Song Kol lake is the highlight of tours in Kyrgyzstan. Lake is famous for its nomadic scenery: opened countryside, blue lake water, herds of horses and cattle, the yurts of nomads. These all create the most nomadic atmosphere in the country. At 3016m it’s too cold for permanent habitation but between June and September, herders’ yurts dot the shoreside meadows every kilometre or so. It’s a sublime place to watch the sun come up or to gaze into a cold, crystal-clear night sky heavy with countless stars. Beware that weather is highly unpredictable. Snow can fall at any time so plan accordingly and be aware that July to mid-September is essentially the only season.