Off the beaten track

Horse Trek to Son Kul Lake

Come for a 9 day horse trek to the Son Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan. You’ll cross Jailoos, high altitude pastures, where you’ll be able to meet nomad shepherds and their herds. You’ll climb up high mountain passes from which you’ll get a breath-taking panoramic view on the valley.

This equestrian adventure is perfect to discover the beauties of Kyrgyzstan, while enjoying wilderness on a horse.

Manas airport
40m-30km

Day 1Welcome and enjoy a barbecue in Chunkurchak

  • Your driver will pick you up at your arrival at the Manas airport. Transfer to your hotel.

    Your guide will pick you up at 11H30 at the hotel lobby, to start exploring Kyrgyzstan’s beautiful nature. After a small one-hour hike in the valley of Chunkurchak, we settle for a delicious barbecue. You can enjoy your afternoon, relax in this calm environment, or continue your hike up to a waterfall.

Meal and accommodations
Lunch: Barbecue
Accommodation: Hotel 3 star
1h 40m-90km
1h-40km
Shamshy gorge
4h-10km
Shamshy gorge

Day 2Let's get started

Bishkek - Burana's minaret

  • We stop to visit the ruins of the Burana Minaret, a Jami mosque destroyed in the 13th century during invasions. The monument is rich in history, archeological findings and legends, and belongs to the Unesco world heritage. We can climb at the top of the tower to get a beautiful view on the valley and the mountains. We’ll also visit the museum on site.

Burana's minaret - Shamshy gorge

  • After this cultural visit, we reach the beautiful valley of Shamshy, where we’ll start our horse trek.

  • We start by calmly following a stream that leads to the Shamshy pass (3600m). We travel in this alpine landscape amidst pine forests and green pastures.

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  • Day 2

    The horse trek will last 9 days. Your equipment and personal belongings will be carried by horses.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Hotel 3 star
Lunch: Prepared by your team
Dinner: Prepared by your team
Accommodation: Tent camping
Shamshy gorge
6h-15km
Sunduk

Day 3The famous jailoos

Shamshy gorge - Sunduk

  • After breakfast, we get back on our horses to climb the pass. We take a small sinuous trail until we reach the summit. From there, we’ll enjoy a stunning view on the Kara Moinok and Sunduk mountains. We then start going back down into the Sarala Saz jailoo.

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  • Day 3

    The horse trek will last 9 days. Your equipment and personal belongings will be carried by horses.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Prepared by your team
Lunch: Prepared by your team
Dinner: Prepared by your team
Accommodation: Tent camping
Sunduk
4h 10m-15km
Kashka-Suu

Day 4Let's gallop!

Sunduk - Kashka-Suu

  • These large pastures are the ideal spot to gallop. We move towards the Iri-Suu Valley. We’ll be able to visit some of the nomadic shepherds who came here with their herds for the summer. This is a great opportunity to discover yurt life and local products.

    We’ll set our camp in the Kashka Suu Valley, surrounded by many grazing animals.

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  • Day 4

    The horse trek will last 9 days. Your equipment and personal belongings will be carried by horses.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Prepared by your team
Lunch: Prepared by your team
Dinner: Prepared by your team
Accommodation: Tent camping
Kashka-Suu
5h-15km
Yiri-Suu

Day 5The Sook Valley

Kashka-Suu - Yiri-Suu

  • We have a long day before us, in this vast space where the earth is more arid and less green. We accurately cross the Karakol River before heading towards a new pass, at 3400m altitude. Buchuk welcomes us at its summit, where we have lunch with a panoramic view on the Sook Valley underneath.

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  • Day 5

    The horse trek will last 9 days. Your equipment and personal belongings will be carried by horses.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Prepared by your team
Lunch: Prepared by your team
Dinner: Prepared by your team
Accommodation: Tent camping
Yiri-Suu
7h-20km
Sook

Day 6In unknown land

Yiri-Suu - Sook

  • This new day leads us towards the valley of Kum Bel, where we’ll have to overcome a new pass, located at 3656m, from which we’ll be able to enjoy a striking 360 degree view on the surroundings.

    We’ll then go down into the Kolduu Suu Valley and explore its vibrant colors and dandelion fields.

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  • Day 6

    The horse trek will last 9 days. Your equipment and personal belongings will be carried by horses.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Prepared by your team
Lunch: Prepared by your team
Dinner: Prepared by your team
Accommodation: Tent camping
Sook
6h-17km
Kilemche

Day 7Alpine steppes

Sook - Kilemche

  • We get back on our horses in the fresh dawn. We ride across fields, towards the Chaar-Archa Valley. We’ll climb a small pass (3061m). We’ll arrive in the magnificent Kilemche Valley, where we’ll be able to rest by the river side.

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  • Day 7

    The horse trek will last 9 days. Your equipment and personal belongings will be carried by horses.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Prepared by your team
Lunch: Prepared by your team
Dinner: Homestay
Accommodation: Yurt Homestay
Kilemche
5h-15km

Day 8The majestic Son Kul Lake

Kilemche - Son Kul lake

  • We are getting closer to our goal. We climb the Jalgyz Karagai pass (3400 m) on a rocky path. From the summit, we’ll get to see a beautiful sight of mountain landscape reflecting in the lake’s water.

  • We arrive on the shores of Son Kul Lake. This huge alpine lake is an important water reserve in Kyrgyzstan. Nestled in the celestial mountains, it is located at 3016 m (9895 ft) above sea level. Its crystal clear water changes colors depending on the weather, which can change every hour. The lake takes on blue, turquoise and sometimes even orange colors. It hosts nomadic shepherds and their herds in the warm months of summer.

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  • Day 8

    The horse trek will last 9 days. Your equipment and personal belongings will be carried by horses.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Homestay
Lunch: Prepared by your team
Dinner: Homestay
Accommodation: Yurt Homestay
5h-13km
Tulpar-Tash

Day 9On the lake shores

Son Kul lake - Tulpar-Tash

  • After breakfast, we continue exploring Son Kul Lake on its west shore, towards Tulpar-Tash. We get a breath-taking panoramic view on the lake, where we’ll spot a few shepherds’ yurts. In the afternoon, we’ll meet our hosts for the day.

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  • Day 9

    The horse trek will last 9 days. Your equipment and personal belongings will be carried by horses.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Homestay
Lunch: Prepared by your team
Dinner: Homestay
Accommodation: Yurt Homestay
Tulga-Tash
3h-10km
Kyzart
1h 30m-75km

Day 10Arts and crafts in Kochkor

Tulga-Tash - Kyzart

  • These are our last kilometers on our horse. We leave towards the North, for a last climb. We cross the Uzbek pass and enjoy the view on the region.

    We say goodbye to our four-legged friends and the fabulous team that helped us during this adventure.

Kyzart - Kotchkor

  • In the evening, we’ll have the chance to attend a Kyrgyz folklore show. Discover the traditional instruments and songs of Kyrgyzstan, and watch the performance of a Manaschi, a Manas epic storyteller.

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  • Day 10

    The horse trek will last 9 days. Your equipment and personal belongings will be carried by horses.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Homestay
Lunch: Homestay
Dinner: Homestay
Accommodation: Homestay
3h-200km

Day 11Visit Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan's capital

Kotchkor - Bishkek

  • This is our last day before getting back to the capital. We leave the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, where we met a generous culture, and go back to Bishkek. Drop-off at your hotel, where you’ll be able to relax.

  • Walk on the Ala Too Square in the center of Bishkek. Meeting place for Bishkek’s youth, it comes alive every evening with families and friends who come here to relax. It’s also an important historical place, since it hosted several revolutions.

  • We visit the Osh Bazar, one of the most fascinating markets in Kyrgyzstan. Enjoy the colors and the smells coming from stands of dry fruits and spices. You can also buy a few traditional souvenirs to bring home.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Homestay
Lunch: Local restaurant
Accommodation: Hotel 3 star
40m-30km
Manas airport
Departure

Day 12Have a nice trip!

Bishkek - Manas airport

  • Breakfast at your hotel. We drive you back to the airport at the time of your flight.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Hotel 3 star
duration 12 days. International flight not included.

from 1400€ (per person)

Difficulty:3/5
Comfort:5/5
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