Horseback tours in Trans Alai Ranges

  • Explore Kyrgyzstan on horseback for the experience of a lifetime! On this tour you’ll witness the stunning beauty of the Kichik Alai Range, cross pristine alpine rivers, ride through valleys, and tackle several high passes with spectacular panoramic views. On top of that, you’ll visit a Silk Road monument, remote mountain lakes, a national park, and the sacred mountain, Sulaiman Too, in the 3,000-year-old city of Osh. From small villages to bustling cities and remote lakes to celestial peaks, you’ll experience a little bit of everything on this 2-week tour.

  • Day 1 – Bishkek (40km 30min) 

    Arrive in Bishkek in the early hours of the morning and your room will be available to check in straight away. After some rest this afternoon we explore the capital, visiting Ala-Too Square and the History Museum among other sites. Overnight Rich Hotel or similar. Single rooms are available tonight and accommodation will have private bathroom facilities (BL)

    Bishkek

    Kyrgyzstan’s capital is a modern city, originally founded in 1825 but developed extensively by the USSR and at that time named Frunze after a famous Bolshevik general. With over a million inhabitants it follows the typical Soviet city pattern of wide boulevards and drab apartment blocks, large squares and public parks and before Kyrgyz independence had a majority Russian population, although not now. Although not blessed with the interesting sights of other Central Asian cities, it does have a few things worth visiting – the impressive Ala-Too square, the History Museum and the Orthodox Church, a reminder that not all Russians left in 1991.

    Day 2 – Chichkan (270km 6/7h)

    Today we drive to the Suusamyr valley along the picturesque mountain Osh highway to the Chichkan gorge. Time permitting we take a walk in the area and meet the local shepherds who still adhere to age old traditions. Overnight Hotel Oson or Ak-ilbirs where single room not available and shared bathrooms (BLD)

    Day 3 – Osh (410 km 7/8h)

    We depart early this morning for the journey to Osh. Before arriving in Osh we visit the ancient minaret and mausoleums in Uzghen around 60km from Osh. Osh is Kyrgyzstan's oldest city and in the afternoon on arrival if time permits we should have some time to explore the town. Overnight Hotel Sunrise or similar,

    Single rooms are available this evening and the accommodation has private bathroom facilities. (BLD)

    Osh

    Osh is ancient – various sources date it back around 2500 years, and legends abound over who founded it, including Alexander the Great and King Solomon. On the edge of the Ferghana Valley it is home to both Uzbek and Kyrgyz people, with its position on the border giving rise to an extremely lively market, one of the most interesting in Central Asia. The rock known as Solomon’s Throne is an important place of pilgrimage for Muslims, and a 15th century mosque on the top has now been reconstructed, with excellent views of the surrounding countryside. Osh is also home to the largest mosque in Kyrgyzstan, and is one of the few places in the former Soviet Union still to have a statue of Lenin.

    We will prepare all staff and buy foods of picnics from Osh for horse riding days.

    Day 4 – Osh to Kojokelen (100 km 2/3h)

    After the breakfast we will depart from Osh to Kojokelen village in the heart of Kichik Alay range. Just a bit under 100 km from Osh city you can find Kozhokelen Valley — a great place for hiking or horse-riding. Green meadows, red rock, and amazing landscapes around are what Kozhokelen can offer you. Overnight Local Home stay, Meals: (BLD)

    Day 5: Kojokelen – Kosh-Moynok valley

    Early morning, we start the horseback riding. We ride across beautiful landscape. We cross the pass of Sary-Bel at 3100m. Down to Kosh Moynok valley. Overnight in tent. Meals (B L D)

    Day 6: Kosh-Moinok – Northern Sary-Mogol valley

    Long day of riding. We cross the pass of Kosh Moynok at 3223m. Down to Kichik Alay village. Picnic on the road. Then, we ride to northern Sary Mogul valley. In the afternoon, we reach our camp, near shepherd’s yurt. Overnight in a tent. Meals (B L D)

    Day 7: Northern Sary-Mogol valley

    We ride up along the river. We see many yaks and other animals; sheeps, goats and cows. Picnic on the road. In the afternoon, we reach the camp under the Sary Mogul pass. Overnight in tent, at 3800m.

    Day 8: Northern Sary-Mogol valley through Jiptick pass (4185 mh)

    After the breakfast we will start Horseback to Jiptick pass, 4185 m. Have lunch at the top while enjoying the beauty of two mountain ranges: Pamir and Alay. Continue to ride down of this valley and camping. Overnight in a tent. Meals (B L D)

    Day 9: Jiptik pass to Sary Mogul village.

    In the morning, start to ride till Sary Mogul village in Alay valley. The central part of the valley included the basin of the Kyzyl-Suu river. The climate in the valley is dry and cold. Despite this, Alai is rich with meadows, where the grass grows high thick, so you can see a lot of grazing cattle.
    World of wild animals are very diverse here live rock partridge, ular, foxes, Alai red marmots, bears, mountain goats. In the river found Amudarya trout.

    Chon-Alai Range, enveloping the Alai Valley to the south, rises above the valley on 3000 m and draws to the traveler grandiose scenery of majestic mountains and eternal ice. Overnight in Guest House. Shower will be available.  Meals (B L D)

    Day 10: Sary Mogul village to Tulpar Kul lake

    In the morning, we ride up to the foot of Lenin peak, peaking at 7134m. We cross the Chon Alay valley and his village of Sary Mogul. We have all afternoon to explore the daily life of local shepherds, at 3600m. We walk in front of the base camp. Opportunity to walk to the glacier. Overnight in yurt near Lake Toulpar-Kul. Meals (B L D)

    Day 11: Tulpar Kul back to Osh

    After Sary Tash village we depart the high mountains of the Pamir-Alay range, leaving behind us the crossroads of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. The drive offers a contrast as we encounter lush farmlands and small villages on this side of the mountains, instead of the stark high-altitude plateau we recently crossed in Tajikistan. En route we will cross the Taldyk Pass (3554m) and enjoy some beautiful views. We must travel about 185km from Sary Tash, and depending on road conditions and travel times we expect to arrive in Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s oldest city early evening.

    Overnight Hotel Sunrise or similar,

    Single rooms are available this evening and the accommodation has private bathroom facilities. Meals (B L D)

    Day 12: Osh flight to Bishkek

    In the morning we take domestic flight from Osh to Bishkek. Arrive to Bishkek Manas airport meeting and transfer to Hotel Rich. Meals (B L)

    Day 13: Bishkek

    Transfer to airport and departure.

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