4 days winter tour to Issyk-Kul and Son-kul



See the best of 3 days extreme, adventurous winter horse riding to Song-Kol Lake. Ride horse on snowy mountains; sleep in boz-ui, a traditional yurt of the Kyrgyz people. 

  • Sleeping experience in a traditional Kyrgyz boz-ui (yurt)
  • Extreme horse riding to Song-Kol lake
horse riding tour to sonkul
horse riding winter tour


Day 1Drive to Kyzart village via Too-Ashuu passGuesthouse
Day 2Morning drive to Kyzart. Start of horse ridingWinter house
Day 3Continue horse riding to Song-Kol LakGuesthouse
Day 4Back to Kyzart on horse. Transfer to Bishkek 

This morning, you will start explore the country with a drive towards beautiful Kyzyl-Oi village. The drive through the Too-Ashuu pass (3600 m) takes about 4-5 hours. Take your time and admire the amazing scenery as you pass by dramatic mountains of Kyrgyz-Ala-Too mountain range.
After a couple of camera shots on the pass, you will head further into Suusamyr valley driving on the cost of Kokomeren River. By the river, you will stop for picnic.

In the evening, you will eventually arrive in the village and have a rest before diner, taking a walk with your guide on the streets of this remote, authentic and hospitable village. Cap of the day by eating a meal at a dining room of the guesthouse

After breakfast, you will head to Kyzart village. The drive time is five hours, so you will arrive in the village by the lunchtime. After lunch, it will be time to saddle up for a horseback ride to beautiful Kilemche valley. As you will leave the village behind, follow the trail as it gradually climbs up the west bank of the stream of Chaar-Archa river. Then you will break off to the right towards the valley of Kilemche – a winter pasture of the locals.

After your arrival and cup of tea, get ready to enjoy the smooth atmosphere of the valley with a winter sweeping views. Release the horses for overnight with your guide and go for the dinner at winter house in the valley.

After breakfast in Kilemche, you will continue the journey on horse towards to Tuz-Ashuu pass on the way to Song-Kol Lake. The trail to the pass covered by snow is thrilling, however it provides a great panoramic view to both – frozen Song-Kol lake and Kilemche valley on other side. After a while enjoying the view and giving a break for the horses, the ride continues down until you will reach the yurt by the lake.  Warm up with a hot tea at yurt after the adventures and fuel up with a hearty lunch.

Song-Kol Lake is beautiful in summer but especially impressive in winter. Take a walk around, keep your camera handy to catch beautiful sunset over the frozen Song-Kol Lake. 

Enjoy a supper at yurt under a starry night sky in this beautifully wild landscape and get ready to spend your first night at boz-ui – a traditional yurt of the Kyrgyz people.

Take some extra time to enjoy the scenery of winter Song-Kol lake before you hit the road back to Kyzart village. With snowy mountains in the background, the lake looks even more beautiful in the morning sunlight. 

Once you get on your horse again, choose the upper trail for better views of the lake and make your way towards the pass. From here, the ride is fairly moderately strenuous as you will descend towards the village, then spend the last hours of smooth riding until you will reach the village. 

On arrival, you will have a lunch at guesthouse and finish up your winter extreme horse riding experience with a drive back to Bishkek.



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Tour updated 30.11.2024

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