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Kyrgyzstan - The Great Trek
Kyrgyzstan - The Great Trek
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Kyrgyzstan - The Great Trek

This adventurous trail ride follows part of the ancient silk route. There is a real contrast of landscapes with deep fertile valleys and arid canyons separated by high mountain passes. Reaching the high grasslands, home to nomadic families in summer, the route takes you over open pastures with a stunning backdrop of snow capped mountains.

Welcoming travellers is central to Kyrgyz culture and the opportunity to spend some time with the herders who live their life on horseback is a once in a lifetime experience. Part of the enjoyment of this ride is spending time with the local people you meet along the way which means that the timing can be unpredictable. In addition severe mountain weather can disrupt the itinerary.

There may also be occasions where you need to dismount and lead your horse for short periods (c. 15 – 30 mins) – this can be both uphill as well as downhill so you will need to be reasonably fit.

It is possible to do either the first half or the second half of The Great Trek. All groups will spend time at Lake Son Koul which is the cross-over point and all will have the possibility of seeing the horse games which are normally played here. Those doing the first half (Secret 1) return directly from Lake Son Koul by vehicle.  Those arriving to do the second half (Secret 2) transfer from Bishkek to Lake Son Koul by vehicle. 

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Kyrgyz Riding Specialist  Lucy Downes

Lucy says:

Immerse yourself in local culture and journey off the beaten track on this intrepid trail ride for true adventurers! The glorious mountain views are well worth the effort.

My top tip:

Travel with an open mind to really appreciate the Kyrgyz way of life. Do get yourself fit because walking at altitude is surprisingly hard work!

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