Tour Horseback riding in Celestial Mountains | VisitKarakol


Program: Horseback riding in Celestial Mountains 

Duration: 13 days 

Season: June to September 

Description: This program offers horseback riders a stroll through mixed terrain, mountains along red line and spruce forests, glaciers, meadows, after that we come closer to picturesque snowy summits of high summits. The second part of the tour shows another part of Kyrgyzstan that has the heart of nomadic life, Son Kul lake with yurts, Kokomeren River and Too-Ashu pass.

1 day, Bishkek (airport) – Karakol 

We meet at the airport of Bishkek and drive to Karakol town by the north shore of Issyk-Kul lake. We will make radial trekking to Konorchok canyons on the way (if the weather is nice). We will walk from the main road in Boom valley through narrow dry gorge and a maze of rocks scattered over a dry riverbed. In the canyons, you will get to see red sandstone columns that look like Grand Canyon in Colorado, United States! After all, we go back and continue our trip. Dinner and overnight in a hotel. 

2 day, Karakol – Jety-Oguz valley 

Short city tour in Karakol. We will visit a very famous Dungan mosque that was built without any nail, Orthodox Church and Przhewalski monument. Lunch in ethno restaurant Dastorkon, after we start our journey to Jety-Oguz valley. Visit famous rocks of the Broken Heart and Seven Bulls. Dinner and accommodation in the yurt camp Golden Yurt. 

3 day, Jeti-Oguz - Oguz Bashi peak 5168m 

We will meet with equestrian and get instruction on how to ride horses. Horseback riding on the way to the river Baitor where you can see amazing view to Peak Yeltcin 5168m (1st President of Russia), its previous name was Oguz-Bashy (Head of Bull). Night in tents at the entrance to the gorge Asantukum. 

4 day, Jeti-Oguz - Chon-Kyzyl-Suu valley 

We will leave Jeti-Oguz through Archa-Tor Pass (3850 m) that leads people to the Chon-Kyzyl-Suu gorge. In the morning after the picnic, we will go down to the little valley Karabatkak and pass on to the old geological and meteorological station which was built in 1948. You will enjoy the freshness of the river at the foot of the glacier over there. Night in tents. 

5 day, Chon-Kyzyl-Suu valley - Ashu Tor pass 

We will hit the road to get to the Ashu-Tor pass partly walking by foot and partly riding horses. If we have enought time, we can see the Sirt. After the picnic, we go back to our camp again. Night in tents. 

6 day, Chon-Kyzyl-Suu - Kichi-Kyzyl-Suu 

We will ride down to the gorge before proceeding with the pass that leads to the gorge Kichi-Kyzyl-Suu valley. We will ride through alpine forests, firs and will see many mountain flowers on our way. After that, we will reach the lower reaches of the gorge and camp near the river Kichi-Kyzyl-Suu. Night in tents. 

7 day, Kichi-Kyzyl-Suu – Juukuchak 

Its time to discover a new Alpine valley Juukuchak. The road goes up to the Zhumatai pass (3325 m). The adventurer Ella Maillart in 1932 passed this gorge.. Arrival to local hot springs that are made in a national yurt. Swimming in the radon hot spring. Night in tents. 

8 day, Juukuchak - village Bokonbaevo 

Morning drive to the village Bokonbaevo. We will stop on the way for a walk in the famous canyon Fairytale. Picnic near the lake on the wild beach. Falconry will be demonstrated for you by local master of falconry Ishenbek. Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse of Bokonbaevo village.

9 day, Bokonbaevo - Son-Kul Lake 

Morning drive to Kochkor, where we will visit the craft center and stop for a lunch. We will drive further to Son-Kul Lake. Ascent to Kalmak Ashu (3446 m), meeting with modern nomads, cattle and yaks. Night in a yurt camp. 

10 day, Son-Kul lake (free day) 

We are going to have a horseback riding to top of mountains to see panoramic view of Son-Kul lake. Then we will have lunch in a beautiful yurt. After the lunch, the rest of the day is free so that you can enjoy walking around the lake or taking a sunbath on altitude 3016m. During summer some of the local people who live in these villages, leave their homes to go up to the green and luscious meadows of Son-Kul Lake. Here during the warm summer months, they graze their cattle in the summer pasture live and in small farmsteads, which are called jailoo. You could see rest of the real nomads only in Son-Kul Lake, men all day long ride horses and graze the cattle, which they collected from close villages. Women take care of their children and do housework such as cleaning, cooking, baking bread, making delicious butter and other dairy products from cows and horses. In the summer pasture, almost all the food is natural,their  local products are meat, milk, butter and airan (local yogurt). Here you can see a lot of horses that graze and breed on their own. These noble animals are a particularly nice fit into the Alpine-like meadows. Accommodation and dinner at Yurt camp on Son-Kul lake. 

11 day. Son-Kul lake – Kyzyl Oi village, up to 150 km 

We will have 3 hour horseback riding to the top of mountains in order to see panoramic view of Son-Kul lake and then after lunch we proceed further to Kyzyl-Oi village via Kara-Keche pass, which is on the altitude of the 3384m. This pass is popular for cyclists and off-road lovers. Kyzyl-Oi is a mountain village located at the altitude of about 1800 meters above the sea level in the valley of the mighty river Kekemeren. Here you can see an extraordinary landscape of majestic mountains surrounding the village. Accommodation and dinner in a family CBT guest house in Kyzyl-Oi. Big groups will be divided to few guesthouses. 

12 day. Kyzyl-Oi – Bishkek, 250 km 

We proceed to natural treasure of Inner Tian-Shian, to Suusamyr valley. Suusamyr is one of the best grasslands in Kyrgyzstan. The pass attracts many alpinists, ski lovers and simply people who love fresh mountain air. Further, our road will pass through majestic Too-Ashuu pass, it lies at the altitude of 3400 m. That road connects the north and south capitals. You could see amazing landscapes and a good view of Suusamyr valley. Arrival to Bishkek. Festive dinner in ethno restaurant Supara and folk show. Accommodation in a 3 star hotel. 

13 day. Bishkek – airport Manas, 30km 

Early departure to airport Manas. End of service.


Equipment and items for trekking part:

  • Sleeping bag up to 0 C
  • Good trekking boots with high proper ankle support and good thread. Extra shoes or pair of sandals, in case if main became wet during the rain and etc.
  • Waterproof rain jacket and trousers
  • Warm closes and extra closes to exchange
  • Hat and cap, sun glasess, high factor sun cream
  • Daypack 40-50 litters and rain cover. It is also good idea to line your daypack with a quality plastic bag
  • Head-torch
  • Bottle for water
  • Quick drying towel
  • First aid kit, if you have some disease
  • Recommended to have

  • Walking sticks
  • Toiletries
  • Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
  • Water purification tables or a water filter (more details in Notes)
  • Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if you don’t have altitude adaptation)
  • Pocket knife
  • Important Notes


    While on a trek, you are in the wild to enjoy the nature and the thrill of it. Its very important that you stay healthy and do not take ill on the trek to have a joyful experience in the wild. Water is important during trekking, we are providing boiled water or tea/coffee during breakfast, lunch, dinner, however boiling the water is limited, and it is not enough if you will need to fill up your bottles for next day. Water can be a cause of stomach problems on a trek. On the other hand, you need to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Water in some hills are also the source of water for animals and wild animals on the higher area. Always fetch water from running streams. The faster the better. Stagnant water has high risk of bearing pathogens, irrespective of the cold surrounding. Whereas, as fast gushing water has very low chances of bearing pathogens in it. It even has less particulate materials. You will be able to fill up water from natural springs, it’s the best as it acts as a natural filter and has very less chances of having particles in it. Local people same as a lot of tourist don't have a problems to drink water from the source, however if you are not sure please bring water cleaning pills with you for the trek from your homeland. You will not be able to find water cleaning pills in Kyrgyzstan.


  • Main Baggage:
  • The item of luggage used to carry all your belongings in the hold of the plane and used to store all of the items you don't need on trek. This can be left behind at the group hotel used prior to the trek.
  • Luggage to the porters:
  • Almost all of our standard programs designed for not too long hikes, usually 4 to 8 days. We are providing as default 1 porter to 1 person, which carry 15 kg, that weight including food, tents, cooking staff and private things of clients, usually around 3-5kg first days. Everyday weight of food dicreasing and you will have possibility to give extra weight to the porter. You can order extra porter, if you having some big weight items as camera with lens, special equipment and etc. You will need to pay extra 30 euro per porter per day.
  • Daysac/Rucksack:
  • 30-40 liters recommended. During the course of a trekking day, you do not have access to the luggage, which is being carried for you by the porters. In mountain region, the weather can change very fast and you must be equipped for this eventuality. Your day sac should therefore be large enough to carry waterproofs, fleece jacket, long trousers (if walking in shorts), warm hat and gloves, sun cap, sun cream, water bottle and other staff which you need during the trek. On a few occasions, it is also necessary to carry your own packed lunch.


    You need to have a good level of fitness and previous trekking experience is recommended. Trekking days are generally longer, challenging and at higher altitudes up to 3800 meters. Terrain may be difficult and ascents and descents are often demanding, especially during rain or snow.


    Travel insurance is NOT included. We recommend that clients have their own travel insurance against illness, injury, loss/damage to personal belongings. In case of emergency our staff will make all the best to delivery you to hospital or other point and solve your problem, insurance will cover your charges, if you don't have insurance, you will be required to cover charges by yourself.


    Breakfast: consist some of following dishes: Porridge, omelet, omelet with fried sausages, pancakes, scrambled eggs with sausage, boiled eggs and etc + bread, jam, butter, honey, sweets, tea/coffee. Lunch boxes or lunch: Dried fruits, chocolate, yogurt, juice, cheese, sandwich, vegetables/fruits and tea/coffee. Dinner: Our cooks is preparing european and asian cuisine You need to let us know if you are vegetarian or have some preferences, so we will be able to make special menu for you.


    Service of local staff is included to the program; however, it is polite to tip to local staff if the service has been very good. Also at your discretion, you might also consider tipping your tour manager in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.

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