Lake Kol-Ukok -nomad’s life

Kol-Ukok Lake is nestled between two steep slopes in the Terskei Ala-Too Mountains. The steep surrounding slopes give Kol-Ukok its name, which means “lake in a chest”. The water is sweet and cold and reaches a maximum depth of 17m. Around the lake, the diversity and uniqueness of the flowers – from forget-me-not to the legendary edelweiss – will enchant you. Ascend the family yurt camp for having a stop first day. Be welcomed in the nomad’s family yurt. Dine and sleep in the yurt camp.

How to book: The tours start upon request, please contact us. The itineraries can be adjusted individually to fit into your schedule and provide you with the best experience. Furthermore, we are happy to create tailor-made tours according to your wishes.


  • 1 pax: – $600US
  • 2 pax: – $430US
  • 3 pax: -$380US
  • 4 pax: -$300US
  • 5 pax:- $250US
  • 6 pax: -$200US
  • 7 pax: -$190US
  • 8 pax: – $180US
  • 9 pax: -$160US
  • 10-12pax: – $150US
Kol-Ukok Lake

Lake Kol-Ukok




Early Morning at 08:00am departure to Isakeev village in the region Kochkor. The road is good and the distance is 210 km which is manageable within 3 hours easily.  Arrival at the starting point at 11:00am, meet your guide team with the prepared horses. Followed by a short instruction of the horseback riding and first steps on the horseback to the gorge Ters-Tor for 1 hour. Stop for lunch on the river Ters-Tor. Check out the first experience of horseback riding and it is time to fix some theoritical, basic horseback riding skills. After lunch you continue the horse trip to the lake Kol-Ukok.


After breakfast you can already get a view of of the glacier mountain lake Kol-Tor from the surrounding mountains. To explore this second lake, you need to ride up half the way by horseback riding. For the last 200m distance take a hike up to the lake on the altitude of 3400m above sea level. Enjoy the nature beauty and afterterwards take a trail back to the yurt for lunch. On the afternoon it is time for the horseback riding tour back to Isakeev on the same way. From there you can transfer back to Bishkek. Arrival in Bishkek around 08:00 pm.


It is included:

  • Tent/mat rental
  • Eng.speaking guide (horseman service and horse rental for horseback riding option)
  • All meals during the tour in the yurt camps  (Lunch, Dinner, and breakfast)
  • Individual transport from Bishkek to the start point and picking up you from Tamchy back to Bishkek.
  • Enter fees

It is not included:

  • Air flight ticket
  • Bishkek hotel accommodations
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Other services out of the program

The tours start upon request. The itineraries can be adjusted individually to fit into your schedule and provide you with the best experience. Furthermore, we are happy to create tailor-made tours according to your wishes.

After having solved all the questions and programs confirming we issue an invoice for payment. You can make a bank transfer or pay upon your arrival time in Bishkek before the trip starts.

Kyrgyzstan is a high altitude mountain country and some point you prefer to do walking and hiking. We recommend you train with sport or jogging 2-3 times a week in the run-up to your trip

Clothing for hiking in temperatures from +25C to -0C. A detailed kit list will be sent to you when you book on.

The basic hints for travelers.

  • During your travel time, please respect local culture, customs, traditions, and religion.
  • Try to buy local products and make a benefit for the local economy.
  • Always give fair prices for lodging, food and other services.
  • Take off your shoes, when entering home or yurt stay.
  • Smoking is prohibited at home.
  • Please share your ideas on food and accommodation preferences.
  • Ask people for photographing them.
  • Be friendly and try to get in contact.
  • Be careful during the evening and night time and aware of mass meetings.
  • Be careful with your documents, money and valuable items.
  • Be aware of pickpockets and strangers at bazaars and streets.
  • If someone asking for documents, wallets or cameras, saying that they are from the police, ask them to go police together.
  • Never give your belongings to strangers.
  • Wear good hiking shoes for outdoor activities.
  • Bring warm waterproof clothes even in summer.
  • Have your torch sunscreen and repellent.
  • Do not drink very cold water from unknown sources.
  • Drinking alcohol at high altitudes is unsafe.
  • If the food fat or not acceptable for you can taste a bit and say thanks.
  • Do not drink cold water after eating out, better hot tea or c It helps in high altitude digestions cases.
  • Wear warm clothes in the mountains, usually after eating out.
  • Bring your medicines and first aid kit.
  • If you feel unsafe or have issues to discuss, please share with your staff, host or tour manager.
  • Collect your litter. Pack up all non-biodegradable rubbish.
  • Please don’t drop cigarette butts or litter.
  • High altitude vegetation is very fragile. Save the environment.
  • Use toilets in nature wherever available. Where are none, stay at least 40-50 m from streams and water sources and bury all waste and paper.
  • Leaving footprints, take just your photographs.

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