Here is the itinerary of Horse riding tour to the Song-Kul Lake via Kyz Art Pass – 2 nights 3 days
Tour: horse riding tour to the Song-Kol Lake
Category: horse riding
Duration: 3 days
Level of Difficulty: Moderate (3passes above 3000 m, the highest at 3400 m)
Best season: mid June – mid September
Accommodation & meals: 1 night in sherperd’s house,2nd night in yurt in Songkul lake, 3 lunches, 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts in a yurt.
Requirements: trekking boots, weatherproof winter warm clothes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, torch.ent, sleeping bag and mat.
Description: The jailoos are the pastures where Kyrgyz shepherds tend their flocks in the summer, and Song-Kol is the jewel of the jailoos, a stunning 270 km2 of sparkling water at 3016 m, surrounded by 3700 m mountains on all sides. For the fullest jailoo experience, approach the lake via the mountains enclosing the western end of Kochkor Valley, moving from jailoo to jailoo and staying with shepherd families in remote meadows far off the beaten path. Enjoy homemade jam, fresh cream, bread still warm from the oven, and the best kymyz (fermented mare’s milk) around. The route traverses remote Jumgal rayon, and reaches Song-Kol via Jalgyz-Karagai (Lonely Fir) Pass on the north shore.
Day 1: After breakfast at Kochkor home stay head west to the Kochkor – Jumgal road. Follow the road by car to the Kyzart Pass, where your guide team waiting. Start your horse riding tour with crossing the Kyzyl-Kiya jailoo, an enormous, relatively flat sea of grass. Sated, ford the river and follow the trail over verdant hills to Kilemche Jailoo. 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). Dine and sleep in a yurt, naturally. Hoerse riding time: 5-6 hours
Day 2: After breakfast at Kilemche, spend the morning riding to Jalgyz Karagai pass (3400 m), over the Song-Kol Mountains and into the lake’s basin. The morning riding affords wonderful views of Kilemche jailoo, and the pass itself is rocky and exciting. From the pass, Song-Kol is still distant, but as you traipse down the slopes, it gets larger and larger; the mountains on the other side get higher and higher, until finally the lake fills most of your field of view and the southern mountains tower above it. After lunch at Jaman Echki, follow the lakeshore west to the yurt at Tuz Ashuu jailoo. Upon arrival meet your host family of Kyrgyz shepherds. Meals and overnight are in a yurt of shepherds. Horse riding 6 – 7 hours
Day 3: : Last breakfast at Song Kol Jailoo. Leave to Kyzart village via TuzAshuu Pass. The pass opens you the spectacular panoramic view to Jumgal and SongKol valleys. Say “Goodbye SongKol” and ride down to the village where hot lunch is waiting for you in a local family home stay. After lunch transfer to Kochkor Accommodation and dinner in the home stay., trek time 5 hours. Kyzart – Kochkor drive is 2 hours.