tent.
Day 3. Jukku
Early in the morning we will cross Juuku Pass (3600 m.) and we will join to old shepherds. And you will see unforgettable picture – Syrthy since the height of birds’ flying. Night in tents.
Day 4. Kumtor valley
We will go down in Kumtor valley. There is a great glacier in the ground in the heart of this valley. We will see gold-ore factory and Ak-Shiyrak ridhe. Night in tents.
Day 5. Ak-Bel pass
We will cross Ak-Shiyrak pass and reach Ak-Bel pass. We will go by the steps of hunters and explorers; we will find the traces of ancient nomads. Night in tent near lake.
Day 6. Ishtyk gorge
In the morning we will go by the steps of ancient caravans and will stay new ancient Caravan-Saray. After lunch you can have a rest and go to the sauna. Night in camp.
Day 7. Ishtyk – Tez
In the morning we leave in the direction of Chinas border, you will see wonderful landscape of the ridge, which divided Kyrgyzstan and China. Then we will come back along Ishtyk river and will go along narrow gorge and little farm.
Day 8. Toez – Uch-Koshkon
We will go along Southern gorge of Ak-Shiyrak. Then we will go to Uch-Koshkon village. Night.
Day 9. Uch-Koshkon – Ak-Shiyrak
After 10 kilometres we reach Ak-Shiyrak, you will have free time to walk among yacks and yurtas. Night in Guest House.
Day 10. Ak-Shiyrak – Kara-Sai
Today we leave horses and go by car to frontier post. Night in Guest House.
Day 11. Kara-Sai – Karakol
Moving to Issyk-Kul lake through Soek pass (4021 m) and Barskoon pass. Drive to Karakol town, small Russian village of 19th century. Overnight at guest house.
Day 12. Karakol – Tamchi village
Drive to the Tamchi village via northern shore of Issyk-Kul lake. We visit the memorial museum of Prjevalsky, explorer of Middle Asia in 19th century. Then, drive to Cholpon Ata town, visit of ethnographic complex of Rukh Ordo. In the afternoon arrival to Tamchi village. Overnight at guest house. Free time on the beach.
Day 13. Lake Kogur
Transfer early morning to the place of meeting with horses and horse guide. Start the horseback riding across the Koltor pass at 3320m. Picnic. We reach the mountain lake in the national park of Chon Kemin. Free time at camp near the lake. Overnight in tent.
Day 14. Karol dobo village
After breakfast, we start to ride down to Chon Kemin valley. We across the pass without name, around 2900m. Picnic. In the afternoon, we reach the village. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 15. Bishkek
In the morning, we drive to Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan. On the road, visit of Burana tower which was built in 11th century. Arrival in Bishkek. Lunch at the restaurant. Free time for shopping, shower.
Day 16. Bishkek departure. Early in the morning arrival to Airport. Depart to your destination.
Price per person:
- 2 pax: 3100$
- 3 pax: 2400$
- 4 pax: 2160$
- 5 pax: 2000$
- 6 – 7 pax: 1780$
- 8 – 9 pax: 1610$
- 10 – 11 pax : 1470$
- 12 – 13 pax: 1420$
Sometimes we have open groups for horse riding, you can join the tour with other people. Please request.
- – All transfer,
- – Local guide,
- – Horse guide,
- – Accommodation (hotel, guest houses, tents),
- – Horses rent,
- – Museums entrances.
Price doesn’t include:
- – Insurance and taxes,
- – Drinks,
- – Last dinner in Bishkek.
- – This tour is for experienced horsemen.
- – Average altitude during this tour will be 3600 m.
- – Weather can change. We advice you to prepare all necessary equipment for the case of snow, rain, wind. Nights can be very cold.
No visa is required for citizens of USA, EU, Japan and Canada citizenship. (total of 59 countries, up to 60 days, 6 month passport validity) www mfa kg
This program is approximate. It can be changed in case of changes in weather or in Airports.
Preparation before tour:
Why Kyrgyzstan barely visited by tourists, if it passed during more than 3000 years by caravans from four sides of Eurasia. Infrastructure of villages is not in very high level. Refusing hospitality is often becomes annoying. In order to avoid misunderstandings, read the following authors such as Ella Maillart, Rene Cagnat, Tchengiz Aitmatov (« Jamilia » was translated on French by Louis Aragon) before you get prepared to visit.
See you in Celestial Mountains!