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Karakol and Cholpon-Ata, two main resort cities in Issyk-Kul Region, feature a highly developed tourist infrastructure, unique places of interest and hospitable people.
The mountain chains running around the lake conceal a great number of places of inimitable beauty.
Lake Issyk Kul (“warm lake” in Kyrgyz) - a natural wonder of Central Asia!
The phenomenon of Issyk Kul lake is not only in its being world’s second largest alpine lake but also that, despite altitude (1.608m), it never gets ice on its surface.
This group tour of Kyrgyzstan allows for joining any combined group appropriate for you in terms of date, duration and route length.
The tour offers two options: an 8-day option adds to the 5-day tour a trip to Osh, the ‘southern capital city’ of Kyrgyzstan, and to Lenin Peak Base Camp in the Pamirs at the time of its functioning.
The water temperature in July on the surface is a comfortable 68° to 73° F (20° to 23° C), and in January it is 36° to 37° F (2° to 3° C). It will take 5-6 hours to get to Yurt Camp in a comfortable motor vehicle along Pamir Highway.
After a lunch we move to Cholpon Ata, a resort town with a population of 40,000 people, situated on the northern shore of large alpine Lake Issyk Kul, the pearl of Kyrgyzstan.
It is laid out on a grid pattern, with most streets flanked on both sides by innumerable trees which provide shade in the hot summers.
There are over 150 species of trees and smaller plants growing in the city.
The Pearls of Kyrgyzstan are hidden high in the Pamir and Tien Shan Mountains and guarded from curious eyes by powerful snow-covered walls.
We invite you to have a look at high-altitude Lake Issyk-Kul and its surroundings.