Horse Riding Tour Around Lake Issyk-Kul10 Days | Bishkek, Barskoon, Arabel Valley, Gorge Zhuuku, Saruu valley, Kichi-Kyzyl-Suu valley, Chon-Kyzyl-Suu valley, Jety-Oguz Gorge, Karakol, Cholpon-Ata

Horse Riding Tour Around Lake Issyk-Kul

Even if you are a beginner in horse riding, you will enjoy our 10-day equestrian tour in Kyrgyzstan. Explore nomadic culture and spellbinding nature on the shores of Lake Issyk Kul, Ala Bel Valley and Jety Oguz gorge and many more, try delicious cuisine that self developed on the Silk Road over many centuries.

Pre-requisites: you are expected to be capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, comfortable and in control at a walk with the saddle, trotting on the flat ground.
Recommended list of personal items: warm clothes, a coat, tracking-boots, sleeping bag, rucksack, flash light, your own First Aid Kit and sunglasses

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Bishkek
Arrival in Bishkek, transfer to the hotel. After some rest sightseeing tour: Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Philarmonic hall, Statue of Manas, Victory Square and Oriental market – Osh bazaar. After lunch transfer to the Ala-Archa National Park (40 km). Hiking in the gorge. Return back to the alpine camp. Transfer back to Bishkek. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 2: Bishkek – Barskoon
After breakfast transfer to Barskoon village (330 km) on the South of Issyk-Kul Lake. On the way stop to see Burana tower, which is left from ancient city Balasagyn (9 – 13th centuries).
The way will be along the Southern Shore of Issyk-Kul Lake with a stop in Bokonbaevo village for lunch. In Bokonbaevo you might opt-in an eagle or falcon hunting show. Next stop will be at Skazka gorge, spectacular gorge with red mountain formations. Dinner and overnight in the family run guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 3: Barskoon – Arabel valley – Juuku
After breakfast you will head to the starting point of the trek in the gorge Barskoon and the valley Ara-Bel. Meeting and introduction to horsemen and trial horse riding. Horse riding and overnight in tents under the Juuku Pass. Altitude 3633 m.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 4: Gorge Juuku
Horse riding (5 h) over the pass Juuku to the gorge Juuku. Overnight in tents. Altitude 2800 m.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 5: Saruu valley
Horse riding (6-7 h) from Juuku valley down to the valley Juukuchak, after to Saruu valley until the hot spring. Accomodation in the tents. Altitude 2400 m.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 6: Kichi-Kyzyl-Suu valley
Horse riding (3-4 h) from Saruu valley to the pass Orto Bulak (2800 m) riding down to the valley Kichi-Kyzyl-Suu. Accommodation in tents. Altitude 2300m.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 7: Chon-Kyzyl-Suu valley
Horse riding (4-5h) from Kichi-Kyzyl Suu valley to the Chon-Kyzyl-Suu valley. Accommodation in the tents. Altitude 2300 m.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 8: Jety-Oguz Gorge – Karakol
Horse riding (4-5 h) from Chon-Kyzyl-Suu valley to the pass Svetlaya Polyana (3000 m) riding down to the Jeti-Oguz valley Kok-Jaiyk. End of the horse back riding, back to Karakol by car.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Day 9: Karakol – Bishkek
After breakfast you will visit wooden Russian-orthodox church, Dungan Mosque and Prezhevalsky-Museum. Transfer to Bishkek (400 km). On the way, in Cholpon-Ata visit open-air art gallery of stone that dates back to 500 BC – 100 AD. Overnight in a guest house or hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 10: Bishkek – airport
In the morning transfer to Bishkek. Departure.
Meals: Breakfast
  • Twin room accommodation including early check in on Day 1;
  • Meals – groups 1-4 people - as per program; groups 5-10 people – full board;
  • Transportation through out the whole trip;
  • English Speaking Guide (expect on Day 10 – transfer to the Airport);
  • Sightseeing tour program in all cities according to the program, including entrance fees to sights, museums, Karakol National Park. Camera/video fees are not included and paid separately;
  • Rent of kitchen equipment and a tents, mat;
  • Cook’s services;
  • Horses;
  • Stableman.
  • Visa support;
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Single supplement;
  • Accommodation in a single tent;
  • Sleeping bag;
  • Consular fees paid upon collection of the entrance visa to Kyrgyzstan;
  • International airfares;
  • Tips are not included, but would be appreciated;
  • Personal insurance and items not mentioned above.



Economy Option
Comfort Option
Bishkek - 2 nights
B hotel, My hotel, BridgesRamada, Ambassador, Central Park or similar
Barskoon - 1 night
Home stay (B&B), family run accommodationHome stay (B&B), family run accommodation
Horse Riding Tour - 5 nights
Double TentDouble Tent
Karakol - 1 night
Green Yard, Matsunoki guest house or similar78 hotel, Karagat or similar

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