Become a nomad when riding a horse from Shamshy to Songkol Lake via the highest mountain passes, fast stream rivers, endless valleys, thick forests and blooming flowers. And while you’re exploring the local nature on this tour you might end up with your own horse shoe.
Did you know? When kept as a talisman, a horseshoe is said to bring good luck. Locals hang it with the ends pointing upwards, as it is said to act as a storage container for any good luck that happens to be floating by, whereas to hang it with the ends pointing down brings bad luck as all the good luck might fall out. So feel the nomadic spirit, find your horse shoe and eventually become a nomad!
- Day 1: Horseriding from Shamshy valley – Shamshy gorge so called due to the fast rivers that make the sound: “Shshshsh…” and helps you blend it with nature. Camping in tents.
- Day 2: Horseriding from Shamshy gorge – Shamshy pass via dense forests. Camping at 2980 m.
- Day 3: Horseriding further up Shamshy pass to 3500 m to cross another pass and finally down to Saralasaz pasture at the heart of which we set up our tents.
- Day 4: Horseriding from Saralasaz pasture – Karakol valley where you would see plenty of grazing cattle and raising their heads occasionally at the passing travelers. Camping at 2500m.
- Day 5: Horseriding further to Buchuk pass (3400 m) On the way you might see wild goats and Central Asian eagles floating in the sky. Camping in tents.
- Day 6: Horseriding to Sandyk pass at 3540 m and down to Jumgal valley. Camping in a yurt near Kyzart pass at 2664 m.
- Day 7: Horseriding from Zhumgal valley through Chaar Archa pass at 2900 m to Kilemche valley. Camping in a yurt near Tuz Ashuu pass at 2500m.
- Day 8: Horseriding from Kilemche valley through Jalgyz Karagai pass at 3400m to Songkol lake (3000 m). Camping in a yurt camp.
- Day 9: Songkol lake. Horseriding/hiking near the lake. Camping in a yurt camp.
- Day 10: Horseriding from Songkol lake – Tulpar Tash – Kyzart village. Depart after lunch on your own.
Horseriding every day between 4-6 hours. Snacks for breakfast/lunch and a hot meal for dinner.
2 pax: 83600 som per person
3 pax: 75200 som per person
4 pax: 66800 som per person
5 pax: 58500 som per person
- horse guide
- horse rental
- meals (start with lunch on day 1 and end with lunch on day 10)
- camping equipment rental
- transport to the starting point from Bishkek
- transportation of horses to the starting point
- transport from Kyzart back to Bishkek.
Duration: 10 days and 9 nights
Requirements: trekking boots/gaiters, weatherproof warm clothes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, horseriding chaps (recommended), rain coat and warm clothes – it gets really cold at night!
Best Season: Mid June – Mid August