Issyk-Kul lake

Month of the year to visit: full year

Lake Issyk-Kul - a mountain drainless lake (1610 m above sea level), included in the list of the deepest lakes in the world (698 m), located between the Tien Shan ranges. The astronauts call it the eye of the Earth for its color and shape, and the locals call it a pearl because of its framing with snowy peaks

Where to stay in Issyk-Kul lake

The uniqueness of the lake is in its origin: about 80 rivers and streams flow into it, but not a single one flows out of it. Externally, Issyk-Kul resembles the sea and many species of fish, animals and birds live in it and around. Migratory birds (ducks, swans, flamingos, etc.) always make halts here for several days. Yes, the lake is not covered with ice, hence the name, in translation - “hot lake”.

The high concentration of useful natural salts and minerals in the water and air make the entire water area and coastal area especially valuable.

The northern coast is more focused on lovers of resorts with all the stuff of a beach holiday.

The mountains on the southern coast are much closer. Famous canyons are popular here, including Fairy Tale (Skazka), Barskoon Gorge and overnight stays in authentic yurts on the jailoo under very close stars. A great opportunity to experience the life of nomads, tasting national dishes from hospitably burning cauldrons and barbecues.

Glaciers and snow peaks rise in the eastern part of the Issyk-Kul region:

- Pobeda Peak, 7439 m, the highest point of the Tien Shan;

- Khan-Tengri, 7010 m, translated as “Lord of the Sky”.

At the same time, almost the entire coastal part of the lake is equipped to receive tourists and guests of the country. Here you can easily find a suitable vacation spot for every taste and budget. And most importantly - in any season!

Picturesque landscape with mirror blue water and sky on sunny days, with green blankets of mountain slopes in warm seasons, or splendor of off-season clouds with golden tints of colors of autumn forests and groves are always attractive.

The purity of the waters of the lake attracts not only swimmers, but also deep-sea divers who study the settlements that have sunk many centuries ago.

In the summer season, sandy beaches are filled with vacationers and workers of various entertainment services. It offers water and coastal entertainment (boating, motor ship, yacht, water skiing, scooter, diving, parasailing and many others). There are also off-site tours through the gorges, to the salt (dead) lake, waterfalls, hot springs, both on foot and on horseback.

In the cold seasons, health and spa-camps and boarding houses provide medical and recreational services, and the snow-capped mountains near Karakol are appetizing for skiers and extreme sports enthusiasts. By the way, the ski base is well equipped.

Tours around the Issyk-Kul lake are suitable for everyone, because of comfortable tourist infrastructure:

  • asphalt road (will be appreciated by car drivers and motorists, as well as cyclists);
  • abundance of sanatoriums, boarding houses, guest houses, etc.;
  • roadside and coastal yurts for guests;
  • cafe;
  • landscape gorges (Semenovskoe, Grigorievskoe);
  • hot mineral springs;
  • waterfalls;
  • dead lake with healing clay;
  • horse rides;
  • observational natural sites;
  • boat tours,
  • educational museums.

Sacred Issyk-Kul is an energizing place, and here you can easily find a nice corner for meditation and unity with yourself. Do not miss the open-air petroglyph museum near Cholpon-Ata, with its mysterious writings of ancient people.

The peculiarity of human memory is to store the brightest emotions from looking at the beauty of Kyrgyzstan with its snow-white peaks and glaciers, turquoise mountain rivers, fragrant forests, groves and flowers, as well as an abundance of roadside yurts with colorful national eco-cuisine in all tourist destinations of the country.

Foreign guests certainly note the desire to return again and again for both aesthetic outdoor recreation and gastro tours.

Trout farms have become favorite places for hearty, tasty, healthy and budget-friendly meals, because this red fish fills the consumer with rare vitamins and minerals.

Places to visit in Kyrgyzstan

Kegety Gorge is a wonderful place near the capital of Kyrgyzstan at an altitude of 4000 m above sea level. Not a classic gorge is appreciated by tourists for its spaciousness - wide and long, about 27 km.

Within our republic's territory, there exist numerous architectural monuments, with one of the most renowned being the Burana Tower. The term "Burana" is derived from the word "monora," which means minaret. The minaret is a part of the ancient Burana settlement, situated 12 kilometers from the town of Tokmok and 80 kilometers from Bishkek. Burana Tower stands as one of the oldest structures within our republic. Its construction dates back to the 10th and 11th centuries. Originally, the minaret's height reached 40 meters, and according to some researchers, possibly 45 meters. Its upper section was crowned with a dome-shaped lantern, similar to other structures of its kind. However, due to the consequences of an earthquake that occurred around the 15th or 16th centuries, the upper portion was destroyed. As of today, the tower's height stands at 21.7 meters.

Sary Chelek is an enchanting place that captivates even the most discerning enthusiasts of flora and fauna. The most popular route leads to Lake Sary Chelek, located near the Chatkal Range at an altitude of 1940 m.

The national park Ala-Archa is a picturesque delight for the eyes, it is located nearby Bishkek, Ala-Too Kyrgyz ridges. The national park stretches at an altitude of 1600-4860m and is a favorite place of citizens and guests of the capital.

Karakol (formerly known as Przhevalsk from 1889 to 1922 and from 1939 to 1992) is the fourth most populous city in Kyrgyzstan. It serves as the administrative center of the Issyk-Kul region. The city is located near the eastern end of Lake Issyk-Kul, approximately 150 kilometers from the Kyrgyz-Chinese border and 380 kilometers from the capital, Bishkek. Geographically, it is situated at an elevation ranging from 1690 to 1850 meters above sea level.

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