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Welcome to “Nomad Lodge Song-Kul” yurt camp!

Camp operating period: from middle of June to middle of September

The camp is located on a high mountain pasture on the altitude of 3016 meters above sea level, in a quiet place on the northern shore of Song-Kul Lake, 110 km from the village of Kochkor and 330 km from the city of Bishkek through the Kalmak-Ashuu pass and 44 km from the village of Kyzart through the Tuz-Ashuu pass.

For many years, local people who graze cattle have been calling Son-Kul a summer paradise for nomads. From June to September all pastures around Son-Kul Lake are occupied by yurts of nomads, one can notice sheep and horse herds stroll around freely.  It is the freedom of mountains and nomadic life that attract guests to visit this place in summer time. You can get to the mountain lake and to the yurt camp there by car, on foot through mountain passes, on horseback or by mountain bike. Anyone who comes to Song-Kul will find something to suit his or her taste. Visiting nomadic families, smiles of local people, the smell and taste of freshly baked bread will leave only  pleasant and unforgettable impressions.

The location of the camp is very convenient for mountain admirers who can start their mountain hiking, horse and bike tours from the camp or make the camp their final destination. The most popular summer mountain trails are passing through the yurt camp. In mid-summer, on the last Saturday of July, the annual Nomad Festival with traditional horse games, local cuisine, felt handicrafts and folklore show is held here, 7 km away from the camp in so-called Batay-Aral area.






    • The camp has 10 natural yurts for accommodation, decorated in the national style. Accommodation options in each yurt are Basic – by 4 people, Comfort – by 2 people. 
    • All sleeping yurts are equipped with beds and comfortable mattresses of 80cmx200cm size. Each new client is provided with clean bed linen, two blankets and pillow.
    • Each yurt has wooden floor covered with carpet. Each yurt is covered with waterproof cover. All these facilities help to protect sleeping yurts from moisture in bad weather and allows guests to stay comfortably inside the yurt without shoes.
    • Each sleeping yurt has an oven for heating. Depending on the weather and temperature outside, each yurt is heated 1-2 times a day (in the evening and early in the morning).
    • There is an European standard toilet (with toilet bowls) next to each bedroom yurt, at the entrance.
    • There are five shower cabins with hot water. Shower cabins operate daily from 16.00 to 19.00. One shower cabin is for every two yurts. They are also located next to sleeping yurts.
    • There are two dining yurts in the camp. Each dining yurt has a capacity for 20 people. Dining yurts are decorated in the national style, have low table, small folding chairs and national mattresses “jer toshok”, “,  that are comfortable to sit on at the table. 
    • Electricity in the camp of 220v/50Hz is supplied from 18.00 to 23.00. At this time, guests can charge their phones and cameras.
    • Due to its location in the mountains and the lack of communications, the camp has no Internet connection or Wi-Fi.
    • In case of unforeseen/emergency circumstances, the camp administration has a 24/7 connection.
    • Soft and alcoholic beverages are not available in the camp. You are allowed to bring your own drinks with you. Sale of beverages to other guests is prohibited. 
    • The basic package of camp services includes accommodation with breakfast.
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    • Accommodation with breakfast on the base of 4-people accommodation: is 30$ per person per day. 
    • Accommodation with breakfast on base of Comfort stay, 2-people in a yurt: is 45$ per person per day. 
    • Meals for guests who are accommodated in the yurt camp are: Lunch is 10$ per person , Dinner is 10$ per person. 
    • Ordering of lunch or dinner without accommodation – is 15$ per person for lunch and 15$ per person for dinner.

    (discounts are available to children only for accommodation with breakfast):

    • From 1 to 3 years – for free
    • From 3 to 5 years – 50% 
    • From 6 to 10 years – 30% 
    • Horseback riding. Maximum six horses can be arranged at the same time for riding. The payment for horses is made for the whole day use, even if the ride is less in time (1-4 hours). Rent of horse for riding always includes service of local stableman, horses without service of stableman are not provided.
    • 1 person – 45$ per day
    • 2-3 people – 38$ per day per person
    • 4-6 people – 35$ per day per person
    • Transportation for 1-3 people from Kochkor village to the camp or back, one-end service – is  85$ per car
    • Transport from Bishkek to Son-Kul and back within two days, 4×4 jeep with a capacity of 1-3 people – is 290$ per car
    • Arrangement of the national horse game called Ulak-Tartysh is 220$ for the group
    • Services of a local guide for one-day hike in the gorge in the summer season  is 45$ per group
    • The booking of the accommodation or other services of the yurt camps can be done through the reservation section on the web-site, or by e-mail info@nomad-lodge.com. Orders by phone or orally are not considered and accepted.
    • Along with a written confirmation, a voucher describing all booked services will be sent to your mailbox. Without the voucher, camp services will not be provided and will not be refunded.
    • Payment for the camp services is accepted via VISA card while booking or by bank transfer within three working days after receiving of the voucher with the specified bank details.
    • For cancelations made more than 7 days in advance – no penalty fee will be charged.
    • For cancellations made less than 7 days in advance, but more than 2 days in advance, a 50% cancellation fee will be charged.
    • For cancellations made less than 2 days in advance, no refund will be made.

    Sleeps

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    Accommodation option

    4 people in one Yurt   

    Price

    30 $ per Person

    Sleeps

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    Room type

    2 people in one Yurt  +

    Price

    45 $ per Person

    Agnes

    " nice and cozy "

    Guest Rating
    8.6/10

    Maria

    " it is very cozy and clean for this location "

    Guest Rating
    9.4/10

    Michael

    " good place to relax from the hustle and bustle"

    Guest Rating
    10/10

    Most popular amenities and services

    Meal

    Services

    Cookies and coffee

    Horse riding

    Electricity

    Walking in nature

    Tours around Son-Kul

    Duration: 4 days

    Season: June – September

    Tour Highlights:

    • Two day trekking experience with meeting of local nomads in mountains
    • Visits to the Alpine Song Kul Lake
    • An opportunity to get acquainted with the nomadic culture of the country
    • Accommodation in a nomadic dwelling Yurt
    • Walking tour of the scenic mountain roads and trails

    Day 1

    Meet in the evening in Kochkor in the Nomad Lodge Guesthouse. Chek in to the rooms. Optionly possible to orginise the dinner.  Overnight 

    Day 2

    Meeting with the local driver and transfer to Kyzart village the start point of trek (80 km). Meeting with trekking staff. Early lunch in the family of the local guide in Kyzart village. Soft trek about 4-5 hours to the pasture Kelimche (15 km). Dinner in yurts. Overnight stay in yurta.

    Day 3

    Breakfast in yurts. Trek about 4-5 hours (about 13 km) to the lake Song-Kul which is located on altitude 3030 m. During the trek you will cross the pass Jalgyz-Karagay (3320 m). Free time in the afternoon for the excursion to the lake. Lunch and dinner in yurts. Overnights stay in yurt camp. 

    Day 4

    Breakfast. Meet the driver and transfer back to Kochkor 150 km. Overnight in Nomad Lodge Guesthouse. End of service. 

    Prices in USD per person

    2 pax

    338USD

    3 pax

    283 USD

    4 pax

    273 USD

    Single supplement 30 USD per person per night in Kochkor only

    Service includes:

    • Transport from/to Kochkor (car in good condition with air conditioning)
    • Double/ twin accommodation in Kochkor
    • Four-person accommodation in the yurts 
    • Full board : 3 breakfast, 2 lunch, 2 dinner.
    • Mineral water during the tour (1 liter per person) 
    • Local guide with simple English.
    • Horses for luggage in Day 2-3 

    Service is not included:

    • Early check-in on day 1 
    • food in day 1 and lunch, diner in day 4
    • Alcohol and soft drinks 
    • Costs for Kyrgyz visa if necessary; 
    • Porter service in hotels and at the airport 
    • International and domestic flight tickets 
    • Personal expenses of customers 
    • Any devisions from the program 
    • Escorting Tour Guide service 
    • Felt carpet production show
    • Horse riding during the trek and in Song Kul
    • Transfer from Bishkek to Kochkor and from Kochkor to Bishkek
    • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner in Day 1 and lunch and dinner in Day 4 (possible to organize for additional payment)
    • Accommodation in Bishkek
    • Sleeping bags

    Accommodation list:

    • Song Kul – Yurt camp (2 night)
    • Kochkor – Nomad Lodge  (2 night)

    Supplement services:

    • Supplement for English speaking guide service  – is 75 USD per day including accommodation and food;
    • Supplement for Felt carpet Show – is 30 USD per group;
    • Supplement for horses for riding during the trek is 45 USD per horse for 2 days
    • Main luggage is possible to store in Kochkor in the guesthouse free of charge. You will need only luggage for three days during the trip to Song-Kul.
    • Supplement for Bishkek-Kochkor transfer for the group up to 4 pax is 233 USD one way.

    Download the tour program in PDF format to see the details  HERE

    Duration: 4 days

    Season: June – September

    Tour Highlights:

    • Three days of biking experience with meeting of local nomads in mountains
    • Visits to the Alpine Song Kul Lake
    • An opportunity to get acquainted with the nomadic culture of the country
    • Accommodation in a nomadic dwelling Yurt

    Day 1  Kochkor

    Meet in the evening in Kochkor in the Nomad Lodge Guesthouse with the guide. Check-in to the rooms. Dinner.  Overnight 

    Day 2 Kochkor –Song Kul

    After breakfast transfer to Tolok village.  Start of biking. Biking to Song-Kul – 50 km (4-6 hours).Biking uphill, then down hill.  Dinner and overnight in the yurts. 

    Day 3 Song Kul 

    Spend the whole day at Son-Kul Lake. Here you can take a day hike in the mountains, meet local shepherds; observe the way of life of the nomads. For a surcharge, there is the possibility to ride a horse and enjoy beautiful nature and silence. Try mare’s milk “Kymyz”.

    Or biking around the lake about 40 km. For overnight return to Yurt camp.  

    Day 4 Song Kul – Tuz pass- Kyz Art – Kochkor

    After breakfast biking over the Tuz Pass 3300m to Kyz Art village about 30km.  load the bikes to the car and transfer to Kochkor about 70 km. Upon arrival dinner and overnight in the Nomad Lodge gusthouse. 

     

    Prices in USD per person

    2 pax

    673 USD

    3 pax

    601 USD

    4 pax

    599USD

    Single supplement 30 USD per person per night in Kochkor only

    Accommodation list:

    • Song Kul – Yurt camp (2 night)
    • Kochkor – Nomad Lodge  (2 night)

    Service includes:

    • Transport from/to Kochkor (car in good condition with air conditioning)
    • Double/ twin accommodation in Kochkor
    • Four-person accommodation in the yurts 
    • Meal : 3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 4 dinners.
    • Mineral water during the tour  (TWO liters a day per person);
    • English speaking tour guide;
    • Bike rent
    • Helmet

    Service is not included:

    • Early check-in on day 1 
    • Alcohol and soft drinks 
    • Costs for Kyrgyz visa if necessary; 
    • Porter service in hotels and at the airport 
    • International and domestic flight tickets 
    • Personal expenses of customers 
    • Any devisions from the program 
    • Felt carpet production show
    • Horse riding in Song Kul
    • Transfer from Bishkek to Kochkor and from Kochkor to Bishkek
    • Breakfast, Lunch in Day 1 (possible to organize for additional payment)
    • Accommodation in Bishkek
    • Sleeping bags

    Supplement services:

    • Supplement for Felt carpet Show – is 30 USD per group;
    • Supplement for horses for riding during the trek is 45 USD per horse for 2 days
    • Main luggage is possible to store in Kochkor in the guesthouse free of charge. You will need only luggage for three days during the trip to Song-Kul.
    • Supplement for Bishkek-Kochkor transfer for the group up to 4 pax is 233 USD one way.

    Download the tour program in PDF format to see the details  HERE

    Duration: 3 days

    Season: mid-June-end of September

    Tour Highlights:

    • Experience nomadic life, culture and traditions 
    • Overnight in yurts on the most famous mountain meadows of Kyrgyzstan

    Day 1.  Bishkek-Son-Kul

    After the short city tour in Bishkek drive to the breathtaking Song-Kul Lake at the altitude of 3016 m. It is a popular place where local nomads come every summer with their families and cattle. A flat plain with beautiful flowers, where you can stay alone and enjoy nature. On the way a stop in the village of Kochkor for lunch. Visit the women’s cooperative “Altyn Kol”, where you can participate in the production of traditional felt carpets. Upon arrival to the lake, dinner and overnight in the yurts at the lake. 

    Day 2. Son-Kul

    Spend the whole day at Son-Kul Lake. Here you can take a day hike in the mountains, meet local shepherds, observe the way of life of the nomads. For a surcharge, there is a possibility to ride a horse and enjoy beautiful nature and silence. One can here taste the traditional national drink, made of mare’s milk called “Kymyz”.

    Overnight and dinner in the yurt camp.

    Day 3. Son-Kul-Bishkek 

    After breakfast, drive through Boom Gorge back to the capital. On the way visit the Burana Tower, a place on the Great Silk Road from the 11th century. Here one can get acquainted with the history of the old town of Balasagyn and the Silk Road history and culture. Transfer to Bishkek. End of NoviNomad service 

    Prices in USD per person

    2 pax

    474 USD

    3 pax

    387 USD

    4 pax

    332 USD

    Accommodation list:

    • Bishkek – no Hotel
    • Son-Kul  – Yurt camp 

    Service includes:

    • Transport for transfers and excursions during the tour; 
    • Meals: 2 times breakfast, 3 times lunch, 2 times dinner
    • 4 person accommodation in yurt camp at Son-Kul lake
    • Tour guide
    • Presentation of felt carpet production 
    • Mineral water during the tour (1 liter per person)
    • Entry fees to museums;

    Service does not include:

    • International flight tickets 
    • Airport transfers
    • Hotel in Bishkek
    • Alcohol and soft drinks
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Personal expenses of tourists
    • Deviation from the program
    • Horse riding
    • Folklore Show
    •  Breakfast in day 1 and dinner in day 3

    Supplements:

    Supplement for horse riding is 15 USD per person and additional 25 USD for Stableman.

    Supplement for the double yurt accommodation is 15 USD per person per night.

    Download the tour program in PDF format for more information here