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Agriculture in Arslanbob village

Ride to Holy Lakes of Arslanbob

A Horseback Riding Adventure in Kyrgyzstan's Ferghana Valley

Our loop will take you through originel walnut forests, open pastures, and majestic mountains as we make our way to the sacred lakes of Arslanbob. 

Ride to the heart of Boobash Ata's spirituality

Experience the unique combination of horseback riding and spiritual exploration as you visit the holy lakes of Arslanbob in Kyrgyzstan's beautiful Ferghana Valley - a program co-organized with CBT (Community based on tourism) Arslanbob: NGO "Relict Forest"

3 DaysAdventure toursKyrgyzstan

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Program


            Arslanbob village - Sere
Riding from Arslanbob to pastures of Sere
Arslanbob village - Sere

We will start our day after our breakfast and head west towards the Kyzyl-Alma fields and Jayloo Kara-At. Along the way, we will have the opportunity to witness the seasonal nomadic life in the Jayloos.

After a leisurely ride, we will then ascend the Char-Archa pass (2800m) and continue on to the alpine pasture of Tulga-Tash. We will take a break for lunch and rest before continuing our journey up to Chakmak-Tash, where we will have usually the chance to see a large number of yaks grazing in the area.

The day will conclude with camping on the Jayloo Sere, where you can enjoy the tranquility of the valley and the stunning views of the mountains. 

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
30 km
08:00
1300 m
500 m

            Sere - Tash-Koroo
Horseride from Sere to Tash-Koroo pastures
Sere - Tash-Koroo

After breakfast, we'll set out on horseback towards the Tash-Koroo, a large canyon known for its stunning scenery. We'll stop for lunch along the way before continuing our journey towards the holy lake.

As we approach the lake, we'll have maybe the opportunity to see pilgrims from Central Asia, riding and walking around the lake, paying their respects. We'll set up camp in the Tash-Koroo canyon and enjoy dinner under the stars, surrounded by the natural beauty of the valley.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
35 km
08:00
1000 m
1000 m

            Tash-Koroo - Arslanbob village
Horseride from Tash-Koroo to Arslanbob
Tash-Koroo - Arslanbob village

After breakfast, we will set out on horseback towards Dubana-Mazar, taking in the beauty of the coniferous forests along the way. We will stop for lunch in the Jayloo Sere before continuing our journey up to the Char-Archa pass.

From the pass, we will descend towards the picturesque village of Arslanbob. We will end the day by spending the night in a CBT (Community-based Tourism) Homestay in Arslanbob, experiencing the local culture and hospitality.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
35 km
08:00
1200 m
2000 m

Nomad’s Land is an agency with a very high level of professionalism. Go there with your eyes closed and re-open them to admire the purity of the landscapes crossed. From the first emails exchanged to the taxi scheduled to return to the airport, everything is expertly managed by Fabien and his team. I chose to go to Kyrgyzstan to find skiing conditions a little different from France, I was not disappointed. The snow remains powdery for several weeks in this season. It's simple, there hasn't been a descent that hasn't happened in 5-star conditions. Gionas, our mountain guide knows these places perfectly. He always knew how to take us where it was the best of the best. But the skiing conditions almost take a back seat compared to the exchanges with the locals and the incredible landscapes in which we have been evolving for almost 15 days. Alex, our guide and steward, allows for a most immersive contact with Kyrgyz culture. The proposed program is balanced, intelligently constructed. There is something for everyone. One word, bravo !!

Goulven Marie

The experience has been unforgettable, one of the best trips I have made. The country is wonderful and our guide Mikel has been spectacular, always aware of everything and all the members of the group, decisive to the maximum. He would certainly repeat himself with them and I recommend it.

Isabel

On your way

Arslanbob village KG

Arslanbob (written also Arstanpap or Arslanbap) is a wide village in the mountain, north of the city of Jalal Abad. Mainly populated by people of Uzbek ethnicity, the village count about 15'000 inhabitants. Most of the population are Uzbek, and less than 5% is Kyrgyz, Russian, Tatar, Tajik, Chechen etc… The village is situated at an altitude of 1350 metres up to 1800 metres.

Kyrgyzstan's first known export to Europe was the Arslanbob walnut. Nuts forest are legendary because there are certainly originel forest of nuts, and maybe Alexander the Great bring back these nuts to Greece. Two waterfalls are located in the area which attract tourists, expats and pilgrims, skiers and other whole year round.

Arslanbob is named after an 11th-century figure, Arslanbob-Ata (alternate: Arstanbap-Ata). He may have been of Arab descent as in that language, Arslan translates to "lion" and bab to "gate", while in Turkic languages, ata means "father of". ergo "father of the lion gate". 'Bob', used as a suffix, is a traditional practice used in the Arslanbob which denotes "a traveler and explorer.

Muslims consider picturesque forest gardens sacred. According to legend, in ancient times there was an extremely hardworking man called Arstanbap who served the prophet Muhammad. Pilgrims come from far away to see the mausoleum of Arsantbap. And those who visit the forest bring with them a bit of paradise. 

The walnut forest is within the 60,000 hectares (150,000 acres) forest situated between the Fergana and Chatkal Mountains. The walnut forest is located at altitudes varying between 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) and 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) above sea level on the Fergana range's south-facing slopes. At 11,000 hectares (27,000 acres), the Arslanbob woodland is the largest walnut grove on Earth.

Behind the village of Arslanbob are the Babash-Ata Mountains. There are two waterfalls nearby. One measures 80 metres (260 ft) high and has a slippery scree slope; it is situated in a cliff face north of the village. Another, to the east, is 23 metres (75 ft) in height and has two prayer caves, one of which is known as the Cave of the 40 Angels.

NGO "Forest relics" is our lodging provider. In Summer or in Winter, they organise sports and cultural events :

In May : Bike Challenge of Arslanbob

Info

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 flights

  • International banking fees (PayPal, ...)

  • Travel & repatriation insurance

  • Visas / LOI (if applicable)

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • 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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