Group Tour KyrgyzstanSong Kul lake, Karakol, Issyk Kul, Bishkek
event Horse riding, Paragliding, Yurt & Hot Springs
The Issyk Kul lake is a great place to stay a bit longer. Young and old, Kyrgyz and tourists, paddlers and party animals. Adventurers in search of the wild solitude of mountain peaks and plateaus, a solid chunk of local couleur, colorful cocktails in elegant resorts or deserted beaches. A lake the size of Denmark has something for everyone.
In Kyrgyz, Issyk Kul means warm lake, because it never freezes, even during the harshest winters. And in Kyrgyzstan it can get damn cold. Also remarkable when you consider that the lake is about 1,600m above sea level and is surrounded by mountains covered with eternal snow.
Throughout history, the Issyk Kul region has always been a place of rest. An oasis on the Silk Road and popular holiday destination during the Soviet era. The rest of the country still looks a bit condescending at the relaxed Issyk Kulians that still live in this region.
Nowadays many tourists find their way to the lake. In general: mass tourism (as far as we can talk about mass tourism in Kyrgyzstan – but think of resorts, clubs and cocktails) in the north mainly agriculture and deserted beaches in the south. The main towns that are build on the border of the lake are Cholpon Ata in the north and Karakol in the east. Cholpon Ata can be considered as the Lloret of Kyrgyzstan, The party city of Kyrgyzstan.