Son-Kul in 3 days

Son-Kul in 3 days

Duration: 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 3
Son-Kul Lake – Bishkek (400 km)
Transfer to Bishkek. (BL)
Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Son-Kul Lake – 3016m, Bishkek-700m

Recommended list of private things for tour: 
-    Warm clothes 
-    Warm and comfortable hiking shoes
-    Wind stopper and  waterproof jacket
-    Sunglasses
-    Sun block cream (SPF 20-30)
-    Sun hat
-    Sleeping bag
-    Gloves
-    Sleeping bag and mattress

Service includes:
-    Transport during the program
-    Meeting and seeing-off at the airport
-    Full board
-    Twin accommodation
-    English-speaking guide
-    Excursions according the program
-    Tickets to museums
-    Mineral water
-    Flight ticket from Osh to Bishkek

Service doesn’t include:
-    Alcohol and soft drinks
-    Transfers, excursions or horse riding over the program etc
-    Visa and invitation letter to Kyrgyzstan
-    Flight ticket to Kyrgyzstan
-    Medical insurance