One Day Tour to Kol-Kogur Lake: A Trekking Adventure from Bishkek

1 Day


Embark on an unforgettable journey to the serene and untouched beauty of Kol-Kogur Lake, nestled in the heart of the northern Tien Shan mountains. This one-day tour combines comfortable transportation from Bishkek to Kemin with an exhilarating trek to the pristine Kol-Kogur Lake, offering a perfect blend of adventure and tranquility.


Experience the untouched beauty of Kol-Kogur Lake, located in the picturesque Kemin district of the Chui region. Surrounded by the majestic Kungei Ala-Too mountains, this hidden gem is accessible only by foot or horseback, making it a perfect getaway for nature lovers and adventure seekers. The lake’s unique ecosystem, rich wildlife, and breathtaking landscapes promise an unforgettable day trip from Bishkek.


Trip Facts:

  • Destination: Kol-Kogur Lake, Kemin District, Chui Region
  • Altitude: 2,000 meters above sea level
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Duration: 1 Day (Approx. 12-14 hours including travel and trekking time)
  • Best Season: Late spring to early autumn (May to September)


One Day Tour to Kol-Kogur Lake: Itinerary

Departure from Bishkek

- 06:00 AM: Departure from a pre-arranged meeting point in Bishkek. The journey to the Kemin district will take approximately 2-3 hours by vehicle. Enjoy the scenic drive through the Chui Valley and into the heart of the northern Tien Shan mountains.

Arrival at Kemin & Preparation

- 09:00 AM: Arrival at the starting point of the trek near Kemin. Here, you'll have a brief orientation session with your guide, discussing the day's route, safety measures, and the unique features of the landscape and wildlife you may encounter.
Trekking to Kol-Kogur Lake

- 09:30 AM: Begin the trek towards Kol-Kogur Lake. The trek is expected to take around 4-6 hours, covering varied terrain. You'll traverse through coniferous forests, witness the stunning spruce-covered western shore, and enjoy the lush grasslands of the eastern shore.

- 12:30 PM: Break for a packed lunch amidst the breathtaking surroundings. This is a great time to refuel, take in the views, and possibly spot some of the local wildlife.

- 02:00 PM: Arrival at Kol-Kogur Lake. You'll have time to explore the area, take photos, and relax by the serene waters of the lake. The guide will share insights about the lake's natural dam and the unique ecosystem supported by this pristine environment.

Return Trek & Departure to Bishkek

- 03:00 PM: Begin the return trek to the starting point. The descent is often quicker but requires careful navigation through the natural terrain.

- 06:00 PM: Arrival back at the starting point. Here, you'll board the vehicle for the return journey to Bishkek.

- 09:00 PM: Estimated arrival back in Bishkek. The tour concludes with a drop-off at the original meeting point or a centrally located area convenient for all participants.

Important Notes:

- The itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions and the pace of the group.
- Participants are advised to wear comfortable trekking shoes and dress in layers to adapt to the changing weather conditions.
- Ensure you carry a water bottle, sun protection, and any personal medications required.
- The tour is designed to offer an immersive nature experience, promoting environmental respect and conservation. Participants are encouraged to follow a leave-no-trace principle, keeping the natural beauty of Kol-Kogur Lake pristine for future visitors.

This one-day tour to Kol-Kogur Lake offers a unique opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Kyrgyzstan's natural landscapes.


  • Round-trip transportation from Bishkek to the starting point of the trek in Kemin
  • English-speaking guide experienced in trekking and knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna
  • All necessary permits for trekking in the region
  • Packed lunch and bottled water
  • First aid kit


  • Personal trekking equipment (e.g., hiking boots, backpacks)
  • Travel insurance
  • Any personal expenses or additional meals and drinks
  • Horseback riding option (available upon request for an additional fee)
How physically demanding is the trek to Kol-Kogur Lake?

The trek is considered moderate in difficulty. Participants should be in good physical condition, able to walk for several hours over uneven terrain. The total trekking time is approximately 4-6 hours, depending on the group’s pace.

What should I bring for the trek?

Suitable hiking boots, weather-appropriate clothing (layers are recommended), sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), a small backpack for personal items, and a camera for the stunning views.

Is the tour suitable for children?

Due to the trek’s moderate difficulty and the remote location, the tour is recommended for children over the age of 12 who have prior hiking experience and are accompanied by adults.

What wildlife might we see?

The area is home to diverse wildlife, including red deer, the Turkestan lynx, and the golden eagle. While sightings are not guaranteed, the trek offers a great opportunity to observe the region’s natural inhabitants in their habitat.

What are the departure times and meeting points?

Departures are typically early in the morning to maximize the day’s light. The exact departure time and meeting point in Bishkek will be confirmed upon booking.

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