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 lake is closely surrounded by coniferous trees, as if they are trying to catch a glimpse of their own reflection. The uniqueness of the lake lies in its transparency. In certain areas, fallen trees and schools of fish can be seen on the lake's floor. Despite reaching depths of up to 234 m, the water temperature in summer does not exceed 20 degrees Celsius, and in winter it barely drops to 0 degrees.
The age of the lake is estimated to be around 10,000 years, formed as a result of a powerful earthquake.
There are four smaller lakes in the vicinity, each with its own charm and pristine forested shores.
This location is especially picturesque during the blooming season in April-May. It's a time of fragrant meadows adorned with colorful alpine flowers and fruit-bearing trees. Bees buzz around, pollinating the blossoms and spreading a rich honey aroma. The nature reserve is home to over 160 species of rare plants.
For tourists planning to embark on a high-altitude lake excursion, staying overnight in a guesthouse in the village of Artyk is highly recommended. It provides a taste of the unhurried life of the local residents.
The nature reserve offers well-marked hiking and horseback riding trails along winding slopes, leading to all five lakes and mountain passes.