Song Kul or Song Kol Lake


Location: Naryn Province Map

When: June- Sept

Means: following lake or next lake

Elevation: 3016 m

Surface Area: 278 sq km

Max Depth: 14 m

Average Depth: 8.6 m


Description of Song Kol Lake

Song Kol Lake, also transliterated Son Kul, Songköl or Song-Köl (literally, next lake) is a high-mountain lake in Central Asia located in the central part of Kyrgyzstan, in the province of Naryn, northwest of the capital Naryn. It lies at an altitude of 3,016 m, and has an area of ​​about 270 km² and a volume of 2.64 km³. The maximum length of the lake is 29 km, with about 18 km in width and a maximum depth of 13.2 m. It is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan, after the Issyk Kul, and the largest freshwater lake in the country (its name, "next lake", refers to this relationship).

The lake is surrounded by good and abundant summer pastures and then by important mountains. Its beauty is much praised, but it is quite inaccessible. The best access seems to be a road of 85 km from Sary-Bulak, which starts from the main north-south road, although there are other routes that require 4x4 vehicles. There are no facilities on the lake, but local shepherds provide supplies and rent yurts. The area is inhabited safely and is accessible only from June to September, when the access ports are free of snow.