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Explore the mysterious world of untouched nature! Hiking and horseback riding tours in Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve! (Ref.: AKG0002-2)

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Explore the mysterious world of untouched nature! Hiking and horseback riding tours in Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve! (Ref.: AKG0002-2)

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Horse riding & trekking tours in Sary-Chelek Nature (Biosphere) Reserve, Kyrgyzstan

SERVICE PROVIDER

Atambek organizes horse riding & trekking tours in Sary-Chelek Nature (Biosphere) Reserve. He 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.

TOURS

“Sary-ChelekPlus” organizes for you  trekking and horse riding tours in Sary-Chelek Nature (Biosphere) Reserve 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: Horse riding (or trekking) tour “Around Sary-Chelek 1”

  • Category: trekking or horse riding tours in Sary-Chelek Reserve (both options are possible)
  • Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
  • Pax: 2-12 people
  • Requirements: Trekking boots, warm and waterproof clothes, a hat, sunscreen, a sleeping bag, a tent, some horseback riding skills.

The route runs through 2 giant gorges and 3 passes. Each night you will camp on the shore of mountain lakes of extraordinary beauty. We guarantee you tons of unforgettable impressions!

Day 1

The tour starts after having breakfast in the “Everest” guesthouse.

The road runs through the Khoja-Ata valley, along the river of the same name that flows from Sary-Chelek lake. Then after the Kechkil gorge you will go up to the Ashuu-Bel pass. Here you will have lunch. Besides, you will enjoy an excellent panoramic view of Sary-Chelek lake from 2800 meters of altitude. Afterwards, you will go down to the north shore of the lake. You will observe endemic fish called “marinka” while walking along the lake shore.

Dinner and overnight on the lake shore, in the huntsman´s house or in tents. You can have a picnic and make a fire.

Day 2

After having breakfast you will follow the Sary-Chelek river up to the Makmal pass (3100 m alt.). The road runs through untouched wild places of the reserve, where you can observe high grass, beautiful waterfalls and eternal glaciers. Here you can see (if you are lucky) a group of ibex climbing up to the mountain, a scared groundhog or an eagle hovering in the sky. While crossing the pass you will enjoy a magnificent view of the whole Chatkal range that forms part of the Western Tian-Shan.

Afterwards you will follow the Kyzyl-Suu gorge (Red Water) down to Kara-Kamysh lake. Here you will have dinner and stay overnight on the lake shore in tents. Besides, here you can experience all the pleasures of local jailoo, meet local farmers, taste fragrant koumiss and mountain honey.

Day 3

You will have breakfast in a typical nomad yurt. You will learn how the dairy products are manufactured in the mountains. Afterwards you will go up to the Kotormo pass (2250 m) where you can enjoy the views, because the whole area of the Sary-Chelek Reserve is clearly visible from there.

Then you will go down to Iyri-Kul lake (Curve Lake) and you will stop for dinner on the lake shore. The lake is very beautiful, it is the 3d largest lake of the Reserve. After having a good rest you will hike to the southern shore of Sary-Chelek lake. Upon return, you will have a dinner; overnight on the shore.

Day 4

After having breakfast, you will return to the guesthouse “Everest”. On your way back you will have lunch in the valley of Sary-Kamysh. Besides, you can visit the Nature Museum, meet the locals and buy local products.  You will have dinner once back to the guesthouse.

Departure in the morning. If you wish, we can organize a “Campfire Songs”, a disco or a folk ensemble performance.

 

TOUR 2: Horse riding tour “Around Sary-Chelek 2”

  • Category: horse riding tours in Sary-Chelek Reserve 
  • Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
  • Pax: 2-10 people
  • Region: Jalal-Abad region, Sary-Chelek Nature (Biosphere) Reserve
  • Accommodation: Everest guesthouse. Tents.
  • Meals: by the guesthouse cooks.
  • Requirements: Trekking boots, warm and waterproof clothes, a hat, sunscreen, a sleeping bag, a tent, some horseback riding skills.

The route goes through three giant gorges and four passes of the Western Tian-Shan mountain range. During the tour you will observe snow-capped peaks, majestic cliffs and variety of enchanting flowering herbs of alpine meadows. Besides, you will have a chance to enjoy the sound of waterfalls, the blue of crystal clean mountain lakes and the fragrant healing mountain air.  If you are especially lucky, you will have the opportunity to see mountain ibex, roe deer and other animals living in the protected areas of the Biosphere Reserve.

You can get to Arkit village by taxi from Bishkek or by bus from Osh. You will stay in the comfortable guesthouse “Everest”. Take your time to explore the unique nature of the reserve before having lunch in the guesthouse.

Day 1

You will start the tour by going up to the Kyzyl-Korgon pass (2200 m) through the relict wolnut forests (the pass´s name means “Girl´s Castle”). Here you will enjoy beautiful panoramic views then have a rest and lunch.

Afterwards you will go down following the Arstanbuk stream to the Baltyrkan river and then you will follow the river to the huntsman house. Here you will have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 2

After having breakfast you will go up to the Kuldanbes pass (3000 m) following the river. You will enjoy the beauty of majestic rocks, dense coniferous forests and blue mountain streams. After making a stop for lunch and rest, you will go down through the Ak-Dongoch gorge to the huntsman´s house located on the northern shore of Sary-Chelek lake. You will have dinner and stay overnight there.

Day 3

After having breakfast you will follow the Sary-Chelek river up to the Makmal pass (3100 m alt.). The road runs through untouched wild places of the reserve, where you can observe high grass, beautiful waterfalls and eternal glaciers. Here you can see (if you are lucky) a group of ibex climbing up to the mountain, a scared groundhog or an eagle hovering in the sky. While crossing the pass you will enjoy a magnificent view of the whole Chatkal range that forms part of the Western Tian-Shan.

Afterwards you will follow the Kyzyl-Suu gorge (Red Water) down to Kara-Kamysh lake. Here you will have dinner and stay overnight on the lake shore in tents. Besides, here you can experience all the pleasures of local jailoo, meet local farmers, taste fragrant koumiss and mountain honey.

Day 4

You will have breakfast in a typical nomad yurt. You will learn how the dairy products are manufactured in the mountains. Afterwards you will go up to the Kotormo pass (2250 m) where you can enjoy the views, because the whole area of the Sary-Chelek Reserve is clearly visible from there.

Then you will go down to Iyri-Kul lake (Curve Lake) and you will stop for dinner on the lake shore. The lake is very beautiful, it is the 3rd largest lake of the Reserve. After having a good rest you will hike to the southern shore of Sary-Chelek lake. Upon return, you will have dinner; overnight on the shore.

Day 5

After having breakfast, you will return to the guesthouse “Everest”. On your way back you will have lunch in the valley of Sary-Kamysh. Besides, you can visit the Nature Museum, meet the locals and buy local products.  You will have dinner once back to the guesthouse.

Departure in the morning. If you wish, we can organize a “Campfire Songs”, a disco or a folk ensemble performance.

 

Other tours and services orginized by the same service provider:

TOUR 5 days / 4 nights: Horseback riding tour “Sary-Chelek – Toktogul”

1 DAY TOURS and other services: Active leisure and one day tours in Sary-Chelek Nature (Biosphere) Reserve

 

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)!

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.

TOUR 

Price (KGS)

*price indicated by the service provider

Estimated price (USD)
Horseback riding tour “Around Sary-Chelek 1”4 days / 3 nights

46400 KGS

*per group up to 4 people

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4 pax: 11600 KGS per person

3 pax: 15467 KGS per person

2 pax: 23300 KGS per person

665 USD

*per group up to 4 people

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4 pax: 166,25 USD per person

3 pax: 221,70 USD per person

2 pax: 332,50 USD per person

Trekking tour “Around Sary-Chelek 1”

4 days / 3 nights

35600 KGS

*per group up to 4 people

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4 pax: 8900 KGS per person

3 pax: 11867 KGS per person

2 pax: 17800 KGS per person

 510 USD

*per group up to 4 people

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4 pax: 127,50 USD per person

3 pax: 170 USD per person

2 pax: 255 USD per person

Horseback riding tour “Around Sary-Chelek 2”

5 days / 4 nights

57600 KGS

*per group up to 4 people

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4 pax: 14400 KGS per person

3 pax: 19200 KGS per person

2 pax: 28800 KGS per person

825,20 USD

*per group up to 4 people

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4 pax: 206,30 USD per person

3 pax: 275 USD per person

2 pax: 412,60 USD per person

DISCOUNTS

Group discounts are avaliable! For more information, please, consult the service provider!

 

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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