The Silk Road through Barskoon – Juuku Valley
August 10 – Your arrival is in Bishkek airport. We will meet you and drive to Bishkek city (35km). We will change money (euro/dollars) into local currency (som) and stop for an early breakfast or tea/coffee in one of the cafes in the city. Then we will drive to Barskoon village, south shore of the lake Issyk Kul (Bishkek – Barskoon: 350km. around 5-6hours drive with some stops). Option: We might stop at Burana Tower near Tokmok town.It’s 20km away from the main road. We will need about 1 extra hour for this visit.Lunch is on the way in Boom Canyon road cafes. Arrival in Barskoon village at our place later. Prepare and pack for the trek. Dinner (home kitchen) and sleep in our guesthouse rooms.
August 11 – After breakfast we will drive shortly to our horse stable where you will meet the team and horses.We will ride up enjoying the fresh morning air from the horse stable to Ak-Dobo Valley. We will cross the Taarylga River and ride through fir-tree forests below beautiful snow-covered mountains. Enjoy the views of wide open pastures where shepherds graze their flocks. Overnight in tents in the Kok-Bulak Valley.
August 12 – We will ride from Kok-Bulak, cross the Kichi-Jargylchak River and pass through the Kindik jailoo (meadow). The altitude will be around 2800m high. On the way down, we will pass through an amazingly rich tapestry of flowers and experience the breathtaking views of mountain scenery and Lake Issyk-Kul. Overnight in tents near Kindik Valley.
August 13 – Our riding goes at around 2200-2500m. high altitude, along the Tien-Shan fir tree forests, will come down to Juuku Valley. We will ride until the hot spring in the next valley. After having a bath in hot springs, we will continue our riding up to the entrance of Juuku valley, the famous valley where Ella Maillart, the Swiss writer and photographer, rode during her trip to Kyrgyztan in the year of 1932. Overnight in tents near Tash-Koroo Vley.
August 14 – We will ride through the Kashka-Suu Valley, see and experience the real nomadic life of the Kyrgyz people. Cross the Kashka-Suu River several times before reaching the camp site near the river in front of It –Tish Peak. Overnight in tents.
August 15 – Today we will ride deeper into the Juuku Valley. We will meet more Kyrgyz shepherds and be invited for lunch and “Kymyz” (the national drink made from mare’s milk). The impressive It-Tish Mountain looms overhead at 4808 m. Overnight in tents in the valley of Dunguromo River.
August 16 – The last day of our riding. From the camp place we will ride up to the Dunguromo Pass (3773m.), then down to the Sary-Moinok Valley where we will meet the car and drive into Barskoon village again. Enjoy a hot bath. Then a special organization of meeting with the eagle&hawk hunter, taking memorable photos. Dinner of grilled sheep meat in a special oven as the hunters were doing this in old times in the mountains. Overnight in a guest house rooms.
August 17 – After breakfast we will drive you to Karakol town in the east of the lake (around 130km.). Visit Jeti-Oguz Gorge on the way. Lunch is in Karakol town in one of city cafes. After lunch: visits of Karakol history museum, Moslem mosque, Russian Orthodox Church, Prjevalsky museum. Dinner and sleep in the guesthouse.
August 18 – After early breakfast we will start from Karakol and drive you to Cholpon-Ata city, north shore of the lake Issyk-Kul. Visit of petroglyph site and Ruh-Ordo cultural complex. Lunch is on the way in Boom Canyon. Karakol – Bishkek is around 400km. Option: on the way to Bishkek we may visit Burana Tower near Tokmok town. (In case we don’t have enough time on the Day 1)Arrival inBishkek city and sleep in the hotel.
August 19 – Free day in Bishkek city. Our guide will accompany you for the city tour.
August 20 – We drive you to airport.
Dates and Rates:
10-20.August 2018: 2150 Euro
22-01.September 2018: 2150 Euro
*Akhal Teke Horse Riding Center reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary due to weather conditions or other extenuating circumstances. *Each rider should have their own insurance coverage including horse riding.
This price includes: -All transfers “airport to airport” -6 days horse trek with our team -All meals at Barskoon and Karakol -During the horse trek all your meals will be prepared by our cook in the mountains. -We have lunch or dinner in the city it’s restaurant or café with a range of menu. -English speaking tour guide, cook, horseman, 3 meals a day, tents, horses with all equip ment, cooking equipment. Accommodations: -2 nights at Barskoon guest house before and after the trek, 5 days in tents during the horse trek -1night at Karakol guesthouse -2nights at Bishkek hotel And this price doesn’t include: -Museum entries in Kaakol/Cholpon-Ata/Burana tower and in Bishkek -Drinks and beverages
You need to bring: Down jacket, warm sweater, warm sleeping bag, silk sleeping bag liner, rain gear (waterproof trousers should have an opening on the outside at the bottom of the leg in order to put on and take off without removing your trekking boots), 2-3 pairs of warm socks, waterproof trekking boots, gloves, sunglasses, sun cream with high UV-protection, lip balm with UV-protection, torch, personal medicine, metal water bottle (0.75 L), Therm-A-Rest mat, riding chaps,micropure(or any other water purification).