Issyk-Kul region is a recreational center of Kyrgyzstan with a
concentration of natural, historical and cultural sights along with nice resorts
and a beautiful mountain lake Issyk-Kul. The lake is surrounded by high mountains
which are also a natural relief borders with Kazakhstan in the North and China
Central Tien-Shan mountains; Terskey Ala-Too and Ak-Shiyrak has
an abundance of trekking and mountaineering routes and a nubmber of still unclimbed
summits. Highest point of Kyrgyzstan and the farest northern 7000 meters summit
- Pobeda peak of 7439 meters (24400 ft) belongs to this region. One of the most
beautiful tops of the world Khan-Tengri peak of 6995 meters (22950 ft) situated
here too. Colorfull, flowering and easy-to-access valleys of Kungey and Terskey
ranges containg natural hot mineral water springs and have excellent trekking,
hiking or horseback trekking opportunities.
Many ancient cities existed here along the Great
Silk Road before the mongolian invasion and their ruins still contain many secrets.
Stone inscriptions up to 6 thousand years old are spread around the region and
can be easily viewed in Cholpon-Ata Open Air Museum of Petroglyphs.
And ofcourse in the center of the Issyk-Kul valley
the real treasure of Kyrgyzstan and the whole world wonderfull lake Issyk-Kul.
This lake is set on 1600 meters (5250 ft) over sea level. Despite the hight
the lake never freezes and contains some salinity (~2%) very equal to human
plasma that keeps the water very clear and comfortable for swimming. Local people
believe in curitive possibilities of the water and you will believe it when
you meet this healthy people.
In autumn villages are full of fruit trees pointing
their branches to the ground under influence of colorfull and juicy apples,
apricots and cherry. Local fruit is famous far around as it grew in completely