A horseback riding tour through dense walnut forests, wonderful mountain lakes, along rapid mountain rivers and through high mountain passes of the Sary-Chelek Nature (Biosphere) Reserve! You will get a lot of bright impressions and vivid memories from this exciting adventure!! (Ref.: AKG0002-3)
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Horseback riding tour “Sary-Chelek – Toktogul” (5 days/4 nights)
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).
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.
“Whoever has walked the mountain paths of the Tian-Shan will be a slave to it forever and will carry his chains with love until death!” – by Daniil Kashkarov (soviet zoologist and ecologist)
A horseback riding tour through enchanting and picturesque corners of the Sary-Chelek Nature (Biosphere) Reserve! The route goes through dense walnut forests, wonderful mountain lakes, along rapid mountain rivers and through high mountain passes. You will get a lot of bright impressions and vivid memories from this exciting adventure!
- Itinerary: Arkit village – Say-Chelek – Kara-Kamysh – Cholpon-Ata (Toktogul region)
- Category: horseback riding tour
- Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
- Pax: 2-10 people
- Regions: Jalal Abad region, Aksy region, Toktogul region
- Meals: “Everest” guesthouse cooks
- Requirements: Trekking boots, warm and waterproof clothes, a hat, sunscreen, a sleeping bag, a tent, some horseback riding skills.
The tour starts from “Everest” guesthouse situated in Arkit village. After breakfast you will set off in the direction of Kara-Kamysh lake. This territory is covered with dense mixed forest and full of large gorges and rapid mountain rivers. Here you will find “jailoo”s, where local herdsmen yurts are located.
The road to Kara-Kamysh lake runs through protected Iyri-Kol lake, where you will stop for lunch. Here you can swim in the clean and clear water of the lake. Afterwards you will go up to the Kortomo pass (2250 m), where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the whole Reserve. And finally you will go down to Kara-Kamysh lake; overnight on the shore of the lake.
At breakfast you will taste dairy products manufactured by the local farmers. Then you will go up to the Kara-Kyr pass (2800 m) where you will stop for lunch and you will certainly enjoy the mountain view; you can easily distinguish Talas and Toktogul regions borders.
Afterwards, you will go down to the vast Okun valley covered with fir forest and surrounded by ancient glaciers. Here you will enjoy fresh mountain air and have dinner; overnight in the valley.
After breakfast you will go up to the Airy-Kyr pass (2700 m) through the gorge glacier. From there you will go down to the Airy-Kolot valley (Pasechnoe gorge), where you will stop for dinner and rest on the shore of a mountain river.
From there you will follow the gorge to the Kara-Kulja river (Black Argali river). You will stop for dinner on the river´s shore covered with Tian-Shan fir forest ; overnight on the shore of the river.
You will go to the Uzun-Akmat river (western inflow of the Toktogul reservoir), where you will stop for lunch and rest. Besides, here you can taste mountain raspberry and currant and buy the famous toktogul honey from local beekeepers.
Afterwards you will follow the river down to the Beekeepers´valley, where you will have lunch and stay overnight in the beekeepers house.
Transfer to Cholpon-Ata, where you can take a taxi to Bishkek. Lunch and photo for memory. Departure.
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)!
THESE PRICES INCLUDE: transfers according to the itinerary, accommodation according to the itinerary, meals, cooking utensils, Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve entry, 2 guides services, Nature Museum entry, “Campfire Songs” festival and disco organization.
THESE PRICES DOES NOT INCLUDE: transfers before arrival at the guest house, tents, warm and waterproof clothes, alcohol. Folklore ensemble performance.
*price indicated by the service provider
|Estimated price (USD)|
|Horseback riding tour “Sary-Chelek – Toktogul”||
*per group up to 4 people
4 pax: 14400 KGS per person
3 pax: 19200 KGS per person
2 pax: 28800 KGS per person
*per group up to 4 people
4 pax: 206,30 USD per person
3 pax: 275 USD per person
2 pax: 412,60 USD per person
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