The pristine lakes around Kyrgyzstan are wonderful places to swim and surrounded by breath-taking scenery. The largest and easiest to access are Issyk-Kul, Sary-Chelek, and Son Kul, which you can reach by road.
Some other lakes are more remote and hidden in the mountains. They can only be reached by hiking. For example, if you decide to visit Ala-Kul, prepare yourself for a 2-day hike, camping along the way. Such high-altitude lakes can be cold. During summer, mountain lakes are typically between 43°F and 59°F. They freeze during winter.
Around the lake, you’ll see an amazing variety of wildlife. You should take along a nature photography camera, because you’ll get many opportunities to take fantastic photographs.
However, if you prefer your water a little hotter, check out Kyrgyzstan’s hot springs. The hot springs in Altyn-Arashan are about 122°F and you can find them near Issyk-Kul. Another popular hot springs is found in Issyk-Ata, 48 miles from Bishkek. These can be reached using public transport.
#5. Go hiking or bike riding in the mountains.