“From Bishkek to Kyzyl-Oi” – Explore Suusamyr!
- Category: Auto/Horseback
- Duration: 3 days (optional 4days)
- Level of difficulty: Easy (one pass over 3000 m)
- Destinations: Too-Ashuu pass by auto, Suusamyr valley, Kum-Bel pass, Kyzyl-Oi Village
- Best season: May — September
- Best group size: from 3 to 12
- Overnights: in tents/yurt stay/home stay
- Requirements: trekking boots, weatherproof warm clothes, hat, sunscreen, sleeping bag, and sleeping mats
- Remark: trekking equipment can be rented from us
Kyzyl-Oi, an authentic kyrgyz village surrounded by mountains
Kyzyl Oi is an old village which has kept its distinct Central Asia character with its scattered reddish clay houses. It is located in Suusamyr valley in a narrow gorge of the powerful Kokomeren river. The village is located at 1800m where the valley forms a bowl surrounded by high red colored mountains, which give the place its name, Kyzyl Oi meaning “Red Bowl” in Kyrgyz. It’s an ideal place to hike or ride on horseback in the mountains, or simply to rest enjoying the beautiful landscapes red and green colored. There are a lot of hikes, from small ones around Kyzyl-Oi to 4000 m above sea level summits in the Sary-Kamysh range. The powerful Kokomeren river is also famous, in late summer, for rafting… This river is also rich in good places for fishing, which is a very common activity for the inhabitants of the valley. You can discover a way of life, culture, tradition, taste traditional food…
Chong Suu valley is located northwest of Kyzyl-Oi, and spreads on about 20 km. It crosses many jailoo (high mountain pasture), including “eagle nest”, the meadow surrounded by high stones, before reaching Kum-Bel pass, 3300m above sea level. “Balyk Kol” (means in Kyrgyz “Fish lake”), is situated after this pass. From there, it is possible to get a panoramic view on the Suusamyr Valley.
Day 1: Leave Bishkek in the morning. Drive 2,5 hours to the tour starting point. Cross Too-Ashuu pass. Arrival in Suusamyr valley. Short picnic lunch. Start horseback riding towards Kum-Bel Pass, around 5 hours. Stop before the pass. Overnight is in a tent.
Day 2: Cross the Kum-Bel Pass and arrival in Chong-Suu valley. Meet your host family of local shepherds. Dinner. Overnight is in a yurt or tent.
Day 3: Breakfast. This day is easy. Ride towards Kyzyl-Oi village, 3-4 hours. Arrival in Kyzyl-Oi, end of horseback tour. Welcome to your home stay. Have a lunch. Transfer back to Bishkek, 5 hours.