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.
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.
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.
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.
- Horse rental.
- Horse guide (with limited English).
- Helmet for horse riding.
- 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