Tour Horseback riding in by Nomad’s Trail | VisitKarakol


Horseback riding program:  Nomad's Trail 

Duration: 13 days 

Season: June to September 

This program offers horseback riders a stroll through mixed terrain in three states of Kyrgyz Republic, Chui, Issyk-Kul and Naryn. Horseback riding will take a place through mountains, high passes and picturesque snowy summits of high summits. During the tour you will enjoy the beauty of highlights such as Issyk-Kul, Son Kul and other small lakes that are high in the mountains. 


1 day. Bishkek – Burana – Chon-Kemin, up to 170 km 

We will meet at the airport and drive to Burana tower. The tower with grave markers, some earthworks and the remnants of a castle and three mausoleums are everything that remain about the ancient city of Balasagun, which was established by the Karakhanids at the end of the (XI - XIII вв.) century. We will make a 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 see red sandstone columns that look like the Grand Canyon in Colorado, United States! Arrival to Chon-Kemin village, dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse. 

2 day. Horseback riding to Kol-Kogur lake 

We will have a horseback riding to Kol-Kogur Lake, which is hidden deep in Kungei Ala-Too Mountains. The nature around Kol-Kogur is untouched and natural, there are forests of fir and wild animals such as Turkestan lynx, marals, and golden eagles live over there. We will cross the river by horses in the beginning and continue our trek by walking or by horses (optional), the lake is isolated and it is possible to get there only by foot. Overnight in tents and dinner around the lake. 

3 day. Horseback riding back to Chon-Kemin village 

We will ride back to Chon-Kemin village closer to noon,  after enjoying the beauty of the mountain lake. Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse. 

4 day. Chon–Kemin – Semenov gorge – Karakol, up to 350 km 

We will move to Semenov gorge, which is located on the north Shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. After our arrival to a valley radial trekking to Sut-Bulak Lake (if you want to ride a horse, we will decide it on the place). Picnic at the picturesque lake and continue our trip to Karakol. When we arrive to Karakol, we will have a short city tour. Accommodation in a guesthouse. Dinner in a local restaurant. 

5 day. Karakol – Altyn-Arashan, 30 km 

We will go to a beautiful valley Altyn Arashan for 3 days. Meeting with a horse guide, after that we will ride horses to Altyn-Arashan valley. Altyn-Arashan valley is praised by tourists from all over the world. We will take a hot bath with radon water upon arrival. Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse.

6 day. Altyn-Arashan – Anyr-Tor - Altyn-Arashan 

Radial horseback riding to Anyr-Tor valley, where two big and two small mountain lakes are located. One of the main sights is a small lake, where it is possible to see wild ducks, different birds and other mammals. Lunch on the way. On arrival to Altyn- Arashan, hot relaxing hot springs will be waiting for you. Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse. 

7 day, Altyn-Arashan – Karakol, 30 km 

Returning to Karakol with descending on the horses by Altyn-Arashan valley through Kok-Tuz valley. You will see a panoramic view on Karakol and Issyk-Kul Lake from the top of Sary-Byltyk mountains. Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse.


8 day, Karakol - Chon-Kyzyl-Suu valley - Kichi-Kyzyl-Suu 

We will drive to Chon-Kyzyl-Suu village, where our next point of horseback riding is. Meeting with a new horseback riding team. We will ride to the gorge before proceeding with the pass that leads to the gorge of Kichi-Kyzyl-Suu valley. We will ride through alpine forests, firs and on our wsee many mountain flowers. We reach the lower reaches of the gorge and camp near the river Kichi-Kyzyl-Suu. Night in tents. 

9 day, Kichi-Kyzyl-Suu – Juukuchak - Bokonbaevo 

Its time to open a new Alpine valley Juukuchak. The road goes up to the Zhumatai pass (3325 m). The adventurer Ella Maillart in 1932 passed this gorge.  After that we proceed to Bel-Tam yurt camp located on the south shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Dinner and accommodation in Bel-Tam yurt camp. 

10 day, Bokonbaevo - Son-Kul Lake, 250 km 

Morning drive to the Kochkor village, where we will visit the craft center and then have a lunch. Continue driving further to Son-Kul Lake. Ascent to Kalmak Ashu pass (3446 m), meeting with modern nomads families, their cattle and yaks. Night in a yurt camp. 

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. 

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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