About Issyk-Kul

Issyk-Kul (also Ysyk Köl, Issyk-Kol: Kyrgyz: Ысык-Көл) is an endorheic lake in the northern Tian Shan mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan. It is the seventh deepest lake in the world, the tenth largest lake in the world by volume (though not in surface area), and the second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. Issyk-Kul means “warm lake” in the Kyrgyz language; although it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it never freezes.

A rare combination of sea and mountain climates attracts many vacationers and tourists. Along the coast – numerous pensions and holiday homes. Nevertheless, there are still a lot of undeveloped places on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, on the site of which new comfortable places of rest are gradually appearing.

The most popular places for tourists on Issyk-Kul Lake are the cities of Cholpon-Ata and Karakol, resort villages of Bosteri, Sary-Oy, Chok-Tal, Bulan-Sogyottyu, Chon-Sary-Oy, Tamchy, as well as the Barskoon gorge, Jeti Oguz, Grigorievskoe and Semenovskoe.


Beach tourism is concentrated mainly from the village of Tamchy to the village of Korumdu on the northern coast. The season lasts from mid-June to the end of August.

Most of the tourists vacationing on Lake Issyk-Kul are residents of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russia.