known for its snowy mountains, virgin nature, culture, and especially
amazing lake, Issyk Kul, which refers both to the lake and the region.
massive Lake Issyk Kul is centered in the region. It is completely
the massive snow-capped Tien Shan Mountains, 3000-4000m in height.
around the lake is stunningly beautiful and is ideal for anyone who
outdoors. Hiking in the surrounding hills and mountains is superb and
more adventurous there are always activities like helicopter skiing.
The lake offers
sailing, surfing, rowing, scuba diving and fishing.
Region (oblast’) is full
surprising discoveries. First, the Issyk Kul Open Air museum In Cholpon
the most accessible part of the northern Issyk Kul collection of
petroglyphs. The petroglyphs were carved and painted onto the
granite and granitoid boulders, burnt black or brown by strong sunlight
thousands of years. These petroglyphs have no analogue in Central Asia.
of deer, goats, snow leopards, hunting and breeding scenes, all of
sizes, present an important source of information about Kyrgyz history
culture. Second, the Jeti Oguz or Seven Bulls Gorge, located 30 km
Karakol, and known for its “seven red sandstone bulls (ie
hills)” and Broken Heart
Hill of some beauty. Some kilometres up the valley there is a huge
flowers with thousands of different colours and the Oguz Basshy Peak
at the end of the gorge. The area is known for its alternative
and mountaineering possibilities. Third, the Russian Orthodox Church in
is also well worth a visit. Inside there are a number of icons -
saved from Svetly Mys (an ancient Christian site 48 km from Karakol),
copy of an ikon of Saint Troitsy by Andrey Rublyov (who lived near
1360 to about 1430).
all sides by the snowy peaks of the
Tien Shan Mountains, Lake Issyk Kul, literally meaning “hot
lake”, is said to
be the world’s second-largest alpine lake or the second
highest navigable lake
in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America. The lake never
in the depths of winter due to thermal activity, strong winds, physics
water and the unique microclimate over
the lake. Called "The Pearl of Central Asia", the lake
colour from pale green to turquoise blue, depending on the time of day
position of the sun. The crystal clear water has so exceptional a blue
it is three to four times more saturated by colour than Lake Geneva in
Switzerland. Anyone would be astonished at the size and scenery of huge
celestial snow-capped mountain peaks shining from across from what must
of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. The area around the lake
known to locals and tourists from Kazakhstan and Russia for its
shores. Most of the resorts and hotels are on the north shore of the
you want to have an unforgettable summer
on the clearest and healthiest shores of Central Asia, you should come
Kul. In addition, do not forget to take our Discovery Issyk Kul Travel
which will provide you with the best pictures and information on the
accommodation on the lake.
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