Year-Round Adventure: 3 Days Horse Trek to Song Kul Lake


Designed for the adventurous spirit, our 3-day horse trek to Song Kul Lake welcomes travelers of all levels of horseback riding experience. Embark on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Kyrgyzstan, where nature's beauty unfolds around every corner. Dive into the heart of Kyrgyzstan's stunning landscapes, traversing majestic mountain passes and immersing yourself in the nomadic lifestyle with overnight stays in traditional yurts. This journey isn't just about riding; it's an invitation to connect with local culture, savor authentic cuisine, and soak in the serene beauty of Song Kul Lake. From meandering through quaint villages to capturing moments that will last a lifetime, every step is an adventure.

Join our all-year-round horse trek to Song Kul Lake, with daily rides lasting 4-5 hours suitable for all riding levels. Whether you're new to horseback riding or an experienced rider, our 2-3 expert horse guides will ensure your journey is comfortable and safe. They'll lead you through stunning landscapes, making each step of the way unforgettable.

Experience the beauty of Song Kul Lake, surrounded by majestic mountains and open skies. The ride takes you through varied terrains, offering views of lush meadows, vibrant colors in autumn, and serene snowy scenes in winter. This tour is more than just a ride; it's a chance to connect with nature and explore the nomadic traditions of Kyrgyzstan, making it a truly unique adventure.

What to expect

Bishkek - Kyzart - Kilemche valley
Your tour begins with a prompt hotel pickup in Bishkek, followed by a 4-5 hour drive to Kyzart village. Along the way, you'll be treated to stunning views of mountains, valleys, and rivers. Highlights include passing through charming villages and viewing the Orto Tokoy water reservoir. There will be opportunities to stop for photos, capturing the essence of Kyrgyzstan's natural beauty.

Upon arrival in Kyzart village, you'll meet your horse guides – one local Russian-speaking guide who will manage your luggage, and another English-speaking guide dedicated to ensuring a memorable and safe experience. After enjoying a delicious lunch prepared by a local Kyrgyz family, your horseback riding tour commences. The afternoon will be spent on horseback, riding for approximately 4 hours towards the beautiful Kilemche. The route is a visual treat, offering stunning mountainous landscapes that promise to be both exhilarating and serene.

As evening approaches, you'll reach Kilemche, marking the end of the day's ride. Here, you will be hosted in a traditional shepherd's house, offering a unique insight into local life. Enjoy a hearty dinner, savoring flavors that reflect the region's culinary heritage. After dinner, take the opportunity to unwind and absorb the serene mountain ambiance. The night at the shepherd's house provides not just a comfortable stay but also a chance to experience the authentic lifestyle of Kyrgyz shepherds. It's an ideal setting for a peaceful night's rest, rejuvenating you for the adventures that await in the coming days.
Kilemche - Jalgyz Karagoi Pass - Song Kul Lake
Begin your day with an energizing breakfast at the shepherd's house, readying yourself for another day of exploration on horseback. Today's 4-hour ride takes you to the stunning Son Kol Lake, your ultimate destination. As you ride, the trail takes you through the Jalgyz Karagai Pass, where you'll find yourself at an altitude of 3400 meters above sea level. This is the perfect vantage point for a panoramic view of Song Kol Lake, offering a breathtaking spectacle of nature's grandeur. Descending from the pass, your path then winds along the lake's shore, passing by Tuz Ashuu Pass. This route provides a continuous display of scenic beauty, making the journey to Son Kol Lake an unforgettable experience.

In the afternoon, you'll arrive at the yurt camp near Song Kol Lake, where a delicious lunch awaits, offering local flavors and a warm welcome. The rest of the day is yours to relish the tranquil beauty of Song Kul Lake. You might choose to stroll along the lake's edge, take in the serene environment, or engage in photography to capture the stunning scenery. This peaceful interlude offers a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of city life, making it an ideal opportunity to immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature. The evening at the yurt camp by the lake allows you to soak in the calm atmosphere, preparing you for your return to the energetic city of Bishkek.
Song Kul Lake - Kara Kiya Pass - Kyzart - Bishkek
The final day of your journey begins with a hearty breakfast at the yurt camp, fueling up for the day's adventures. After breakfast, you'll saddle up once more to continue your horseback exploration around Son Kol Lake. The day's highlight is crossing the Kara-Kiya Pass, perched at an altitude of 3400 meters. This segment of the ride offers spectacular views and a sense of accomplishment as you traverse the high pass. Following this, you'll begin your descent towards Kyzart village, the starting point of your horseback excursion, completing the loop of your memorable journey.

Upon arrival at Kyzart, you'll be welcomed at a local guest house run by a Kyrgyz family. Here, you will be treated to a delicious lunch, showcasing more of the region's traditional cuisine. Enjoy some time to rest and reflect on your journey in the comfort of the guest house. This pause also allows you to prepare for the next leg of your return trip – a comfortable car ride back to the hustle and bustle of Bishkek.

Your journey concludes with a 5-hour drive back to Bishkek. This time in the car offers a chance to relax and reminisce about the adventures and sights experienced over the past three days. Upon arriving in Bishkek, our driver will ensure your safe and convenient drop-off at your hotel. This moment marks not just the end of the journey, but also a time for last good words and farewells, as you carry with you memories of the stunning landscapes, cultural insights, and the peacefulness of horseback riding and yurt living in Kyrgyzstan.

What is included?

Transfer from Bishkek to Kyzart village where you will start horseback riding
Transfer back to Bishkek from Kyzart village
English speaking horse guide
Horse and necessary equipment
Breakfast x 2 | Lunch x 3 | Dinner x 2
First night in shepherd's house and second night in a traditional yurt


  • 450 USD

    Private tour for one person

  • 350 USD

    Group of 2 people

  • 250 USD

    Group of 3-4 people


    Group of 5 and more people


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