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Three days of horseback riding in Sary-Chelek reserve


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Three days of horseback riding in Sary-Chelek reserve

Sary-Chelek reserve 

  Discover the breathtaking beauty of Sary Chelek Lake, a hidden gem nestled within the Sary Chelek State Biosphere Reserve in Kyrgyzstan. Located 500 km from Bishkek and 300 km from Osh, this pristine lake sits at an altitude of 1940 meters, offering a tranquil escape surrounded by the majestic At-Oinok and Chatkal ranges.

  Spanning an area of 507 hectares, Sary Chelek Lake boasts impressive dimensions with a length of 7.5 km and a depth of 234 meters, making it 

the second deepest lake in Kyrgyzstan and the third deepest in Central Asia. The picturesque coastline is adorned with dense forests and rocky landscapes, creating a serene backdrop for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

Fed by mountain rivers, Sary Chelek Lake is a haven for outdoor activities, with horseback riding being a popular choice among visitors. Immerse yourself in the untouched wilderness of the Sary Chelek Reserve and experience the thrill of exploring this unspoiled paradise on horseback.

  Embark on a journey to Sary Chelek Lake and witness the unparalleled beauty of one of Central Asia's hidden treasures. Unleash your sense of adventure and create lasting memories in this pristine natural wonderland. Sary Chelek Lake awaits, ready to enchant you with its awe-inspiring landscapes and tranquil ambiance.


Category: horseback/trekking 

Duration: 3 days horseback or 3 days trekking

Level of difficulty: Moderate 

Best season: May 15 – October  

Requirements: trekking boots, weatherproof warm clothes, hat, sunscreen, torch, sleeping bag, tent, and sleeping pad.

Itinerary: Kara-Suu village – Kara-Suu Lake – Kotormo Pass – Sary-Chelek Lake and Reserve –Kara-Suu or Arkyt Village

Day 1: Welcome to your guesthouse in Kara-Suu. Dinner.

Day 2: Breakfast, setting off northwards to Kara-Suu Gorge, crossing the river by wooden bridges. The gorge becomes rather narrow and the slopes are covered with a beautiful silver fir forest. Further on the track passes below a waterfall and then climbs over a pass to Kara-Suu Lake (1,800 m, 13 km, 4 hours). Have lunch and then relax and experience the real way of life on the jailoo (mountain pasture). Enjoy supper by an open fire. 

Three days of horseback riding in Sary-Chelek reserve

Day 3: Breakfast, then continue the trek to Kotormo Pass-2446m. On the descent from the Pass, stop for a picnic lunch in a field. (7km, 3 hours) After lunch continue the trek and see the 5 lakes of Sary-Chelek. Have supper and camp overnight in tents (10km, 3 hours).

Three days of horseback riding in Sary-Chelek reserve

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Three days of horseback riding in Sary-Chelek reserve

Day 4: Breakfast and relax near Iri-Kol Lake, followed by lunch at 11.00. After lunch continue horse riding among the nut forests and get a panoramic view of Sary-Chelek. Descend from the Pass to Kara-Suu village for dinner in a guesthouse (20 km, 5-6 hours). 

Three days of horseback riding in Sary-Chelek reserve

Day 5: Breakfast. Morning departure to Bishkek or Osh

Three days of horseback riding in Sary-Chelek reserve

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