Issyk Kul (also known as Ysyk Köl or Issyk-Kol) is a large alpine lake (the world's second largest) located in northeast Kyrgyzstan 140km east of Bishkek at 1607m of altitude. The lake measures 174km from east to west and up to 60km from north to south. It is surrounded by mountain ranges which are over 4000m high: the Teskey Ala-Too range of the Tian Shan mountains in the south and the Kungey Alatau of the Tian Shan in the north, which forms the border to Kazakhstan. The Issyk Kul lake is a tourist magnet, due to its beaches and coastal areas and the beautiful side valleys which lead into the Tianshan mountains.

01 Issyk Kul lake 02 Lake water 03 Coastal road 04 Tree lined road
05 Plains and Tianshan mountains 06 Tianshan mountains 07 Issyk Kul lake
08 Issyk Kul lake 09 Lake shore 10 Beach 11 Tianshan mountains
12 Coastal road with Tianshan mountains 13 Tianshan mountains 14 Southern beach
15 Manjyly-Ata valley 16 Manjyly-Ata valley 17 Southern beach
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