Kazakhstan horse riding vacation

“A seventeen day trip, horse trekking in a small group through stunning Kazakh wilderness. Wild camping along the way, this is one fine and unique equestrian expedition. ”


Eastern Kazakhstan horses | Katon Karagai National Park | Altai Mountains | Ust Kamenogorsk | No fixed itinerary on this riding vacation in Kazakhstan | Wilderness camping

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28 Jun 2020
NZ $4700
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15 Jul 2020
NZ $4700
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20 Aug 2020
NZ $4700
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Responsible tourism

Kazakhstan horse riding vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Zavkhkan Trekking's style of low-impact horse travel and wild-camping, including pack-horsing to leave all vehicles behind, means that your time in Kazakhstan will be spent supporting and participating in a traditional lifestyle that has been low-carbon-emission for centuries. We also have shaped our company ethic to support and foster the local guides, trip-leaders, admin, and staff with whom it is our pleasure to work, long-term, rather than make a habit of flying staff from afar. In addition, as much of our veg and meat as possible are locally sourced, grass-fed and grown within miles of where you'll be riding. We are also proud to work in a place where solar energy has been harnessed with panels, even in remote areas, so we use the same to chill our meat and for charging, when necessary. To further reduce your carbon footprint with ZT, opt for the train from Almaty to eastern Kazakhstan instead of domestic flights. We will help arrange it for you at no extra cost.


It's hard to avoid the fact that you are likely to arrive in Kazakhstan by plane, although we do encourage keen train travelers! Once you are here, however, we minimise further carbon emissions by traveling in the most sustainable way possible, as much as possible - by horse. Happily, riding is also the best way to experience the area.

Clean water is thankfully not a scarce resource where we ride, and we want to keep it that way. This is about maintaining the purity of rivers and streams that we camp near. We ensure that our toilet is dug a suitable distance from the water course each evening. Dishes and clothes are washed away from the waters edge. We do encourage guests to swim and wash in rivers, but soap-free is the way to go.

Pioneering a strict trash and low-impact policy is also an important part of forging the way for responsible travel in this delicate national park.


Visiting Kazakhstan is new territory not only for most international travelers and locals but for travel companies such as us. In Mongolia, we have built up close relationships with our local staffs and their families over the years and focused on developing the kind of tourism and business that works for them. Our goal in Kazakhstan is to not only continue that philosophy and practice, but to lead the way in community-connected, responsible tourism. We recognise that the best way to really get to know any place is by drawing in close to the camp fire in the evening and getting to know the local people you are riding with.

Furthermore, the unique opportunity of riding in the Katon Karagai National Park affords us the ability to work directly with the park rangers and management. In doing so, we can not only listen to the needs of the local communities, bolster the park staff's connection with travelers and travel route development, but help support the eco-friendly, low-impact guidelines around which we've built our trip style.

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