The Great Trek - Kyrgyzstan

The Great Trek

5 star rating   5 July 2019

Mirjam (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Absolutely stunning! | The horses were well looked after and the guides were very keen on correctly tacking up and did regular checks. Where possible we did some nice gallops however most of the trip was in walk due to the nature of the terrain. We regularly had to dismount and walk, which for me was a perfect balance between riding and some ‘exercise’, it was nice to get out of the saddle regularly. Some people did struggle a bit with the altitude and were not very fit, which made it difficult for them to climb uphill but the pace was adjusted so everybody eventually made it.

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
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How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
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How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
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The Accommodation

How would you rate your room(s) for comfort and facilities?
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How would you rate the standard of the food?
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Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

We slept in basic tents, no electricity or running water and the guest houses were also very basic and we shared rooms with multiple people (up to 8 per room). I was prepared for this and had no problems with it, fortunately we had very good weather with only an occasionally (short) rain shower, otherwise it might have been a slightly bigger challenge to stay comfortable. Sleeping mats were provided but we were very happy to have brought our own extra mat because it was quite thin (though we have not heard complaints from others who slept only on the provided mats).

I really did not expect the food to be this good and varied, of course you just have to eat what you get for breakfast, lunch and diner but it was always accompanied by bread, nuts, some sweets and biscuits, we were even treated on a cake 2 times. I did bring some energy bars and was happy with that, some trips were pretty long and we did have some long mornings, because of we first had to cross a pass before we could have lunch, so this snack was very welcome.

Before Your Holiday

Did you have all of the information you needed to:

Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

You were already very helpful and complete in your information, I brought the printed itinerary we received to the trip and other guests (who booked with another organization) were really amazed about this.

Do you have any other feedback for us?

The nature, the horses and the people were just impressive and I am really struggling to find the correct words to describe this experience.