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 whats close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Issyk-Kul Lake Reviews
Beautiful views! A huge lake with extremely clear water, thousands of kilometers from the sea, amidst mountains with white peaks-amazing. more »
Had not realized the extent of the mountain range or size of the lake. American geography of the area was stinted by this being in the former Soviet Union. Recommend the area more »
🇨🇦 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.
🇨🇦Hello Everybody!!! From Canada !!! What can I say :)🥰 it’s a wonderful & Awesome & Beautiful place to be!!! I’m so glad that I visit this place 🤗 this year!!! Thank you very much! It was a wonderful experience!!! Pls visit this place! U will never regret it. I promise 😜everyone enjoy your hot summer!!!
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