In the northern part of the Tian Shan mountains lies Issyk-Kul Lake, offering plenty of recreational activities in a pleasant natural setting. The world's second-largest saline lake, it never freezes--even during the cool winters. At a height of 1,607 m (5,272 ft), the endorheic lake is fed by small rivers, springs, and melting snows and reaches a depth of 668 m (2,192 ft). A popular tourist zone since the Soviet era, the area boasts numerous sandy beaches surrounded by alpine meadows, thermal mineral springs, and lush forests. Go for a swim and relax under the sun, or explore the natural environment that shelters many migratory birds, such as cranes, swans, and ducks. PutIssyk-Kul Lake into our Karakol trip itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Issyk-Kul Lake Reviews
One of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Especially if you understand that it is situated on high elevation. more »
I can tell a.lot of things about Issyk-Kul lake, but the main thing is there are numerous wonderful.olaces to visit even in winter time! Look at my photos! They are incredible, isn't it? Live... more »
Great place to relax. Best time is October November for people from tropical climate
🇨🇦 This was a meeting place for transportation to the Kumtor Mine. I worked at the mine from 1997-2001. Great experience getting to know the locals working with them and passing on my mining knowledge and experience.
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