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Anja

09.08.2005, 12:46
 

NEWS 24: Sary Chelek lake - Horse trek

Anja

13.08.2005, 14:58

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NEWS 24: Sary Chelek lake - Horse trek

Let me finish my report:
We continued our way down and it was sometimes so steep that we walked and led our horses. There was a nice valley with huge meadows and some small lakes. Unfortunately, it did not stop raining. After a while we came to a meadow on a lake where some boys lived in summer to make hay. We had seen a lot of haystacks on our way. We stopped there all wet and pitched our camp. Even the sun came out a little bit and we were able to dry our cloth. We had a belated lunch with salad and water melon. Not long afterwards we had dinner and went to bed with the dark.

The sun was shining on the next day (4.August). After a noddle soup for breakfast we took off and went to the Sary Chelek lake - the destination of our trek. It really is a beautiful huge lake in the middle of mountains with cristal clear water. A big Kyrgyz family was there for a picknick and they wanted to take photos with us on horses and them. It's very common here that the locals ask the foreigner to have pictures taken of them together with us. That's a good opportunity for you to photograph, too. And afterwards they say thank you when you take a picture of them..... They also invited us for some water melon but we did not have time for that. Our guide wanted to go on. It was a nice day with a completely different landscape. We rode through meadows with haystacks, through walnut trees (we saw a 500years old one), through forest, over a pass. We ate on a little meadow with a creek. And after lunch we had a light rain shower again. We ended up right above the village of Kyzylkol where we had started our trek and had a nice view from there.
Arriving at "home" we had to drink tea and eat water melon and borsook, a typical fried Kyrgyz bread, with the CBT coordinator who wanted to know how we had liked the trek. He told us that they had 70 tourists last year and only 10 so far this year. A lot of people had cancelled their reservations for horse treks because of the unstable political situation in Kyrgyzstan this spring. The region is also famous for making honey and therefore, I could enjoy mountian honey all 3 days. Usually, the locals collect walnut from the trees in autumn but it was too cold this spring and there are no walnuts this year. It's a pity since the people depend on it but you can feel that the humans also depend on nature..... Our family heated up the Russian Sauna for us and we felt really refreshed and clean afterwards. We enjoyed a delicious dinner.

We took a shared taxi to Bishkek the next morning and arrived there 11 hours later. The road between Osh and Bishkek goes through mountains and high passes (over 3000 m) with a lot of yurtas along the road where people make honey and let their animal graze. The road is even closed sometimes in winter because of avalanches. It's not easy to believe when you know that it is the only connection between Bishkek and Osh. I wonder why Kyrgyzstan does not have a driver in the Formula One since all drivers on that winding road seem like little Schuhmachers......

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