10-day Trek through the mountains to Son Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan, from Bishkek

Join local IFMGA-certified guide Ivan on a trek of a lifetime, to the Son Kul Lake. in the remote Tian-Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan.




Trip Duration

10 days

Mountain Range

Tian Shan

People per Guide

10 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Private and Group


  • Hike along remote mountains and discover the nomadic way of life

  • Enjoy a unique trek surrounded by untouched nature and pristine landscapes

  • Cross several mountain passes and spend the nights in tents under the stars


Join me on this amazing 10-day trek through the remote mountains of Kyrgyzstan to the Son Kul Lake, following the trace of the ancient nomads.

Our trek will start at the foothills of the northern Tian-Shan range, hiking all the way to the lake, located in the heart of these  mountains, crossing several mountain passes and gorges. This beautiful and rather incacccesible alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan lies at an altitude of 3016m, surrounded by high altitude pastures and remote peaks.

During these days, we will be camping and sleeping in tents along the way.  Bear in mind you need a good physical condition, as we will be hiking for about 6 to 9 hours every day.

We will meet in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, and transfer to the Samshi Gorge on the next day, the starting point of our trek. After reaching the Shamsi Pass, we will cross the Kyrgyz mountains. Then, we will descend to the highland pastures where you will discover the unique way of life of modern nomads, visiting their yurts, and tasting kumys, their traditional drink.

Along the trek, we will also hike on beautiful valleys, where you can see everywhere herds of grazing sheeps, horses and cows. On the last day of our trek, we will head to a pass from where you can enjoy a spectacular view over the Son-Kul Lake (3013m). You can check the day-by-day itinerary below.

If you want to join me on this trek of a lifetime, just send me a request. Book your trip and get ready for an amazing hiking trip in Kyrgyzstan! 

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Price per person

Group of 1
695 EUR

Group of 2
695 EUR

Group of 3
695 EUR

Group of 4
695 EUR

Group of 5
695 EUR

Group of 6
695 EUR

Group of 7
695 EUR

Group of 8
695 EUR


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 Minimum group size: 10 people // The price INCLUDES: Meeting/seeing off at the airport; accommodation in 3*hotels according to the program (double room) - Trekking tents for accommodation - Meals 3 times a day during the program, including trekking days - Transport support for all time of the program - Trekking guide and cook during the trek - Entrance fee for all excursion according to the program // The price DOES NOT INCLUDE: International flights - Equipment rental - Extra surcharge for a single room (105 EUR per person) - Personal expenses - Insurance - Excess baggage charges - Changes in the program


  • Day 1Bishkek - City tour

    Arrival in Bishkek. We will meet you at the airport and take you you to a wonderful hotel. After a rest break we will take you on a city tour, where you can get a feel of the Kyrgyz capital and its architecture. We will stop off at the Ala-Too square with its famous view of the snow-capped peaks in the Kyrgyz Range off in the distance. We will also visit the city’s green parks, the Manas monument and much more.

  • Day 2Shamsi Gorge - Burana Tower -Shamsi Pass

    Meet-up with the support team and transfer to the Shamsi Gorge, to the trekking departure point (120 km). Along the way we will visit the Burana Tower, in an area where the town of Balasaghun once stood in the middle ages, the capital of the Khanate of Karakhanid (940-1210). After lunch, we will trek through the At-Djailoo Gorge to the Shamsi Pass (approximately 2 hours). We will set up camp  in the forest, on the river’s edge (2300 m) and finish the day with an evening meal. Overnight in tents.

  • Day 3Shamsi Gorge - Sarala-Saz

    Early departure for a long day ahead. Trekking up through the At-Djailoo gorge to Shamsi Pass (3570 m).  Along the way we will wade across two small rivers. Lunch on the pass and afterwards continue upwards through the southern Shamsi Gorge to arrive at the borderless summer pasture (Djailoo) Sarala-Saz. On this day we have to cover  approximately 25 km. Rest break and overnight stay in tents at an altitude of 3000 m.

  • Day 4Karakol River - Buchuk Pass

    We begin the day by wading across the small river of Buzulgan-Suu, and then continue trekking along the mountain crest, which serves as a watershed between this small river and the Kashka-Suu river. A steep downhill trek to then cross over the Eastern Karakol River will put us very close to the camp built by our team at the gorge entrance, under the Buchuk
    Pass. Rest break and overnight stay in tents.(5-6 hours, 2500 m).

  • Day 5Seok Gorge - Buchuk Pass

    Trekking along the beautiful eastern Seok Gorge over the Buchuk Pass (3400 m). The ground of the gorge is at the same level, therefore the path to the next campsite is easy. The site on the river bank of the same name is very picturesque. We will camp overnight in tents at an altitude of 2550 m.

  • Day 6Seok River - Kumbel Pass - Kyzart Pass

    After crossing the eastern Seok River over a wooden bridge we will begin our morning ascent up to the Kumbel Gorge. This part is easy and should not present real difficulties. After the Kumbel Pass (3550 m), a long leg of the journey through gorges in the direction south-east until the opening of the gorge at the Kyzart Pass, which separates two valleys, the Kochkor and the Djumgal. Here, in a clearing with its own spring there will be a campsite already set up, along with a guide and a cook awaiting our arrival. Pause for rest and overnight stay in tents (8-9 hours, 2550 m).

  • Day 7Kyzart Valley -Chaar Archa Pass -Kilemche Valley

    After breakfast we will begin trekking through the Kyzart Valley in the Chaar-Archa Pass (3039 m). Trekking continues in a gorge of the same name and descent through the gorge in the broad Kilemche valley. We will spend the night in tents (6 hours, 2500 m).

  • Day 8Djangyz-Karagai Pass - Son Kul Lake

    Ascend to the last pass, the Djangyz-Karagai (3325 m), which offers a famous view of the Son-Kul Lake. This is a fairly easy ascent followed by trekking to the campsite on the shores of the high mountain lake (3013 m). Everywhere you can see cattle grazing peacefully among nomadic yurts, all with the amazing lake as a backdrop.  The incredible landscape is surrounded off by spectacular evening sunsets. We will spend the night in tents (6-7 hours, 3020 m).

  • Day 9Son Kul Lake -Kochkor - Traditional lunch -Bishkek

    Today we depart from Son-Kul Lake and transfer to Kochkor, where we will have a traditional Kyrgyz lunch at the home of local inhabitants. Wares produced by local artisans and craftsmen are available to purchase.  After lunch we will transfer back to Bishkek (4 hours) where we will spend the night in a hotel.

  • Day 10Bishkek - Flight back home

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

Bishkek Airport


We will stay in 3-Star Hotels in Bishkek. We will camp and sleep in tents while in the mountains.


About the Guide


I'm an IFMGA-certified guide and have been guiding for the past 15 years.

I got the chance to do beautiful ascents like the Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Mont Cook, McKinley, 7000m Peaks in ex-USSR, technical climbing In the Caucasus, new climbing routes in the USA, ski-touring in Alps, Russia etc.

I'm an expert in the Elbrus region. I know every corner of it and will be happy to guide you to the summit, at 5.642m high, skiing or walking.
Please get in touch with me and let's leave together for a wonderful adventure in the incredible Caucasus mountain range!

I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available, either Nikolay or Victor will guide you!

My favorite saying: "We will either find a way, or make one".



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This was my second trip together with Ivan Moshnikov. It\'s safe to say that everbody in our group absolutely loved it. We had a great time in Russia and it was an absolut blast. Even though we were not able to experience \"true Mamay snorking powder\" we still skied perfect snow for 7 days in a row. I threw my mobile in a corner in the first day and did not pick it up until 8 wonderfull days filled with skiing, amazing food, going to sauna and enyoing wonderfull company. However, if you a looking for a super lonely place, Mamay is probably not the right choice. The valley gets visited frequently by locals and other tourists. Still, there is enough place for everybody I think. 10/10 I will definitly come again. Many thanks to Yulia, Roma and Stepan!
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It was a great adventure! I got answer to the few questions I have prior my departure and the support to get the required document. Once in Irkutsk we met with Ivan and depart to Mamay Valley where we had unbelievable snow. Days with snow where enjoyed in the forest with unbelievable amount of powder and days with sun were enjoyed higher up on the ridges where we could enjoy nice views, untouched snow and 5***** powder! I would repeat over and over again. The hut is really cosy and we have all what we need for a week of adventures. The sauna is a good think to do in the evenings before great dinners.
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The skitouring in Mamay as coordinated by Ivan was absolutely fantastic! Our guide Roman Romanov did a brilliant job in finding the best snow and runs, taking all of our needs into account and was very professional. The hut was really cozy, the food delicious and the sauna after skiing were the ideal finish to the perfect ski day!
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