Kochkor - lifestyle and culture of kyrgyz people

The village of Kochkor is situated on the Son-Kul lake and Torugart Pass road in the province of Naryn. On the other side of the Torugart Pass, Kochkor was used as a halt to traders coming to and from Kashgar. Now, as tourists go deeper into the Tian Shan, Kochkor (or Cochkorka) has become a stop for visitors.

In terms of tourism infrastructure, Kochkor has been reasonably well established. Both of these services are relativamente quick to organise transport, treks, horse trips, homestays and concerts. Today, Kochkor is home to craftsmen who specialize in traditional Kyrgyz art and revive local rituals and create lasting souvenirs. Kochkor was renowned in factories all over the region for its shyrdaks and felt tapestries. Those who want to dip into the kyrgyz culture will arrange homestays and concerts of traditional kyrgyz music as well as learn how such tapestries are made with demonstrations from their masters themselves.

Kochkor is famous for the people who head for Son-Kul and the neighborhoods like Kol-Ukok (Summer Pastures) (a lake and jailoo). Saryla-Saz is a perfect jailoo with pasture animals and traditional yurts, located only 54 km (34 miles) away from Kochkor and is a good base for hiking and treking around a historic and waterfall. Son-Kul, a high mountain lake in the middle of vast pastures and plains is the most popular and well visited place in the area of Kochkor. In the vicinity is the Salt mine Chon-Tuz, which in the 1980s became a therapy centre. The pollution in the mine is high in minerals which seems to help respiratory ailments.