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. 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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  • August 16, 2017
    The best way to appreciate the beauty of the Lake blood Kol, it's getting there feet. It's huge Lake in a completely unspoiled landscape, it of herds of horses and can be 20 yurt. It's wonderful! Access by car is long, I encourage those concerned to have recourse to an agency or guide who know the region. To go absolutely if you visit the country.
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  • August 16, 2017
    The Lake is awesome! Beautiful, peculiar and surrounded by the vastness of the mountains. An unforgettable place at a height of more than 3000 metres above sea level!
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  • August 11, 2017
    We spent 4 great days at Song Kul (Kul = Lake). The morning of our arrival in Kochkor we negotiated the price of the stay in a yurt (700 kg / pers / night) and a "taxi" (3000 kg) to the CBT agency round-trip. NB: With CBT the price of transport is still quite expensive but it is possible to negotiate directly with the "taxi" on the site 100 m behind the Agency. We had chosen the dinner in yurt camp but for lunch we decided to buy what a picnic in the mountains. NB: We bought 5 l of bottled water because it is difficult to find on the spot. The CBT yurt camp is at the edge of the Lake at an altitude of 3000 m (25 ° C day / night 5 ° C). It takes 2.5 hours to join him in 4 x 4. We were very warmly greeted by the owner of camp No. 7 (there are 9 camps CBT 5 to 6 yurts each). We had our sleeping bags but mattresses and large blankets were provided. The next day we did a hiking on the ridge line surrounding the Lake (500 m of altitude about 5 km away). We have lunch at the expense on a Snowfield with a great view of the Lake. On the way back we bathed in the Lake, the water was clear and tempered (18-20 ° c). The next day we attended a festival of 'games' to horse which the famous buzkashi that ends late at night with dances Kyrgyz. The last day we had a ride on horseback at the Lake (300 kgs / horse / h) before going down to Kochkor to continue our journey. Our taxi was a little late (Kyrgyz timing) but we were able to winch a couple of Israelis with whom we could share our transport to Karakol.
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Downtown Naryn has one hotel in the mid-range category, providing all the necessary amenities after a long mountain trek. A couple of other hotels lie on the eastern approaches to the town, on the Naryn River bank and close to the ethnographic museum.
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