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.
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.
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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.