Horseriding holidays in Kyrgyzstan: Horseback tour along the ridge of Kyrgyz Ala-Too mountains

A trip along the gorge of the Terskey-Ala-Too mountain range is more than 100 km of horse-riding along the wild through the steep passes : Ortok (3780 m), Ailanysh (3560 m), Ala-Kol northern (3860 m), and thick Coniferous forests, picturesque gorges and alpine meadows. During these 12 days you will see the famous peaks of the Tien Shan mountain range: Karakol peak (5281 m), Oguz-Bashi (5168 m), Zhigit (5170 m), Palatka (5020 m) and unique glacial lake Ala- Kol (3535 m).

During the tour, you will follow the route of the ancient nomads  getting acquainted with their culture and way of life. You can examine the stone balbals, spend the night in felt yurts, taste natural, national products: kumis, ayran, cottage cheese and freshly baked bread.

During the trip, you will also have a rest in the healing springs of Altyn-Arashan, visiting a wooden mosque wich was built without any nail in the style of a Buddhist temple, and viewing the ancient petroglyphs of the Scythians. And at the end of the way you will have a chance to swim in the beautiful Issyk-Kul lake.

Tour characteristics

June - September
9 days
114 km
+4850 m  -4920 m
Complexity 
Book now from $ 970

You are going to love it

  • Starting a long and intensive way on horseback from the city to the picturesque Jergez gorge.
  • Enjoy a bath in the hot springs of Altyn-Arashan.
  • Discover the beauty of our final destination : Ala-Kel glacier lake.
  • Visit the old city of Karakol and savor the delights of our traditional cuisine
  • At the end of your trip, rest at Cholpon-Ata –a small resort city on Issyk kul Lake
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1 Day. Manas Airport - Bishkek city - Ala-Archa Park

Meeting at the airport. Transfer : airport - hotel. After accomodation we will have a small trip to the Ala-Archa National Park, which is located 40 km from the capital of Kyrgyzstan. It helps you to acclimatize. Here outdoors, you can relax from the flight and visit waterfall Ak-Say which is very popular among the travelers. Then you will meet with the Baibol Travel team and examine the tour program.

Locations

Bishkek
Hiking
7 km
3-3,5 h
+500 m  -500 m
B L D

2 Day. Bishkek city– Karakol city

On the road from Bishkek to Karakol city, we stop at the Burana tower, a cultural monument of the Karakhanid era (a medieval Turkic state of the 10th-13th centuries, the territory of which stretched from east Turkestan to the Amu Darya river). The construction of the minaret (where the prayer sounds) is dated 10-11 centuries. Initially, its height was 40 meters, but after the earthquake the upper part was destroyed and now the length of the structure is 21.7 meters. During the tour we visit Burana tower and also 80 balbals - stone sculptures, which represent portraits of Turks.

Accommodation

Locations

Karakol
Bishkek
Ysyk-Ata District
B L D

3 Day. Karakol city– Zhergez gorge

In the morning, we will go to Zhergez gorge, where you will be instructed on a horse riding, and then set out on a journey through the footsteps of ancient nomads through the mountains and coniferous forests. On the way you will visit the stone sculptures of ancient nomads - balbals, and in the gorge you can relax in the yurt and taste the healthy and very unusual  national drinks. Then you will have a fascinating trip on horseback to the yurt village, where you will spend a night on the open air.

Accommodation

Sights

Jergez gorge

Locations

Karakol
Ak-Suu District
Horse walking
17 km
5-6 h
+1300 m  -100 m
B L D

4 Day. Ailanysh pass - Almaluu valley

Passage through the  Aylanysh pass (3560 m.) to the  Almaluu valley will take about 4-5 hours. The path will pass through the blooming valleys, waterfall, mountain lake Ailanysh, and most importantly that you can admire the magnificent view of the peak Tashtanbek-Tor-Bashi (4600 m.). We will spend the night in a tent camp, not far from the pastures and shepherds yurts.

Accommodation

Economy: Camping
Standard: Camping
VIP: Camping

Sights

Almaluu valley
Tashtanbek-Turbasy Vertex

Locations

Ak-Suu District
Horse walking
25 km
4-5 h
+550 m  -950 m
B L D

5 Day. Amaluu valley - Ortok pass - Altyn-Arashan gorge

One of the most difficult days. We will have a long journey and storming the Ortok pass (3,780 m.). Here you can try your physical fitness and endurance, and when you overcome the pass you will  easily come down to the hot springs of Altyn-Arashan (Golden Springs). By the way, you will see Palatka peak which is (5020 m), the highest peak in your trip. Healing waters of Arashan containing radon will fill you with energy for a new day and. It will be possible to stay overnight in tents or in private houses located in the gorge.

Accommodation

Economy: Camping
Standard: Camping
VIP: Country house / Villa / Cottag

Locations

Ak-Suu District
Horse walking
25 km
3-4 h
+960 m  -1210 m
B L D

6 Day. Hiking to Ala-Kol lake

The last section of the path of the steep Al-Kol pass is northern (3860 m.) on the way to the most beautiful lake of the Central Tien Shan - Ala-Kol (3532 m.) will have to go on foot. But all your efforts will pay off, when you will see a unique glacial lake and the famous peaks: Karakol (5281 m), Oguz-Bashi (5168 m) and Zhigit (5170 m).

Accommodation

Economy: Camping
Standard: Camping
VIP: Country house / Villa / Cottag

Sights

Ala-kel Northern pass

Locations

Ak-Suu District
Hiking
25 km
3-4 h
+1360 m  -1360 m
B L D

7 Day. Altyn-Arashan gorge - Ak-Suu village - Karakol city

Descent from the Altyn-Arashan gorge to the Ak-Suu village or Zholkolot (optional) through the arboretum, where you can enjoy a great variety of flora. This scenic way will take us 3-4 hours. The path will pass through picturesque meadows, where grazing cows and horses graze. And in Karakol you will have a small tour of local attractions. You will visit a mosque in the style of a Buddhist temple, built by the Chinese architect Zhou Xi for the local Dungans (the Chinese who converted to Islam). The amazing thing -  it was built without any nail. The colors of the mosque embody various Dungan cultural concepts, red color protects from evil spirits, yellow - promotes the accumulation of wealth and brings prosperity to the house, and green - personifies happiness. Also you will visit the wooden Russian Orthodox church.

Accommodation

Locations

Karakol
Ak-Suu District
Horse walking
15 km
3-3,5 h
+180 m  -800 m
B L D

8 Day. Karakol city - Cholpon -Ata city

On the way from Karakol to Cholpon-Ata cities we will visit the open-air museum. Here you will see and touch the fine arts of the ancient Scythians: tombstones, border stone fences, and petroglyphs dating back to 2000 BC. - 4th century AD. One drawing show how the snow leopards hunting in motion.

This drawing is unique, because it is the only one of its kind in Central Asia. Also we will visit the cultural center "Rukh- Ordo" named after the famous writer Chingiz Aitmatov. On the territory of the complex there are 5 chapels wich was built  in honor of 4 major denominations of the world: Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and Christianity. At the end of the day, you can swim in the Issyk-Kul lake.

9 Day. Transfer: Cholpon-Ata city - Bishkek

In the morning transfer to Bishkek. Upon arrival, accommodation in the hotel. After a rest a small city tour around the Bishkek. The cultural program includes, a walk along the central square of the capital Ala-Too, where is located the monument to the national hero "Manas the Magnanimous" . Here you can see the change of honor guard at the flagpole, visit the historical museum, and then the monument to the leader of the Alai kyrgyz people Kurmanjan Datka, the old square and the government house. At the end of the tour you can buy souvenirs in the central department store (CUM). Next mornig -home departure.

Create your own group and travel profitably!

If you have been waiting for the right time to go on a journey in the footsteps of the ancient nomads of Central Asia, it has come! For the first time in Kyrgyzstan, "Baibol Travel" gives you a unique opportunity to travel at affordable prices, collecting a group of travelers from your relatives, friends, colleagues, as you are hungry for new experiences and incredible discoveries! We are happy to adapt our services to your requests and requirements, so we suggest you choose the conditions of travel with the comfort and conditions that suit you. The more people in your group, the greater the benefits will be received by all its participants!

Tour cost

The prices are indicated according to the classification of the tour and the number of people.

Number of persons / Class Economy Standard VIP
1-2 $ 1995 $ 2370 $ 2720
3-4 $ 1350 $ 1620 $ 2140
5-6 $ 1165 $ 1460 $ 2030
7-8 $ 1070 $ 1350 $ 1830
9-10 $ 970 $ 1300 $ 1700

Conditions      

Suite of service

VIP

Standard

Econom

Transport (all transfers according to the program)

       SUV premium class

Внедорожник высокого класса

Класс 4х4 минивен

Accommodation (in hotels, guest houses and yurts according to the program

Guide – translator 

Guide assistant (for groups over 6 people)

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Cook

Cook's assistant (for groups over 6 people)

Horse guide

The grooms

Horses

Equestrian backing during the tour

Three meals a day (+ snack for trekking trips)

4-х разовое

3-х разовое

3-х разовое

Tents for accommodation

Kitchen and dining room tent (for groups over than 6 people)

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Portable restrooms

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Sleeping bags

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Camping mattress

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Kitchen things

Satellite communication

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National games

Master classes

Excursions

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Folklore concert

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Horse tour recommendations

Unlike tracking, in the horse tour, horse carries the main cargo, but it doesn't mean that you can take anything you want with you. Overloading can lead to a backlog from the program and then instead of enjoying a leisurely trip to natural attractions, your journey will turn into a quick race. Our universal list for horse tours is made taking into account everything you need from clothes to accessories (the amount of things can change only in case of a difficult tour).

Please use it as a guide:

  • tent, sleeping bag or mat (if not included in the list of things provided by the company);
  • backpack or travel bag + lightweight backpack not more than 30 liters (optional, for tours with auto-support);
  • riding shoes (without a heel, without a platform, and fixed), sneakers are fit;
  • a spare pair of shoes (if the first one is wet or broken);
  • thick pants (to riding);
  • windproof and waterproof jacket (windbreaker);
  • a couple of t-shirts— long-sleeved t-shirt (to sun protection);
  • a set of warm clothes in case of cool weather;
  • a pair of t-shirts, a headdress (to sun protection);
  • not less than 2 pairs of woolen and 2 pairs of normal socks;
  • gloves;
  • gaiters;
  • sunscreen;
  • personal hygiene items and personal first-aid kit;
  • watch, altimeter (optional), power bank (optional);
  • sunglasses;
  • camera, batteries to it;
  • headlamp, batteries to it;
  • handbag for documents.