The Great Trek - Kyrgyzstan

Experience Level

Secret 1

5 star rating   23 July 2017

The landscape was phenomenal, most of the riding was slow which was understandable considering the terrain and duration in the saddle. My horse was 18 years old but he had no problems and more than capable of the journey. I never felt pressured to make him go faster than he wanted to by the group which was my only worry. There were some good canters and for me it was perfect. A couple of horses developed girth sores so were treated/rested the next day, my only comment is they may want to invest in some better protectors/girth covers if possible. Otherwise my only regret was not going for the full trek... I worried I would not be fit enough for the 8 days but it's amazing what you get used to! Was not ready to leave by the end. Helene and Almaz were amazing as our guides and could not have felt more looked after.

[In The Saddle comment: Our partners in Kyrgyzstan are working hard to reduce any issues of girth sores. New girths are being purchased for next year in an extra effort to minimise the problem.]

The Riding

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How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
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The Accommodation

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I did not take a thermarest which was my only regret! It got cold on the wool mattress at night but nothing unbearable.

Before Your Holiday

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