Historic Horseback Riding Tour: Tash Rabat – Chatyr-Kol

5 Days


Horseback Riding Tour: Tash-Rabat – Chatyr-Kol

Duration: 5 Days, 4 Nights
Distance: 60 km
Altitude: From 2000 meters to 3030 meters, exploring terrains at 3000 and 4000 meters above sea level to witness nature from high altitudes.

Tour Overview

Embark on a majestic 5-day horseback riding journey through the heart of Kyrgyzstan, from the historical sites to the breathtaking high-altitude landscapes. This tour offers an intimate encounter with Kyrgyz culture, history, and the nomadic lifestyle. Starting from Kyzyl-Tuu, traverse through diverse terrains, visit ancient caravanserai at Tash Rabat, and marvel at the pristine beauty of Chatyr-Kol lake, all while experiencing the traditional hospitality of local herders.


Morning: Arrival at Kyzyl-Tuu village. Welcome breakfast and introduction to the tour guides and fellow adventurers.
Afternoon: Horse riding tutorial focusing on safety and horse behavior. Visit the historical site of Koshoy-Korgon and its museum to delve into the rich history of the region. Explore a local fish farm, learning about traditional fishing methods.
Evening: Enjoy a traditional Kyrgyz dinner featuring freshly caught fish. Overnight stay in a guesthouse in Kyzyl-Tuu, offering a chance to experience local hospitality.

Morning: Departure after breakfast towards the salt marshes, riding through picturesque landscapes.
Afternoon: Arrival at Shirikty Valley. Visit a local herder's family to learn about nomadic life and livestock care. Participate in daily activities, offering a hands-on experience of nomadic culture.
Evening: Dinner with the host family, followed by stories and songs around a campfire. Overnight in a traditional yurt, experiencing the nomadic way of life.

Morning: Early breakfast before setting off towards the Tash Rabat caravanserai, an ancient Silk Road landmark nestled at 3000 meters above sea level.
Afternoon: Explore the caravanserai, learning about its history as a rest stop for traders and travelers. Hike around the area to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
Evening: Settle into a yurt camp near Tash Rabat for dinner. Enjoy a night under the stars, sharing experiences with fellow travelers.

Morning: Depart from Tash Rabat, heading towards the majestic Chatyr-Kol lake. The journey involves crossing challenging terrains and reaching a pass at 4000 meters.
Afternoon: Arrive at Chatyr-Kol, a high-altitude lake known for its stunning beauty. Lunch by the lake, with time to explore the surroundings and possibly spot local wildlife.
Evening: Ride to the Ak-Sai pasture to meet with local herders. Dinner and overnight stay in a yurt, learning more about the pastoral lifestyle at high altitudes.

Morning: After breakfast, ride through high mountain passes, visiting Ichke, Bel-Karasuu, and Korgon-Tash pastures. Each location offers unique insights into the life of mountain herders and breathtaking natural beauty.
Afternoon: Picnic lunch in the pastures, with opportunities for photography and interaction with local herders. Learn about traditional Kyrgyz crafts and possibly participate in making felt or other handicrafts.
Evening: Return journey to Kyzyl-Tuu. Farewell dinner with the group, reflecting on the adventure and cultural experiences shared.
Night: Departure or overnight stay in Kyzyl-Tuu, depending on individual travel plans.


Included in the 5-Day Kyrgyzstan Horseback Riding Adventure

  • Professional Guide Services: English-speaking tour guide experienced in horseback riding and knowledgeable about local culture, history, and terrain.
  • Horse Rental and Equipment: Well-trained horses suitable for riders of various skill levels, including all necessary riding gear (saddle, bridle, helmet).
  • Accommodation: 4 nights of lodging, including traditional yurts and guesthouses, based on double occupancy. Single occupancy may be available upon request, subject to additional charges.
  • Meals: All meals from breakfast on Day 1 to dinner on Day 5. This includes traditional Kyrgyz cuisine and picnic lunches during rides.
  • Transportation: Ground transportation to and from the starting point of the tour in Kyzyl-Tuu, as per the itinerary.
  • Entrance Fees: All entrance fees for museums, historical sites, and other attractions as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Cultural Experiences: Participation in local cultural and traditional activities, including visits to nomadic families, craft demonstrations, and any community events that coincide with the tour dates.

Excluded in the 5-Day Kyrgyzstan Horseback Riding Adventure

  • Airfare: International and domestic flights to and from Kyrgyzstan are not included.
  • Visas: Any required visas or entry permits. Participants are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents.
  • Travel Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance, including medical coverage, is highly recommended but not included. Participants must arrange their own insurance.
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses such as souvenirs, additional snacks or beverages outside of meals provided, laundry services, and other personal purchases.
  • Optional Activities: Any activities not outlined in the tour itinerary, such as additional excursions or equipment rentals.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tips for guides, drivers, and local hosts are not included and are at the participant's discretion.
  • Single Room Supplement: Additional charges for single occupancy if requested and available.
  • Emergency Evacuation: Costs associated with medical emergencies or evacuation are not included. Participants are advised to have insurance that covers such eventualities.
  • Alcoholic Beverages: Any alcoholic drinks are not included in the tour price and will be at the participant’s own expense

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the 5-Day Kyrgyzstan Horseback Riding Adventure

Do I need previous horseback riding experience to join this tour?

Yes, some basic horseback riding experience is recommended for this tour due to the varied terrains and the duration of daily rides. Participants should feel comfortable riding for several hours each day. However, our guides are experienced with riders of different skill levels and will provide support and instruction as needed.

What should I pack for the tour?

Participants should pack warm and waterproof clothing, as weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. Comfortable riding boots, a hat or cap for sun protection, sunscreen, sunglasses, a personal water bottle, and a small backpack for daily essentials are also recommended. Don’t forget your camera and extra batteries or power bank. A detailed packing list will be provided upon booking.

Is travel insurance required for this tour?

While travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in the tour, it is highly recommended. Your insurance should cover medical expenses, emergency evacuation, and trip cancellation or interruption. This ensures you are protected against unforeseen circumstances.

How are accommodations arranged?

Accommodations include stays in traditional yurts and guesthouses, offering an authentic experience of Kyrgyz culture. Accommodations are typically shared, based on double occupancy. Single occupancy may be available upon request, subject to an additional charge.

What kind of food will be provided?

The tour includes all meals, featuring traditional Kyrgyz cuisine prepared with local ingredients. Meals are designed to provide a balanced diet and energy for active days. Vegetarian options can be accommodated with prior notice.

How large are the tour groups?

To ensure a personalized and comfortable experience, tour groups are typically kept small, with a maximum of 10-12 participants. This allows for more interaction with the guide and a better immersion into the local culture.

What measures are in place for emergency situations?

Safety is our top priority. Guides are trained in first aid and emergency response. In case of a medical emergency, evacuation procedures are in place to transport the affected participant to the nearest medical facility. Participants are strongly advised to have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies and evacuation.

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