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Explore the mysterious world of untouched nature! Hiking and horseback riding tours in Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve! (Ref.: AKG0002)

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Explore the mysterious world of untouched nature! Hiking and horseback riding tours in Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve! (Ref.: AKG0002)

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ACTIVITY

Active Leisure and one day tours in Sary-Chelek Nature (Biosphere) Reserve 

SERVICE PROVIDER

Atambek has more than 7 years of experience in tourism industry. Besides, he is a coordinator of “Sary-Chelekplus” organization dedicated to organizing tourist services in Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve (or Sary-Chelek Biosphere reserve).

LOCATION

The Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve is located in Jalal-Abad Region in western Kyrgyzstan, in Arkyt valley (in Chatkal mountains), 500 km from Bishkek and 300 km from Osh.

In 1978 the reserve was designated as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.  The uniqueness of the biome consists in the combination of walnut forests, coniferous forests, mountain lakes (including Lake Sary-Chelek), rapid mountain rivers, waterfalls and alpine landscapes (lying at 1200-4274 meters above sea level).

In the central part of the Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve there are 6 small lakes: Kylaa-Kel, Aram-Kel, Cheychek-Kol, Bakaly-Kel, and Chacha-Kel. And the biggest lake is Sary-Chelek stretches for 7.5 km, varying in width from 350 to 1500 metres.

SERVICE DETAILS

“Sary-Chelekplus” offers the following services:

  • Accommodation in a standard guesthouse (refurbished house with good furniture and internal bathroom).
  • Meals upon your request in the same guesthouse. You can choose dishes and the time convenient for you. The specialty is a lamb smothered in its own juices. Only organic products from local farms are used for the food preparation.
  • Leisure: Campfire songs, disco, performance of a folk group, sport facilities are provided.
  • Tours: horseback riding, trekking and car tours through untouched nature of the Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve! The duration can vary from 1 day to 1 week.  Besides, there is a possibility to organize a tailor-made individual tour upon your request.

1 DAY TOURS

“Sary-ChelekPlus” organizes for you tours that will bring you tons of positive emotions! The mysterious world of the nature reserve will be open for you!

The routes go through picturesque gorges, flourishing meadows and gorgeous mountain passes. You will have an opportunity to see an ibex standing proudly at his post, a flock of migrating birds in the sky, a wild boar running away from you lazily or an endemic fish called “marinka” splashing in the lake.

Finally, during the whole tour you will be accompanied by the sound of cheerful forest birds’ songs and the scent of wild flowers!

TOUR 1:  Horseback riding tour “To the Seven Lakes”

  • Category: horseback riding tour
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Total distance: 30 km
  • Requirements: Trekking boots, warm and waterproof clothes, a hat, sunscreen, a sleeping bag, a tent, some horseback riding skills.

The tour starts at 8:00 am in the morning after having breakfast in the guesthouse, from Arkit village that is located on the territory of the reserve. The route will lead you through amazing and picturesque places of the Nature Reserve. It goes through a dense relict walnut forest and along a noisy mountain river. 

In 3 hours you will get to Lake Sary-Chelek. Here you will take a short rest while lunch and swim in crystal clear fresh water of the lake. Finally, on your way back you will see 6 more lakes that are located at the same altitude as Sary-Chelek and are not less beautiful.

TOUR 2: Car/trekking tour

  • Category: combined (car and trekking tour)
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Distance: 17 km by car, 15 km hiking
  • Requirements: Trekking boots, warm and waterproof clothes, a hat, sunscreen, a sleeping bag, a tent, some horseback riding skills.

 The tour starts in Arkit village, located on the territory of Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve. The dirt road runs through unique walnut and coniferous forests. You will stop on the observation deck where you will enjoy the greatness and unique beauty of the untouched nature. Then you will visit Sary-Chelek lake, here you will take a short rest.

From Sary-Chelek lake starts the trekking tour to the 5 lakes of the reserve. All the lakes are located at the same altitude as the previous one. During the trekking tour you will witness the beauty of the wild nature, untouched by man.

Other horseback riding tours orginized by the same service provider:

TOUR 3: Horseback riding (or trekking) tour “Around Sary-Chelek 1”

TOUR 4: Horseback riding tour “Around Sary-Chelek 2”

TOUR 5: Horseback riding tour “Sary-Chelek – Toktogul”

PRICES

Please note, that the prices listed in US dollars are indicative and approximate, they will vary depending on the USD/KGS rate! The real prices indicated by the service provider are listed in Kyrgyz soms (KGS)!

Prices for separate services:

Service

Price (KGS)

*price indicated by the service provider

Estimated price (USD)

Accomodation

*bed and breakfast

500 KGS 7,20 USD

Lunch in the guesthouse

*per person

250 KGS 3,60 USD

Outdoor lunch

*per person

300 KGS 4,30 USD

Dinner

*per person

250 KGS 3,60 USD

Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve entry

*per person

400 KGS 5,80 USD

Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve entry

*per vehicle

150 KGS 2,20 USD

Horse rental

*per day

990 KGS 14,20 USD
Trekking guide services 880 KGS 12,60 USD
Horseback riding guide 1870 KGS 26,70 USD

 

Prices for 1 Day tours:

Tour

Price (KGS)

*price indicated by the service provider

Estimated price (USD)

TOUR 1:  Horseback riding tour “To the Seven Lakes”

Please, consult the service provider! Please, consult the service provider!

TOUR 2: Car/trekking tour

1200 KGS /per person

*the price does not include Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve entry

17,20 USD /per person

If you need additional information, please, do not hesitate to contact the service provider using the contact form on this page!

BOOKING DETAILS

In order to book the activity, please, use the contact form on this page.  Please, do not forget to indicate your trip dates.

Remember, that your booking should be confirmed by the service provider and it does not represent a contractual relation with Central Asia Guidebook.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The prices are indicative and may therefore vary depending on the current KGS/USD rate, number of days/kilometres of your itinerary or time of the year and do not represent a contractual relation with CAGB. Besides, Central Asia Guidebook is not responsible for the price changes made by service providers without notice. 

You can check the actual kyrgyz currency exchange rates here or using Google services.

 

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