Trekking to Lake Sary-Chelek
(In the southwestern Tien-Shan )
Trekking over three mountain ranges - Talas, Chatkal and Atoynok, which are located in the Southwestern Tien Shan. The route passes at various heights and begins in the Talas Valley, in a picturesque birch grove, at the mouth of the Chiyim-Tash River (left tributary of the Ur-Maral River), at an altitude of 2,500m. You will see moraine lakes, petroglyphs, relict forests, waterfalls, breaking down from steep slopes against the backdrop of spectacular cliffs and peaks.
The culmination of the route is the Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve, and the heart of the reserve is the beautiful Lake Sary-Chelek. It is located at the altitude of 1,873 meters above sea level and appeared as the result of the two ridges collapse. The blockage blocked the river, forming a high natural dam propping up the lake. The lake itself is surrounded by a necklace of mountain peaks, sparkling with snow white. The banks of Sary-Chelek are extremely picturesque. Steep and almost sheer, they go into the depths of the lake, reaching 234 meters. In addition to the main lake, there are six other small lakes within the reserve, which are located in its central part, scattered between forest valleys. Stone cliffs provide an attractive view to the landscape. Spectacular Peak Castle (4,200 m) hangs by a rocky horn among them.