Kyrgyzstan and the Jailoo
Four Rides in the Mountains of Heaven
by Sue Bathurst
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Pub Date 28 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 08 Dec 2023
In 2013 Sue Bathurst went to Kyrgyzstan to ride a horse in the jailoo - the nomads’ mountain pastures. She fell in love with the country, sometimes described as the most beautiful country in the world, and with its people. In this book she not only describes Kyrgyzstan, as it was and is, but tells of four of these horse rides in the Tien Shan and Talas Mountains, travelled with English and Kyrgyz friends.
During those rides they covered 500 miles by horse; crossed 20 passes, most between 9,000 feet and 13,000 feet; negotiated precipitous gorges and boulder strewn rivers of cascading snowmelt. In 2017 they rode for over 150 miles down the no-go zone, once the frontier between the USSR and China, and still the Kyrgyz/Chinese border. Everywhere they were welcomed by the shepherds and their families.
This is not only about a beautiful country, illustrated with over 200 colour photographs, 4 graphs and a colour map. It is about traversing challengingly tricky terrain, far from the possibility of helicopter rescue, and seeing, along the way, how the smallest country in Central Asia is rebuilding itself after 115 years of Russian rule.
A Note From the Publisher
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One of my favorite genres are long journeys, on foot, or bicycle or horseback….especially on horseback. The author journeys through Kyrgyzstan and the Jailoo on horseback and by doing so she really and truly gets to know the country and its people. She write beautifully and in detail of the landscapes, weather, cultures and people and other animals she meets. She, in essence, puts you there with her. I would have enjoyed more about the horses and their quirks and personalities.
If you’re interested in knowing the real Kyrgyzstan that you won’t see from an automobile, then you will absolutely enjoy this book.
Thank you #netgalley for the opportunity to read and review #KyrgystanAndTheJailoo”