A short horsetrek of 2 days accross the Kungey Alatoo range
This horseback riding tour is a great for any level of rider and it has been specially created to show contrast between desert like landscapes to lush forest with green rolling hills.
The village of Tamchy on the northeast shore of Lake Issyk Kul is the starting point to reach the Chong Kemin Natural Park. You will be welcomed for lunch in one of the guest houses managed by the CBT eco-tourist association of Tamchy. We will take time for a swim, to discover the making of felt mats and to participate in the making of the evening meal. If you leave the next day on foot or on horseback, your guide will explain the program for the next few days.
After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the head of the trial where you will meet your horsemen and your horse. The first big pass is the Kel-Ter pass at 3320m. From this pass, you will be able to see the panoramic view of Lake Issyk-kul. If the weather is nice you will be able to enjoy lunch at the pass and take many pictures of the area. After lunch, you will be guided on horseback to Kogur Lake in the Chong Kemin National Park. Once you arrive in the lake you will be able to relax and possibly do a short hike around the lake.Accommodation in tents at 2830m.
After breakfast, we will load our horse caravan and you will be guided down to the Chong Kemin valley. There will be many small passes that you will cross along the day, pastures and forests, before you will reach the river Chong Kemin. We continue our ride, and approach the first villages of the valley. Once you arrie in the village of Karol Doeboe you will be ablre to enjoy a musical evening with our hosts.
The best tour agency I've ever had. Highly recomended. I am so glad and thankful for choosing Nomad's Land for my Kyrgyz travel experience. They were the only tour that listened to my wishes and tried to implement them all. They literally left not even one desire unfulfilled: The other tours I contacted were unable to provide me with a yurt accommodation in lake Song-Köl. Nomad's Land was on the contrary very ccoperative. Especially once I knew that the yurt camp owners in Song-Köl waited extra for me before leaving, I was very touched. It seemed to me that Nomad's Land has a wide network of contacts in Kyrgyzstan and they have long and solid experience in the country. The people, yurt camps and hotels Nomad's Land work with, are beyond what I call good. They are perfectly chosen. Thank you Bakyt for not leaving even one desire unfulfilled and cheers to the whole team, including the guide Timurlan and the managers Alex and Samuel.
1 week of exploration around Kel-Suu at the top, despite the vagaries of the weather. We can only salute the seriousness and professionalism of the agency. Easy contact, team attentive. In addition to being able to discover a place that is difficult to access for independent hikers - and absolutely superb - we also took a real pleasure in getting into Kyrgyz culture more deeply. A big thank you to our great guide (Fabien) for having been able to motivate us whatever the circumstances, inventing new recipes based on kurut and allowing us to better understand the country. We hope to be able to leave with Nomad’s Land as soon as possible!
On your way
Small village on the North shore of the Issyk Kul lake. 35 km East of Balykchy town.
Kel-Tor pass KG
This pass is aptly named "passage to the lake", it connects Lake Issyk Kul and Lake Kel Kogur by an old trail first marked by the caravans of the Silk Road. To the north, the Chong Kemin National Park and its verdant forests, its wide flowering meadows. In the South, an arid land, a mix of meadows and desert areas, to the shore of Lake Issyk Kul.
Kel-Kogur lake KG
Lake Koel Kogur lies in Chong Kemin National Park. The lake can be reached from Chong Kemin or from Tamchi village on the shore of the Issyk Kul lake. It is located 5 km below Kel-Tor Pass, and it takes a day of walking or riding from the Chong Kemin River, and 2 days from Issyk Kul Lake.
Chong Kemin KG
The population of Chong Kemin is devided in 6 small villages. Novorossiika is the main one with Town hall, hospital and school. Others one are Tegirmenti, Tar Suu, Kalmak-Ashuu, Kaïndy and Karool-Debe where are situated our homestays.
Chong Kemin river KG
The Chong Kemin River (Kyrgyz: Чоң Кемин дарыясы) is a main river in Kemin District of Chuy Province of Kyrgyzstan. It is rising in the Zailiiski range (marking the border beetween Kazakshtan and Kyrgyzstan) and the Kungey range, and is a right tributary of the Chu River in Boom Gorge. The river is protected by status of the National park of Chong Kemin.
It has a length of 116 kilometres with a basin area of 1,890 square kilometres.
The Chong Kemin river rises as an effluent of the Murok Suu, the Sapojnikova, the Mashkovtseva, the Keminski, the West Ak-Suu, Dolon Ata, North Cholpon Ata and others glaciers of the Kungey range.
It receives the water from many rivers like Utsh Bulak river, Tegirmenti Suu, Kashka Suu (Kekoyrok mount), Tshetyndy, Ishke-Suu, Djan-Aryk, Buzulgan-Say, Kaskeleng, Djaya, Bashy-Djaya, Sek-Archa-Bulak, Chong Ak-Say, Kokuy Bulak, Almaty, Tuyuk Almaty, Koel Almaty, Kashka Suu (Zailiiski range), West Ak-Suu, Dolon Ata, North Cholpon Ata, Tertyuktshyu-Koy-Suu, Chong Koy-Suu, Orto-Koy-Suu, Koy-Suu, Djindi-Suu, Utsh-Emshek, Kashka-Suu (Dzore mount), Diure, Koel-Ter, Toru-Aigyr, Shymbulak, Ortokaindy, Cholakaindy, Kalmak-Ashuu and Tar-Suu rivers.
In the bassin of the Chong Kemin river, there are some lakes like Koel Kongur, Djashyl Koel, Djacyl Koel, Almaty, and many small glacier's lakes.
It's a good place for fishing the Amurdaria trout, Issykulski trout and the Chuy Osman.
The river also offer on its lower part a good opportunity to try rafting on a 23 km long from class II to IV, starting a bit lower than the Shabdan village till Djil Aryk village on the shore of the Chuy river. (see our rafting programs).
What is included
All transportation in a private vehicle
All airport transfers
Accommodation as described in the program
Meals (3 per day)
Bottled water (when possible) & tea
English-speaking trekking guide
Horses with local saddles
Pack horses with saddle bags & horsemen
Camping & cooking equipment (tents, mats, gas, stove, etc)
All the activities listed in the program
Entry fees at national parks and/or border zones listed in the program
Entry fees at museums and historical sites listed in the program
Domestic flights mentioned in the program
A contribution to our sustainable development projects
Organisation of the trip & local taxes
What is not included
International banking fees (PayPal, ...)
Travel & repatriation insurance
Visas / LOI (if applicable)
Alcoholic and soft drinks
Personal equipment (sleeping bag, headlight, personal medication, etc)
Additional costs due to unexpected personal events (health, loss of luggage, ...)
Tips for guide & driver (always optional, always appreciated)
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