Horse tour to Khakassia - Along the
Horse tour to Khakassia

Along the "Path of Ataman Solovyov"

Horse tour to Khakassia
(Along the "Path of Ataman Solovyov")

The route passes along the low-mountain and mid-mountain ridges of the Kuznetsk Alatau with an ascent to the mountain "Khizir-Teren", translated from Khakass as "harsh sky", the height of which is 1855 meters above sea level. We will as well approach the foot of the "Celestial tooth" mountain with a height of 2170 meters above the sea level. This route is also attractive for its alpine and subalpine meadows which are replaced by tundra and snow-white eternal glaciers. It is such a pleasure to slide down the glacier on a hot summer day!

On the route, you will encounter mountain gullies, canyons and mountain lakes. Another highlight of this route is the fact that during the years of the civil war white ataman Bat’ka Soloviev was hiding on one of the mountains, and the young red Commissar Arkady Gaidar, who commanded a regiment at the age at which our modern children finish school, single-handedly was sent to capture him. Since then it has been named the Bandit Mountain. According to the stories of the old people, Soloviev hid all his plundered gold on this mountain. Adventurers and romance seekers still believe in the preserved treasure, so treasure hunters can often be found here.

This route was opened relatively recently, but it is already becoming traditional for many horse trails lovers. The area of the route is ecologically clean. There are 4 people working on the route: instructor, security guard, cook, and driver. On the route, transport support (UAZ) is used. All equipment is delivered by pack horses and a car.

Available Dates

  • 2024| 10 places Book
  • Individual dates are available. Please contact the program manager.

Trip details

Intensity Level 1
Season All season
Begins in Bishkek
Ends in Bishkek


Great for Couples Families Individuals

In this program we would like to show you amazing Khakassia - a country of innumerable natural resources with an interesting, unique history, with its legends and stories, with its indescribable beauty and magnificent landscapes. You will be able to ride many kilometers on horseback through this beautiful land and learn so much new about the vast Siberia!

What's Included:

  • Transfer Abakan - tourist center "Aizas" - Abakan
  • 3 meals a day (with snacks on the routes)
  • Work of an instructor, cook, horseman
  • Accommodation (hotel in Abakan (1 night), tents and mountain houses)
  • Russian bath
  • Rental of tourist equipment
  • Horse rental

What's not included:

  • Air tickets
  • Alcohol
  • Translation services – 100 USD per day
  • Accommodation in Moscow
  • Meals not included by the program
  • Personal expenses

(Tuesday/Saturday). Arrival in Moscow. Meeting at the airport. If the time allows, we suggest you take a fascinating tour of the capital of the Russian Federation. Here are several options we may offer:

Option 1: Walking tour of Moscow city center: Red Square, followed by a short introduction to Moscow metro (1,5-2 hrs). You will see St.Basil’s cathedral (exterior), GUM mall , Kazan church, State History Museum and the Moscow metro (Revolution Square station).

Option 2:Guided tour of the most iconic streets and architecture with a private vehicle (3-3,5 hrs). Highlights: Red Square and St.Basil's Cathedral, Bolshoi Theater and the Alexander Garden, the State Duma and Russian Govt buildings, Lubyanka Square with KGB HQ, the Russian State Library, Sparrow Hills, Moscow-City business district, Poklonnaya Hill, Victory Park, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

Option 3: Moscow River Cruise on the amazing Radisson yacht (2,5 hrs).

We will also be happy to provide you with an individual program of your choice. In the evening, the car will take you to the airport for the Moscow - Abakan flight. Night flight. Meals are on your own.


(Wednesday/Sunday). Abakan city - Aizas tourist base. Meeting at the airport of Abakan city. Transfer to Aizas tourist base (147 km / 2.5 h). On the way to the tourist center we will have an excursion in the Valley of the Kings along the Bolshoi Salbyk mound. Upon arrival at the campsite, lunch will be organized for us and, after a short rest, we will begin training in horseback riding in Khakassia.

Even those who have already participated in horseback riding and ride well need to listen to a short briefing. Then each member of the group will make a small circle on the horse to get a feel for how the local horses walk and how it is to sit in the local saddle. Today we will ride in small groups at the base. After training, a hot bath and a delicious dinner await us. Accommodation in small houses.


(Thursday/Monday). Horse rides. Today we will get up in a lazy way and have breakfast. After breakfast and a short rest, we will ride our horses. The program of the day includes two horse rides: to the observation deck which offers a gorgeous view of Khizir-Teren, and the second longer walk to consolidate horse riding skills. The second walk will be in the afternoon. In the evening there is free time for massage, sauna and dinner. Today we go to bed early and tomorrow we will have a longer ride.


(Friday/Tuesday). The foot of Mount Bandit. The day has come when we have to say goodbye to civilization for 7 days. Ahead of us is a fascinating journey which we will spend with a faithful companion of man - a horse! We will have breakfast, pack our things and set off to Bandit Mountain. We dine in Karolinovka next to the Terensuk river - a very clean small mountain river where you can refresh yourself and drink cold water. The ultimate goal of the day is the foot of Bandit, where we set up camp and enjoy the beauty of the wild nature.


(Saturday/Wednesday) Ride above the forest. Muscles will hurt today. The muscles that work on the horse are never used in regular life. After breakfast we will take the camp off, parallel to saddling our horses; today we will ride over a couple of passes, see the extreme driving of an escort car, meet alpine meadows, dwarf trees and the first snowfields. We set up camp above the clouds today.


(Sunday/Thursday) Conquering of Mount Khizir-Teren. Today it is advisable to get up early; it is very beautiful in the morning in this place. Horses calmly chew the grass, and clouds float below the camp. Gorgeous view! The program of the day - the conquest of the summit of Khizir-Teren; sightseeing tour of high-mountain lakes. Today we will go part of the way on horseback, the rest on foot. Horses will not climb to Khizir-Teren, the stones are very large there.

A magnificent view opens from the top, the “Upper Tooth '' is especially beautiful - this is the highest point of the Kuznetsk Alatau. Having conquered the top, we go down to the high-mountain lakes. The two lakes are located next to each other in two canyons. The lakes are decorated with glaciers and turquoise water, there is a very beautiful view, and wonderful photos are provided. We will have lunch here and return to the horses, they are already tired of waiting to take us to the camp. Night in tents.


(Monday/Friday). Lake Kharatas. It’s so wonderful that there are places where you can take a break from the Internet, mobile communications, television and the hustle and bustle. The morning breeze will blow with coolness and freshness. Today we will have a delicious breakfast and after that we will go to Lake Kharatas (Black Lake). Today, again, half of the way we will go on horseback and half on foot. The horses must be taken care of as they still need to take us to the base :) We will rest on the lake, swim, if you are not afraid of cold water, sunbathe, take great pictures, have lunch and return to the camp. By the way, our chef prepares yummy pancakes, pies and other dishes of Russian cuisine that can be included in the menu. So the dinners are really great.


(Tuesday/Saturday). Horse trekking to the Issuk river. Let's not stand in one place. We will have breakfast, pack our things, get on our horses and drive on. The camp is moved to the river Issuk. We will set up camp there and spend the night.


(Wednesday/Sunday). Hike to the lakes. Today's route will be very difficult for the horses. We will only go one step at a time. The main attraction of today’s route is two lakes of amazing beauty. We will not describe them, since you will see everything with your own eyes. On the lakes, we will have lunch, rest and set off on the way back to the camp.


(Thursday/Monday). Ride to the Tamalyk village. On this day, we begin our return to civilization. Today we will go to the Tamalyk village. This is an old, abandoned village, or rather a couple of houses that remained from the village. Here we will set up camp and spend the night. Our path will pass along the bank of a mountain river; century-old trees and the freshness of the river will accompany us throughout the day.


(Friday/Tuesday). Aizas tourist base. Trekking from Tamalyk village to Aizas tourist base. Finally, we will have a hot bath, our bodies will be clean and soft beds await us! We did it! Upon arrival at the base, there is such a service as a "fixed-route taxi" to Ust-Byur, to the store; you never know what kind of treats you will be missing on the route. High spirits promise a good evening! Civilization is no longer annoying, but on the contrary, you will definitely like it.


(Saturday/Wednesday). Free day. Today we have a free schedule, everyone does what they want, someone sunbathes, someone is sleeping or playing sports games, you can take a short horse ride. In the evening we will have a Russian bath, after the bath we will have a festive dinner and a farewell bonfire.


(Sunday/Thursday) Transfer to the city of Abakan. So our journey has come to an end. In the morning we wake up, eat, say goodbye to the service staff and faithful horses. We get into the cars and return to our regular world. It's so good that you can break out of civilization and feel like a different person. Free evening, hotel accommodation. Meals - breakfast.


(Monday/Friday). Departure. On this day, the car will take you to the airport for the Abakan - Moscow flight and then you will fly home. Meals are not included.

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