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Trekking and Horseback Riding

Tours for half-, one- and multi-day trekking or horseback riding trips.

What better way to explore the South Shore than by taking part in an adrenaline-fueled and incredibly scenic day- or multi-day horseback riding or trekking adventure? With some of the most unique landscape in Central Asia, the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul is the ideal horseback riding and trekking destination for travelers seeking challenging routes over a fascinating terrain — some routes even offer onward travel to neighboring regions. What’s more, horseriding ar trekking offers a unique vantage point that you just won’t find from a car window, and it gives you the chance to be close to the nature on one of our many nearby trekking routes.

Our horseback riding and trekking tours match any interest and skill level. Select an easy-going and family-friendly half-day beginner tour near Bokonbaevo for an engaging and fun day of a horseback riding or trekking experience. The first day of horseback riding is usually easy, so even as a beginner you get the chance to learn the skills you need for the trip. For the Horseback riding trips we will have porter-horses to carry the luggage. All tours include the trekking gear you need besides trekking shoes or the horse of course. Also a picnic lunch will be provided. Choose well and you’ll see that some routes include optional swimming, which is pretty much the best way to cool off after a day of fun horseback riding or trekking in the sun!

Advanced horseback riding and trekking tours offer 20+ kilometer rides and treks specifically designed by experienced riders and hikers, who know exactly what it takes for a thrilling and adventurous tour — our horseback riding or trekking routes take you through the best valley and mountain corridors in the Tian Shan Mountains.

Regardless of the level of difficulty, each horseback riding or trekking tour provides ample opportunity to soak in the mind blowing nature, admire panoramic views of Lake Issyk-Kul, interact with nomadic life on the jailoos (summer mountain pastures), and enjoy the mountain air so appreciated by travelers visiting Kyrgyzstan’s South Shore of Lake Issyk-Kul.

All Trekking/Horseback Riding Tours Include:


  • Local guide
  • Horse rental/Trekking Gear rental
  • Lunch/food
  • Transport / support vehicle

Juuku Tour (3 days) - Trekking

Day 1:

In the morning our drivers will bring you to the starting point of this tour which is Juuku valley. Transport there by car takes around 3 hours. Juuku valley is surrounded by forests, mountain peaks and glaciers. In this valley many shepherds live with their cattle and you will have the chance to experience their way of live. We will spend the night in this valley close to a river.

Distance: 20km – Elevation gain/loss: 700m/-150m, 7 hours of hiking

Day 2:

The second day we will spend crossing Dungurumo pass, which is located on 3,800m. This is a really wild area and even shepherds are not living there. Because of this you will have the chance to experience wild animals like Marco Polo sheeps, golden eagles, marmots many more. We spend the night after crossing the pass on a jailoo (summer pasture).

Distance: 20km – Elevation gain/loss: 1170m/-250m, 7 hours of hiking

Day 3:

Today we enter through Sary Moinok Jailoo the famous Barskoon valley. This valley is surrounded by high mountains and full of trees. Our drivers will already be waiting for us there and can bring us to the Barskoon waterfall. Afterwards you will be brought back to Bokonbaevo.

Distance: 7km – Elevation gain/loss: 12m/-970m, 4 hours of hiking

 

Highlights:

  • On this tour we will cross wild areas, which are full of animals like Marco Polo sheeps, golden eagles and marmots
  • On the last day we pass Barskoon valley and you will have the chance to see it’s various waterfalls

Distance:

45 km

Accommodation:

Tents

Food:

All meals will be provided by our guides

What to bring:

Trekking boots, weatherproof warm clothing

Season:

Late June - Mid September

Duration:

3 days 

Max. Elevation:

3,800 m

Min. Elevation:

2,150 m

Difficulty:

Moderate

Transportation:

Drop-off at starting point, pick-up at end point

Starting/Ending Point:

Juuku valley – Dungurumo pass (3,800m) – Sary Moinok Jailoo – Barskoon valley

Juuku Horseback Riding/Trekking Tour, Price per Person1 person2 persons3 persons4 persons
Trekking: Total price per person30,250 KGS / 385 $20,540 KGS / 260 $17,380 KGS / 220 $15,410 KGS / 195 $

Ara Bel Tour (5 Days) - Horseback Riding OR Trekking

Day 1:

Our drivers will pick you up and bring you to Ara Bel Valley in the morning, which is located 3 hours from Bokonbaevo by car. Ara Bel is a flat and broad valley with high mountain peaks on each side. On our first day we will pass many lakes and glaciers.  We slowly descend on serpentines and enter the Burkan valley. Here we will spend the first night after a long but pleasant hike in this valley.

Distance: 30km – Elevation gain/loss: 258m/-920m, 6 hours by horse/7 hours hiking

Day 2:

The second day we will completely spend hiking through the Burkan valley. This will be a very pleasant hike, we slowly descend. Burkan valley is completely flat and surrounded by high mountain peaks, small streams and glaciers. We spend the night in this huge valley as well.

Distance: 25km – Elevation gain/loss: 260m/-380m, 5 hours by horse/6 hours hiking

Day 3:

After breakfast we will continue our hike and pass beautiful rock formations. We will spend our lunch time close to old petroglyphs – ancient rock carvings. In the afternoon we will follow the Jyluu Suu river and reach it’s origin at the end of this day: The Jyluu Suu hot springs. Here you can swim and rest for the next exhausting day.

Distance: 20km – Elevation gain/loss: 250m/-200m, 5 hours by horse/6 hours hiking

Day 4:

Today will be a tougher day for us: We are going to cross the Tong Ashuu pass which is located on 4000m. From this pass you will have a beautiful panoramic view of both Issyk-Kul and Tien-Shan mountains. On this day we will descend and pass many small lakes on the way. We reach Kok Bulak Jailoo (summer pasture) where many shepherds live and spend the night there.

Distance: 20km – Elevation gain/loss: 1200m/-1435m, 7 hours by horse/8 hours hiking

Day 5:

Today is the last day of our tour. After a long sleep and a good breakfast we will slowly descend and follow rivers on our way back home to Bokonbaevo.

Distance: 11km – Elevation gain/loss: 0m/-800m, 4 hours by horse/5 hours hiking

Highlights:

  • On this tour we will cross two beautiful valleys which are full of small lakes, glaciers and great rock formations
  • On our way will be ancient Petroglyphs – ancient rock carvings
  • We will spend one night close to Jyluu Suu hot springs, where you can swim and take a rest

Distance:

108 km

Accommodation:

Tents or shepherd’s yurt

Food:

All meals will be either provided by our guides or shepherds

What to bring:

Trekking boots, weatherproof warm clothing

Season:

Mid June - Mid September

Duration:

5 days

Max. Elevation:

4,150 m

Min. Elevation:

2,000 m

Difficulty:

Moderate

Transportation:

Drop-off at starting point, pick-up at end point

Starting/Ending Point:

Ara Bel Valley – Burkan Valley – Jyluu Suu hot springs – Tong Ashuu pass (4000m) – Kok Bulak Jailoo – Bokonbaevo

Ara Bel Horseback Riding/Trekking Tour, Price per Person1 person2 persons3 persons4 persons
Trekking: Total price per person33,180 KGS / 420 $18,960 KGS / 240 $14,220 KGS / 180 $11,850 KGS / 150 $
Horseback Riding: Total price per person37,920 KGS / 480 $26,900 KGS / 340 $25,300 KGS / 320 $23,700 KGS / 300 $

Barscoon Tour (5 days) - Horseback Riding OR Trekking

Day 1:

In the morning you will be picked up by our drivers and brought to the Tuura-Suu village, where the horses, if you’ve chosen a horse tour, will already be waiting for you. We will pass our first jailoo Kok-Bulak this day. On this summer pasture many shepherds stay during the summer and you can enjoy a beautiful panorama view of Issyk-Kul lake. In the late afternoon we set up our tents and spend the evening close to Tong-Ashuu pass.

Distance: 17km – Elevation gain/loss: 1370m/-7m, 6 hours by horse/7 hours hiking

Day 2:

Today we pass the Tong-Ashuu pass with an altitude of 4000m. This is the highest point of our tour and you can enjoy panorama views of both Issyk-Kul lake and the surrounding mountains. We ascend from the pass and reach Jyluu-Suu hot springs, where you can swim and rest a bit. There is even the possibility to fish for our dinner. We set up the tents close to the hot springs and spend the night there.

Distance: 11,5km – Elevation gain/loss: 726m/-1006m, 5 hours by horse/6 hours hiking

Day 3:

We get up early in the morning and spend the whole day crossing Uch Emchek valley. We cross small waterfalls, many streams and even yaks. Many shepherds live in this valley and you will have the chance to experience real nomad life. We spend the night in this valley.

Distance: 26km – Elevation gain/loss: 714m/-285m, 6 hours by horse/7hours hiking

Day 4:

After breakfast we start and leave Uch Emchek valley before noon. We follow the Jilyy-Suu river which ends in the Kokui-Kol Lake, where we can rest. We leave this lake in the afternoon and spend the night close to Kerege Tash valley.

Distance: 20km – Elevation gain/loss: 276m/-319m, 6 hours by horse/7 hours hiking

Day 5:

We enter Kerege Tash valley today and ascend the whole day. After four days of hiking this will be a pleasant hike. After lunch we will reach the finish point of our tour and will be picked up from our drivers, that bring us back to Bokonbaevo.

Distance: 11km – Elevation gain/loss: 55m/-750m, 4 hours by horse/5 hours hiking

Highlights:

  • After the second day of this tour we will set up our camp close to Jyluu-Suu hot springs, where you can swim and have a rest
  • We cross Tong Ashuu pass with 4000m, where you will have panorama view of both Issyk-Kul lake and Naryn mountains
  • We cross the watery Uch Emchek valley, full of small waterfalls, streams and yaks

Distance:

85 km

Accommodation:

Tents

Food:

All meals will be provided by our guides

What to bring:

Trekking boots, weatherproof warm clothing

Season:

Mid June - Mid September

Season:

Mid June - Mid September

Duration:

5 days

Max. Elevation:

4,050 m

Min. Elevation:

1,950 m

Difficulty:

Moderate

Transportation:

Drop-off at starting point, pick-up at end point

Starting/Ending Point:

Bokonbaevo - Tuura-Suu village - Kok-Bulak jailoo - Tong Ashuu (4000 m) – Jyluu Suu hot springs – Uch Emchek valley – Kokui-Kol Lake - Kerege Tash valley

Barscoon Horseback Riding/Trekking Tour, Price per Person1 person2 persons3 persons4 persons
Trekking: Total price per person33,180 KGS / 420 $18,960 KGS / 240 $14,220 KGS / 180 $11,850 KGS / 150 $
Horseback Riding: Total price per person37,920 KGS / 480 $26,900 KGS / 340 $25,300 KGS / 320 $23,700 KGS / 300 $

Two Pass Tour (7 days) – On Horseback OR Trekking

Day 1:

After breakfast at your guest house you will be picked up and brought to “Tuura-suu” village, where the tour starts. After several hours of ascending the pass, we will rest for the night.

Distance: 17km – Elevation gain/loss: 1350m/-11m, 5 hours by horse/6 hours hiking

Day 2:

On this day we will pass “Tong Ashuu” pass with an altitude of 4023m and descend slowly. In the afternoon we will reach hot springs called “Issyk Suu” and rest for the night. Overnight stay in tents or yurts.

Distance: 12km – Elevation gain/loss: 700m/-1070m, 6 hours by horse/7 hours hiking

Day 3:

Today we go up to “Teshik-Kul” Lake at 3727m.  There you have the possibility to go fishing. In the afternoon we go back to hot springs and continue to “Uch Emchek” valley where we will spend the night.

Distance: 20km – Elevation gain/loss: 900m/-790m, 6 hours by horse/7 hours hiking

Day 4:

The tour continues up in the mountains where you will enjoy beautiful landscapes and panoramas. You will sleep close to the second pass “Tosor-Ashuu” at 3893m.

Distance: 20km – Elevation gain/loss: 530m/-100m, 5 hours by horse/6 hours hiking

Day 5:

After crossing “Tosor-Ashuu” you will descend. During this part of the trail you will see the astonishing panorama of Issyk-Kul Lake. You will spend the night at “Kol-Bel” jailoo (3000m).

Distance: 22km – Elevation gain/loss: 1050m/-1500m, 6 hours by horse/7 hours hiking

Day 6:

On this day our tour takes you further down to the yurt camp “Boz Salkyn” which is located close to the holy mountain “Tashtarata”. We will spend the night in the yurt camp.

You can either spend the night at “Boz-Salkyn” yurt camp or go back to Bokonbaevo with one of our drivers.

Distance: 14km – Elevation gain/loss: 560m/-1070m, 6 hours by horse/7 hours hiking

Day 7:

Today we descend back to Bokonbaevo village and reach it in the early afternoon.

Distance: 13km – Elevation gain/loss: 40m/-800m, 3 hours by horse/4 hours hiking

 

Highlights:

  • On this tour we will pass Teshik-Kul Lake, which is a fascinating mountain lake full of fish.
  • On the route we will also visit hot springs, where you can relax. We will spend one of the nights close to these hot springs.
  • We will cross several small waterfalls, lakes and rivers on our way

Distance:

118 km

Accommodation:

Tents or or in shepherd's yurts

Food:

All meals will be either provided by our guides or shepherds

What to bring:

Trekking boots, weatherproof warm clothing

Season:

Mid June - September

Duration:

6/7 days

Max. Elevation:

4,050 m

Min. Elevation:

2,000 m

Difficulty:

Moderate - Difficult

Transportation:

Drop-off at starting point, pick-up at end point

 

Starting/Ending Point:

Bokonbaevo – Tong-Ashuu (4023 m) – Teshik-Kul - Tosor-Ashuu (3893 m) - Kol-Bel - Boz Salkyn – Bokonbaevo

Two Pass Horseback Riding/Trekking Tour, Price per Person1 person2 persons3 persons4 persons
Trekking: Total price per person37,070 KGS / 470 $22,200 KGS / 280 $17,380 KGS / 220 $14,630 KGS / 185 $
Horseback Riding: Total price per person47,400 KGS / 600 $30,850 KGS / 390 $27,650 KGS / 350 $25,700 KGS / 325 $

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