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We had a short bus ride from Koshkor to Naryn and there were no program for the rest of the day. Some of us had read about Song Kol and asked if we could go there. The guide and driver were hesitant and there were some discussions, but in the end we went. And it was so successfull that the trip is now part of the program
Song Kol is a lake up in the mountains. It is 3017 meters above sea level and lies in a flat basin. The basin is covered with snow more than half the year. But in summer the grass is very nutrious so the farmers use it as summer pasture for sheep, cows and horses. There are no permanent houses there, so everybody live in yurts. The atmosphere was special, relaxed and slow, almost idyllic.
The road up was steep and winding up to the pass. Of course it was a gravel road with the occasional creek, no fences or protection. We had an excellent driver so I was never nervous. The bus got problems for the second time in two days. The landscape was very special and the flocks with animals added to the atmosphere. And around in the landscape, yurts where people lived during the summer.
To me the trip to Song Kol was may be what I will remember longest from Kirgizistan. I don’t know really why but one thing is that is was an totally unexpected surprise (I guess all surprises are unexpected). Then the beauty and character of the surroundings. The people seemed relaxed and they were friendly. Lunch in a yurt was also special, So added together: It was a great experience!