Aside from skiing, I also love horseback riding, so I thought it was time for a flashback at some nice trips I’ve been able to do.
Dingle Horseriding, Ireland
Jaipur, India (picture taken by Manu Bahuguna)
Jalman Meadows, Mongolia
Tenuta Luogo Marchese, Sicily, Italy
Tian-shan mountains, Kyrgyzstan
Isalo National Park, Madagascar
Brushing teeth in a stream while a herd of horses gallop past.
Muhu Island, Estonia
Isla Margarita, Venezuela
Woops, it’s not a horse! In the Sahara, Morocco.
In 2014 I crossed the Tian-shan mountains on horseback. We started from the southern shores of Lake Issyk-Kul, from the village of Barskoon, where you can find Shepherd’s Way trekking. From there we picked our way up through the forest, across green meadows with Edelweiss flowers in bloom, over high mountain passes, and through stunning valleys. It was a journey that took me closer to nature, and that I would like to relive one day.
It’s priceless to be able to wake up from the sound of a horse scraping its hoof against your tent opening. Then, to smell the herbs growing everywhere outside…
Which way to go?
Just outside Barskoon village
Taking a break
Can you imagine a better campsite!?
Link: Horsexplore arranges riding holidays across the globe, and is the company that I went with to both Estonia (Pädaste) and Kyrgyzstan.
If I were to do certain trips all over again, what would my perfect world tour look like? Here’s one way it could be done:
I would start with one of my absolute favourites; Antarctica. Why? Because the impressions that were left with me from that journey , the new friendships that were made and the incomparably beautiful nature and wildlife, made me humble.
After the snowy continent, my journey would continue like this: India – Bhutan – Myanmar – Kyrgyzstan – Mongolia – Japan – Papua New Guinea – Australia – Chile – Argentina – Guyana – Barbados – Cuba – Canada – Ireland – South Africa – Greece – Italy – Switzerland – Belgium – and finally, back home, to Sweden. (Of course, there are so many optional routes that could be taken, and in order for me to experience new exciting places, I would have to do a completely different walkabout.) Well, here are some pictures from those places mentioned above, that left me in awe.
Oh, and the obvious answer to the question above (Would I do it again?) is, Yes!
Chinstrap penguin, Half moon island, Antarctica
Tiger’s nest, Bhutan
Inle lake, Myanmar
Yaks in the Tian shan mountains, Kyrgyzstan
Sushi time, Japan
Ambua lodge, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
Surf’s up, Australia
Fin del mundo, Argentina
Kaieteur falls, Guyana
Horse polo, Italy