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Issyk-Kul Lake

| Tian Shan Mountains, Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
+996 554 136 904
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Somewhat comparable to Lake Tahoe

Second largest alpine lake at same altitude as Lake Tahoe. Very blue Never freezes Has some nice... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jwhitehouse
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Oakland, California
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Heaven!

Go and stick your feet in the freezing turquoise water and enjoy the silence. Lots of village towns... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Clare F
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“issyk kul” (21 reviews)
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| Tian Shan Mountains, Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second largest alpine lake at same altitude as Lake Tahoe. Very blue Never freezes Has some nice resorts Large number of towns around it Heavily tourist activity in summer Radical resort is VERY nice

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go and stick your feet in the freezing turquoise water and enjoy the silence. Lots of village towns that have a bit of a touristy feel but enough places to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the lake too.

Thank Clare F
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Reviewed February 21, 2018 via mobile

The lake doesn't freeze as one would expect because of the high negative temperatures, no idea why... planning to visit back in summers where it's a very hot destination.

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Reviewed February 3, 2018

The lake itself is beautiful but there are things to improve. Anyway as for me this is quite an interesting destination to see in Kyrgyzstan.

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Reviewed January 12, 2018

Stopped for a picnic (and dip!) in the lake just after a most unusual unfinished or closed monument to a Kyrgish national hero. Along where we drove on there seems to be a number of half finished resorts that really blot the shoreline. The lake...More

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Reviewed December 22, 2017 via mobile

The lake is pretty big, but service is not good. Stayed there for 1 week, the weather was good, the water was warm, but not all people in the hotel speak English

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Reviewed December 7, 2017 via mobile

There are many villages from which you can visit this lake. I stayed in Tong (south shore) and this non touristy village had an amazing beach with crystal clear water. Water was fresh, with amazing views over snowy peaks across the lake. A must see...More

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Reviewed November 15, 2017

It's somewhat over-rated in my view. The lake is indeed huge, it takes 4-5 hours to go from one side to another by driving. So most people say on the side that's close to Bishkek. There, you also have better lodging accommodations available. I went...More

1  Thank Geminican
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Reviewed November 12, 2017

Issyk-Kul lake is a beautiful resort waiting for mass tourism to happen. When I first started visiting the lake some 10 years ago, the Sovieto-Russian culture was still a major influence. Today, while a lot of Russians do go there the place is opening up...More

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Reviewed November 12, 2017 via mobile

Was here for two-weeks for a work-related purpose, but capable of feeling relaxed & recharged at the same time due to the climate, atmosphere & scenery the Issyk-Kul lake has offered to me. It was a LONG but worth it journey to get to this...More

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helenaBratislava
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
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Heather O
August 24, 2016|
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Response from TESKEYALATOO | Reviewed this property |
Dear Guest, between Arslanbob and Issy-Kul Lake i highly recommend to visit Son-Kol Lake (after Kochkor village. first get to CBT Company in Kochkor. They will help you to arrange share taxi from Kochkor to Kyzart village or... More
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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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