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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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Osh Bazaar Food Tour

Get amongst the local Kyrgyz people and discover Osh Bazaar! It is Bishkek’s busiest bazaars full of local and fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, bread, pastries, dried fruits and much more.

On this Osh Bazaar Food Tour, you have opportunities to try a number of famous Kyrgyz snacks, including kurut, various milks and wheat drinks, as well as Kyrgyz tobacco! All included within the tour which culminates with lunch, starting from Apple Hostel.

This tour is a great introduction to Kyrgyz culture and life of ordinary Bishkek citizens.

Duration: 2-3 hours | Price: 1000 som per person


To book the Osh Bazaar Food Tour please contact us:

E-mail: applehostelkg@gmail.com
Phone number / WhatsApp: +996 553 280 881

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Discover Tajikistan with a local driver

Apple Hostel collaborates with local drivers to offer our guests the best way to experience the beautiful landscapes of Tajikistan by driving through it. Guests can choose between different packages, depending on their time schedule and budget.

PAMIR HIGHWAY

Osh — Dushanbe  // +- 1300 kilometers (gravel until Korugh).          Don’t miss Murghab’s container bazaar!


Tajikistan has more to offer than just the Pamir Highway. Some of the popular side tracks are:

ZORKUL NATURE RESERVE

Murghab — Khargush // +- 250 kilometers (mostly dirt road and gravel). Don’t miss the Ak Bura meteor crater.


WAKHAN VALLEY

Side track from Pamir Highway – Khorugh // +- 350 kilometers (mostly gravel). Don’t miss the Bibi Fatimi hot springs near the Yamchun Fort.


SHAKDARA VALLEY

Side track from Pamir Highway — Khorugh / +- 160 kilometers (mostly dirt road and gravel). Don’t miss the view of Pik Marx.


FAN MOUNTAINS

Dushanbe — Iskanderkul — Alaudin Lakes –Haftkul // +- 400 kilometers (mostly gravel when leaving main road). Don’t forget to park your car and hike through these beautiful mountains to lakes and passes you can only reach on foot.


Some general information

Tours to and around Tajikistan range from 3 days to 2 weeks. For price quote please contact the tour manager via WhatsApp: +996 553280881

Tours booked with food and accommodation start with lunch on the First day and end with lunch on the last day.  

Bookings can be done via Aigul (+996 553 280 881). 


For further details and to book a Tajikistan tour please contact us:

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

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4 day tour: Karakol National Park – Alakol – Altyn Arashan

 Kyrgyzstan is full of beautiful national parks and Karakol National Park is one of them, full of tranquility and pristine beauty.
 
With Apple Hostel tours, you will have an opportunity to trek and be surrounded by natural grandeur with amazing highlights such as Akakol, Keldike Gorge and Altyn Arashan.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Karakol town to Karakol National park entrance by car. Hike to Sirota camp, 12 km, 4-5 hours. Lunch/dinner. Overnight in tents. 

Day 2: Sirota camp – Keldike Gorge, 10 km, 5-6 hours. Lunch/dinner. Overnight in tents
 
Day 3: Keldike gorge – Altyn Arashan, 10 km, 4 hours. Lunch/dinner. Overnight in tents
 
Day 4: Altyn arashan – Aksuu village, 15 km, 4-5 hours. Lunch. Transfer from Aksuu village back to Karakol town.
 
 Price for 1 person: 29,800 som
2 persons: 44,300 som
3 persons: 58,950 som
4 persons: 63,280 som
 
The cost includes a tour guide service, meals as per itinerary, camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, mat), one porter for 1-2 persons; one cook for groups of 3 people and above, two porters for 3-4 people, transfer from Karakol to the National park and from Aksuu village back to Karakol, park entrance fee, tent set up fee, hot springs fee. If there are 1-2 persons, there is no cook, since the guide cooks the food. 
 
Not included is the transport to and from Karakol. 

To book this tour please contact us:

E-mail: applehostelkg@gmail.com
Phone number / WhatsApp: +996 553 280 881

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3 day tour: Altyn Arashan – Alakol – Altyn Arashan

Altyn-Arashan, which means ‘Golden Spa’ in Kyrgyz, is the most popular hike near Karakol in the north-east of the country. The hike is relatively strenuous but certainly not impossible, with some lovely gorge viewsafforded on the way and there are rich rewards once you have reached the snow glistening mountain valley.

Furthermore, the site is famous for its several hot-springs where natural sulphur infused water flows into concrete pools housed in wooden sheds. The water is hot, around 50oC and is the perfect antidote to weary bodies.

Altyn Arashan is located 20km south-east of Karakol and near Issyk-kul Lake, in an alpine valley dominated at its southern end by the 4260m tall Pik Palatka (‘Tent Peak’).  The valley forms part of the Arashan State Nature Reserve which is famous for its unique wildlife, including snow leopards and a few wild bears. Don’t worry though, it’s very unlikely they will make an appearance and the only animals you are likely to see are the horses and sheep owned by local families.

Ala-Kol is on several popular trekking routes between Altyn-Arashan and the Karakol Gorge, and lies at an altitude of 3,532 m (11,588 feet) above sea level. Ala-Kol is set in a barren, rocky depression, and is surrounded by the peaks of the Terskey Ala Too range. Rocky paths and scree slopes are used to approach the lake.


3 day tour: Altyn Arashan – Alakol – Altyn Arashan

Day 1: Transfer by car from Karakol to Aksu village. Hike from Aksu to Altyn Arashan valley, 2600 m. Lunch. Dinner & overnight in a guesthouse;

Day 2: Breakfast. Hike to Alakol lake (3600 m) and back ( 26 km both ways). Lunchbox is provided. Dinner & overnight in a guesthouse;

Day 3: Breakfast. Hike back to Aksuu village. Transfer from Aksu to Karakol. Lunch on your own.

Price for 1 person: 17400 som / 2 ppl: 21300 som / 3 ppl: 25200 som/ 4 ppl: 29700 som 

The cost includes a tour guide service, accommodation and meals as per itinerary, transfer by car from Karakol to Aksu and back, hot springs fee. 


To book this tour please contact us:

E-mail:applehostelkg@gmail.com
Phone num / Wats app: +996 553 280 881
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Boom Canyon Rafting

Are you after adrenaline-pumping adventure?!

Then Boom Canyon rafting is for you!

Located about 2 hours outside of Bishkek, Boom Canyon is a perfect spot for beginner to medium level rafters seeking a unique adventure that few tourists dare.

Duration: Rafting lasts for up to an hour

Price: 2,000 som

Transportation to the Canyon is not included.


To book this tour please contact us:

E-mail: applehostelkg@gmail.com
Phone number / WhatsApp: +996 553 280 881

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Paragliding near Bishkek

Fly among magnificent Kyrgyz landscapes nearby Ala-Archa National Park and get your personal footage of this unique experience !

Transportation to the departure spot and video are included. 

5-15 minutes fly: 2,000 som

30-60 minutes fly: 45,00 som


To book this tour please contact us:

E-mail: applehostelkg@gmail.com
Phone number / WhatsApp: +996 553 280 881

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Bishkek Bike Tour

Join us for a tour of Bishkek by bike! Ride the city in style and see the major sights, including the Philharmonia, the Orthodox Slavic Church, Oak & Panfilov Parks, Ala-too Square, the Gallery of Arts, Circus, and Victory Square. After the tour, feel free to continue exploring the city by bike! 

Duration: 2-3 hours

Price: 1,000 som per person – Includes bike and quide


To book this tour please contact us:

E-mail: applehostelkg@gmail.com
Phone number / WhatsApp: +996 553 280 881

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Bishkek City Tour

“Stirrer for whipping kumys” – so translated Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz call their city “green” not only because of the abundance of ancient oaks and poplars, a thick shadow shading the busy boulevards, but also because of the soaring young spirit and optimism of the Kyrgyz capital.

Come join us for a free tip-based tour of Bishkek! Learn about the history of the city and visit its significant sights, including:

  • the Philharmonia;
  • Panfilov Park;
  • Oak Park;
  • Ala-Too Square;
  • the Gallery of Arts;
  • the White House;
  • the Lenin Statue;
  • and Victory Square!

Duration: 3-4 hours


To find out more information / book a tour, please contact us:

E-mail: applehostelkg@gmail.com
Phone number / WhatsApp: +996 553 280 881

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