Song Kol Lake, Naryn

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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. Make Song Kol Lake a part of your Naryn vacation plans using our Naryn road trip planner.
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  • The highlight of my trip probably! I did it by horse and sleeping in yourts for 2 nights. Unforgettable! I saw people hiking by foot as well. Why not, but in Kirghistan I think it is one of THE places...  more »
  • Kirghistan, or Kakahstan, we're in the same sets, simply Grand by its space and tranquility. The "nomads" who practice it are exceptional and deserve to be known. This is where the horse is very important and the comfort of the yurts where there never cold regardless of the months of the year. If in addition, the evenings spent in music, songs accompanied by the famous doumbra, vodka helping, it's paradise and we will sleep and need to sleep...
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  • Song-Kul Lake is on a large grassy plateau at 3,000 meters. There are no buildings up there, but a handful of people live there in yurts in the summer months. Mostly, though, it is populated by goats,...  more »
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