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