The Festival on the Son-Kule lake – July 2023

 Son Kul is a beautiful mountain lake set in a treeless plateau ringed by mountain peaks, in the Central Tien Shan Mountains, which is popular with trekkers and horseback riders. A number of yurt camps provide accommodation throughout the summer where travellers can stay with shepherd families who have brought their livestock up to the high mountain pastures (jailoo), to graze on the lush grass. However, it is inaccessible for most of the winter, and the local CBT group organizes an ecological action, a clean-up, to prepare the site for the coming season.As well as the “cleaning-up”, they turn the event into a real festive occasion, organizing national games ( arkan tartmai, jooluk tashtamai and others), a folklore show, demonstrations of creating national felt and woven fabrics; traditional aytish or song contests, and a bonfire.