Duration:: 3 Maximum Group Size:: 12 Meals: fullboard/during the trip Accomodation: Yurts Min Alt:: 2664m Max alt:: 3400m Distance: 35km
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Song-Kol is an alpine lake in northern Naryn Province, Kyrgyzstan, where Kyrgyz shepherds tend their flocks in the summer, and Song-Kol is the jewel of the jailoos, a stunning 270 km2 of sparkling water at 3016 m,  and volume of 2.64 km3. The lake’s maximum length is 29 km, breadth about 18 km, and the deepest point is 13.2 m.  surrounded by 3700 m mountains on all sides.
It is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan after Issyk Kul Lake, and the largest fresh water lake in Kyrgyzstan. Its name, meaning “following lake”, is popularly considered to refer to this relation. It is surrounded by a broad summer pasture and then mountains. Its beauty is greatly praised, but it is rather inaccessible.

For the fullest jailoo experience, approach the lake via the mountains enclosing the western end of Kochkor Valley, moving from jailoo to jailoo and staying with shepherd families in remote meadows far off the beaten path. Enjoy homemade jam, fresh cream, bread still warm from the oven, and the best kymyz (fermented mare’s milk) around. The route traverses remote Jumgal rayon, and reaches Song-Kol via Jalgyz-Karagai (Lonely Fir) Pass on the north shore.


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Level of Difficulty: Moderate (2 passes above 3 300 m)
Best season: mid of June – end of September

Day 1: Kochkor — Kilemche lailoo

Transfer from Bishkek to Kyzart pass 2664m. 3hrs - 260km.  Meet your guides team with horses and start the tour. Within sight of the road, cross Kyzyl-Kiya jailoo, an enormous, relatively flat sea of grass. Continue over the Chaar-Archa Pass (3 061 m) into the Chaar-Archa Valley and eat a tasty lunch by the racing river, with views of holy 4400 m Baba-Ata Mountain. Sated, ford the river and follow the trail over verdant hills to Kilemche Jailoo. The name means “like a carpet,” and this swathe of grass covers whole mountain ranges, with shadings as subtle as any shyrdak (shyrdak is a Kyrgyz felt carpet). Dine and sleep in a yurt, naturally. 
Horse time: 4-5 hours.
Trek time: 5-6 hours.

Day 2: Kilemche jailoo — Batai-Aral (Song-Kol lake 3016m.)

After breakfast at Kilemche, spend the morning climbing to Jalgyz Karagai pass (3 400 m), over the Song-Kol Mountains and into the lake’s basin. The morning climb affords wonderful views of Kilemche jailoo, and the pass itself is rocky and exciting. From the pass, Song-Kol is still distant, but as you traipse down the slopes, it gets larger and larger; the mountains on the other side get higher and higher, until finally the lake fills most of your field of view and the southern mountains tower above it. After lunch at Jaman Echki, follow the lakeshore east to the yurt at Batai Aral. Upon arrival meet your host family of Kyrgyz shepherds. Meals and overnight are in a yurt of shepherds. 
Horse time: 5 hours
Trek time: 5-6 hours.

Day 3: Batai-Aral — Kochkor

Spend the day enjoying refreshing and well-earned rest at the lake side. Watching and/or participation in everyday life of shepherds: milking mares; making national milk products like kymyz (a fermented mare’s milk) or airan (a sour dense milk product); tending cattle. Eat a delicious lunch here, stroll along the lakeshore, and hope the legendary Song-Kol weather is kind. Afternoon transfer to Kochkor village. 

Driving: 3 hours. 


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Price includes:

  • Accommodation & meals:
    • 2 nights in yurts,
    • 3 lunches,
    • 2 dinners,
    • 2 breakfasts.
  • Transport/driver
  • English speaking guide
  • Water during the trip

Price does not include:

  • Visa 
  • Flight ticket 
  • Souvenirs 

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The trip from Bishkek, but you can also join in Kochkor.

You need following things to do either horseback riding or trekking:
-trekking boots,
-weatherproof warm clothing,
-hat,
-sunglasses,
-sunscreen,
-sleeping bag and mat,
-min 30 l backpack,
-pair of good coolmax socks
-raincoats.

Summer time at Song-Kol lake normally can be +15 + 17degrees, but somethimes the temterature can achive + 5 even 0 degrees.
While you sleeping in the yurt you will be provided with warm blankets and fire in heater.