The most beautiful lake Sary-Chelek
Lake Sary Chelek is the most beautiful lake in the West of Kyrgyzstan. It is a nature reserve (Sary-Chelek biosphere reserve) included in a register of the UNESCO. Kyrgyzstan wants to attract more tourists, it’s a real gem: take a look at the photo, immediately wanted to go.
The problem is that the Kyrgyz chiefs did not even bother to pave the road back to normal. The long trip after all — where some 640 km from Tash-Kumyr the track is great, from Tash-Kumyr turn right (not along the Uzbek border, where the destroyed silicon plant, namely to the right — where coal mines), and drive a couple hours towards the town of Kerben. This road is also good — asphalt there upgraded no more than ten years ago. But the last 40 km of the way — when you have to turn off the road to the right and go directly on the lake — the road is so disgusting, that spoils all the impression of beauty. Almost no asphalt, broken-down primers are bulging rocks, to go on some sites you no faster than 20 km per hour. Everything you need to do is turn the primer broken in good. The asphalt laying is not necessary, if there is no money. One week of work of the grader to the bulldozer. Just why money to devote to anything except the road to one of the major tourist pearls of the country.
Well. Let’s enjoy the beauty.
The most fantastic time on the lake is early morning. Tourists there at night is not allowed (for this type there are guest-houses in the nearest village of Baikit), but this prohibition is not absolute, and if you really want, you certainly can.
The lake water is clear and by the end of summer is relatively cool. At least compared to rivers that flow directly from the glaciers. You can swim, and with pleasure.
It is believed that the Sary-Chelek lake is the so-called “obstruction”, i.e. it was formed as a result of the mining of the dam towards the river. Write that it happened about 30,000 years ago. So far the first row of trees begins right on the water — which is typical of dammed lakes.
And this is one of several small lakes in the vicinity of the main large lake.
Evening on the lake is also beautiful:
Despite the status of the reserve, local residents in its territory are actively engaged in agriculture. Wandering cattle, mow the grass, shunted the trucks with hay and something else.