Where is your office?
Our office is in Kochkor (200km from Bishkek) in Naryn province. The office is located in the center, above 7 Karat store (7 KAPAT). You can access the office through the stairs on the side of the building. Please make sure you contact us beforehand via email or phone so that someone can meet you at the office!
From Bishkek, how do I get to Kochkor?
If you prefer to have your own car, our company will gladly organize a private vehicle from any point of the country to Kochkor! You may also request to have an English-speaking driver or Russian-speaking driver.
You may also take public transportation. There are two forms of transportation: taxi’s and mini busses (also known as marshrutkas). With a shared taxi, you will only pay for your seat and will likely be in the car with locals. With your own taxi, you will have to pay for your own seat, in addition to every seat in the car. We recommend getting to the bus station as early as possible, preferably before noon. Transportation is available everyday throughout the week, but you’ll have the best luck on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Transportation is available from 9:00 AM — 4:00 PM.
Go to the West Bus Station (West Vaksal) in Bishkek. The West Vaksal is called Западный Автовокзал (Zapadnui Avtovaksal) and the address is Чимкентская 1, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (Chimkentskaya 1, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan).
Taxis: around 300 com
Marshrutka’s: around 400 com
Do you accept payment in Euros, USD or Kyrgyz com?
We accept all currencies. Please make sure that EURO and USD bills are in good quality.
Are there any ATM banks in Kochkor / Where can I exchange my money?
Yes! The center of Kochkor has many banks (marked in red), including Finca, KICB, Ayyl Bank, Commercial Kyrgyzstan Bank, and RCK/PCK bank, all of which are walking distance from the center. Most banks close around 5:00 PM.
I am not experienced horse rider or ride first time, is it difficult?
Most of our travelers have no experience riding horses, or horses that live as freely as they do in Kyrgyzstan. Each and every guide is professionally skilled in maintaining, caring, and preparing the horses for rides. Additionally, we have selectively chosen horses that are calm and easy to manage to ensure your safety. We will also teach you how to steer the horses on your own!
Even if you have had experience riding horses, we ask that you take it slow (in the beginning) as the horses in Kyrgyzstan may differ than those of other countries.
Where can I leave my luggage during the trip?
We recommend you only take what you need, especially when traveling on long horse treks. Any luggage you choose to bring will be placed on the backs of the horses, which can be difficult for the horses depending on the weight of the bag.
You can either leave your belongings at the Kyrgyz Riders’ office OR the guest house where you are staying.
During the trip, will I carry my backpack myself?
We provide special bags for your backpacks and put them on the guide’s saddle.
What kind of equipment do you provide for horse riding?
Our company provides equipment such as helmets, special bags to hold the backpacks, and a raincoat. We highly recommend you take the helmets; it’s very important for your safety (and no, we do not charge extra money for the equipment!).
I am vegetarian… is it possible to have vegetarian meals?
When tourists first began coming to Kyrgyzstan, it was a new concept for locals. However, with time, families who run the yurt camps are very familiar with different dietary restrictions and are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure you are fed and full while taking into consideration your dietary needs!
If you have specific dietary requests, we ask that you communicate this as soon as you can so that they can provide food accordingly. And if you prefer to cook on your own, or have specific utensils for cooking (Kosher, for example), we are happy to share this information along to the cooks, so please don’t hesitate to ask or let us know!
Do I need sleeping bag for my trip?
You are more than welcome to use your own sleeping bag! However, the yurts will provide you with proper cushioning, blankets, and heating.
For more information, please, contact us.