Kel-Suu lake. Kyrgyzstan

Month of the year to visit: from June to September
Kel-Suu lake is a southeastern beauty of the country, located near the border with China at an altitude of 3,500 meters in the Kokshaal-Too mountains, in the Naryn region. Here, you will encounter guest yurts adorned in the traditional nomadic style. The mesmerizing view includes snow-capped peaks, shimmering reflections of intersecting rivers, evergreen forests, flowery meadows, boundless blue sky, and emerald water in the warm seasons.
The rocky mountains are dotted with caves and hollows, while the freshwater lake is surrounded by waterfalls. The mystery is further enhanced by the ever-changing color of the water, depending on the season and the light. The water level in the lake fluctuates, sometimes leading to its shallowing.
The secret of this location's popularity lies in its enchanting aura, filled with mysterious legends and indescribable shades of water, ranging from delicate blue to deep indigo. According to one legend, it is said that the gates of hell once opened here, and evil creatures emerged. However, upon witnessing this, the Almighty sprinkled the sacred water of the lake upon them, transforming them into peculiar rock formations.

Visiting this location requires some effort, as the route is challenging. While a significant portion of the road is paved, the final stretch to the lake can be traversed on foot or, more commonly, by horseback. It is a route of high difficulty for auto, moto, and bicycle tourists. The best time to visit is from July to September, as the season for less experienced tourists is limited during this period.

Lake Kel-Suu lures visitors with:

  • The invigorating mountain air
  • Colorful rocks of peculiar shapes
  • Picturesque waterfalls
  • Mysterious caves and hollows
  • Abundance of flower-covered meadows
  • Murmuring rivers
  • Pristine streams
  • Hospitality of the nomadic yurts
  • Ample opportunities for photography
  • Plenty of picnic spots

There is an opportunity to spend the night in the mountains, either in a yurt or a tent, a few kilometers away from the lake. The resting spot is especially favored by tourists due to the scenic beauty of the intersecting rivers, offering picturesque photo opportunities.

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