Issyk-Kul (from the Kyrgyz language Issyk-Kul — “hot lake”) is the largest lake in Kyrgyzstan,
without drainage, is among the 25 largest lakes in the world and is in sixth place in the list of
the deepest lakes. It is located in the northeastern part of the republic, between the ranges of
the Northern Tien Shan: Kungei-Ala-Too and Terskey Ala-Too at an altitude of 1609 m above
sea level. The lake is drainless, up to 80 relatively small tributaries flow into it. Of these, the
largest are the Tupe and Jergalan, which flow in from the east. In the western part, the Chu
River very close to the lake, which along the Kutemaldy channel with a length of 6 km
sometimes gives it a part of its waters during the spring floods. The water level in Issyk-Kul
cyclically changes (it rises, then falls); The cycle takes place over several decades. The water is
brackish (water salinity — 5.90%).
The water volume is equal to 1738 km³, the water surface area is 6236 km², the coastline is 688
km long, the average depth is 278 m, and the greatest depth is almost 2.5 times as large and
equals 702 m. 182 km, and from south to north — 58 km.
The lake has 4 gulfs: Rybachy, Dzhirgalansky (Przhevalsky), Tyupsky and Pokrovsky.
Individual and group tours to Issyk Kul
|1||Meeting at the airport “Manas”, Bishkek city, hotel accommodation, adaptation to local condition||672 m||Passenger car||30 km|
|2||Excursion to the sights of the Bishkek city and its environs, visiting shopping centers and oriental bazaar.||750 m||Passenger car||10 km|
|3||Departure from Bishkek, to the shore of Issyk-Kul, a valley in the village of Temir-Kanat, a trip to the glacier on horseback, an acquaintance with the national customs and traditions. Acquaintance with traditional hunting with birds of prey, the so-called Salburun. Overnight in the yurt camp.||2200 m||SUV|
|4||Departure from the yurt camp, visiting the sacred place of Manzhyly-Ata. It is represented by a maze of numerous shallow gorges between the steppe hills. Many springs spout from the depths of these hills. Then visit the gorge Barskoon (Barsovo gorge), it is located on the southern coast of Lake Issyk-Kul in the floodplain of the eponymous river. The length of the gorge is about 10 km. The gorge is famous for its waterfalls. One of the most famous — «Tears of the leopard.» Besides the Tears of the Leopard waterfall, three more are noteworthy: “The Beard of the Aksakal”, “Champagne Splashes” and “The Chalice of Manas”. Overnight in yurt camp.||3535 m||SUV||330 km|
|5||Departure from Barskoon to the “Seven bulls” Jety-Oguz gorge. There are seven red-brown rocks stretching for 35 kilometers, similar in outline to the bulls lined up in a row. Hence the name of the gorge. The Broken Heart rock (back side of the Seven Bulls) located at the entrance to the gorge is worthy of attention. In the upper part of Jeti-Oguz you can see small alpine lakes, waterfalls. There is also a health resort. Medical hot springs are beating on its territory. The yurt camp is set up annually, where you can get treatment with mare’s milk, as well as a visit to the Jyrgalan valley. In the evening arrival in the city of Karakol.||3040 m||Passenger car||60 km|
|6||In the morning walk around the city, acquaintance with national customs and traditions. Visiting the sights of the city of Karakol, such as: Dungan mosque, built in 1643, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the memorial museum named after NM Przhevalsky. Dinner. Overnight in the guest house.|
From the panoramic top 3040 m
|7||Departure from Karakol through Cholpon-Ata, visiting the cultural center Ruh-Ordo. This center gives each visitor the opportunity of spiritual development and self-knowledge and combines elements of different cultures and religions. As well as visiting the tract Saimaluu-Tash, which is one of the largest galleries of petroglyphs in the world. Return to Bishkek, final event||1609 m||SUV||480 km|
|8||Transfer to Manas Airport||627 m||Passenger car||30 km|