Horse Games / Kok-Boru
The Jyrgalan Valley is the perfect place to gain appreciation for the horse games which serve as a cornerstone of traditional Kyrgyz festivals. Celebrated in the World Nomads Games, kok-boru just may be the most beloved sport in Kyrgyzstan (and according to our guides, certainly in Jyrgalan). Schedule an afternoon of horse games, and you will watch horse wrestling and/or a live match between riders as they compete in a polo-like match involving a goat carcass. While you can just observe (and the entire village will be there to see it), a courageous few are invited to participate in some aspects of the games. This cultural activity is perfect for large groups or tour groups, although it is available to anyone with an interest!