Kyrgyz Republic is not only mountains, but also lakes of stunning beauty. There are many of them here - large and small, hard-to-reach and with large resort areas, never freezing and covered with a thick layer of magical beauty of ice. Perhaps they are united only by the fact that they are all located in the mountains, above 1600 meters above sea level.
The pearl of the Kyrgyz Republic is Issyk-Kul. It ranks seventh in the list of the deepest lakes in the world and is one of the 30 largest in terms of area. It has the cleanest air, protected nature, mountains that can be reached on foot, moderately salty oxygenated water and a lot of entertainment for every taste - from water parks to kayaking, from horseback riding to diving. There are many historical places near the coast - here are the stones with which, according to legend, Tamirlan spoke, and the sunken monastery where the relics of the Christian St. Matthew rest, and the unique open-air petroglyph museum, and a small salt lake, the water in which is similar in composition to water Dead Sea. And there are also many picturesque gorges with rivers, lakes, waterfalls and forests. Walking along which you can feel like a real nomad.
Lake Son-Kul is the second largest in the Kyrgyz Republic. It is located at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level, surrounded by mountain ranges from the north and south, behind which, in clear weather, you can see the peaks of the Central Tien Shan.
On the northern shore of the lake is the mausoleum of the Kyrgyz hero - Tailak Baatyr, built in the 19th century.
In summer, camps of nomads from nearby villages arrive here, and it will be interesting for tourists to live in a Kyrgyz yurt, rent a horse and enjoy the beauty of the lake to feel like a nomad. The rest of the time, the Son-Kul valley is uninhabited.
Chatyr-Kul is located at an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level in the southernmost part of the Naryn region near the Kyrgyz-Chinese border. The depth of Chatyr-Kul Lake at its deepest point barely reaches 20 meters.
The climate around the lake is very harsh. The air temperature in winter here drops to minus 50 degrees Celsius, and therefore Chatyr-Kul is covered with ice most of the year. The shores of the lake are swampy, from the vegetation - only low grass.
Lake Kel-Suu in the southern part of the Ak-Sai valley, not far from the Kyrgyz-Chinese border, is located at an altitude of 3.5 thousand meters above sea level. Surrounded by sheer cliffs with emerald-colored water, it attracts tourists from all over the world with its unspoiled beauty, “Kel-Suu” in Kyrgyz means “coming water”. The lake tends to disappear and then fill up again.
On the way to Kel-Suu, a magnificent view of the At-Bashi mountain range, the Eki-Naryn canyon and the ancient Koshoy-Korgon fortress opens up.
Sary-Chelek is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in Central Asia. It is located on the territory of the reserve of the same name at an altitude of 1940 meters above sea level. The area of the lake is more than 500 hectares. Sary-Chelek is the third deepest lake in Central Asia and the second deepest in Kyrgyzstan.
Surrounding the lake are amazingly beautiful and diverse landscapes: foothills with snow-capped peaks, turbulent rivers and quiet swamps, mountain taiga and alpine meadows, but the main wealth of these places is walnut and fruit forests.