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Six days Horseback riding tour from Toktogul to Sary-Chelek reserve

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Six days trekking tour from Toktogul to Sary-Chelek reserve

Sary-Chelek reserve 

   Horse riding is a popular outdoor activity that allows individuals to explore and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the world. One of the most breathtaking destinations for trekking is Sary-Chelek Park, located in the Jalal-Abad region of Kyrgyzstan. This park is home to Ala-Tai Lake, a stunning body of water surrounded by high mountains and lush forests.

   Sary-Chelek Park is a haven for nature enthusiasts, offering a variety of

trekking routes that cater to all levels of experience. From leisurely walks along the lakeshore to challenging hikes up steep mountain passes, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this pristine wilderness. The park is also home to several reserves, where rare and endangered species of flora and fauna can be found, adding an element of conservation and education to the trekking experience. One of the highlights of trekking in Sary-Chelek Park is the opportunity to witness panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. As you ascend to higher altitudes, you will be treated to sweeping vistas of snow-capped peaks, deep valleys, and crystal-clear lakes. The contrast of colors and textures in this rugged terrain is truly awe-inspiring, making every step of the journey a feast for the eyes.


Category: Horseback riding, trekking

Duration: 6 days horseback riding

Level of difficulty: Medium 

Best season: end of July to September 

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

Itinerary: Bishkek (Osh)- Suusamyr Valley – Chychkan Gorge – Toktogul Village – Kol gorge- Kara-Kulja River – Tuz-Ashuu Pass- Achyk-Alma Pass – Kok-Dobo Gorge – Under the Kogoy-Tuz Pass – Kogoy-Tuz Valley- Lake Kara-Kamysh – Kotormo Pass – Sary-Chelek National Reserve – Lake Iri-Kol – Kyzyl-Kol Village – (Bishkek, Osh)

Day 1:
Bishkek (or Osh)– Chychkan Gorge – Kol Gorge

The tour will begin with departure from Bishkek to Jalal-Abad region, to the beautiful Kol Gorge. On the way, we will pass the Too-Ashuu Pass (3180m above sea level), the Suusamyr Valley, and the Ala-Bel Pass (3175 m above sea level). We will stop for lunch in the Chychkan Gorge, where we will taste delicious fried trout. Before reaching the village of Toktogul, we will turn off the main road towards the Toktogul Reservoir. On the way, we will see the grave of the famous Kyrgyz Akyn Togolok Moldo. Upon arrival at the tent camp, a hot dinner will be prepared and overnight stay in a tent.’

Tourists may alternatively choose to begin the tour from Osh

Distance Travelled: 350 km, approximately 6-7 hours drive

Elevation: Overnight at 1400m above sea level. The highest point is 3180m above sea level

Day 2: Kara-Kulja River – Tuz-Ashuu Pass

After breakfast, you will receive instructions on horseback riding. Afterward, we will take a short drive towards the Kara-Kulja River, where we will cross the river and change to horseback. Half of the day’s distance runs to Lake Alatau, and the Kara-Kulja River flows along the way, where we will also see many bushes of wild raspberries. We will arrive at Lake Alatau for lunch and a rest break, before continuing further to the Tuz-Ashuu Pass. After lunch, we will follow the gorge through tall grass and flowers. We will spend the night under the Tuz-Ashuu Pass at an altitude of 2900m above sea level. By the time we arrive at the destination, the tent camp will have already been set up and the cook will be preparing dinner. There will be free time to relax while we wait for dinner to be served.

Distance Travelled: 15km (Kara-Kulja-lake Alatau under the Tuz-Ashuu pass – the length of the route is 10 km. and 5 km.

Elevation Differences: from 1400m to 2200m to 2900m

Trekking time – 6-7 hours

Six days trekking tour from Toktogul to Sary-Chelek reserve
Six days trekking tour from Toktogul to Sary-Chelek reserve

Day 3: Tuz-Ashuu Pass – Achyk-Alma Pass – Kok-Dobo Gorge

After a hearty breakfast, we will conquer the Tuz-Ashuu Pass, which sits at 3354m above sea level. We will have a short rest stop at the top of the pass. As we descend the pass, on the right side, we will see Kak Jailoo. We will continue on our way under the Achyk-Alma Pass, where we will have lunch beside the spring. After lunch, we will continue to the Achyk-Alma Pass, at 3416m in elevation., After descending from this pass, we make our way to an already established campground in the Kok gorge -Dobo, at an altitude of 3000m. The panoramas experienced at each pass is uniquely beautiful. For example, if the Tuz-Ashuu Pass is greener with more grass, then the climb to the Achyk-Alma Pass will be rocky. After the Achyk-Alma Pass, we will descend to the Kok-Dobo Gorge for an overnight in tents, next to the shepherds.

Distance Travelled: 15km

Elevation Differences: from 2900m – 3354m – 3416m – 3000m

riding time – 6-7 hours

Horse riding tour from Toktogul to Sary-Chelek

Day 4: Kok-Dobo Gorge – Under the Kogoy-Tuz Pass – Kogoy-Tuz Valley

After breakfast, we will go down the Kok-Dobo Gorge, where on the way we will see a lonely house situated on a hill. Local shepherds called this house “Swiss”, because a fascinating panorama of the entire gorge opens up. Having reached the end of the gorge, we will have lunch under the Kogoy-Tuz Pass. The height of this pass is small, allowing for a fairly easy climb. If we are lucky, we will view how the shepherds drive their cattle. Overnight will be behind the Kogoy-Tuz pass in the valley. After descending from the pass, dinner and a tent camp will already be prepared, awaiting for our arrival.

Distance Travelled: 15km

Elevation Differences: from 3000m – 2200m – 1750m

Riding time – 6-7

Six days trekking tour from Toktogul to Sary-Chelek reserve
Horseback riding girl

Day 5: Kogoy-Tuz Vally – Lake Kara-Kamysh

This will be an relaxing day with only half-day of travel. We will make our way to Kara-Kamysh Lake, to which we will arrive by lunchtime. The rest of the day will be free to enjoy!

Distance Travelled: 12km

Horse riding time – 4-5 hours

Six days trekking tour from Toktogul to Sary-Chelek reserve

Day 6: Lake Kara-Kamysh – Kotormo Pass – Sary-Chelek National Reserve – Lake Iri-Kol

We will start the day traveling the low but steep Kotormo Pass, the height of which is 2870m. After tackling this pass, we will descend to Lake Iri-Kol, where we will have lunch and a short rest. After lunch, we will embark on a small excursion to the mountain lakes of the Sary-Chelek National Reserve.  We will see various beautiful lakes such as Churok-Kol, Aram-Kol, Kyla-Kol, and finally, the stunning Sary-Chelek. In the evening, we will reach Iri-Kol, where dinner and a tent camp will already be awaiting us.

Distance Travelled: 20km

Horse riding time – 7-8 hours

Six days trekking tour from Toktogul to Sary-Chelek reserve

Day 7: Lake Iri-Kol – Kyzyl-Kol Village

After breakfast, we will travel through beautiful and peaceful walnut forests, before reaching our overnight guesthouse in the village of Kyzyl-Kol, where we will have lunch and accommodation for the night.

Tourists may discuss options for the tour ending location and transport back to Osh or Bishkek.

Distance Travelled: 16km

Riding time – 4-5 hours

Day 8: Breakfast. Transfer to Bishkek or Osh.

Attention: The above description is given for a 6-day horse riding tour! 

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Six days trekking tour from Toktogul to Sary-Chelek reserve
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