Q. What level of riding skills do I need to go on trek?
A. Riders of any age and any level can participate on our treks. From 6-80 years old, from beginners to experienced riders.
Due to the mountainous nature of Kyrgyzstan, some experience of riding up and down hill is useful, but not essential.
For young children we usually recommend to ride accompanied by a horseman or are lead.
It is best to be honest about your ability when you book. Then we can give the best advice as to which trek would suit you and choose a suitable horse.
Q. What are the horses like?
A. Our horses are well suited to life in the mountains. Most are a cross between native Kyrgyz horses and Russian horses. They are usually between 1.4m and 1.5m in height. They are very strong and surprisingly surefooted on steep mountain paths, crossing rivers and over rough terrain.
Q. How comfortable are the saddles?
A. The saddles are surprisingly comfortable traditional Kyrgyz saddles. A thick layer of sheepskin
padding helps prevent rubbing and soreness from long hours in the saddle.
Q. What accommodation is provided on trek?
A. Accommodation is in tents while on trek. Our tents have been specially chosen to suit your needs and for their compactness when packed. Nearly all equipment is packed into saddlebags and carried on the horses. If you would like to bring your own tent it is possible. Please check with us first as to its suitability. It needs to be comfortable for the horses to carry.
Q. What food can I expect?
A. All food is prepared for you during your trek by the team. Breakfast and dinner are usually hot dishes, while lunch is in the form of a picnic.
If you have special dietary requirements please let us know in advance.
Q. What is the weather like?
A. Mountain weather can be changeable. Even in the middle of summer it is not unusual to have rain, wind and even snow, whilst trekking. Temperatures can also be variable. It can be hot and sunny during the day, then at night it is possible to have sub-zero temperatures. A warm sleeping bag and sleeping mat are a must.
Q. What is the altitude?
A. Barskoon itself is at 1700m. Most of our treks are between 2,000m and 3,500m and sometimes we cross passes of over 4,000m