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Issyk-Kul Lake

| Tian Shan Mountains, Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
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An oasis for those travelling in the heat of Central Asia

I would advocate the souther shore over the northern shore. The best place to stay on the southern... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Brogan J
The Lake like a sea

The world's second largest alpine lake looks like a sea at certain points. There are some water... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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| Tian Shan Mountains, Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
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Reviewed yesterday

I would advocate the souther shore over the northern shore. The best place to stay on the southern side is easily the small town of Tamga, a 10 minute walk from the water proper. Quite a few guesthouse options. Northern shore is where crowds of...More

Thank Brogan J
Reviewed 1 week ago

The world's second largest alpine lake looks like a sea at certain points. There are some water sports facilities, a bit expensive and very limited. We did not know or avail of the tours arranged from Cholopon-Ata - these take you around the lake and...More

Thank Ozland_27
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have a choice, opt for the south if the lake, as this is less-developed and offers several low-key, yurt-camp options on isolated, quiet spots where you can just relax, swim, and soak up incredible mountain views from one of the world's biggest alpine...More

Thank ibnuassabil
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very big lake, like the sea. You can play banana boat, jet water, swimming. It is a perfect place for summer holiday

Thank pipit_82
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you will travel to Kyrgyzstan, I recommended to go to Issyk kul lake. The north part is touristic but south is less. In south part. The water in this lake is clean and good to swim.

Thank Arash R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a really gorgeous lake - it's surrounded by mountains and for me, this is pure paradise! Our hotel was on the beach (yes - a lake with a beach) and it's really quite serene. The water was too cold when we visited, so...More

Thank Carol P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am from an area where there are a lot of lakes, so I did not find this one as fascinating as the locals did. After all, Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country. I wouldn't travel to kyrgyzstan specifically for the lake, but it's nice enough...More

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Its the worlds second highest altitude mountain lake in the world.To swim in the lake was so good.The water was very cold still enjoyed.Water is saline even though its a lake.Issyl kul means warm water in krygyz.The sunset is spectacular with snow capped mountains on...More

Thank balramm2017
Reviewed 11 June 2017

A beautiful lake and stunning scenery. I love the landscape of beautiful Kyrgyzstan and staring out at the mountains that watches this beautiful lake. What I find to be most interesting is that there used be an settlement here. My driver told me that remnants...More

Thank WMBandit
Reviewed 23 May 2017

The greatest chance to feel the mountainious nature! Clear water is able to swim. Take a day trip around the lake to see natural sightseeng, try national cuisine, take nice pictures. Cheap.

Thank ilya2015
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21 October 2016|
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Response from ViralAhmedabad_India | Reviewed this property |
Most of the hotels have a jetty. But boat rides only in season. You need to check. Easiest is from balychk
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23 August 2016|
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Response from TESKEYALATOOCENTRE | Reviewed this property |
Dear Guest, between Arslanbob and Issy-Kul Lake i highly recommend to visit Son-Kol Lake (after Kochkor village. first get to CBT Company in Kochkor. They will help you to arrange share taxi from Kochkor to Kyzart village or... More
7 June 2016|
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Response from E W | Reviewed this property |
There are lots of hotels and resorts around the lake, including the Park of Every Religion. Check Lonely Planet Central Asia or a similar guidebook for specific addresses and a price range. It takes about six hours to get... More