Issyk-Kul Lake, located within the Tian Shan mountains, is the world's second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. For this reason it never freezes in winter, hence its name "warm lake" in Kyrgyz. The lake is also referred to as the "Pearl of Kyrgyzstan" due to its natural setting, particularly the beauty of the mountains and deep blue water which characterize it.
In summer months tourists flock to the lake's shores to enjoy swimming, paragliding and water sports. The north side of the lake is a popular destination, but for a quieter experience, south side has a pleasant, undeveloped shore that is good for relaxing and fishing. Morever, the southern part is cleaner and clearer than eslewhere around the lake. As for foreign visitors, they often stay next to the lake at the Bel Tam Seaside Yurt Camp where it is possible to see the mountians and sunrise over the water.