31st August 2016
Tour Leader Hilary Napier blogs live from the yurt, while leading our group along the beautifully scenic Kyrgyzstan Explorer tour.
Woken by snuffling and chomping outside my yurt but inches from my ear. Day already in full swing as Norgul is milking a cow for my latte. Post doughnuts and porridge we saddle up our horses to ride the hills surrounding Son Kul Lake. We learn the Kyrgyz commands to accelerate and slow our steeds and they canter willingly. The rolling hills and responsive mounts make for a memorable ride. For tea, Norgul's family insist we sample some of their feast of young horse meat!
Later we witness a display of Ulak Tastysh, a fast and furious battle of horsemen competing to place a goat carcass in a circular goal. Along with some horse wrestling (see below).
All in all it’s been a horse-filled day, completed by a much-needed sauna and plenty of vodka!