There are several spots in Kyrgyzstan that come up over and over on traveler’s lists, Song Kol is definitely a big one. Despite it being barely two hours away, we had yet to visit it so I arranged a trip for a quick weekend trip. Six of us headed up early on a Saturday and stayed in one of the many yurts. The trip was nice but to be honest, there are many better places in Kyrgyzstan. Perhaps it’s just easily accessible so many tourists go but if you’re time is limited, I’d skip it. If you do have the time, Song Kol is worth seeing but I’d stay just one night unless there is a festival going on.
Here are some Song Kol photos from our trip:
I also made a short video testing out doing timelapses
Details: You can either go to Naryn or Kochkor and just find a driver on your own (should be about 1500KGS each way) or pre-arrange a ride through CBT or Shepherd’s Life (no website, located in Kochkor near the taxi stand) for a bit higher price but everything is much more convenient. CBT or Shepherd’s life can arrange your yurt stay but there are many up there if you are taking your own taxi. A stay in a yurt, dinner and breakfast will be 900-1000KGS per person.