A quiet paradise in Turkmenistan offers an extraordinary opportunity to join a great adventure. Beautiful landscapes, exotic culture, and exceptional hospitality they are all here in the the Karakum desert with its unique vastness. Only short drive from Ashgabat, we start our trip, which takes us through the villages in the desert where shepherds tend their flocks on spring and summer pastures. Most of the horses we use are purebred Akhal Teke and Yomud Horses - valued for their endurance and adaptation to the harsh climate in the region. The horses are striking in their beauty, and are easy to handle even for an unprofessional rider.
Summary Riding: 4-6 hrs a day Horses: Akhal Teke and Yomud Horses Pace: Moderate, desert and “takyrs” – desert plains
Riding ability: A reasonable level of fitness and previous riding experience are required Weight limit: max 90 kg Accommodation: 3-4* hotel in Ashgabat, 2* guest-house and wild camping (basic facilities, but quite reasonable). Group size: max 8
Day 1: Ashgabat arrival, city tour
In morning arrival to Ashgabat with TK (optional). Complete Customs formalities; meet your guide/driver. Transfer to hotel for breakfast. Later start Ashgabat tour; we explore the city, visiting its most interesting monuments and museums, whereas we take care of your documents. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Ashgabat – Geokdepe stud farm
Morning is free at leisure. Check-out from hotel around 12:00.PM we set off to a horse farm in Geok Tepe, which is 45 km away from Ashgabat. We stay in the base camp exploring local area and getting ourselves familiar with horses, area and first desert safety precautions, which we MUST follow. Time at leisure at the farm.
Dinner and overnight in the farm guest-house.
Day 3: Riding day (10-15 km)
In the morning ride up into the Geokdepe water reservoir. Picnic lunch. PM riding in the Karakum desert. Dinner and overnight in the farm guest-house.
Day 4: Riding day (10-15 km) – Desert camp
In the morning ride into the Karakum desert (2-3 hrs riding. Picnic lunch. PM riding again in the Karakum desert. Dinner and overnight in tents at the desert camp (wild camping).
Day 5: Riding day (10-15 km)
In the morning riding back to the stud farm in Geokdepe. Picnic lunch en-route. Continue riding. In the late afternoon/evening arrive to the farm. Time at leisure. Dinner & Overnight in the farm guest-house.
Day 6: Geokdepe – Bakharden – Ashgabat
After breakfast in the farm drive to the underground lake Kov Ata in Bakharden (50 km). Then drive back to Ashgabat (100 km). Transfer to hotel on arrival. Time at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 7: Ashgabat
Continue sightseeing in Ashgabat with visits to Old Nissa fortress (UNESCO World Heritahe site) and National Museum of Turkmenistan. You’ll also have a chance today to visit the sites which you did not have a chance to visit on previous day. Rest of the time is free at leisure. Overnight in hotel
Day 8: Departure
Transfer to airport for your departure flight to home.