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4 day Horseback riding North of Sary-Chelek and Local Shepherd

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Sary-Chelek lake in reserve

Sary-Chelek lake
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Sary-Chelek reserve 

 Embark on an unforgettable adventure with our 4-day horse riding tour around the breathtaking Sary-Chelek Lake! Immerse yourself in the beauty of Kyrgyzstan as you traverse mountain trails, visit serene lakes, and encounter diverse wildlife.

  Our tour offers a unique experience with calm and trained horses, ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey. Accompanied by experienced guides, you'll have the opportunity to explore the stunning landscapes of the region while learning about its rich culture and history. 

 In addition to the scenic beauty, you'll have the chance to witness nomadic games, listen to traditional music played on the komuz, and truly immerse yourself in the local way of life. 

  Don't miss this opportunity to create lasting memories and connect with nature in a truly authentic way. Book your horse riding tour around Sary-Chelek Lake today and embark on a journey like no other!


Category: horseback/trekking 

Duration: 4 days horseback or 5 days trekking

Level of difficulty: Moderate 

Best season: May 25 – September 30 

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

Itinerary: Kara-Suu village – Kara-Suu Lake – Makmal Pass – Sary-Chelek North Lake – Ashuu Pass – Sary-Chelek Reserve – back to Kara-Suu village

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

Day 2: Breakfast. Setting off northwards from Kara-Suu to the Kara-Suu Gorge, along the banks of the Kara-Suu River, crossing by wooden bridges as necessary. 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 small pass to Kara-Suu Lake (1,800 m, 17 km, 4 hours). 

Kara-Kamysh lake trekking and horseback riding tours
Kara-Kamysh waterfal

Day 3: Breakfast, then continue the horse riding along the Kara-Suu River where the slopes of the mountains are covered with silver fir forests. The stony road winds through inhabited jailoos (mountain pastures) where you stop for lunch below the Makmal Pass. After lunch, you cross the Makmal Pass (2700m) and descend into the Kojo-Ata River valley and on to Sary-Chelek Lake where you will have dinner and camp overnight in tents. 

North Sary-Chelek lake
Ashuu pass

Day 4: Breakfast, followed by crossing the Ashuu Pass (2600m) where you are surrounded by fir forests and have a panoramic view of the infinite ridges of the Tien-Shan Mountains stretching to the far horizon and beyond. During the descent from the pass, you will have lunch and then continue down through the Ashuu Gorge to the bottom part of Sary-Chelek Lake followed by a sort excursion to the 5 small lakes of Sary-Chelek. Have supper and camp overnight in tents near Lake Iri-Kol 

Camping fire and shashlyk
Iri-Kol in Sarychelek reserve, Sary-Chelek travel tours

Day 6: Breakfast and relax near Iri-Kol Lake, followed by lunch at 12.00. After lunch continue horseback 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, 4 hours).

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Time to fish, Kara-Kamysh Yurt camp
Walnut forest

Day 7: Breakfast. Morning departure.


Attention: The above description is given for horseback riding 4 days! 

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