Wild Kyrgyzstan – Silk Road by Horseback Trek
Journey to the Djetimbel Valley in the northern part of Kyrgyzstan and join?a full-on wilderness expedition into this remote region! In 2019, the expedition will begin from Bishkek and trek thru multiple valleys, crossing the Soek range by the Saryto?r pass (4050 m) before returning to Bishkek 8 days later.
This is remote wilderness riding, as wild as it gets. Participants do not need to be experienced horse-riders but must be physically fit and able to cope with up to ten hours riding along river valleys, alpine ridges, and high mountain passes.
Wildfire Expeditions has teamed up with a local provider to offer this exciting trek in August. Come join us to experience the beauty of the Kyrgyzstan on horseback, and also explore the heritage of this amazing region.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan|
|DEPARTURE DATES – AUGUST 2020||August 8th – August 18th|
|WEAR||Sturdy hiking boots, warm trekking clothes, comfortable trekking attire|
|COST||1900.00 SGD per person for 3 people.
1750.00 SGD per person if 4 or more people sign up.
|EXPERIENCE LEVEL||Riding Ability Required:?From beginner onwards|
Day 1 Arrival – Acclimatise and Rest at?Interhouse Bishkek (or similar)
The trek starts from the arrival to Bishkek where you will have a chance to start acclimatizing.? This first day will allow you to rest and relax as you recover from the travel from your home place.
Day 2 Bishkek- Kyzyl Suu?
Transfer to the village of Kyzyl Suu via Kochkor village (visit handcraft center) and Kyzyl Tuu village (visit yurt production center) by the wild South shore of the great Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest mountain lake of the world after Titicaca. Dinner and overnight in a family?s house. (1880m.)
Distance (By Car) 370 km. 5-6 hrs.
Day 3? Kyzyl Suu – Ashu Kashka Suu
Today, start your horse trek to the Djuuku Valley, between fields and semi-desert landscape. After lunch, the road goes into an alpine landscape mixed with red stones landscape on one of the old Silk Road tracks. Dinner and overnight in tent at the split of the Ashuu Kashka Suu gorge (2528m).
Distance ? 35 km,? 5 hours riding
Day 4?Ashu Kashka Suu valley – Djuuku valley
In the morning, you will ride along the long valley of Djuuku; the north side is covered by forest, and the south side is rocky and dry. The valley is dominated by the It-Tish peak, which means ?the dog?s head? at 4808 meters altitude. There will be amazing views and camping by a small stunning mountain lake. Dinner and overnight in tent at the foot of the pass Djuuku (3140m).
Distance – 20 km, 6 hours riding
Day 5? Djuuku valley – Djetimbel valley
Today, you cross the Terskey Alatoo range by the Djuuku pass at 3670 meters altitude, the old track used by caravans. Then a flat high valley opens to your eyes. This part of valley was the site of war between Kalmyk and Kyrgyz around 1860, and there are still a lot of bones lying in the grass. You will pass near nice lakes of Chokoli and the Soek Too range with small glaciers. In the mid-afternoon, we will pass across this range by the Djetim Bel pass at 4015m and its small lake. Dinner and overnight in tent, on the South side of the pass. (3580m).
Distance – 27 km, 6 hours riding
Day 6 Djetimbel valley- Ekurgenke?l Lake
You ride today along the South side of the Soek Too range and the Taragai river at 3500m and enjoy more stunning views. In the afternoon, you ride up along the Soek river till the Ekurgenkoel lake. Dinner and overnight near the lake. (3628m. alt.)
Distance ?26 km, 5-6 hours riding
Day 7? Ekurgenke?l lake ? Arabel Suu – Tamga
During your last horse-riding day, we cross again the Soek range by the Saryto?r pass at 4050m and ride down to lakes of the Arabel Suu high plateau, source of the great Naryn River. From there, transfer to the South shore of the Issyk Kul lake and enjoy a rest on the beach. Dinner and overnight in guesthouse. (1700m.)
Distance ?15 km, 3 hours riding
Day 8 Tamga ?Bishkek
After breakfast, you will make your way back to Bishkek with a few nice stops along the way. The first stop will be Issyk Kul Lake where you will be able to have a walk along the shoreline and capture the nice view of the area. The next stop will be in a small village where you will be able to see how Kyrgyz people are making yurts in the small village of Kyz Tuu. After lunch, you will pass by the beautiful Burana Tower from the 10-12th century that was built on the Silk Road. Arrival and overnight in guesthouse in Bishkek.
Distance -? 330 km (by car) 4-5 hrs.
Day 9? Goodbye Kyrgyzstan
Departure from Bishkek (The individual may choose to extend). Transfer from your hotel to the airport and take the flight back home with the head full of memories…
At this point we will say goodbye to our gracious hosts as the trek is now completed.