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.