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Issyk-Kul Lake

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Just amazing to see the vacant resorts.

This area, while driving past the lake, give you some idea of what it was like in the Soviet era... read more

Reviewed October 3, 2018
Peter R
Buderim, Australia
Beautiful salty lake

Visiting to Kyrgyzstan we booked all tour packages with Pegas Adventure. Because my friends are did... read more

Reviewed October 3, 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

This area, while driving past the lake, give you some idea of what it was like in the Soviet era. There are dozens of vacant resorts on the lake side although we did see a fair few bathers in the lake.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Peter R
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Visiting to Kyrgyzstan we booked all tour packages with Pegas Adventure. Because my friends are did trip with them before. Our trip we started from Issyk Kul lake. Its one od the biggest lake in Kyrgyzstan. We did trekking to Altyn Arashan. Skazka canyon. At...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank t0my0n
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Not exactly warm or salty like it's name (the name is because the lake gathers minirals so it has a slight saltiness and so, unlike the other lakes in the area, it doesn't freeze in winter). The water is extremely clear. The place is packed...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Almog A
Reviewed September 20, 2018

Four hours east of the capital city of Bishkek lies a large body of water called, Issyk-Kul. The lake is the 10th largest in the world and is a known attraction for Russian tourists during the summer. One of the big attractions is the Soviet-style...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank smoothjazzandmore
Reviewed September 13, 2018

If you visit this lake, you must also stop by the Fairy Tale Canyons, which might not be huge, but offer a lovely sight to behold with different colors and views of the lake.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Lovelylilac
Reviewed September 7, 2018

I organised tour with Pegas Adventure all around Issyk Kul and Song Kul lake. It was very easy contact with them. Their quikly answer. In Issyk kul lake Ala Kull lake was very good and Skazka canyon. Skazka is meaning fairy tale. Its really fairy...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Chris M
Reviewed September 2, 2018

I know the southern side of the lake is wilder, but I travelled from Balykchy to Tamchy on the northern side - the idea being to relax in a smaller place and swim a lot. It's quite something swimming in August in crystal-clear water with...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank FTMDave
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Truly amazing, beautiful place to be if you want to unite with nature, breathe clean fresh mountainous air and swim in a clean healing water of the pearl of Central Asia. Whatever the nature gave us is gorgeous, and whatever people build around it is...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Tatyana J
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

Issyk kul lake is huge and goes most of the way across Kyrgyzstan. There are various resorts along the shores but also public beach areas. The beaches feel like a real beach since the lake is so large but there are beautiful scenic views of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Anna L
Reviewed August 1, 2018

Lots of amazing hiking and activities to do in the local areas. The water is nice and clean and there are many places to stay and to eat along the waterfront.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Daryl S
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October 21, 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
Heather O
August 23, 2016|
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Response from Inspector_More | Reviewed this property |
Don't miss Issy kul. Equally, you should experience a yurt stay in one of the delightful gorges to the south of Issy kul. We stayed in the Jetty Oguz gorge - south of Karakol : it's incredibly Alpine. Amazing adventure..
June 7, 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
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Almaty to Cholpon Alta (1 Replies)
Hi. I read that there is a highway between Almaty to Cholpon Alta, has it already completed? Could foreign tourists use that route? What is the fastest (yet economical) way to go to Issyk-Kul Lake from Almaty?
May 31, 2017|
Response fromalmaty-travel|
Hi. They are just planning to start construction of this highway this year. It will take several years.
Need 2-3 people for Issyk Kul trip (Sept 28-29) (0 Replies)
I am visiting Kyrgyzstan for work (I work at an international development organization), and am planning a 2-day trip to Issyk-Kul lake on the weekend (Sept 28, 29) from Bishkek. This will be my first trip there. I have made all the arrangements, and need 2-3 people to share the cost. I have hired a car (a 28 year old Bishkek professional who is highly recommended by my office interpreter), who will use his own car (Mercedes) to drive there. We will stay in Aurora hotel near Cholpon Ata...More
September 25, 2013|
How to get around Kyrgyzstan? (3 Replies)
Ok, so I got in contact with a tour company to see what kind of itinerary they could plan for me and it seemed good, they then told me the price and I was shocked The plan: Day 1: Bishkek. Food at restaurant Day 2: Bishkek – Issyk-Kul Lake and stay at Avrora resort Day 3: Drive to Karakol. Stay in Amir hotel Day 4: Drive to Altyn Arashan. Staying in yurt. Day 5: Drive back to Bishkek along the Southern shore. Lunch on the way. Dinner in Bishkek. Overnight in hotel The...More
June 12, 2007|
Response frommfhunter|
It certainly seems very expensive. I suggest getting a guidebook and e-mailing 10 or so of the tour companies. i did this and got a wide range of suggested trips and prices.....