Horse riding to Son Kul Lake

Horse riding to Son Kul Lake

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
Season: June – September (possible to organize winter horseback riding tour)
Route: Bishkek – Kochkor – Kyzart – Kilemche – Son Kul Lake – Bishkek 
Level of difficulty: This tour is developed for beginners in horse riding.

Trekking up to high altitude Son Kul Lake. It's the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan. It's situated on the high mountain flat plateau at the altitude 3016m surrounded by endless green pastures and smooth hills Son Kul Too ridge from the North, Moldo Too from the South. The Lake is 278 square km, maximum depth is 14m, the lenght is 27 km, the width is 16m.It belongs to Naryn river basin.
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. During trekking you will be like a nomad, leaving in a real nomad's yurt. 


Day 1
Airport “Manas” – Bishkek – Kochkor (230km)

Meeting in the airport. Transfer to Bishkek. Drive towards Kochkor. Visiting historical complex "Burana Tower", which is UNESCO heritage. Climb up the Tower (23m). Stop in Boom gorge. Passing by Orto Tokoi reservoir. Optionally: felt art workshop, the show of making Ala Kiyiz and Shyrdak carpets. Dinner and overnight in a guest house. (LD)
Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Bishkek – 700m, Kochkor village – 1767m

Day 2
Kochkor village – Kyzart village – trek to Kilemche (75 km by car)

Transfer to Kyzart village passing over Kyzart pass. Meeting with the trekking team and start horse-riding from the village. The way follows by the country road along Bazar-Turuk River. Then moderate ascent to Boordy pass. View from the pass opens a beautiful panorama of Kilemche jailoo (summer pasture) and surrounding mountains. Following short ride from the pass brings us to the yurt camp at the footstep of Djalgyz-Karagai pass. Optionally, it is possible to make an extra hike to the nearest hills to see how the sun hides behind endless mountain ranges. Dinner and overnight in yurts. (BLD)
Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Kyzart pass – 2665m, Kyzart village – 2235m, Boordy pass – 2605m, Yurt camp – 2615m
Elevation: +600m, -200m. Distance: 10-15km. Time on the way: around 3-4 hours by horse

Day 3
Trek from Kilemche to Son Ku
Meet morning and sunrise in yurt camp. Start ascent towards Djalgyz-Karagai pass after breakfast. The trail is moderate difficulty, wide and safe, however, slope gets steeper from the middle part of the ascent. Every step gives you a new view and excellent panorama to the Kyrgyz Range Mountains in the South. The top of the pass is nicely decorated with granite rock ribs. Slopes on the other side is slowly run down to Son-Kul Lake. Chain of smooth mountain range surrounds blue mirror of the lake creating unforgettable pictureы. Many nomad camps come across along the way. End of the way in Jaman-Echki area. Dinner and overnight in yurts. (BLD)
Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Djalgyz-Karagai pass – 3325m, Yurt camp – 3030m
Elevation: +870m, -510m. Distance: 13-15km. Time on the way: around 4-5 hours by horse

Day 4
Son Kul 

Spend a full day on Son-Kul Lake. Hiking up to panoramic view to the Lake, swimming. Meals and overnight in yurts. (BLD)
Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Son Kul Lake – 3016m 

Day 5
Son Kul  – Bishkek (320 km)

Spend last morning hours on Son Kul Lake and leave towards Bishkek. Drive along North shore of the Lake and over Kalmak Ashuu pass. Take the last view to Son Kul Lake from the pass and descent to the Valley of Tulok River. Serpentine of the road twist along steep slopes and descent into the deep mountain valley with crystal clear river and green grassy fields. On the way, you may see semi-wild herds of yak grazing in high mountains. Arrival in Bishkek in the afternoon. Short city tour. Farewell dinner. Overnight in a guest house/hotel. (BLD)
Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Kalmak Ashuu pass – 3445m, Bishkek – 700-800m

Day 6
Bishkek – Airport (35 km)

Transfer to the airport. Flight home. (B)
Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Bishkek – 700 m

Service includes:
Meeting and seeing-off at the airport;
Double or twin accommodation in guesthouses/hotels according program;
Transport for transfers during tour;
English - speaking guide;
Full board during tour;
Accommodation in yurts (4 people in one yurt);
Pack horses during trekking;
Excursions according the program;
Tickets to museums;
Mineral water.

Service 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;
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.