Son-Kul Lake

Son-Kul lake is a beautiful lake of the Tien Shan mountains. Its name is translated into Russian as “the Last lake”. It is located at an altitude of 3016 meters above sea level in a huge basin that lies between the Son-Kultau and Moldotau ranges, in the North-Western part of the Naryn region. The length of the lake is 29 km long and 18 km wide, while the depth of the lake is 22 meters. The lake is the largest natural freshwater body in Kyrgyzstan. The area of the lake mirror is 278 square km.

The power of the Son-Kul lake is provided by small rivers that flow down from the mountains. The Son-Kul river flows out of the lake, which then flows into the stormy Naryn river.

The lake is on a mountain plain surrounded by meadows (in Kyrgyz jailoo). These meadows have been used as pastures for animals since ancient times. Cattle are brought to the lake for the summer and shepherds with their families live there in yurts all summer season. Four roads approach the lake. One is in the North-East via Sary-Bulak, the other goes South-East through a serpentine road, the third is stretched in the South-West via AK-Tal, and the fourth runs North-West past the coal mines of Kara-Keche.


The clear sparkling surface of the lake can be seen from afar. This reservoir looks like a precious pearl in an expensive setting among snowy mountains. The surrounding landscape of the lake is pristine and seems mysterious and ancient. The beauty of the lake is unspoilt and creates an unforgettable picture. When the weather changes, the water surface of the lake changes its colors, it can have a purple shade, or blue, maybe even orange or yellow. And You may have a unique feeling that the lake is able to change its mood, which can be transmitted to You.

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