Tosor-Ashuu pass and Uch-Emchek valley
Snowy and rocky, we never thought we would make it through this pass (3893m) since the road was difficult, but the view from above remains our best memory. A valley of a thousand colors, where we came across hundreds of wild Yaks and horses. An incredible feeling of total change of scenery. We experienced some scares when crossing rivers in 4x4s and motorcycles, but we made it! You will find hot springs on the way… which are very appreciable.
After driving for several hours on a rocky and dry path, an immense valley shows up: a grandiose gradient of green crossed by dozens of streams. The steppe as we imagined it. We met several nomadic families there who invited us to drink vodka in the evening and then to have breakfast with them the next day. We tasted the bread, just out of the wood fire, the Mare’s milk cream and the homemade raspberry jam! A sweet memory…
Song Kol lake
Although this lake is becoming (slightly) touristic, we were able there to enjoy the pleasure of horseback riding. We went out galloping and reached Song Kol lake, which melts with the sky there. A feeling of escape and freedom engraved in our memories! Our guide allowed us to swim in the lake with the horses. Do not hesitate to ask for it 🙂
We spent two nights in a yurt and had typical Kyrgyz meals served by families. A very nice escapade!
A beautiful turquoise lake suspended at 3400m of altitude in the middle of steep rocks composed of several caves and cavities. It can be reached only on foot or horseback. A true gem!
We had a horseback ride and we negotiated the price with the nomads living there. We made a deal for about 10€/pers to hire two of them as guides.