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Winter adventure to the Song Kul Lake

The most exciting winter experience in Kyrgyzstan

You will enjoy a real adventure to the Song Kul's lake, and sleep in the only all year around yurt camp. One of the most exciting winter experience you can live with Nomad's Land.

According to your tastes and preferences

This program will be adapted considering your wishes. We can make accent on horseback riding or skiing or snowshoeing, or just hiking.

5 Days Winter tours Kyrgyzstan

  • 1 people: $1,163

  • 2 people: $725

  • 3 people: $617

  • 4 people: $534

  • 5 people: $505

  • 6 people: $485

  • 7 people: $456

  • 8 people: $434

Starting from

$434
USD

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Program


  Bishkek - Kyzart
On the road to Kyzart village
Bishkek - Kyzart

A day road to Jumgal valley, through the Boom gorge, the Orto Tokoï reservoir, Kochkor and Kyzart pass. 

(options for this day: visit of Burana tower, walk of 2-3 hours in the Konorchek canyon, to pass by the west shore of Issyk Kul lake, handicraft show in Kochkor, rafting in Chuy or Chong Kemin river 2-3 hours)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
280 km
05:00

  Kyzart - Kilemche Jailoo
Horseback riding to Kilemche valley
Kyzart - Kilemche Jailoo

After breakfast, we leave Kyzart village to get to Kilemche jailoo (pastureland). We take horses and ride the 20 km long track up to the pastureland. The winter scenery of this valley is stupendous, and there are still many shepherds with their animals on the pasturelands, as some families live there all year round.
We get accommodated at a shepherd family’s yurt or house and we will have time to get immersed into their daily life. 
 

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
16 km
04:00
475 m
58 m

  Kilemche Jailoo - Tuz Ashuu (Song Kul)
Heading to Song Kul lake
Kilemche Jailoo - Tuz Ashuu (Song Kul)

This morning, we take the path to reach the shores of Lake Song Kul. On skis, snowshoes or on horseback, and depending on the snow conditions, you will choose your favorite activity to reach the immense plateau of Lake Song Kul. All morning, we climb to the Tuz Ashuu pass by road, then from the pass, we descend to the shores of the lake, which we follow to reach our winter camp in yurts.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
13 km
06:00
05:00
05:00
820 m
350 m

  Tuz Ashuu (Song Kul) - Tuz Ashuu (Song Kul)
A winter day on the frozen Song Kul's lake
Tuz Ashuu (Song Kul) - Tuz Ashuu (Song Kul)

Depending on your wishes, you can enjoy snowshoeing, ski-touring, hiking, horseback riding, snowtubbing or just enjoying this losted yurt camp surrounding by snow.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
10 km
04:00
200 m
200 m

  Tuz Ashuu (Song Kul) - Bichkek
Skiing in the morning, then drive to Bishkek
Tuz Ashuu (Song Kul) - Bichkek

In the morning, you horseride till the pass of Tuz Ashuu, then you will enjoy 6 km downhill skiing till the Kilemche river where your driver will be waiting for you. Drive to Bishkek. Dinner in the town. Installation in our guesthouse.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
300 km
05:00
05:30
03:00
04:30
200 m
1000 m

I have been to Kyrgyzstan several times, the most beautiful trips I have had the opportunity to do. Each time Nomad's Land has organized my stays and I would like to thank them here for their professionalism and dedication.

Pierre-Armand

We booked a 8 day tour with Nomad's Land, with the main part of the trip a six-day trek in the mountains near Issyk-Kul lake. From the first contact with Nomad's Land they were really responsive, taking time to understand our needs and suggesting a trip that would work for us. As we were travelling quite early in the trekking season (mid-late May), the team made sure that our itinerary would be possible, making adjustments as required. Bakyt organised our trip and was really helpful all the way through the process. On arrival at the airport in Bishkek we were met by our guide Mikel and assistant guide Ivan, and were driven down to the lake by our excellent driver Shakir. The whole team were really welcoming. We spent the first night at Bel Tam Yurt camp which was lovely. Really relaxing and the food was amazing. The next day we started our trek which was incredible! We met our horseman, Ermek, and the two horses that carried all our equipment. This was really helpful so we didn't have too much to carry each day! On the first day the weather was lovely but the next morning we were greeted by a lot of snow! Because of this Mikel took the decision to change our route, which was definitely the right decision as going high in the snow might have been dangerous (and certainly very cold). The whole of the rest of the trip Mikel, Ivan and Ermek took the time to make sure what we were doing was the right thing for the weather conditions, and when we had to change plans they made sure we were consulted and agreed. The food Mikel prepared was really good, and the tents were comfortable, warm and waterproof. We had a great time in the mountains. After our trek ended we spent a day exploring the lake region, including visiting an eagle hunter and a yurt-making business, and on the final day we got to see a little of Bishkek. It was the perfect end to a great trip. Overall I would highly recommend Nomad's Land and the great service from all the team. Thank you!

Juliet Walton

On your way

Kochkor KG

Kochkor is a town of shepherds located in Naryn oblast 200 km from Bishkek. It is located at 1800m. alt. The city has 17,000 residents. Most of them are shepherds or farmers. With the Kyrgyz hospitality, tourism is an increasingly important for economy. It is a starting point to reach the sights as Lake Song Kul, Sarala-Saz pastures, Lake Koelykoek, the salt mine Chong Tuz, and also the crossroads between Issyk Kul lake and City Naryn. Places for visiting: the women cooperative "Kochkor Kutu" which develops Kyrgyz crafts. Opportunity to see a demonstration of the production of livestock market mouton. The cattle market held each Saturday is always a colorful and lively event,don't miss it.

Kilemche Jailoo KG

Kilemche valley is situated in Jumgal region, at an altitude up to 3240 m., where some nomads families stay even in farms during the winter. It does not have steeps rapids, so it is more like a mountain valley and river flowing quietly and steadily. Kilemche jailoo has amazing beauty of meadows, where it grows a lot of herbs and flowers to delight the eye, like arnica, edelweiss and gentian. Mostly shepherds of the Kyzart village, are covering the Kilemche valley by their yurts and cattle. For some nomads is a 2 steps transhumance before to pass the summer at the Song Kul lake. 

In winter, to get there is an epic adventure, with Nomad's Land you can enjoy horseback riding, shnow-shoeing, ski-touring or just hiking. The snow makes an beautiful contrast with red south side mountain of Kyzart Toer. The life there is hard, and mostly yaks will pass the winter there. To make your trip more adventurous, you can enjoy a night under yurt at the Song Kul's lake.

Info

What is included

  • All transportation in a private vehicle

  • All airport transfers

  • Accommodation as described in the program

  • Meals (3 per day)

  • Bottled water (when possible) & tea

  • English-speaking trekking guide

  • Horses with local saddles

  • Pack horses with saddle bags & horsemen

  • Camping & cooking equipment (tents, mats, gas, stove, etc)

  • All the activities listed in the program

  • Entry fees at national parks and/or border zones listed in the program

  • Entry fees at museums and historical sites listed in the program

  • Domestic flights mentioned in the program

  • A contribution to our sustainable development projects

  • Organisation of the trip & local taxes

What is not included

  • International flights

  • International banking fees (PayPal, ...)

  • Travel & repatriation insurance

  • Visas / LOI (if applicable)

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Personal equipment (sleeping bag, headlight, personal medication, etc)

  • Additional costs due to unexpected personal events (health, loss of luggage, ...)

  • Tips for guide & driver (always optional, always appreciated)

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Ecotourism projects

Through various ecotourism projects and initiatives, Nomad's Land aims to increase awareness of ecotourism and responsible travel, for a sustainable development of the tourism sector.

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The Nepalko Sathi association leads its actions in favor of the Sherpas of Khembalung in the Arun valley (Province of Koshi). Nepalko Sathi

From Tumlingtar airport we reach by jeep the small town of Kahandbari where we are greeted by Kibutie and his family. From there, we climb to the small village of Gontala, in the heart of the actions of Nepalko Sathi (three days of walking), then we go up to Saissima, where Tendi Sherpa is rehabilitating the hamlet of his childhood. From Saissima it is possible to continue and make a loop towards Makalu and the impressive surrounding peaks (under tent).

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Samuel Maret

5 November 2021

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