Lake Issyk-Kul – the pearl of Kyrgyzstan in the north of the country – fascinates with its unique beauty.
Issyk-Kul, one of the largest lakes in the world, is located between the Tien Shan mountain ranges: Kyungei Ala-Too and Terskey Ala-Too, 260 kilometers from the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek.
The swimming season in Issyk-Kul Lake does not last long, since even in summer the water temperature in the reservoir averages 22 degrees and cools quickly.
The largest tourist center on the lake is Cholpon-Ata, which can be reached by car in four hours.
In the summer months, when the swimming season opens, flights from a number of cities in Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are carried out here.
Lake Issyk-Kul is located at an altitude of 1,608 m above sea level. The lake is 182 km long, 60 km wide, and the average depth is 270 meters. The lake is formed as a result of melting snow in the Tien Shan, and up to 80 rivers and small streams flow into it. Not a single river flows out of it, and outwardly Issyk-Kul is no different from the sea.
Issyk-Kul is one of the most important habitats for many species of animals, especially waterfowl.
The natural features of the lake and the mountain ranges of the region create a picturesque scene. Every year, a large number of local and foreign tourists flock here to swim in the crystal clear waters and soak up the hot sandy beaches.
In the city of Cholpon-Ata and the surrounding areas, there are large and small sanatoriums, hotels, boarding houses and houses designed for any budget.
For lovers of water activities, services such as boat tours on the lake, water skiing, parasailing, etc. are provided.
One of the organizers of boat tours on Lake Issyk-Kul, Sergei Ilchishin, told Anadolu that the number of active local and foreign tourists is growing every year.
According to him, tourists do not want to spend all their time sunbathing on the beach.
“Vacationers who want to see the coastal part of the lake and the mountain panorama prefer a boat trip,” Ilchishin said.
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