There are about 2 000 lakes in Kyrgyzstan, in the combination they give 6 836 km2. Out of this amount, most of them are small lakes, at the altitude of 2500 and 4000 meter above sea level, appeared in the result of glaciation in Kyrgyzstan. Out of 2000 lakes only 16 have the area of 1km2.
In Kyrgyz language "kul" means lake - as in Issyk Kul, Son Kul and Chatyr Kul.
The major lakes in Kyrgyzstan are:
The pearl of the Tian Shan is lake Issyk Kul that you can visit during your tour in Kyrgzstan, the name of it means "warm lake", as it never freezes lying at the bottom of a draining basin. The freeing point is lowered by salty of the lake. Issyk Kul is located in Kyrgyzstan at 1600 m above sea level at the bottom of mountain range. It is 180 km long and 60 km wide, the depth is 700 m.
It is the second largest high altitude lake in Kyrgyzstan after Lake Titicaca in South America and transparent, after Lake Baykal, visible at 20m.
Son Kul is the second largest lake of fresh water in Kyrgyzstan, located 3016 m above sea level on greenish flat with meadows for summer pastures. The water flows from Kajyrty River and into Naryn River.
Chayr Kul is the highest lake in Kyrgyzstan, located at 3530 m. It is fed by Kok Aygyr River without outflows and fish in it.
The Merzbacher Lake appears and disappears every summer. These lakes have the greatest extent in Kyrgyzstan, about 4 km by 1 km, and 40-80 m in depth.
Sary Chelek is a flooded mountain valley in Kyrgyzstan. There arewood places, mountain streams in the southwest of Kyrgyzstan. The National Park is in the center of it, the access to it is controlled.
Due to the fact that Kyrgyzstan is a mountain country there are a lot of lakes here. Every visitor starting for a tour in Kyrgyzstan has an opportunity to be near these lakes. Hot weather makes people to have desires for swimming and having rest on the shores of Issyk Kul Lake, for example. Our managers are ready to create the greatest tour in Kyrgyzstan especially for you. You will not regret! Our team welcomes you to Kyrgyzstan!