What is significant about the consolation of Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan?
Issyk-Kul means “warm lake” in the Kyrgyz language; although it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it never freezes. The lake is a Ramsar site of globally significant biodiversity and forms part of the Issyk-Kul Biosphere Reserve.
Which mountain range is bordered Issyk-Kul lake to the north?
Central Tien Shan Range
Two mountain chains of the Central Tien Shan Range border the lake – in the north the Kungei-Alatau (in Turkic: “facing the sun”), and in the south the Terskei-Alatau (in Turkic: “turned away from the sun”).
Why is Issyk-Kul lake salty?
Salty Lake lies in a hollow, cut off from Lake Issyk-Kul by small, dusty hills. Lake Issyk-Kul is also slightly salty, since there is no outflow, so evaporation leaves mineral salts. Salty Lake is the same, just smaller, and even more salty.
Which city is part of the Issyk Kul oblast?
It takes its name from Lake Issyk-Kul (“warm lake”), world’s second-largest high altitude lake….Issyk-Kul Region.
|Ysyq-Köl Region Ысык-Көл облусу Ysyq-Köl oblusu иссык-кульская область|
|Coordinates: 42°0′N 78°0′ECoordinates: 42°0′N 78°0′E|
In which country is the Issyk-Kul lake located?
Lake Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan’s largest lake, lies at an altitude of 1,600 m in the high mountain range of Tien-Shan (Heaven’s mountains) in the north of Kyrgyzstan. It is after Lake Titicaca in South America world’s second largest high mountain lake covering a surface of 6,236 sq. km.
How do you get to Issyk Kul?
The simplest way to reach Issyk Kul is by minibus from Bishkek western bus station (Западный автовокзал Zapadniy avtovokzal). There are minibuses that goes over northern or southern shore, you can arrange with driver to stop at your desired village. The price is about 250 som to Cholpon Ata or 300 som to Karakol.
How big is Lake Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan?
Issyk-Kul is Kyrgyzstan’s biggest lake and is the 10th largest lake in the world by volume (by area it ranks 25th). The lake is 182 kilometres long and 60 kilometres wide. Issyk-Kul is the second largest mountain lake, after Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia. Limnologists* believe the lake is 25 million years old.
When is the best time to visit Lake Issyk Kul?
The peak season for visiting Lake Issyk Kul is June to September because of the nice, cool, summer temperatures. Plus, there’s lots of cool stuff available to do at the lake during summertime. For people that like water sports, there’s plenty of good swimming, boating, parasailing, and jet skiing to be had.
Where are the yurt makers in Lake Issyk Kul?
Kyzyl-Tuu is a village off the southern shore of Lake Issyk Kul that’s known for being a village primarily made up of yurt makers. ( Yurts are the felt-covered dwellings used by nomads in the mountains .)
How big is the town of Karakol in Kyrgyzstan?
Once a Russian colonial outpost on the fringes of the Tsarist Russian Empire, the small town of Karakol is located on the eastern side of Issyk-Kul lake, but don’t mistake it for actually being on the lake. I say ‘small’ town but Karakol is actually Kyrgyzstan’s fourth-largest city with a population of around 70,000.