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Gems inside mountains

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Exploring the mountains of Kyrgyzstan can make the one lost inside unending majesty. If he keeps exploring more, he will find incredible pearls, hidden deep inside the “ocean”…

There are some facts that we cannot ignore while talking about the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Among them of the most important one is that there are over 1900 alpine lakes, some of which are not even shown on the maps. However, each of those lakes are completely different from the others due to the massive diversity of landscape, elevation, and weather found in Kyrgyzstan. It’s impossible to list them all, but here are a group of 6 lakes that will give you a better idea of what the lakes in Kyrgyzstan are like.

1. Issyk Kul is by far the most popular and visited lake because of its fame and beauty. Lake Issyk Kul is the world’s 2nd largest alpine lake (6,236 sq km ; 2,408 sq mi), with brilliant blue water that never freezes even in the coldest winters.

2. Lake Tulpar Kol (3,500 m) is surrounded by soft green mountain swells that extend up into sharper green peaks, then are immediately followed by snow laden mountainsides reaching up into the clouds.

3. Lake Kel Tor (2,700 m) is a gorgeous brilliant blue lake bordered by spruce forests, tall meadows, and rippling green mountains. The mountainsides are covered in wildflowers in the spring and summer.

4. Lake Son Kul (3,016 m) is a large, tranquil Kyrgyzstan lake which is considered to be the most beautiful in the country.

5. Translated as “the disappearing lake,” Lake Mertzbacher is the phoenix of Kyrgyzstan lakes. Located at an altitude of 3,304 meters, this lake has 2 pools, an upper and a lower. Twice a year, the lower pool empties into a connecting river and is gradually reborn by glacier run-off.

6. Of all Kyrgyzstan lakes, Lake Kel Suu (3514 m) has the most mysterious atmosphere. A small lake surrounded by sheer rugged cliffs with hidden caves, Kel Suu’s waters radiate a vibrant turquoise color that offset the surrounding dark rock. This lake is extremely remote and can only be reached in July and August. The best way to explore the crevices and caves of the cliffs is by boat.

Chocolate on cake!

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After expressed my awes for the Kyrgyz mounts last time, I decided to take a look at some Kyrgyz Travel Videos due to some reasons. The first one is of course to get closer look at the country itself and another reason is to find out what’s there for me. I mean, since I’m not a professional skier or mount climber, how could I even dream of seeing those great peaks of Kyrgyzstan one day?!

Fortunately, my little research did not disappoint me. I found that there are tons of different tour packages I can choose to visit those places. Hiking and trekking tours are so various that all the one needs is some free time and good enough health. But my lost energy by age does not really allow me to walk that far and want something even more extreme than that at the same time! Guess what: I can get what I wish now! Helicopter tours – both energy saving and exciting! Just can’t wait to get that chance of looking at the majestic rocks from above!

Great mountains of a small country…

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I have always been proud of our Rocky Mountains! They are majestic and beautiful! Their peaks above the clouds are one of the biggest achievements of some people and for some the greatest aim! In all ways, they really suit the Great country where they are located.

However, I have never thought that a tiny country, which is absolutely unknown to some of us, could overtake our peaks! People may not have heard about this place – Kyrgyzstan before, but they definitely know Tien Shan mountain system! And guess what, its highest peak is situated in that very country!

Peak Pobeda (Victory) is much higher then the highest peak in Rockies of Colorado! Approximate comparison would be 7000 vs 4000 meters!

Life is a climb…

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I was thinking too much about the ups and downs of life lately, as if it would be better if everything became so smooth. What really helped me to finally find inner peace was just observing the nature! I took a small trip to the mountains and I felt so small looking at those ginormous parts of Earth and the problems in my tiny mind just disappeared! How great those mountains were!

If we make some comparison, then it looks like mountains are the “ups and downs” of nature, just like the problems in our lives. But these very mountains are the ones which make this world so beautiful! They are the ones which give us motivation to go up and climb to the biggest heights! From now on, I love my life with its problems, just like I do nature with its majestic mountains!