Trip to Son Kul

Trip to Son Kul

Watch spectacular sunset and unusually big stars through the yurt rooftop as you spend the night at lake Son-Kul on your two day trip to the lake.

Group size: 8-12 people Meals: Full board Season: June-August Trip duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Short description

Located on the border with China, you need to obtain a special permit to visit the lake (you need to apply one week in advance). Distance from Bishkek to the lake 470 kilometers.

Type of tour

Activities


Includes:

  • Transfers during the trip
  • Airport transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in a yurts
  • Entrance fees to historical places and gorges.

Not included:

  • International airfare
  • Single supplement
  • Early check in
  • Visa and visa support (if needed)
  • Alcohol drinks and additional personal expenses.

Notes

The hotels/guest houses, yurts will be booked based on availability (if now, will be the similar one)
Accommodation conditions at yurt camps are basic – nomad way, outside shared toilet, summer shower, 2-4 pax per yurts. No single supplement.

  • The weather is in Son Kul will be cold, so please take your warm clothes, waterproof jackets and sleeping bags.
  • Please bring the small head/flashlights using during the night.
  • Own Medicine for headache and for the stomach;
  • Money. You can take USD or Euro. In money exchange places in Bishkek, you can change to som both of them.

There might be some small changes in the program due to unforeseen circumstances (weather, road repair etc).

We hope for your understanding.

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Day 1

Airport – Bishkek (30 km) (L/D).

Upon arrival you will be met by our driver and guide. Transfer to the hotel and rest. After the rest sightseeing tour: we discover the city center, Ala Too Square, White House, Oak Park, statues of Manas, Kurmandjan Datka, Lenin and est, Art Gallery under the open sky, Victory square, Opera and Ballet Theatre, Osh Bazar (oriental market). Lunch and welcome dinner in a local restaurant, where you will taste local cuisine.

Day 2

Bishkek – Son Kul (320 km) (B/L/D).

After breakfast transfer to Son Kul Lake, second largest lake after Issyk Kul. It is located at an altitude of 3016 m. The lake is surrounded by a wide meadow (jailoo) and Tien Shan Mountains. Since ancient times, nomadic tribes living here used this land for summer pasture. Until now, shepherds use them to graze their livestock. Lunch on the way in Kochkor village (fаmous with its potato fields). Upon arrival to the yurt camp, accommodation and rest. Before dinner a few options we can go for a walk to the petroglyphs, visit a family of a local shepherd and of course you have a chance to take a stunning photos of the sunset on Son Kul. Dinner in a yurt camp.

Day 3

Son Kul Lake (B/L/D).

After breakfast we go on horseback to the most picturesque Moldo Ashu pass. On the way we will enjoy the beauty of the lake and endless pastures. A great opportunity to spent a few hours on horseback and feel like a real nomad. Lunch in a yurt camp. After some rest, demonstration of the installation of a yurt (traditional house of the Kyrgyz, one of the most comfortable, mobile and fastest-to-assemble types of housing). After show free time dinner in a yurt camp.

Day 4

Son Kul – Bishkek (320 km) (B/L/D).

Today we say goodbye to the beautiful lake and return to Bishkek. On the way we visit ancient city Balasagun and also see the oldest tower in Central Asia Burana Tower, visit a museum, and see the collection of Balbals. Then in a nearest village Don Aryk we are going to have a lunch in a local family. Upon arrival to Bishkek accommodation in a hotel and farewell dinner. End of the service.

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    Som (Kyrgyz som) is the monetary unit of the Kyrgyz Republic. One som is equal to one hundred tyyns. Kyrgyzstan was one of the first countries of the former Soviet Union (and the first in post-Soviet Central Asia) to adopt its own national currency. The average exchange rate is about 85-95 KGS per dollar, or 95-105 KGS per euro. You can review the most recent exchange rate in: https://www.nbkr.kg/index.jsp?lang=ENG You can do it in a bank branch, but also in the center of Bishkek there are a huge number of exchange offices. When exchanging banknotes, they must be in very good condition and without any marks. Small denomination bills are exchanged at a slightly lower rate.
    In large cities, almost in any store you can pay for a purchase or service by credit card, but still cash is more welcome. As for the small villages and settlements, there is only cash.
    There are several mobile network operators in Kyrgyzstan. You can choose any of them: Beeline, Megacom, O! You can buy a SIM card in any shopping center, there are branches of various mobile operators. When you register you will be asked for your passport and offered the most convenient and advantageous tariff for you.
    For sure you would like to make a lot of photos and that's ok. In case of closed places or if you want to make photos to local people, ask first for permission, and remember to show a respectful attitude.
    There are mainly three types of public transport. Buses, trolleybuses and minibuses. The fee ranges from 11 to 15 som. (Less than 20 cents of euro). There is also a very good taxi service, with multiple companies and very affordable. An average trip by taxi can cost between 100 and 200 soms, that is, between 1 and 2 euros. There are shuttles between towns and cities. The cost depends on both the frequency and the distance.
    You can drive with your international permit and you can rent cars if you wish. But you can't taste a drop of alcohol. The traffic police can stop you at any roadblock and check your alcohol level. The tolerance is zero. If you have drunk, however little, you will have problems and you will have to pay a fine.

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