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Lake Tuzkoye
View of the lake
View of the lake
Country: Kyrgyzstan
Region: Issyk-Kul region
Coordinates: Latitude: 42°14'44"
Longitude: 76°42'36"
Square: ≈500 m²
Height: 1612 m above sea level
Depth: Average - 10 m
Type of water: Salty
Water temperature:
Map of Kygzyzstan
Map of Kygzyzstan
Tuzkyol lake on Kyrgyzstan map

Tuzkyol, also known as Karakol according to some sources, is considered the saltiest lake in Kyrgyzstan. It is located in close proximity to the southern coast of Issyk-Kul, approximately 150 km from the administrative regional center of Karakol and 200 km from the republic's capital, Bishkek.

Geography of the lake

The lake is situated 300 meters away from the southern coast of Issyk-Kul. It was formed due to the decrease in the water level of Issyk-Kul over time, as it was once at a much higher level than it is now. The high concentration of salt in the soil surrounding the lake contributes to its remarkably high salt content.

Tuzkyol lake is located at an altitude of 1612 meters above sea level and spans an area of approximately 500 m2.

Excursion route

Tuzkyol is situated approximately 11 km from the main Balykchy-Karakol highway along the southern coast of Issyk-Kul. The road leading to the lake is unpaved and may cause some discomfort during the trip.

While there are no notable tourist attractions in the immediate vicinity of the lake, the path along the coast to the Ak-Sai canyons can be a more impressive alternative. This path can only be accessed by all-wheel drive vehicles with a high seating position, as there are numerous ravines along the way. The entire journey spans approximately 12-15 km and takes roughly an hour to complete. It is also possible to take the main road, although this will take considerably longer.

Author's note

The lake itself may not leave a lasting impression, but it is worth taking a swim in it at least once in a lifetime. The panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains and the magnificent Issyk-Kul scenery is particularly impressive. It is also convenient to rinse off in the lake after swimming in the salty waters of Tuzköl.

Unfortunately, the entrance to the lake is subject to a fee, and little has been done to provide comfort to visitors, with the primary concern being the lack of proper waste management. The presence of numerous cars during the summer months raises questions about where the funds collected from visitors are being allocated. Furthermore, the dusty, unpaved road leading to the lake can detract from the experience.

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