Son-Kul Lake (or Song Kol Lake in some sources), is a fabulous lake in Tien Shan mountains. One of possible translations is "the Last Lake". It is located in the giant valley between the ridges of Son-Kul Too and Moldo-Too at an altitude of 3,016 meters above sea level in the northwestern part of the Naryn oblast. The lake extends 29 km in length and 18 km across, its depth getting down to 22 m. This is one of the largest high-altitude lakes and the largest natural freshwater reservoir of Kyrgyzstan: The area of the lake is 278 sq.km.
Son-Kul Lake is of tectonic origin. It is feds by small rivers flowing down from the surrounding mountains. The lake gives life to a river with the same that further flows into the turbulent river Naryn.
The lake lies on a mountain plain, surrounded by meadows (jailoo). These meadows have been used as grazing land since ancient times, as evidenced by the petroglyphs found on the shores of the lake. Shepherds drive their the cattle to the lake in summer and families settle around it in yurts (Kyrgyz traditional dwellings made of felt). There are four roads to Son-Kul.One runs through Sary-Bulak in the northeast, the second is through the serpentine road from the southeast, and the third lays through Ak-Tal in the south-west and, finally, the fourth passes coal field Kara-Keche in the northwest.
Transparent shiny surface of the lake Son-Kul is visible from afar. The lake lays as a precious pearl cast in is jewelled frame of the snowy mountains. The whole area is filled with primeval energy, ancient and mysterious. The wild undisturbed beauty of the lake and its surroundings present a unique landscape. Depending on the weather, Son-Kul water surface shines in various colours - purple, then blue, then suddenly yellow or orange. Because of this one feels that the lake can also have different moods, which it sometimes passes on to you.