After my time in Kazakhstan it was time to go to Kyrgyzstan. I took a flight with Air Astana from Almaty to Bishkek, it was about 50 minutes before entering a new country.
In Bishkek I stayed at the Apple Hostel with Aigul who’s a smart and funny girl running the place. I was welcomed by her and the rest of the staff. She organised tours for me and one of the tours was to The Burana Tower and Son Kul Lake. A 2 day trip with overnight in a real Kyrgyz yurt. It was a first time experience for me to sleep in a Yurt and the night passed very quickly as I felt asleep immediately after a long day in the car driving over the mountain passes to get there.
First things first,
In the morning I left Bishkek and the first stop after 80km was in Tokmok where I visited the Burana Tower which is half a minaret overlooking the Chuy Valley. It used to be bigger centuries ago, but a few earthquakes later it shrunk in size, although it still stands out nicely in this open space valley which was once the now lost city of Balasagun.
On the site near the tower there is a graveyard with ancient stone sculptures called Balbals to mark the gravestones of Nomadic Turks dating back to the 6th-10th Centuries and also some petroglyphs.
On my way to Son Kul
Son Kul lies on 3016m altitude above sea level and only accessable in the summer period (June till september). In this mountain area the road is not fully paved so you need a 4×4 to get you there, be ready for a bumpy ride. Made a few stops on the way to enjoy the beauty of the mountains as the drive took me higher and higher over the mountain pass.
I saw alot of cattle on the way like cows, bulls, sheep’s, horses and donkeys grazing.
In the afternoon I arrived at Son Kul Lake the place I really wanted to see here in Kyrgyzstan. I stayed with a nomadic family and had dinner and breakfast with them.
Most of the time you spend taking pictures and making videos. You can also go on a horse ride but I decided to go for a walk and I met some animals on my way willing to pose for my camera while enjoying the wide space of grass with water and mountains in the background as much as I do.