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Kyrgyzstan has a rich history of nomadic life and culture. Explore our country, meet interesting people full of hospitality, try our national dishes and drinks, see our eagle-hunters in action.


Chatyr-Kul (also Chatyr Köl, Chatyrkol, Kyrgyz: Чатыркөл) is an endorheic alpine lake in the Tian Shan mountains in At-Bashi District of Naryn Province, Kyrgyzstan; it lies in the lower part of Chatyr-Kul Depression near the Torugart Pass border crossing into China. The name of the lake means “Celestial Lake” in Kyrgyz (literally "Roof Lake"). The lake and 2 km buffer zone around it is part of the Karatal-Japyryk State Nature Reserve. The lake is a Ramsar site of globally significant biodiversity.

Read more: Chatyr Kol Lake (3530m. ASL)

Sary Chelek

At the foot of the Chatkal mountain range, at an altitude of 1,873m above sea level, there is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world - Sary-Chelek. It appeared as a result of a strong earthquake. Its sweet water is so clear, that multicolored stones at the bottom of the lake and darting, timid fish are in full view.  The lake is 234m deep, 2,280m wide and 7,500m long.  Sary-Chelek is situated in the center of a National reserve. Here you can see diverse flora and fauna (300 species of plants, 32 species of trees, 80 types of bushes, 38 species of animals and 157 species of birds). Grand mountains occupy most of the reserve, resting their snow-covered peaks against the sky. The murmuring brooks sound like the endless melody of the mountains.

Read more: "Sary Chelek" lake (1873m. ASL)


Song Kol (also Son Kul, Songkol, Song-Kol; Kyrgyz: Соңкөл,  literally "following lake") is an alpine lake in northern Naryn Province, Kyrgyzstan. It lies at an altitude of 3016 m, and has an area of about 270 km2 and volume of 2.64 km3. Lake's maximum length is 29 km, breadth about 18 km, and extreme depth f 13.2 m. It is the second largest lake after Issyk Kul Lake, and the largest fresh water lake in Kyrgyzstan. Its name, meaning "following lake", is popularly considered to refer to this relation. It is surrounded by a broad summer pasture and then mountains.

Read more: "Song Kol" lake (3016m. ASL)

ski base

One of the best ski bases of Kyrgyzstan can be found while driving around Issyk-Kul lake. The most famous among them is “Karakol” ski resort (Karakol Mountain Ski Base). It's altitude is 2300m and it is 7 km from Karakol city. The ski resort has rope ways and ski runs of different levels of complexity which is good both for professionals and beginners. The sky season starts in November and lasts until April. During this period it is not necessary to worry about the snow as it covers the ground by about 1.5-2.5 meters.  Those who prefer “freeride” or cross country rather than well groomed and predictable trials can range across the vast expanses of snowy slopes.

Read more: Karakol Mountain Ski Base

yurt making

Yurt makers village

The village of Kyzyl Tuu is situated on the south side of the Issyk-Kul lake,  about 30 km outside Bokonbaevo. The village is known throughout Kyrgyzstan for it's  tradition of yurt making. In fact, about 80% of the villagers work as yurt makers. Visitors can tour the workshops and learn how willow wood is cut, treated and bent into the various pieces that become the frame. Once covered with felt and decorated with colorful carpets, a Kyrgyz yurt serves as a well insulated home during cold nights, especially for families that live in the mountains. By the way: Did you know that the upper crown of the yurt is the symbol at the center of the Kyrgyz flag? The sun that surrounds it has 40 points which represent the 40 original tribe mothers of Kyrgyzstan who were united by the hero Manas.

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