Horseback trip in Western Tian Shan Mountains
One day horse trip in the Pustinliksay gorge, in the mountains near Khumsan Village (Tashkent province, Uzbekistan)

OrexCA.com has the honor of offering you a very fascinating one day horseback trip in the Khumsan Mountains, an area 105 km from Tashkent.

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This trip is an excellent opportunity to see the wonderful nature of the Western Tian Shan Mountains, take an excursion to natural monuments and holy places in the Pustinliksay gorge, as well as get acquainted with the locals, their way of life, traditions, culture and cuisine.

The trip begins in the early morning. You will be offered two options: the first is to spend the prior night in a cozy guest house in Khumsan mountain village or in a dacha in Charvak village (5 km from Khumsan); and the second is to begin the trip from Tashkent at dawn.

Just before the trip an experienced groomer, Riksi Akbarov, introduces you to the basics (especially for those travelers who have never ridden a horse). After this you will begin an ascent of mountain paths on horseback. At first, the road may not seem very picturesque as there will be some children's camps and holiday resorts around (some of them are in ruins now). But after one and a half kilometers you will discover a magnificent view of the gorge with almost wild nature, mountain lakes, a raging river, and walnut and fruit trees.

The first rest will be at Riski-aka's dacha, but it is better to say in a "letovka" (a summer house of shepherds) with a tiny mountain hut and a kitchen garden full of fresh vegetables. There is a pure cold mountain stream where you can wash your face and hands. The landlord's grandchildren will treat you to excellent "kumis", prepared from mares' milk, and also tea made from mountain herbs.

Soon after the break you will continue your trip upwards along the gorge. In approximately an hour you will reach Pustinlik-buva mazar (a cemetery, holy place). There stands the hut of an old man, Milliy-aka, among four giant ancient poplars. This respectful 78-year-old man is a hereditary keeper of the mazar. His father and grandfather took care of this place from year to year as well. They watered the trees, and after severe winters they kept up and restored the hut where pilgrims have stayed from ancient times.

Milliy-aka likes to invite pilgrims for a cup of tea full of mountain herbs' aromas, and tell them ancient legends and interesting stories about this place.

You will leave the horses near the mazar and travel further by foot, and after several hundred meters you will come to a wonderful monument of nature - the Kirk-Kokil waterfall. Its name means forty little braids. The waterfall has been called this because of the branched river bed of a mountain stream flowing down a sheer rock. Every little flood of the stream reminds one of a woman's braids.

On your way back you will refresh yourself with a light lunch in the shade in the groom's camp ("letovka"). There you also can watch and take part in the preparation of kumis, kurt and sour milk.

The horseback trip finishes in Khumsan at 4-6 pm (the finish time depends on what time the trip has begun). In the guest house in Khumsan you can have a supper ordered beforehand

Cost of a horseback trip: US$ 15 per person.
Kumis and lunch are compliments of the organizers of the trip.
Maximum number of participants: 6 persons.
A donkey trip can be also organized according to travelers' wishes.
Supper in a guest house: US$ 4-6 per person.
Transportation from and to Tashkent: by car - US$ 90/120 accordingly for 1 or 2 day trip, by minibus - US$ 120/150 accordingly as one or two day trip.

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