Exploring Tourism in Kyrgyzstan
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Song Kol Lake

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

It’s hard for me to put in words how beautiful this lake is. It’s not an easy place to access but any traveler worth his salt knows that the more challenging it is to reach a destination, the more rewarding it will be. This is exactly the case with Song Kol Lake. You left breathless by the vastness of the mountains surrounding it and by how pristine and untouched the area around the lake is!

The lake is surrounded by mountains and lush meadows. Nomads have used these meadows as pastureland for their flocks for hundreds of years and today there are still a lot of semi-nomadic shepherds who settle here for the summer and live in their yurts while tending to their herds.

It’s possible to reach this lake by horse almost throughout the whole year. Kyrgyzstan is a country better known for its horse culture and reaching this pristine lake by horse almost feels like the epitome of everything Kyrgyzstan has to offer.

If you like mountain hikes, it’s possible to reach the lake from a small village called Kyzart.

A great option is to take a mashrutka from Bishkek to Kochkor and then hitchhike or take a taxi from there to Kyzart. You can easily get to Kyzart by shared local taxi or by private taxi.

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