Issyk-Kul Lake, Karakol

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In the northern part of the Tian Shan mountains lies Issyk-Kul Lake, offering plenty of recreational activities in a pleasant natural setting. The world's second-largest saline lake, it never freezes--even during the cool winters. At a height of 1,607 m (5,272 ft), the endorheic lake is fed by small rivers, springs, and melting snows and reaches a depth of 668 m (2,192 ft). A popular tourist zone since the Soviet era, the area boasts numerous sandy beaches surrounded by alpine meadows, thermal mineral springs, and lush forests. Go for a swim and relax under the sun, or explore the natural environment that shelters many migratory birds, such as cranes, swans, and ducks. Plan your Issyk-Kul Lake visit and explore what else you can see and do in Karakol using our Karakol vacation planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Issyk-Kul is a beautiful place to be in especially during the months of July & August. Each year we use to go when we were in Kyrgyzstan. I loved to stay at Raduga at Cholpanata side, and at Al-Hyatt ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Its a feeling of a sea side in Kyrgyz, we had a good swim :) The water looks very clean and is slighty salty.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We only stop by there but lake, views and weather is very nice during July! You shouldn't leave Kyrgyzstan before seeing Issyk -Kul!  more »

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Karakol offers visitors a range of options for overnight stay, scattered all around the city's gridded layout. You can find several rustic guesthouses, some centrally located and some on the outskirts, often with scenic views and offering complimentary breakfast. Upscale, Western-style hotels and mid-range establishments provide more amenities, while the budget-conscious tourist can consider staying in one of the yurt campsites dotting the mountain foothills.
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