Horseback Riding Tours in Kyrgyzstan

The horse is a major feature of Kyrgyz culture. Young boys learn to ride almost as soon as they can walk.  It is not surprising, therefore, that horse riding tours, or itineraries with opportunities for some horse riding are popular.


Indeed, as Rowan Stewart says in the Odyssey Guide to Kyrgyzstan: "The best way to glimpse Kyrgyzstan from the locals' perspective is on horseback."


It is possible to organize horse riding in a number of locations around the country. The range of possibilities is so great that it is often difficult to choose one over another.  The choice can depend on a number of factors: the time available, the level of difficulty; the experience of the riders or the other interests of the group.


A horseback trip can last anything from a couple of hours (for example: in one of the valleys south of Bishkek or around a yurt camp in Son-Kol or Tash Rabat) to several days (for example: from Shamsy in the Kyrgyz Range across to the high mountain lake, Son Kul, or across the Terskey Ala Too mountain range from lake Issyk Kul towards Naryn; or from Kazarman up to the petroglyphs of Saimaluu Tash; or in the remote regions of Batken; or from Talas to Lake Sary Chelek).


Not only will a horseback trip give the opportunity to experience the magnificent landscapes of the wild countryside, and to escape from the crowds that inhabit the sprawling modern cities and popular resorts, the leisurely pace of travel will also enable the traveler to experience what travel along the ancient Silk Road must have been like many centuries ago - to get a feel for the authentic Silk Road or to follow in the footsteps (or hoofprints) of more recent travelers such as the Russian explorers Semyenov and Prezhervalsk or The Swiss journalist Ella Maillart.


Although it is possible to decide on the spot to take a horse for a couple of hours from one of the yurt camps - usually, and certainly for anything longer, it really needs to be arranged in advance.



Tips:

Most of the horses used for tours in rural regions are "working horses" - the local people use them for traveling when looking after their livestock in the mountain jailoos (high mountain meadows).


Usually tourists will not be given boisterous or unruly horses to ride, but it is best, (especially for the novice or less experienced rider), to express any concerns about their mount as early as possible.


Take time to become acquainted with your mount.


Tackle and equipment: Saddles and other equipment may be fairly basic.


Helmets:  It is advisable to bring a helmet with you.  Although some may be available, you will probably feel more comfortable with your own.


Insurance: Please make sure that your travel insurance covers you for horse riding.

 

 

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Our tour department has a wide range of itineraries. In addition to arranging a fully inclusive tour package we can offer individual services such as assisting with formalities; booking accommodation in Bishkek and around the country; arranging transport and guide / interpreter services; excursions and activities, (such as HORSE RIDING, demonstrations of traditional crafts, concerts of traditional music etc.). Most visitors to Kyrgyzstan have specific requirements or interests and so the majority of our work involves customising an itinerary to meet these. Send us a request for information and a quotation , and we will discuss details of a proposed itinerary and your requirements.

 

 

Our contacts:

 

Apt. 2,, #131, Kievskaya Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Tel.: +996 (312) 311814

Fax: +996 (312) 311170

E-mail: tours@celestial.com.kg, celest@infotel.kg

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