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Where is lake Issyk Kul and Kyrgyzstan on the map of the world - in Russia or not?

Gde nahoditsya ozero Issyk-Kul?

Lake Issyk-Kul is one of the most attractive natural sites of Central Asia. It is not the first decade, it has attracted travelers and researchers. Many people have heard about it, but if you ask the Russians, where is the lake Issyk-Kul, only half of respondents can correctly answer this question.

The location of lake Issyk-Kul

Which is quite surprising, but some of the Russians believe that the lake is on the territory of Russia. But in fact, this view is erroneous, because this lake is located in Kyrgyzstan. And if among the Russians themselves are people who believe that the lake is situated on the territory of Russia, then what can we say about foreigners who can't even answer the question, Kyrgyzstan is Russia or not, because some of them still using old maps, on which the state was part of the Soviet Union.

Actually this lake is located in the North-East of Kyrgyzstan once again is between two large mountain ranges of the North Tien Shan: Kungei-Alatau and Terskey-Alatau. Not every traveler knows, that means these names, however, they have a symbolic value, because Kungey-Alatau translates as "facing the sun", and Terskey-Alatau - "facing the sun". This lake is located quite high above sea level, at a height of 1609 meters and is one of the deepest and largest mountain lakes.

If you look at where is Guernsey on the world map, you can draw attention to the fact that a large part of this state is covered with mountains. To be exact, 3/4 of Kyrgyzstan is mountains; while in this country stretches two mountain ranges: the North-East of the country is mountainous system of the Tien-Shan and South-West of the Pamir-Altai. Among the natural attractions there is also a giant glacier Inylchek and sulfurous thermal springs. Issyk-Kul is the largest lake in this country, but in fact lakes there are a lot more than 3 thousand.

otdyh na ozere issyk-kul

What is remarkable is the lake?

Many Russians know that the cleanest lake in the world is the Baikal lake; the water is not only very clean but also transparent. But how many know that the second lake clarity and transparency is once again the Issyk-Kul? It is often also called mountain pearl, because depending on what time of day to look at it, its color can vary from dark blue to emerald. It all depends on how the lit lake, and the variety of colors attracted to this lake many tourists and vacationers. But do they all know, making this lake is almost all colors of the rainbow?

Stocks of water in the lake is constantly replenished due to the fact that it flows into many rivers, which are replenished by snow melting in the mountains and glaciers. For example, here falls into a mountain river such as:

  • Tyup,
  • Jergalan,
  • AK-Terek
  • Oguz.

The lake is only about 80 rivers run, but no water source does not follow, therefore, all mineral substances which enter into it with river water, more and more concentrated. It more just affects what the water in this salt lake.

Many tourists prefer to rest in Kyrgyzstan on lake Issyk-Kul once again due to the fact that the water is not just salty, but useful for the body. The water in this water source mineral, because it has quite a lot of chloride, sulfate, sodium and magnesium.


Due to such diverse chemical composition of the water is painted in incredible colors. It is necessary to pay attention also to the fact that the water of this lake has a fairly high percentage of oxygen, which also has a beneficial effect for those who prefer daily water treatments instead of relaxing on the beach.

otdyh v kirgizii na ozere issyk-kul

When is the best time to relax on the lake?

Today, many tourists loved holiday on lake Issyk-Kul, as here you can swim from the first month of summer and until mid - September. The advantage of this recreation is that there is no oppressive heat of summer, as the lake is surrounded by mountains. Sea climate is much more favorable than in the Black sea. Besides the sun in this place shines no less than 300 days in the year; record of Sunny days in the Crimea is much lower.

To relax you can come here almost all year round, as even in winter the lake does not freeze. Of course, in winter it does not get to swim, but the climate here is healing. Winter in this region warm, and the coldest months are January and February. Even in these cold months the temperature can vary only from +5 to -5 degrees. If the weather is stable and the wind changes its direction, then thaws it could be neither in January nor in February.

Whatfor the summer period, the weather here can be called moderately warm. The summer months the sun shines and the cloudy weather is rare. And although in the summer almost every day the sun shines, but rain falls here more once again in the summer months. The warmest month is July and the temperature is +17 can stay for 2-3 weeks. But there are exceptions, when the temperature can rise to 32 degrees. And although the air temperature on average is only 17 degrees, but the temperature of the water lasts a long time +22 degrees, so in the lake you can swim all summer.

Autumn lasts for two months is October and November. In these months the day can be warm, the sun is shining, but the night feels the approach of winter: the temperature drops and can become only 5 degrees. And with the sun setting dramatically colder, so for those tourists who linger on these months, you can give advice to bring warm clothes. But it's worth noting that if in the summer months are often rainy, the autumn is warm and dry weather.

It should be noted that the basin of the lake for a long time been one of the hardest-hit areas of Kyrgyzstan because it is surrounded by a rather large mountain ranges. But when it was revealed that the lake water is healing through boom gorge here the road was built. In addition, in the basin there are two airports. So that you can get here either by land and air, which is attracting many tourists.

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The history of the lake

It is necessary to pay attention also to the fact that the lake is very deep, so it is even in winter time does not have time to cool. The name Issyk-Kul is translated as "Hot lake", which also attracts many tourists. But in ancient times it had another name - Tuz-Kul, which is translated as "Salt lake". The water can not drink, neither people nor animals. First explored this lake is one of the most famous Russian travelers and scientists of the p. P. Semenov-Tyan-Shansky. After it visited and the second traveler from Russia - N. M.Przewalski. Having been here, he uttered the famous phrase that this place is like Switzerland, but only the best.

On the shores of this lake are many resorts that operate both in summer and in winter. Come here on vacation with children is not only the Kyrgyz, but also Russians, Ukrainians and residents of other States.

Here today many tourists are attracted by the fact that in 2006, archaeologists on the bottom of the lake discovered a very ancient city. Or rather, not the city, and its ruins. As it turned out, there was once a civilization that flourished 2500 years ago. Due to the fact that the city is located on the bottom of the lake, it is difficult to investigate, but archaeologists from the Kyrgyz-Russian University, it was postulated that maybe here is the grave of Genghis Khan.

In the middle ages there was a legend that on the shores of this lake stood the town of chisu, through which passed the silk road. This city was ruled by a very powerful Khan, who collected tribute from the merchants. But then the city was gone and it was known only from legends. Many scientists believed such data on city of myth, but some travelers reported that at the bottom of Issyk-Kul saw the ruins. And only in the end of 80-ies of the last century, was sent the first expedition, which began the study of the underwater Kingdom of the lake.

As you can read from the report, on the bottom of the lake has indeed been found some ruins. And in 2006 underwent a research which confirmed that on the bottom of a lake lies an ancient civilization. Even today, any tourist on a Sunny day through the clear lake water can see at the bottom the ruins of stone buildings. It may soon confirmed another legend that at the bottom of lakes are 200 treasures, including the treasures Chingis Khan.