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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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  • The water is just completely clean, on the other hand, it is freezing cold in late summer, there are vast fine beaches, where you can walk right out into the water.
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  • You can make a trip on mountain then go down and swimming there. On the South there is "Fairy Tail mountain" 
  • Issy kul Lake is the 2nd largest alpine lake in the world and after spending most of the day driving around it, I have to agree it is huge. It is a very nice lake being a nice shade of blue and surrou...  more »