Son-Kul in 3 days

Son-Kul in 3 days

Tour to the Son-Kul Lake
3 days
Season: June – October
Route: Chui, Issyk-Kul, Naryn regions
Conditions: There is not a lot of physical exertion throughout the journey. But there will be several long transfers about 7 hours a day and travelers will reach an altitude up to 3500 m.

If you’ve got at least 3 days for journey this short trip is a good opportunity to venture out of routine. You will get acquainted with the life and culture of nomads in the mountains and you can totally reboot you life there.

Son-Kul Lake this is the second largest lake after Issyk Kul Lake, and the largest fresh water lake in Kyrgyzstan. It is surrounded by a broad summer pasture and then mountains. The area around of the lake is used by the shepherds of the Kochkor, Naryn and At Bashi regions for summer pastures for their flocks. In fact, there is evidence that it has been used for pasture from very ancient times.

The area is inhabited and safely accessible only from June to September. Son-Kul Lake is remote and challenging to access but this place is absolutely a must-see of Kyrgyzstan.

Day 1

Bishkek – Kochkor village – Son Kul Lake (350km)

Transfer to Kochkor village. Visiting felt-art workshop, where you may see Kyrgyz traditional fancy-work, and make your own felt carpet. After lunch transfer from Kochkor village to the Son Kul lake. Overnight in yurt camp. (LD)    

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Kochkor – 1750m, Son-Kul Lake – 3016m

Day 2

Son-Kul Lake

Stay in Son-Kul area all day. During the day you may know better nomad life. Overnight in yurt camp. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Son-Kul Lake – 3016m

Day 4

Son-Kul Lake – Bishkek (400 km)

Transfer to Bishkek. (BL)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Son-Kul Lake – 3016m, Bishkek-700m

Service includes:
Double or twin accommodation in guesthouses
Transport for transfers during tour;
Cook and full board during tour;
English speaking guide;
Tents, kitchen and camping equipment during tour;
Porters during trekking to carry up to 10kg of your private stuff (for each person).
Servise doesn't include: 

Accommodation in hotels before and after the program;
Alcohol and soft drinks;
Transfers, excursions or horse riding over the program etc.;
Visa and invitation letter to Kyrgyzstan;
Medical insurance.

Clothing and Equipment:
Sunscreen (at least 20SPF)
Chapstik or equivalent lip balm
Sunglasses with UV protection
At least a 25 Liter backpack for personal items
Sleeping bag 
Sleeping mat
Telescopic trekking sticks poles (optional)
Head lamp (eg Petzl) spare bulbs & batteries 
T-Shirts, long-sleeved T-shirt, shorts
Trekking pants
Fleece jacket or pullover 
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) 
Down vest and/or jacket (optional) 
Waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex) with hood
Waterproof pants (Gore-Tex)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks - 2 pairs (for sleeping in tents cotton socks - 3 pairs)
Thin gloves for trekking and overnight    
Sun hat or scarf 
Warm fleece hat or light balaclava 
Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces 
Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and/or sandals