Song Kol Lake is a large alpine lake and truly a gift of nature. It is located at an altitude of 3016 m above sea level, being so high, only in summer you can fully enjoy its blue, get acquainted with the life of modern nomads, live in Kyrgyz yurts and taste the national dishes of our hospitable Kyrgyz people. We learn about everyday life and Kyrgyz traditions, national games, huge flocks of sheep, horses, cows, we may meet camels and yaks. We will plunge into the habitual habitat of a nomadic people, which for decades has not lost its uniqueness.
Ala Kol Lake is a large high-mountain glacial lake, located in the eastern part of the Terskey Ala-Too Range on the southern shore of Ysyk Kol Lake (altitude 3900 m). The lake is located in a vast basin between the Karakol and Altyn Arashan Canyons and has no runoff. The name of the lake from Kyrgyz translates as “a motley lake” which fits perfectly to this place. Ala Kol really amazes with its colors: bright turquoise water adjoins mountains, snow, green grass and flowers.
One of the draws of Kol Kogur Lake is the untouched, pristine environment it inhabits. Forests of fir trees neighbor the lake to the west and grassy fields to the east. The northern edge of Kol Kogur Lake contains a natural dam caused by a landslide many years ago. A river flows out of the lake, becoming of Chong Kemin’s tributaries.
Meeting at the airport. Departure to Chong Kemin. National Park is a uniquely beautiful natural zone with a length of fifty kilometers in the valley of the Chong Kemin River serves as a treasure trove of rare species of flora and fauna. Glaciers here harmoniously coexist with forest zones and steppe areas, the landscapes are natural and untouched by time. The natural park covers an area of 500 hectares; the height of its location smoothly increases from 1,400 to 2,800 m. After resting, a short horse ride to the panorama, where a magnificent view of the valley opened up. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning we will start a horseback riding trip to the Kol-Kogur lake. A picnic will be organized for lunch. After 5-6 hours, we will finally find ourselves on the shore of a beautiful lake, which on a sunny day reflects, like a mirror, the surrounding mountains, greenery and blue sky. Here, on the shore, we will set up a tent camp, cook dinner together on a fire and eat hearty meals, we will sit by the fire, tell stories and sing songs.
The next morning on horseback we will go down another road where we will cross the river. Then we will return to the guest house by car. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Transfer to Jumgal valley to the starting point of the horse ride (driving time: 3 hours). You will have lunch in a small local house. The horseback ride to the lake will start through the pass Tuz-Ashu (3,400m). The ride will last up to 4.5 hours. The pass offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Son Kul mountains. After a short rest on the top, we will go to the yurt camp where the family will welcome you. If you like, you can drink hot tea and kymyz (horse milk) or enjoy the last lights of the day to walk around the pasture. At sunset, the whole family is getting busy. The shepherds prepare to release the herds and cows to feed them at night and the women prepare dinner in the yurt for the guests and family. Really like this moment (sunset, horses by the lake, warm yurt, beautiful views, silence). Dinner and night in yurt camp. Dinner and overnight in yurt camp. Note: the living conditions in the yurts are very traditional, which means that a person will have the opportunity to share a toilet outside the yurt and experience a real Kyrgyz way of life. Single accommodation is not available, 3-5 people in the yurt.
Horse ride to Batai Aral. On the northern shore of the lake is the only stone building in the entire valley - the Tailak Baatyr mausoleum, built at the end of the 19th century. This place is great for galloping horses. In the evening, it's time to swim in the crystal clear lake. Overnight in yurt camp.
Continue our trip to Issyk Kul Lake (driving time: 4 hours). We will go to Teskey Torpok pass (or serpentine called "33 parrots"). The pass extends from Song Kol to Naryn. One of the most famous and beautiful passes. It is named because of the same number of turns of the mountain serpentine (3133m). Which in fact seems to be more. In the evening, it's time to swim in the crystal clear lake. On the way we will watch the show hunting with golden eagles (Salbuurun) in Kyrgyzstan is a unique chance to comprehend all the secrets of this ancient art, adopting a thousand-year experience of hereditary nomad hunters. During the hunt, you will be able to trace and experience for yourself how a graceful, dexterous and proud bird shoots from the hand of the host to the very clouds and rapidly falls on its prey. Also, you will have the opportunity to consider the bird closer and even hold it in your arms. Overnight at the guesthouse.
The next day we will move to Ak-Suu and start horse riding to Altyn-Arashan gorge (Golden Source). Driving time: 2 hours. Altyn-Arashan is a high-mountain gorge in the eastern part of the Terskey-Ala-Too ridge. This gorge is one of the most popular tourist places in Kyrgyzstan due to its unique nature, hot springs located right in the gorge, extensive spruce forests and stunning views. In the evening it is possible to take a thermal water bath. They are located at a record height of 2600 meters and have a healing effect due to the content of radon and hydrogen sulfide in water, maintaining high temperatures all year round: 35 degrees for a radon source and 41 degrees for hydrogen sulfide. On the way we will visit Fairy Tale Canyon. Among weird rock formations there is a ridge that resembles two walls of fortification, which looks like the Great Wall of China, it rises vertically out of the surrounding sandstone. The rocks vary in color from a sandy yellow to red and orange, there are colorful striations visible in places, which show the different chemical composition of the rocks. Overnight in yurt camp.
Further horse riding on the way to one of the most beautiful lakes of the Central Tian-Shan - Ala Kol. The last part of the path is quite steep, so you have to dismount and hike it. But all efforts will pay off when you see a unique glacial lake and the famous five thousand meters: Karakol peak (5281 meters), Oguz-Bashi (5168 meters) and Zhigit (5170 meters). After a short rest back to the Altyn Arashan gorge. Overnight in yurt camp.
Before lunch, rest in nature, taking hot springs. After, horse back to Karakol by along the gorge. In the evening excursion to Trinity Orthodox Church of the 19th century is an old Russian six-barreled church with a copy of the Holy Trinity icon by Andrei Rublev, a Muslim Dungan mosque built without a single nail in 1907. Overnight at the hotel.
Day of return to Bishkek (driving time: 6-7 hours). On the way the equestrian hippodrome in Cholpon-Ata, where the World Nomad Games took place, covers an area of twenty-five hectares. The arena is the only one in Central Asia located on the lake. The total capacity of the hippodrome is 10 thousand people. In the evening Bishkek city tour: the central Ala-Too square, Victory Square, National Philharmonic, Opera and Ballet Theater, the largest mosque in Central Asia. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning transfer to the airport (driving time: 40min).
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