Horse riding Kol Ukok and Song Kol lake
Kyrgyz shepherds move around with their flocks of animals according to seasons, living in tent-like homes called yurts; there’s a saying that goes “only in death, when he is buried, that a Kyrgyz stops wandering”. Kyrgyzstan rewards visitors with unspoiled nature, hospitality, and free spirit of nomadic traditions. In summer, high plateau pastures (jailoo) and lakesides are dotted with nomad tents, it is the best season to experience nomad lifestyle.
Day 1: Kochkor – Kol Ukok lake
In the morning pick up from your guesthouse. Transfer by car from Kochkor to Isakeev village, 30 minutes. Than we meet our horses and our team. After the short instruction, we begin our horseback trek to Kol Ukok lake. On the we see Ters-Tor jailoo, famous for its pure air and lots of crystal clear water. Picnic on the way. Arrival in the shepherd’s yurt we have dinner.
Riding Time: 5 hours.
Dinner and B&B in a yurt.
Day 2: Kol Ukok Lake – Kol Tor lake – Kochkor
After breakfast we go to the Kol Ukok lake and higher second lake name is Kol Tor Lake (3 400 m). Picnic at the lake. After Picnic back to the tour staring point
Horse time: 5 hours. Transfer to Kochkor. Dinner. Overnight in Guesthouse
Riding Time 7 hours
Day 3: Kochkor — Kyzart pass 2664m — Kilemche jailoo
After breakfast transfer to Jumgal valley to starting point of the horse ride below the Kyzart pass. Meeting with the guide and horsemen. Within sight of the road, cross Kyzyl-Kiya jailoo, an enormous, relatively flat sea of grass. Continue over the Chaar-Archa Pass (3 061 m) into the Chaar-Archa Valley and eat a tasty lunch at Kilemche jailoo, with views of holy 4400 m Baba-Ata Mountain. The name means “like a carpet,” and this swathe of grass covers whole mountain ranges, with shadings as subtle as any shyrdak (shyrdak is a Kyrgyz felt carpet). Dinner in a yurt.
Riding time: 5 hours.
Day 4: Kilemche – Jaman Echki (Song Kol Lake)
At the morning we take the breakfast and we meet our horses and our team. After the short instruction, we begin our horseback trek to Song Kol lake. On the way we cross Jalgyz Karagai pass (3400 m). On the top we can see panoramic view of the lake. Lunch Jaman Echki (Song Kol Lake) stay in a nomad’s yurt camp.
Dinner and accommodation in a Yurt camp .
Riding time about 5-6 hours.
Day 5: Jaman Echki (Song Kol lake) – Kochkor
After breakfast you can ride horse shore of the lake. After Transfer to Kochkor by the Kalmak Ashuu pass(3446m) Arrival in Kochkor. Free time.
Transport 3 hours (110km)