Issyk Kol Lake
Stretching 170 kilometres in length and 70 kilometres across, Issyk Kol Lake is the second largest alpine lake in the world. Despite being situated at an altitude of over 1,600 metres, its water never freezes and the lake’s name translates to mean ‘hot lake’ in Kyrgyz. Surrounded by dramatic mountains, including the central Tian Shan range, it offers access to some of the finest mountain trekking in Central Asia. The lake is also very accessible from the capital Bishkek and can easily be added to traveller itineraries for Kyrgyzstan.