Epic Horseback Adventure: Son-Kul to Naryn

4 Days


Embark on a breathtaking three-day horseback riding tour that takes you from the pristine alpine lake of Son-Kul, over the challenging Teskey Torpu pass (famously known as the 33 Parrots pass), through the majestic Teshik Gorge, and into the heart of Kyrgyz culture at Jergetal Village, before concluding in the historic city of Naryn. This journey is a rare blend of adventure, natural beauty, and cultural immersion, designed for those who seek to explore the untouched landscapes of Kyrgyzstan and connect with its nomadic traditions.

Why Choose This Adventure?

  • Unique Pathways: Traverse paths less traveled, including the thrilling Teskey Torpo pass, offering unparalleled views and a sense of accomplishment.
  • Cultural Depth: Engage deeply with the local culture through stays in traditional yurts and homestays, enjoying the warm hospitality of Kyrgyz families.
  • Natural Wonders: From the serene waters of Son-Kul to the dramatic landscapes of Teshik Gorge and the welcoming greenery of Jergetal, experience the diverse beauty of Kyrgyzstan.
  • Sustainable Exploration: Travel responsibly, with a focus on supporting local communities and preserving the pristine environments you’ll visit.

Day One:

  • Start on horseback towards Teskey-Torpuk Pass.
  • Enjoy panoramic views and a photo session at the pass.
  • Descend to visit a waterfall, transitioning to a foot journey.
  • Conclude with dinner and an overnight stay in Sary-Bel.

Day Two:

  • Explore Han-Salyk Gorge, including its legend and ancient sites.
  • Lunch at Zhon Bulak Pass with rest and photos.
  • Overnight stay in the valley or winter camp of Teshik.

Day Three:

  • Participate in traditional horse games in the morning.
  • Trek to and explore the canyons of Teshik, Bak-Chetin, and Zangi.
  • Evening ascent to Kyrgyzhol ridge, followed by dinner and a cultural performance at Zherge Tal.

Day Four:

  • Traverse through a pass to Kuybyshev Village.
  • Journey through the mountains to reach the Naryn Bridge.

Embark on Your Adventure

This tour is designed for adventurers who yearn to connect with the wild landscapes and rich cultural tapestry of Kyrgyzstan. With expert guides, well-trained horses, and a commitment to responsible travel, we invite you to saddle up for an unforgettable journey through some of the most extraordinary terrains on the planet.

Spaces are limited to ensure a personalized and impactful experience. Book your journey now and prepare to immerse yourself in the adventure of a lifetime.


Depart from the shores of Son-Kul after breakfast. The lake, situated at over 3,000 meters, offers stunning early morning views.
Begin your ascent towards the Teskey Torpu pass. The journey will take you through vast pastures where you might encounter nomadic herders.
Enjoy a picnic lunch with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Continue your ride to the base of the Teskey Torpu pass. The terrain becomes more challenging as you approach, with the path winding through stunning alpine landscapes.
Set up camp near the base of the pass. Enjoy a traditional dinner prepared by your guides. Spend the evening around the campfire, under the vast starry sky.

Morning: Visit the Han-Salyk Gorge, where you'll learn about the legend of Han Salyk and explore ancient burial sites and stone carvings.
Lunch: Opportunity to have lunch at the Zhon Bulak Pass, also planned are a photo session and rest.
Evening: Descend to the valley or the wintering site of Teshik for an overnight stay.

Morning: Start the day with horse games, allowing for a deep dive into the culture of the Kyrgyz people.
Day: Hike to the canyons of Teshik, Bak-Chetin, Zangi for sightseeing and photography.
Evening: Ascend the Kyrgyzhol ridge and descend to Zherge Tal, where dinner, overnight stay, and a meeting with an ensemble of komuz players and a master of komuz await.

Morning and Day: Journey through the pass to the village of Kuybyshev, from where you will head into the mountains and eventually reach the Naryn Bridge. This day offers even more opportunities to explore Kyrgyz landscapes and culture.


  • Guided Tour
  • Professional, English-speaking guides experienced in horseback riding and knowledgeable about the local culture and landscapes.
  • Horse Rental
  • Well-trained horses suitable for the terrain and riding level required for the tour. Includes all necessary riding gear (saddles, reins, etc.).
  • Accommodation
  • First night: Camping near the base of Teskey Torpo Pass. Tents and sleeping mats provided.
  • Second night: Homestay in Jergetal Village, offering a unique cultural experience.
  • Third night: Accommodation in a comfortable guesthouse or hotel in Naryn.
  • Meals
  • All meals from breakfast on Day 1 to dinner on Day 3. Includes a mix of local Kyrgyz cuisine and campfire favorites. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with prior notice.
  • Transportation
  • Support vehicle for carrying luggage and supplies. Note: Riders will be responsible for carrying their own daypacks.
  • Pickup from a designated meeting point in Naryn at the start and drop-off at the end of the tour.


  • Travel Insurance
  • Participants are required to have their own travel insurance covering medical emergencies, evacuation, and loss of property for the duration of the tour.
  • Personal Gear
  • Riding clothes, helmets (mandatory), and any personal gear not specifically listed as included. A detailed packing list will be provided upon booking.
  • Additional Beverages and Snacks
  • Alcoholic beverages and personal snack preferences outside of the meals provided.
  • Gratuities
  • Tips for guides and homestay families are not included and are left to the discretion of the participants.
  • Transport to Meeting Point
  • Transportation to the initial meeting point in Naryn at the start of the tour and from the drop-off point at the end of the tour is not included.
  • Extra Activities
  • Any optional activities not outlined in the tour itinerary may incur additional costs.
  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs, laundry, and other personal expenses are not covered.
What level of horseback riding experience is required for this tour?

This tour is designed for intermediate to advanced riders due to the challenging terrain, including the ascent and descent of Teskey Torpo Pass. Participants should be comfortable riding for several hours each day, handling a horse in varied terrains, and have a good level of physical fitness. Beginners passionate about participating should contact us for a pre-tour assessment and advice on preparation.

What should I pack for the tour?

Participants should pack warm and waterproof clothing, as weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. Essential items include a helmet (mandatory for riding), riding boots or sturdy shoes, gloves, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), a water bottle, and personal medication. A detailed packing list will be provided upon booking.

How are the meals arranged, and can dietary restrictions be accommodated?

All meals are provided, from breakfast on Day 1 to dinner on Day 3, including a mix of local and campfire cuisine. We can accommodate most dietary restrictions and preferences with prior notice. Please inform us at the time of booking of any dietary needs.

What type of accommodation can I expect?

Accommodations include one night of camping near Teskey Torpo Pass with tents and sleeping mats provided, one night in a homestay in Jergetal Village for a cultural experience, and the final night in a comfortable guesthouse or hotel in Naryn. Accommodations are based on shared occupancy; single occupancy may be available upon request for an additional fee.

Is travel insurance required?

Yes, all participants are required to have comprehensive travel insurance covering medical emergencies, evacuation, and loss of property for the duration of the tour. Proof of insurance must be provided before the tour commences.

What safety measures are in place during the tour?

Safety is our top priority. All guides are trained in first aid and emergency response. A support vehicle will carry all luggage and supplies, staying within reach for most of the journey. Participants will be briefed on safety protocols, and an emergency evacuation plan is in place for the entire route.

How do I get to the starting point of the tour, and is transportation provided at the end?

Participants are responsible for their transportation to the designated meeting point in Naryn at the start of the tour. At the conclusion of the tour, transportation will be provided back to a central location in Naryn. Detailed instructions on how to reach the meeting point, including recommendations for local transport options, will be provided upon booking.

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