(English) „Journey to Jewel: Aflatun to Sary-Chelek Horseback Voyage“

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ROUTE

(English)  Begin your journey from Bishkek to Kara-Suu village, nestled in the stunning Sary-Chelek area. Setting off from Bishkek, you’ll embark on a day-long drive along the highway road leading to Osh.

During the journey, you’ll traverse diverse landscapes, from the expansive mountain valley of Suusamyr to the vast Toktogul water reserve, offering captivating views at every turn.

Today’s drive promises an exploration of Kyrgyzstan’s most spectacular highland scenery, with each bend in the road revealing a new panorama of snow-capped peaks, verdant valleys, and meandering rivers.

Upon reaching Kara-Suu village, you’ll receive a warm welcome at a family homestay, where you’ll spend the night and enjoy a hearty dinner. It’s a chance to immerse yourself in the genuine hospitality and vibrant culture of Kyrgyzstan.

(English) Following a hearty breakfast, we’ll journey from the quaint village of Kara-Suu to the starting point of our trek. Here, we’ll meet our trusty horses, companions for the duration of our adventure, and begin the first day of our horse trek.

Our path leads us on an exhilarating ascent through the South Aflatun mountain valley, gradually ascending to its lofty heights. The trail meanders alongside a babbling river, flanked by verdant walnut groves, orchards bursting with ripe fruit, and fragrant coniferous forests.

Immersed in the natural splendor of our surroundings, we’ll forge ahead, guided by the rhythmic hoofbeats of our horses and the awe-inspiring beauty of the landscape. As evening descends, we’ll set up camp amidst the tranquil embrace of the wilderness, where the starry sky serves as our canopy. Nestled in our tents, lulled by the symphony of nature, we’ll rest and rejuvenate, ready to continue our journey come the dawn.

(English) Continuing our ascent along the South Aflatun valley, our journey unfolds amidst breathtaking vistas and cultural encounters. As we traverse the rugged terrain, we’ll encounter several nomadic settlements dotting the landscape, inviting us to pause and immerse ourselves in the timeless traditions of Kyrgyz nomads.

These encounters offer a glimpse into the rich tapestry of nomadic life, where hospitality flows as freely as the mountain streams. Engaging with locals, we’ll learn about their customs, traditions, and the symbiotic relationship they share with the land.

As the day progresses, we’ll veer off the main path and venture into the enchanting side valley of Uyalma. Here, amidst the tranquility of the wilderness, we’ll make camp for the night. Under the vast expanse of the star-studded sky, we’ll retire to our tents, serenaded by the gentle whisper of the wind through the valley. It’s a chance to reflect on the day’s adventures and prepare for the wonders that await us on the morrow.

(English) On the forth day of our expedition, we undertake an exhilarating journey as we conquer the formidable Kuldanbes pass. Ascending to its summit, we’re rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, a testament to our journey’s triumphs.

With spirits high, we descend from the pass, our path leading us to the northern shore of the jewel-like Lake Sary-Chelek. As we approach its tranquil waters, the beauty of the lake unfolds before us, a breathtaking sight to behold.

Tonight, we set up camp along the pristine shores of Lake Sary-Chelek, where the serenity of the surroundings invites us to bask in nature’s embrace. As we settle in for the night, the shimmering waters mirror the starlit sky above, creating a scene of unparalleled beauty. In the comfort of our tents, lulled by the gentle lapping of the lake against the shore, we drift into a peaceful slumber, grateful for the wonders of the day’s journey.

(English) Our journey continues as we trek alongside the meandering Sary-Chelek River, forging a path towards the majestic Makmal pass. The ascent to the pass offers a challenge worth undertaking, rewarded by sweeping vistas of the surrounding wilderness.

Descending from the pass, we enter the picturesque Kyzyl-Suu valley, where the landscape transforms before our eyes. Here, amidst the verdant valleys and rolling hills, we encounter numerous beekeepers tending to their hives. The honey produced in this valley is renowned throughout Kyrgyzstan for its exceptional taste and health benefits.

As we make our way to the confluence with the Korumdu River, we set up camp for the night, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the valley. Underneath the vast expanse of the starlit sky, we rest in our tents, serenaded by the gentle murmurs of the river. It’s a moment to savor the richness of the journey and the wonders of nature that surround us.

(English) As we continue our descent along the winding paths flanking the Kyzyl-Suu and Kara-Suu rivers, the landscape gradually unfolds before us. Approaching Lake Kara-Suu, the valley widens, offering a vista of expansive beauty.

Along the way, we encounter numerous nomadic families tending to their livestock, a testament to the enduring nomadic way of life in this region. Tall birch and maple trees grace the landscape, their lush foliage providing a stark contrast to the rugged mountains that surround us. It’s a sight not commonly found in mountain valleys, a testament to the unique microclimate of the area.

As we arrive at the southeastern shore of Lake Kara-Kamysh, we find respite in a small grove nestled by the water’s edge. Here, amidst the tranquility of nature, we set up camp for the night. Underneath the canopy of trees, we find solace in the embrace of the wilderness, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the natural world. It’s a moment to reflect on the journey we’ve undertaken and the wonders we’ve encountered along the way.

(English) Our journey leads us to the majestic Kotormo pass, a gateway to the southern side of Lake Sary-Chelek. As we ascend to the pass, the rugged terrain unfolds beneath us, offering glimpses of the pristine wilderness that surrounds us. Descending from the pass, we enter the protected territory of the Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve, a sanctuary for biodiversity and natural beauty.

Mounted on horseback, we make our way to the shores of Lake Iyri Kol, where a waiting car marks the end of our equestrian adventure. By lunchtime, we find ourselves near the tranquil shores of Lake Iyri Kol, surrounded by the serene beauty of the reserve.

After a shared lunch, we bid farewell to our faithful horses and the team of guides and grooms who have accompanied us on our journey. Transitioning from horseback to car, we embark on a scenic drive through the reserve, immersing ourselves in the natural wonders of the area.

Our journey concludes in the charming village of Arkyt, where a cozy guest house awaits us. Here, amidst the warmth of hospitality, we gather for a delicious dinner, reflecting on the memories we’ve made and the beauty we’ve encountered along the way.

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FAQ

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  1. Physical Fitness: Ensure that you’re physically prepared for the trekking and horseback riding involved in the tour. Engage in regular exercise and consider some pre-trip training to build stamina and strength.
  2. Pack Wisely: Pack light but essential items such as sturdy hiking boots, comfortable clothing suitable for layering, sunscreen, insect repellent, a first aid kit, water bottles, and a camera to capture the stunning landscapes.
  3. Hydration and Snacks: Stay hydrated throughout the journey by carrying an adequate supply of water. Additionally, pack energy-boosting snacks like nuts, dried fruits, and energy bars to keep you fueled during long days of trekking and riding.
  4. Respect Local Customs: Be respectful of the local customs and traditions, especially when interacting with nomadic communities. Seek permission before taking photographs, and always ask before entering private property.
  5. Leave No Trace: Practice Leave No Trace principles by minimizing your impact on the environment. Dispose of waste properly, avoid disturbing wildlife, and stick to designated trails to preserve the natural beauty of the area.
  6. Weather Preparedness: Be prepared for changes in weather conditions, especially in mountainous regions where weather can be unpredictable. Pack appropriate clothing layers and rain gear to stay comfortable in varying conditions.
  7. Altitude Considerations: Take precautions for altitude sickness, especially when ascending to higher elevations. Stay hydrated, avoid overexertion, and listen to your body’s signals. Consider acclimatizing gradually if you’re not accustomed to high altitudes.
  8. Photography Opportunities: Make the most of the stunning landscapes and cultural encounters by capturing photographs along the way. However, be mindful of the surroundings and respect the privacy of local communities.
  9. Open-mindedness: Embrace the journey with an open mind and a spirit of adventure. Embrace the cultural differences, savor the local cuisine, and cherish the moments spent in nature’s embrace.
  10. Enjoy the Journey: Above all, remember to enjoy the journey and appreciate the beauty of the landscapes, the camaraderie of fellow travelers, and the sense of accomplishment that comes with exploring new horizons.

(English) If you are a beginner or have never ridden before, there’s no need to worry about doing horse treks in Kyrgyzstan. 90% of our visitors have no prior experience in horseback riding but can manage the horse treks with ease. We provide our clients with quiet and calm horses, and comfortable saddles, and carefully select the most suitable trek for horse tours. To assist you in learning how to ride a Kyrgyz horse and manage it, our horseback guides act as individual instructors.

The horseback riding rules. 

 

(English) Safety Rule for Tourists during Horse Riding Tours:

We take the safety of our tourists very seriously and expect our clients to follow the following rules to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience during horse riding tours:

Always wear appropriate riding gear such as a helmet, comfortable boots with a low heel, and long pants.

Listen carefully to your guide’s instructions and follow them at all times.

Do not attempt any dangerous or risky maneuvers, such as standing in the stirrups, galloping without proper instructions, or attempting to ride faster than the rest of the group.

Keep a safe distance from other riders to avoid any accidents or collisions.

Inform your guide of any physical limitations or medical conditions that may affect your ability to ride or require special attention.

Tourist Responsibility Letter:

I, ___________________________________________________________________________________,

understand and acknowledge that horse riding tours involve certain risks and dangers, including but not limited to injury or death. I confirm that I have read and understood the safety rules provided by the tour operator and agree to follow them at all times.

I acknowledge that horse riding tours are an inherently risky activity, and I assume full responsibility for any injury, loss, or damage that may occur during the tour. I release the tour operator, its owners, employees, and agents from any liability, claims, or causes of action arising out of or related to my participation in the horse riding tour.

I confirm that I am physically and mentally fit to participate in the horse riding tour and that I have no medical conditions that may affect my ability to ride or require special attention.

I acknowledge that I have read and understood the terms and conditions of the tour operator and agree to abide by them during the tour.

Signed: _____________________________________

Date: _______________________________________

(English) When preparing for horseback riding tours in Kyrgyzstan, it’s important to have the right clothing and equipment to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment.

Here’s a suggested list:

Riding Helmet: A well-fitted, approved equestrian helmet is essential for safety. Protecting your head is crucial in case of falls or accidents (we will provide you with the helmets).

Riding Boots: Invest in a pair of sturdy, comfortable riding boots with a low heel. They provide grip in the stirrups and protect your feet from getting caught.

Riding Pants: Opt for comfortable, stretchy riding pants or breeches that allow freedom of movement. They should be durable and not have any loose fabric that could get caught.

Layered Clothing: Kyrgyzstan’s weather can be unpredictable, so pack layers to adapt to changing temperatures. Consider a moisture-wicking base layer, a fleece or sweater for warmth, and a waterproof or windproof outer layer.

Riding Gloves: Choose gloves that offer good grip and protect your hands from friction and blisters. They should be flexible enough to handle reins and other equipment.

Sunglasses and Sunscreen: Protect your eyes and skin from the sun’s rays. Choose sunglasses that provide UV protection and bring a high SPF sunscreen for exposed areas.

Riding Socks: Wear comfortable, moisture-wicking socks that are tall enough to prevent chafing from the boots. Consider bringing an extra pair in case they get wet.

Backpack or Saddlebags: Carry a small backpack or saddlebags to hold essentials like water, snacks, a camera, a map, and a first aid kit. Make sure it’s secure and won’t hinder your movement.

Sleeping bag. Good sleeping bags with temperature rating comfort not less than – 1C.

First Aid Kit: Pack a basic first aid kit with items such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, insect repellent, and any necessary personal medications.

Rain Gear: Kyrgyzstan experiences occasional rain, so pack a lightweight, waterproof jacket or poncho to stay dry during unexpected showers.

Hat or Cap: Bring a wide-brimmed hat or cap to protect your face and neck from the sun. It will also help keep you cool on hot days.

Personal Items: Carry personal items like a flashlight, pocket knife, hand sanitizer, and a small towel for convenience.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST

We recommend you to travel with a soft material bag and a small day-pack. Please

bear in mind the horses will be carrying your luggage so please ensure they are of

good quality, have strong straps and secure zips. )

Bag bags or expeditionary trunks will be more suitable).

In terms of clothes, it is all about layers as you could experience temperatures (in celsius) that range from zero to thirty degrees. Though the weather will usually be less extreme than this, you will find yourself adding and removing layers a fair amount during a day, especially if you are walking. As such lots of layers are essential and we would recommend packing a range of clothes from t-shirts, long

sleeve t-shirts, jumpers, shorts and trousers.

CLOTHING

Thermal underwear

Good quality fleece pullovers and trouses-100% polyester

A good rain/windproof jacket with a hood and trousers

Good quality socks with cushions and climate control (several pairs).

Lightweight trousers (the combat style are the most practical, especially the ones

That unzip to make shorts) for walking

One pair ankle length boots/or walking shoes with a good grip profile. We

Recommend ‘cortex’ as it is light and breathable, though leather is better in wet and snowy weather. Please ensure you have ‘broken‘ the boots in, new ones could cause aggravation.

Fleece hat with earflaps and sun hat.

You may like to bring a pair of rubber slippers/flip flops to pad around in.

Light gloves

Torch (plus spare batteries)

Penknife – either Swiss Army or Leatherman, though the guide will have one.

Sun glasses with UV protection

Sun cream with high SPF

Insect Repellent

Blister plasters

We recommend you to carry in your daypack

Bearing in mind that you will not be able to access your main bag whilst you are out walking or tiding, we recommend the following items be carried in your daypack:

1 x 15/20 liter daypack with air-comfort system/back support.

Water proof jacket

Extra fleece/warm layer

Sun hat

Sun glasses

Suncream with high SPF

Lip salve

Lightweight scarf which can double up as a headscarf.

(English) If you have any questions about the tour, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Once all your inquiries have been addressed and you are ready to proceed, we will issue an invoice for the deposit payment. You can make a bank transfer for 20% of the total cost as a prepayment. Upon your arrival in Bishkek, you can pay the remaining amount before the trip commences.

(English) The tour price varies depending on the season and the number of participants. Unlike group tours, this is a fully private experience tailored to your preferences. If you gather a group from your side, it’s welcomed, and we’re open to negotiating the price based on your specific requests and interests. We strive to accommodate your needs and ensure a personalized and enjoyable journey for you and your companions. Feel free to contact us …. 

 

(English) Essential Travel Guidelines:

  1. Respect Local Culture and Traditions: Honor the local customs, traditions, and religious practices during your travels.
  2. Support the Local Economy: Whenever possible, opt for local products and services to contribute positively to the local economy.
  3. Fair Pricing: Ensure fairness in your transactions for accommodation, food, and other services.
  4. Shoes Off Indoors: Remove your shoes when entering homes or yurts as a sign of respect.
  5. No Smoking Indoors: Abide by no-smoking rules when indoors.
  6. Communicate Preferences: Share your food and accommodation preferences with your hosts to enhance your experience.
  7. Seek Permission for Photos: Always ask for permission before taking photographs of people or their property.
  8. Friendly Interaction: Be approachable and engage with locals to foster connections and cultural exchange.
  9. Safety Precautions: Exercise caution during the evening and night, especially in crowded areas.
  10. Protect Your Valuables: Safeguard your documents, money, and valuables, and be wary of pickpockets in busy markets and streets.
  11. Verify Official Requests: If someone claims to be from the police and requests your documents, wallet, or camera, suggest going to the police station together.
  12. Avoid Giving Belongings: Never hand over your belongings to strangers.
  13. Proper Footwear: Wear suitable hiking shoes for outdoor activities.
  14. Weather-Ready Clothing: Even in summer, bring warm, waterproof clothing and carry sunscreen and insect repellent.
  15. Water Safety: Avoid drinking very cold water from unknown sources.
  16. Alcohol Caution: Drinking alcohol at high altitudes can be risky; consume in moderation.
  17. Respectful Dining: If the food doesn’t suit your taste, sample a small portion and express gratitude.
  18. Hydration After Meals: Avoid cold water after eating; opt for hot tea or c. It aids digestion at high altitudes.
  19. Warm Attire: Keep warm when in mountainous regions, especially after meals.
  20. First Aid Kit: Carry your necessary medications and a basic first aid kit.
  21. Speak Up: If you feel unsafe or have concerns, discuss them with your tour staff, host, or tour manager.
  22. Responsible Disposal: Properly dispose of your litter, packing up all non-biodegradable waste.
  23. No Littering: Refrain from dropping cigarette butts or litter; preserve the environment.
  24. Protect Fragile Ecosystems: Recognize that high-altitude vegetation is delicate; tread lightly and minimize environmental impact.
  25. Mindful Hygiene: Use available natural toilets; if none are present, stay at least 40-50 meters from water sources and bury all waste and paper.
  26. Leave Only Footprints: Leave a positive impact by taking memories in photographs, not by leaving litter or footprints.

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