Nomadic Wonders: A Jeep Adventure to Song Kul Lake

4 Days


Nestled within the inner spurs of the Tien Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan’s Naryn region, Song-Kol Lake (also known as Sonkol, Song-Köl, and Son-Kul) presents a breathtaking spectacle of nature’s untouched beauty. Perched at an elevation of 3,016 meters above sea level, this expansive alpine lake is cradled by the pristine pastures of a protected area, flanked by the majestic Sonköltoo and Moldotoo ridges. Its unique location and the surrounding untouched landscapes make Song-Kol an idyllic destination for eco-tourism enthusiasts.

The lake’s shores are characterized by their gentle, marshy edges, with areas thick with reeds, offering a serene and untouched habitat for a variety of wildlife. Fed by glaciers, Song-Kol’s waters are crystal clear, flowing out to form the Son-Kul River, which eventually merges with the Naryn River. The lake’s high altitude results in a long winter, with its surface often frozen from late September until the end of May, creating a stunning icy spectacle against the rugged backdrop of the Tien Shan mountains.



Arrive at Manas International Airport.
Meet your tour guide and driver at the airport.
Transfer to Bishkek (approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on traffic).
Check into SilkRoad Guest House or a similar accommodation.

Lunch at a local restaurant, trying Kyrgyz cuisine.
Guided city tour of Bishkek, including Ala-Too Square, the State History Museum (if open), and the Osh Bazaar, where you can experience local life and buy souvenirs.

Dinner at a restaurant featuring traditional Kyrgyz music and dance.
Overnight at SilkRoad Guest House.


Early breakfast at the guesthouse.
Depart for Kyzart village (approximately 5-6 hours drive). The journey takes you through beautiful landscapes, including the Boom Gorge.
Stop for lunch at a local café or picnic en route.

Arrive in Kyzart village. Check into a local guesthouse or homestay.
Explore the village with a local guide, learning about the lifestyle and traditions of the Kyrgyz people living in the mountains.

Dinner with a local family, enjoying homemade Kyrgyz dishes.
Overnight in the guesthouse/homestay in Kyzart.


After breakfast, prepare for the journey to Song Kul Lake.
The trip to Song Kul can involve a combination of driving and optional horseback riding for the last part, depending on the group's preference and weather conditions.
The ascent provides spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Arrive at Song Kul Lake. The lake is known for its stunning beauty and is a perfect spot for photography and relaxation.
Lunch at a yurt camp by the lake.
Free time to explore the area, hike, or simply enjoy the tranquility of the lake.

Dinner at the yurt camp, possibly including a demonstration of traditional Kyrgyz cooking.
Overnight in a yurt, offering a unique experience under the stars.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast with a view of the lake.
Begin the journey back to Bishkek. This will be a full day of driving, with stops for lunch and to stretch your legs.

Continue the drive towards Bishkek. Enjoy the changing landscapes and possibly spot some local wildlife.
Stop at historical or natural sites of interest along the way, time permitting.

Arrive back in Bishkek and check into SilkRoad Guest House or similar accommodation.
Farewell dinner at a local restaurant, reflecting on the adventure.


  • Transportation:
  • All ground transportation in a 4x4 Jeep suitable for rugged terrain, including airport transfers and the journey from Bishkek to Song-Kol Lake and back.
  • Accommodation:
  • One night's stay in Bishkek at SilkRoad Guest House (or similar).
  • One night in a local guesthouse or homestay in Kyzart village.
  • One night in a traditional yurt camp near Song-Kol Lake.
  • Meals:
  • Daily breakfast at the accommodations.
  • Lunches and dinners as specified in the itinerary, featuring local Kyrgyz cuisine.
  • Guided Tours:
  • Guided city tour of Bishkek.
  • Guided village walk in Kyzart.
  • Activities and excursions at Song-Kol Lake, including optional horseback riding.
  • Entrance Fees:
  • All entrance fees for attractions and parks as per the itinerary.
  • Local Guide:
  • Services of an English-speaking guide throughout the tour.
  • Permits:
  • All necessary local permits for visiting protected areas.


  • Airfare:
  • International airfare to and from Manas International Airport.
  • Visas:
  • Visa fees, if required for entry into Kyrgyzstan.
  • Travel Insurance:
  • Comprehensive travel insurance, which is mandatory for all participants.
  • Personal Expenses:
  • Souvenirs, personal purchases, and any extra meals or drinks outside of those specified in the itinerary.
  • Optional Activities:
  • Any activities not included in the tour itinerary, such as additional horseback riding sessions or special cultural performances.
  • Tips and Gratuities:
  • Tips for guides, drivers, and hospitality staff, at your discretion.
  • Additional Nights:
  • Accommodation before or after the tour dates.
  • Emergency Evacuation:
  • Costs associated with medical emergencies or evacuation.
1. What is the best time of year to take this tour?

The ideal time to visit Song-Kol Lake is from June to September. During these months, the weather is most favorable for exploring the high-altitude landscapes, as the lake is thawed, and the surrounding meadows are lush and green. Outside of this period, the area can be quite cold, and the lake is often frozen.

How physically demanding is the tour?

This tour is considered to have a moderate difficulty level. Participants should be comfortable with spending several hours in a vehicle on rugged terrain and engaging in light to moderate walks. The optional horseback riding at Song-Kol Lake requires no previous experience but does require a basic level of physical fitness and mobility.

What should I pack for the tour?

Given the variety of landscapes and the range of temperatures, it’s best to pack layers. Include warm clothing, a waterproof jacket, comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Don’t forget your camera, a power bank, and any personal medications. A detailed packing list will be provided upon booking.

Is there a minimum number of participants required for the tour to take place?

Yes, the tour requires a minimum of 4 participants to proceed. In the event the tour does not meet its minimum requirement, participants will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.

Can dietary restrictions be accommodated?

Yes, we strive to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences. Please inform us of your dietary needs at the time of booking, so we can make the necessary arrangements.

What kind of accommodations can I expect?

Accommodations range from guesthouses and homestays in villages to traditional yurts near Song-Kol Lake. While comfortable, they are basic and offer a unique opportunity to experience local Kyrgyz hospitality. Facilities in some locations may be shared, especially in the yurt camps.

How do I secure my booking, and what is the cancellation policy?

A deposit is required to secure your booking, with the balance due 30 days before the tour start date. If you need to cancel, notice must be given at least 45 days before the start date for a full refund, minus any transaction fees. Cancellations made within 45 days of the tour start date are subject to a cancellation fee, which increases as the tour date approaches.

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