Sary-Chelek

Sary-Chelek - mountain lake (state biosphere reserve)

Sary-Chelek - mountain lake (state biosphere reserve). It is an extraordinary beautiful lake hidden in the depths of the western Tien-Shan at an altitude of about 1900 m above sea level. Surrounded by high ridges, it has unspeakable beauty, reflecting the blue sky and the green slopes of the mountains. In some places almost sheer cliffs go deep into the water. The depth of this natural creation is 234 m, it is the 3rd deepest lake in Central Asia and 2nd in Kyrgyzstan. The Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve with a territory of 23900 hectares is located on its shores. Its flora and fauna are unique: 40 species of mammals, 157 species of birds and 1000 species of grassy plants can be found in these places. Many of these species are listed in the Red Book of Kyrgyzstan and are on the verge of extinction, which is why the reserve is protected from poachers day and night. The reserve is also created to preserve walnut-fruit forests, almost no where found in such numbers.

The lake arose as a result of a strong earthquake that led to a landslide blocking a mountain river, as a result of which, a mountain lake was formed. Sary-Chelek means “Yellow Bucket”; it justifies this name, because it looks like a kind of vessel, though the yellow color can be present here only in autumn, when the trees around are painted in different colors from bright red to amber color.

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    • Terrain features

      • Rivers
      • Mountains
      • Alpine meadows
      • Lakes
      • Endemic plants
      • Forest
      • Panoramic view
      • Nature reserve
    • Wildlife
      • Mountain goats
      • Marmots
      • Birds
      • Predator birds
      • Rodents
      • Hares
      • Snakes
      • Boars
      • Brown bears
      • Wolves
      • Foxes

    Available trips in this area

    Озеро Сары-Челек / Sary-Chelek lake

    Hunting Tulips - Trip to Sary-Chelek lake

    Duration: 6 Days
    Season: Summer, Spring, Autumn

    Best seasons to vist Sary-Chelek lake is spring, summer and autumn. Every season is beautiful itself and unique. There are many beautiful flowers in spring, bright green colours in summer and colorful fairy-tale in autumn. On this trip you can see the beauty of Talas valley,…

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    Конная прогулка в ущелье Жети Огуз / Horse ride in the Jeti-Oguz gorge

    Holidays in Jyrgalan valley - Horse riding in Kyrgyzstan

    Duration: 4 Days
    Season: Summer, Spring, Autumn

    Would you like to ride a horse? Then this trip is exactly for you! In tis our we will not only ride horses but also swim in the Issyk-Kul lake, hike to Komorchek canyons, visit an open air museum of petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata, have city tour in Karakol with a visit to the…

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    Тюльпан у озера Сары Челек / Tulip at Sary Chelek Lake

    Trekking to Sary-Chelek lake - In the southwestern Tien-Shan

    Duration: 12 Days
    Season: Summer, Autumn

    The trekking to Sary-Chelek Lake is unique as you will meet moraine lakes, petroglyphs, relict forests , waterfalls, breaking down from steep slopes and rushing to the bottom. The route will run over mountain passes, from which you will observe beautiful views of surrounding…

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    «Asia Mountains»
    720021, Kyrgyzstan
    Bishkek, Lineinaya str. 1a