Chatyr-Kul lake

Chatyr-Kul is enclosed glacial lakein the Central Tien Shan. It is the third largest lake in Kyrgyz Republic, yieldingin size only to Issyk-Kul and Son-Kul lakes.

Translated from Kyrgyz Chatyr-Kulmeans “heavenly lake”, as the sky, reflected in the water, gives it a specialcolor.

Chatyr-Kul is located at an altitudeof 3,500 meters above sea level in the southernmost part of Naryn region near the Kyrgyz-Chinese border between At-Bashi and Torugart-Too mountain ranges.

Chatyr-Kul lake

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 -50 degrees Celsius, and therefore Chatyr-Kul is covered with ice most of the year. The shores of the lake are swampy. As for the vegetation, only low grass grows here.

The sun day at the Chatyr-kul

Chatyr-Kul is apart of Karalat-Zhypyr State Nature Reserve.


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