Son-Kul is a large alpine lake, sandwiched in a hollow between the internal spurs of Tien Shan.
Located between the ridges of Son-Kul-Too and Moldo-Too, at an altitude of 3016 above sea
level in the north-western part of the Naryn region (Kyrgyzstan). It is a potential object of
ecological tourism. Around the lake are virgin pastures and a conservation area. The nearest
large settlement is Gull village.
The total area of the mirror is 278 km², the volume of fresh water is 2.4 km³, and the width is
18 km. The average depth is 8.6 m, the maximum depth is about 14 m. The basin of the lake is
of tectonic origin. The shores of the lake are low, the coastline is poorly indented, swampy, in
places overgrown with reeds. The lake is fed by small streams and small rivers with glacier
feeding, one Son-Kul river flows out — flowing into the right into the Naryn river. Ice on the lake
is observed from late September to late May.
The eastern part of the lake is part of the Karatal-Zhapyryk State Reserve. The lake inhabit 10
species of fish such as whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus Linnaeus, 1758), whitefish (Coregonus
nasus Pallas, 1776), peled (Coregonus peled Gmelin, 1789), Picea marinka (Schizothorax
intermedius McClelland & Griffith, 1842), osman ( Diptychus dybowskii Kessler, 1874), rarely
flaked Ottoman (Diptychus gymnogaster Kessler, 1879), scaly Ottoman (Diptychus maculatus
Steindachner, 1866), Osman Severtsov (Diptychus sewerzowi Kessler, 1872), gray degraving,
degraded osman Severtsov, degraded ottoman (1872), degraded osman (Diptychus maculatus
Steindachner, 1866); Noemacheilus stoliczkai Steindachner, 1866).
According to various estimates, from 41 to 69 bird species inhabit the lake. It was also noted 52
species of near-water birds. The lake is an important point for the migration of waterfowl, such
as the demoiselle crane, mountain goose, black stork and black-headed giggle.
Individual and group tours to Son Kul Lake
|1||Meeting at the airport “Manas”, Bishkek city, hotel accommodation, adaptation to local condition||672 m||Passenger car||30 km|
|2||Excursion to the sights of the Bishkek city and its environs, visiting shopping centers and oriental bazaar.||750 m||Passenger car||10 km|
|3||Departure to Kochkor village, acquaintance with national traditions and customs, rest in the yurt town.||2000 m||Passenger car||100 km|
|4||Visit Son-Kul Lake through the Kalmak-Ashuu pass. On the Kalmak-Ashuu Pass you can see endless alpine meadows and spruce forests towering in the distance. This is an amazing place for horseback riding and exploring life in the Kyrgyz yurt.||3016 m||SUV||100 km|
|5-6||Departure to the valley Kara-Kuzhur, acquaintance with yakovodevstvo and local traditions||3000 m||Passenger car||10 km|
|7-8||Trekking through the Tosor Pass, to the southern coast of Issyk-Kul, a valley in the village of Temir-Kanat, a hike to the glacier on horseback, an introduction to customs and traditions. Familiarization with the traditional hunting with birds of prey, the so-called “Salburun”.||4250 m||SUV||160 km|
|9||Descent to the shore of Issyk Kul, the village of Ak-Sai, familiarization with beekeeping, breeding trout fish. Return to Bishkek, accommodation at the hotel. The final event.||1600 m||Passenger car||480 km|
|10||Transfer to Manas Airport|