TAMCHY – Excursions to Kol-Tor lake
Imagine setting off early morning to a place where tourists usually do not go, where nature is still wild and mountain lanscapes are breathtaking. Enthousiasts and friendly guides, born and raised here in Tamchi, between the Yssy-Kol lake lake and the beautiful moutains offer to take you to their countryside, by car or on the back of one of their nice horses for an unforgetable trip. Any of the CBT Guest House in Tamchi could organise that for you, just ask !
1) THE GREAT KOL-TOR RIDE ( 2 days)
Season: Mid June – end of August
Catogory: Horseback tour or hikking
Group size: 1 pax – 20 pax
This bespoke tour to the Kol-Tor lake offers to a limited number of adventure seeking tourists ever-lasting memories of wild nature and beautiful panorama. The ride will be quite intense up to 6 hours per day.
Day 1: Tamchi – Kol-Tor Lake
.00 – After a good breakfast, the car picks you up directly at your guest house and head to the mountains.
9.00 – Meet your guide(s) and your horse in the Eky-Chat (Эки чат) valley and start the ascension to the first beautiful panorama , Sargo (Cаргоо), the Yssy-Kol lake on one side and the snowy moutains on the other.
12.00 – Have traditional Kirghiz lunch at a local sheperd home in Kaiki (Kaйкы).
13.00 – 19.00 – Head to the Koulja Jaylo (кулжа жайлоо) fantastic panorama and continue the route through the wild nature and admire endless green hills, high snowy peaks of Kabirga (Kабырга), moutain lakes, local houses and cattle grazing in the sun, until the Atchik Tach (ачык таш) pass at 3342 meters. The car will meet you in some accessible locations to have little snacks along the way.
20.00 – Set up your tent and enjoy a traditional dinner cooked on the open fire. Night in tent. In case of rain, a mountain shelter is there to back you up.
Day 2: Kol-Tor Lake – Tamchi (approximately 5 hours ride)
8.30 – Breakfast
9.00 – Get on your horse to have a nice ride down the valley until the Kol-Tor lake, a landscape of wild flowers and pine forests. On the shore lake, you’ll have a relaxing morning, hiking around the place on foot, taking photos, chilling in the sun, fishing or even swimming if you dare to.
13.00 – Back to the camp where lunch is being prepared. You might add some wild mountain oignon which grows everywhere around or cook the fish you caught in the lake.
15.00 – 17.00 – Back on the horse for the return trip. You’ll have again a very nice ride from rocky path to large meadows until the car picks you up and takes you back to town.
19.00 – Back to your Tamchi CBT Guest House.
Participants: Minimum age – 16. A good physical condition as well as previous horse riding experience is required.
Price: from $40 US per person per day in a group 8 people for 2 days at all, including transfer by car to and from the mountain, the guide, the horse, lunch and dinner on the first day, breakfast and lunch on the second day. The payment will be upon your arrival time in CBT Tamchy office.
2 pax – $150
3 pax – $120
4 pax – $110
5 pax – $100
6 pax – $90
7 pax – $80
8 pax – $80
What you need to bring: You luggage will be carried by the car to and from the mountain by car. You’ll be able to access it at each meeting point with the car as well as at campsite. As the tour takes you deep in the mountains, good outdoor equipment is a must as weather might change very fast (rain jacket, warm jacket, gloves, hat, fleece jacket). Wear confortable trousers for horse riding and have good hinking shoes. Please also bring a headtorch, a tent, warm sleeping bag and matress for the evening. A knife is always good to have as well as a swimming suit if you intend to swim. A light waterproof bag might be usefull for things you’d like to take with you on the horse, just in case.