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Koltor Lake Horse Riding Day Trip

Koltor lake is one of Kyrgyzstan’s stunning lakes that features a pristine turquoise color that sparkles in bright sunlight. It’s surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna where a variety of forest berries and medicinal herbs grow in abundance during the warmer seasons. The lake is located in the beautiful Kegeti gorge at an altitude of 2,752m above sea level.

Let your eyes (and photos) be captivated by the majestic beauty of Koltor lake!

koltor lake

 

Day trip Itinerary

Depart from Bishkek at 8am to Koltor Lake in Kegeti Gorge.

Horse ride for 4-5 hours.

Arrive back at Bishkek by 5pm.

horse in a Kyrgyz valley

Costs

It costs 3,500 som (in a group of 3-4 people).

The cost includes transport there and back, a horse guide, horse rental and helmets.

To book this horse riding day trip, contact Apple Hostel (WhatsApp): +996 553 280 881

You can also sign up at Apple Hostel reception.

Kegeti to Shamshy Gorge 3-day trek

If you want a challenging hike with breath-taking views of mountains, valleys, and sweeping landscapes, this 3-day trek is for you. Starting at Kegeti Valley, you will be treated to stunning vistas that will only get better as you make your way to Shamshy gorge at nearly 4,000m above sea level. If you are an experienced hiker, this trek is not to be missed.

Kegeti valley

3-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Start from Kegeti, trekking up to 2,800m pass. Camp for the night.

Day 2: Trekking via Tuyuk Shamshy 3,700m pass to Shamshy gorge. Camp for the night.

Day 3: Trekking down the gorge. Transfer back to Bishkek. Dinner and overnight on your own.

Camping at kegeti

Costs

1 person: $330

2 persons: $390 ($195 per person)

3 persons: $420 ($140 per person)

4 persons: $460 ($115 per person)

The cost includes a tour guide service, transport to the starting point from Bishkek and from end point back to Bishkek, meals during the trek, camping equipment.

To book a place at this 3-day trekking tour, please book at Apple Hostel reception.

You can also contact us on WhatsApp:
+996 553 280 881

Cultural and National Show in Talas

Local people in Talas would like to formally invite you to our Cultural and National Show in Talas held at Kyzyl Moinok Jailoo.

Visitors will experience a true nomadic experience at the traditional Kyrgyz Jailoo!

Kok Boru Kyrgyz Traditional Games Festival - Trio of horse riders

Programme dates

Sunday 2nd May
Sunday 21st June
Sunday 12th July
Sunday 2nd August
Sunday 23rd August
Sunday 13th September

Programme

10:00 to 11:00:
Opening of the festival will start by Kyrgyz traditional games: Arkan Tartysh, Ak terek – Kok terek, Chukoo, Joluk salmai, Kurosh.

11:00 to 12:00:
Cooking master class of Boorsok, Kyrgyz fried bread and Vegetarian Plov, Kyrgyz rice dish.

12:00 to 13:00:
Lunch.

13:00 to 15:00:
Local horse games will begin with Ulak Tartysh, played with a goat carcass. After the game, visitors will be invited to take part in the game paired up with locals. The goat game will be followed by Kyz Kuumai, a horse chasing game. After showcase of the game, visitors will get a chance to participate as well. Tyin Engmei and Er Engish, wrestling on the horse, will complete the horse games.

15:00 to 16:00:
Eagle hunting show.

Costs

1,500 som per person.

Includes ticket to the festival and cooking master class participation (lunch).

Note: Costs do not include transport to and from Talas.

To book a ticket to this festival, please contact Apple Hostel on WhatsApp:

+996 553 280 881

Eagle Hunting Festival

Experience the traditional and beautiful art of eagle hunting in the Kyrgyz Traditional Games Festival in 2020. Central Asia is the birthplace of eagle hunting and has been in existence for around 6,000 years. At the festival, you will see expert eagle hunters and their majestic eagle companions display their perfected hunting skills.

Eagle hunting close up

2-Day Itinerary

Departure date:
Friday 14th August 2020

Day 1:

Depart at 10am. Lunch on the way on your own. Arrive to the yurt camp. Dinner overnight.

Day 2:

Attend the festival from 10am to 4pm. Dinner on your own on the way. Drive back to Bishkek.

Costs

It costs 3,500 som per person.

The cost includes:
Transport there and back, tour guide, accommodation for one night in a yurt, entrance ticket to the festival, lunch at the festival.

Note: Minimum of 10 people is required to sign up to have the tour.

To book a place at this festival, please book at Apple Hostel reception.

You can also contact us on WhatsApp:
+996 553 280 881

Kok Boru & Kyrgyz Traditional Games Festival

Experience the excitement at the Kyrgyz Traditional Games Festival where you will discover the exhilarating sport of Kok Boru! It is a game where two competing teams of horse-mounted players attempt to place a goat or calf carcass in a goal. This festival is popular and full of energy. If you want to experience something local and traditional, this is for you!

Kok Boru Kyrgyz Traditional Games Festival - Trio of horse riders

Departure dates 2020

Saturday 23rd May
Saturday 20th June
Saturday 11th July
Saturday 1st August
Saturday 22nd August
Saturday 12th September

2-Day Itinerary

Day 1:

Depart Bishkek to Talas. Lunch on arrival in a homestay. Visit Manas Ordo, a sacred Burial site of a Kyrgyz Hero. Dinner & Overnight in a homestay.

Day 2:

Depart after breakfast to the festival. Festival is from 10 am to 4pm. Lunch/Dinner is on-site. Depart back to Bishkek. Arrive around 10pm.

Kok Boru Kyrgyz Traditional Games Festival - Woman horse rider

 

Costs

It costs 6,500 som per person.

The cost includes: a tour guide, transportation there and back, meals as per itinerary, accommodation in a homestay, entrance to the festival, and museum entrance fee.

Note: Minimum of 10 people is required to sign up to have the tour.

To book a place at this festival, please book at Apple Hostel reception.

You can also contact us on WhatsApp:
+996 553 280 881

Tajikistan Tours

Embark on adventures of your lifetime in these multi-day tours to and around Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

With a local driver in a four-wheel drive vehicle, on these tours you will experience wondrous scenery –  Vast beautiful landscapes, snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes, wild life, stunning valleys and gorges, and much more.

The Details

The tours below are priced in US dollars.

The prices include the cost of the driver, including his petrol, meals and accommodation.

Transport is either a Mitsubishi Pajero or Toyota Land cruiser.

The prices do not include guest accommodation and meals. Accommodation is between $10-15 per night with breakfast. Meals are $5 per person.

Tour 1

Day 1: Osh – Sary Mogol – Tulpar-Kul
Day 2: Tulpar-Kul (Trek near Lenin Peak base camp )
Day 3: Tulpar-Kul – Kara Kul – Murgab
Day 4: Murgab – Bulun Kul – Langar
Day 5: Langar – Bi Bi Fatima hot springs – Iskashim
Day 6: Garimchashma – Khorog
Day 7: Khorog – Rushan – Vanj – Kalai-Kum
Day 8: Kalai-Kum – Nurek – Kulab – Dushanbe

Cost: $1,080

Tour 2

Day 1: Dushanbe – Kalaikum
Day 2: Kalaikum – Rushan – Khorog
Day 3: Khorog – Ishkashim – Langar
Day 4: Langar – Garimchashma – Khorog
Day 5: Khorog – Kalai-Kum
Day 6: Kalai-Kum – Dushanbe
Day 7: Dushanbe – Hissor – Dushanbe

Cost: $1,180

Tour 3

Day 1: Osh – Kara-Kul
Day 2: Kara-Kul – Murgab
Day 3: Murgab – Bulunkul – Langar
Day 4: Langar – Bibi Fatima hot springs– Ishkashim
Day 5: Ishkashim – Garimchashma – Khorog
Day 6: Khorog – Rushan – Darvoz
Day 7: Darvoz – Kalai-Kum – Dushanbe

Cost: $1,080

Tour 4

Day 1: Osh – Karakul
Day 2: Karakul – Murgab
Day 3: Murgab – Langar
Day 4: Langar – Ishkashim
Day 5: Ishkashim – Khorog

Cost: $680

Tour 5

Day 1: Bishkek – Toktogul
Day 2: Toktogul – Osh
Day 3: Osh – Murgab
Day 4: Murgab – Langar
Day 5: Langar – Khorog
Day 6: Khorog – Kalai-Kum
Day 7: Kalai-Kum – Dushanbe

Cost: $1,280

Tour 6

Day 1: Bishkek – Toktogul
Day 2: Toktogul – Osh
Day 3: Osh – Murgab
Day 4: Murgab – Langar
Day 5: Langar – Khorog

Cost: $930

Tour 7

Day 1: Osh – Murgab
Day 2: Murgab – Langar
Day 3: Langar – Khorog
Day 4: Khorog – Darvoz
Day 5: Darvoz – Dushanbe

Cost: $980

Tour 8

Day 1: Osh – Sary Mogol – Tulpar-Kul
Day 2: Tulpar-Kul – Karakul
Day 3: Karakul – Murgab
Day 4: Murgab (Trek, Pishart)
Day 5: Murgab – Bulunkul – Langar
Day 6: Langar – Khorog
Day 7: Khorog – Rushan – Jizef
Day 8: Jizef (Trek)
Day 9: Jizef – Rushan – Kalaikum
Day 10: Kalaikum – Dushanbe

Cost: $1,200


To book any of the Tajikistan tours above,  please contact us:

Email: applehostelkgr@gmail.com
Phone number / WhatsApp: +996 553 280 881

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Song Kol Lake 2-Day/1-Night Horse Riding Trip

If your time is limited in Krygyzstan and you still want to experience the beautiful Kyrgyz countryside by horseback on a budget, this 2-day tour to Song Kol lake will be ideal for you.

Kyrgyz landscape (Song Kol)Horse riding to Song Kol lake and the high mountain pastures are one of the most popular things to do from Bishkek.

Riding a horse Kyrgyz style is a unique experience. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or experienced horse rider, you’re sure to get fantastic memories out of this trip. Don’t worry if you’ve never ridden a horse before, our guides will explain exactly how to saddle, mount, ride and even gallop in the Kyrgyz jailoos (summer pastures). 

With this 2-day tour, you’ll get a taste of the nomadic life in rural Kyrgysztan and have the opportunity to stay in a traditional Kyrgyz yurt, meet the welcoming semi-nomadic families and herdsmen who live in the mountains at 3,000m above sea level. 

Horses at Song Kol

Watch farmers milk mares, drink some mare’s milk, try to spot some of the many species of birds who live in the area, and soak in the fresh air and the breath-taking views of the sun setting over Song Kol lake. Don’t forget to bring a tripod with you to snap some pictures of the beautiful starry sky at night with the mountains and the lake in the background. 

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Bishkek to Kyzart by bus. Have lunch in Kyzart before horse riding for 3 hours to Song Kol. Enjoy a traditional dinner and stay the night in a yurt.

Day 2: Song Kol to Kyzart, horse ride for 5 hours. Lunch in Kyzart. Bus back to Bishkek.

Included:

  • Horse rental.
  • Horse guide (with limited English).
  • Helmet for horse riding.
  • Meals.
  • Accommodation.

Not included:

  • Transport (around 400 som by marshrutka/bus one way – #514) / private transfer from Bishkek to Kyzart is $50 per car.
  • English-speaking horse guide is $10 extra per day per group.

Duration: 2 days and 1 night.

Requirements: trekking boots/gaiters, weatherproof warm clothes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, rain coat and warm clothes – it gets really cold at night!

Best season: Mid June – Mid September. This is a summer only tour.

Accommodation & meals: 1 night in a yurt, 2 lunches, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast.

Prices for the 2-day Horseback riding tour

  • 1 person: 7,700 som
  • 2 people: 11,000 som
  • 3 people: 15,300 som
  • 4 people: 22,000 som

To book this tour please contact us:

Email: applehostelkg@gmail.com
Phone number / WhatsApp: +996 553 280 881

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Song Kol Lake 4-day 3-night Horse Riding Tour

Are you looking for an adventure in the spectacular Kyrgyz countryside that is affordable, a bit challenging but not too physical and that will leave you wanting for more breathtaking views?

This 4-day 3-night horse riding trip to the alpine lake of Song Kol is perfect for you then.

Compared to a 3-day horse riding tour, this is a more relaxed itinerary with several hours horse riding day. Suitable for beginners and families with kids.

Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrival to Kyzart. Lunch. Start horse riding to Kilemche (3- 3.5 hours on a horse). Dinner & overnight with the shepherds
  • Day 2: Kilemche – Song Kol. Lunch/dinner & overnight in a yurt camp ( 3- 3.5 hours on a horse)
  • Day 3: Song Kol (Tuz Ashuu)  –  Song Kol (Kyrjol) – Lunch/dinner & overnight in a yurt camp (2 -3 hours on a horse)
  • Day 4: Song Kol – Kyzart (3-4 hours on a horse). Lunch. Farewell to the horse guide. Depart Kyzart. 

 

  • Included:
    • Horse rental.
    • Horse guide (with limited English).
    • Helmet for horse riding.
    • Meals.
    • Accommodation.

     

  • Not included:
    • Transport (around 400 soms by Marshrutka/bus one way (Bus number #514) / private transfer from Bishkek to Kyzart is $50 per car.
    • English speaking horse guide is $10 extra per day per group.
       

    Duration: 4 days and 3 nights

    Requirements: trekking boots/gaiters, weatherproof warm clothes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, rain coat and warm clothes – It gets really cold at night!

    Best season: Mid June – Mid September (This is a summer only tour).

    Accommodation & meals: 3 nights in a yurt, 4 lunches, 3 dinners and 3 breakfasts.

    Prices

    • 1 person: 16,200 som
    • 2 people: 23,600 som
    • 3 people: 31,000 som
    • 4 people: 47,200 som

     


    To book this tour please contact us:

    Email: applehostelkg@gmail.com
    Phone number / WhatsApp: +996 553 280 881
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An amazing Day Trip to Belogorka Waterfall

Belogorka Waterfall is the highest waterfall in the area standing at an impressive 60m high and 2100m above sea level. Belogorka is located 80km south-west of Bishkek and is settled in the beautiful Sokuluk gorge in the northern Tien Shan area.

The gorge is at its most picturesque during spring and summer when the mountain slopes are covered in flowers and greenery. A trip to the gorge allows for a perfect view of the striking ‘Black Finger’ mountain, named for its dark and pointed appearance. The end of the road in the gorge opens up an impressive panorama of the waterfall falling from a great height, almost vertical rocks and a magnificent peak Black spire, remarkable for its unusual shape.

To book this tour please contact us:

Phone number / WhatsApp: +996 553 280 881

6-day Horse Riding from Talas to Sary Chelek National Park

Have an adventure of a lifetime in a week long horse riding from a rural village in Talas region, the least tourism developed area via the mountain passes to Sary Chelek National Park. It is one of the parks with the hardest accessibility for travellers.

Are you up to the challenge?

The highest point in the tour is 3600 m, the lowest point is at 1200m.  Around 6 -8 hours of horse riding every day in the tour with breaks for lunch and enjoying pristine nature.

Level of difficulty: Medium.
Prior experience in horseriding for this tour is recommended. 

The itinerary for the tour is:

Day 1: Arrive to Talas. Dinner & overnight in a homestay. 

Day 2: Transfer to the Start from Besh Kol valley and reach Chiim Tash valley. Camping. 

Day 3: Chiim Tash to Kara Kulja valley.  Camping.

Day 4: Kara Kulja to Korumdu valley. Camping 

Day 5: Korumdu Valley to Kashka Suu valley.  Camping 

Day 6: Kashka suu to Iirii Kol lake. Camping 

Day 7: Iiri kol lake to Arkyt village. Dinner & overnight in a guesthouse.

Day 8: Departure, going back to Bishkek.

Requirements: trekking boots/gaiters, weatherproof warm clothes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, rain coat and warm clothes – it gets really cold at night!

Best season: Mid-June – Mid-August  

Prices: 

  • 4 people: 42,000 som per person 
  • 5 people: 40,000 som per person
  • 6 people:  38,000 som per person 

Price includes :
2 nights stay in a guesthouse & dinner, guide, horse guide, cook, horse porters, meals during the trek, entrance fee to the park, tent set up fee, and camping equipment. 

To book this tour please contact us:

Email: applehostelkg@gmail.com
Phone num / Wats app: +996 553 280 881
 
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