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Song Kol Lake, Naryn

(4.7/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web)
An alpine body of water, Song Kol Lake provides for leisurely exploration of an unspoiled natural environment and a glimpse into a simple life of the herders that live in the area. Lying at an altitude of 3,016 m (9,895 ft), the lake covers an area of about 270 sq km (104 sq mi) on a vast plain bordered by dramatic mountain ranges. Here you'll be able to take hikes into the surrounding mountains, frolic in the lake, and take horse treks around the region. Prettily decorated yurts serve as authentic places to stay, while the local herders provide supplies. Bear in mind that this remote destination is only reachable by car. Arrange your visit to Song Kol Lake and discover more family-friendly attractions in Naryn using our Naryn tourist route planner.
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  • We found the walk of 2 days to the Lake and the incredible landscape. A very nice lake is being a nice tone of blue and surrounded by beautiful mountains. Thanks to this nice travel company Travel Land Kyrgyzstan.
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  • The experience of stay in yurts on the banks of the Song Kol is definitely among those that remain more impressed after a trip in Kyrgyzstan. To find accommodation and a means for the Lake we entrusted to the CBT Kochkor's but of course there are several agencies that provide the service because the banks there are different camps of yurts. Clearly you can also avoid relying on Agency and arrive independently. However, after a very scenic ride with landscapes as far as the eye of the mountains and the valleys, what lies up there (the altitude exceeds 3000 m) is nature. The amenities are minimal but of course it is widely rewarded with an experience hardly replicable in other places. The hospitality of the families who run the yurts is remarkable. Despite being difficult to communicate if you don't speak at least a little Russian is very easy to be at ease. Walk and ride along these banks is beautiful, just a pity that in the camps cannot be collected and taken away, all wastes, including plastics are continuously burnt.
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  • In mid-September this was an absolutely stunning place to go - snow dusted mountains, not very busy yurts, good walking, and great hospitality. The altitude affected a number of people in the group, a...  more »