Kol-Ukok Lake - 3 days

Kol-Ukok Lake
Category: Horse Riding or Trekking
Duration: 3 days
Altitude: 3600 m
Level of difficulty: medium
Best season: End of June – Beginning of September

“Kol-Ukok” means ‘The Lake in a Chest’ and is nestling between two steep slopes in the North-Eastern Terskei Ala Too Mountains. The water is sweet and cold. The maximum depth is 17 m. A white fish, and Savan trout — a regal, multi-hued fish — live in the lake. The lakeshore is totally peaceful and quiet. On the way there you may see marmots and badgers, hear mountain birds singing or the cry of an eagle, hawk or griffin. Wolves, jackals, foxes, hares, and mountain goats live here. Around the lake the diversity and originality of flowers – from forgot-me-not to legend edelweiss – will enchant you. Many plants — rhubarb, wild garlic, etc. — served the ancients as a source of vitamins. Most importantly, you will be welcomed by hospitable people, descendants of ancient nomads, who drive their cattle here from May to October. Throughout the tour, you will observe the shepherds lifestyle, customs and family traditions, as well as see them making traditional, national Kyrgyz milk products – kymyz (fermented mare milk), airan (Kyrgyz yogurt), and kurut (dried salty cheese). Here you can also see cows and horses being milked and will be able to watch bread being prepared.

Day 1. Transfer by car from Kochkor to Isakeev village, 15 minutes. Ride a horse to the Ters-Tor jailoo, famous for its pure air and lots of crystal clear water. Picnic lunch en route. Arrival in the shepherd’s yurt at Kol-Ukok (horse time: 5 hours). Trek and horseback riding to the higher Kol-Tor lake (trek time: 2 hours, horseback riding 30 min.) at 3 400 meters ASL. Trek back to the yurt. Dinner and B&B in a yurt.
Day 2. After breakfast, ride a horse to the Ukok pass (3500 meters) and stop for a picnic lunch. Continue to Ak-Kiya village (horse time: 6 hours). Have dinner and stay overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 3. After breakfast, transfer back to Kochkor by car (car time: 1.5 hour). End of the trek.

  • waterproof trekking boots;
  • raincoat;
  • warm clothes;
  • sunglasses, sunscreen;
  • torch;
  • sleeping bag.

Services included:
  • yurt stay;
  • meals during tour (2breakfasts, 2lunches, 2dinners);
  • transport services;
  • 2 days horseback riding to Kol-Ukok lake;
  • equipment: helmet, saddlebag, gaiters;
  • tour map;
  • left-luggage office.