Issyk Kul Lake is the world's second largest saline lake (after Caspian Sea). Located in the northern part of Kyrgyzstan, it represents an object of high natural, cultural and tourism value. The lake is surrounded by the Teskey Ala Too in the north and Kungey Ala Too snow-covered peaks in the south. Due to very pleasant climatic conditions, slightly salted water, fresh mountain air and rich vegetation, the lake has become an extremely popular place for aquatic pleasures and leisure. Hundreds of sanatoria, boarding houses and B&Bs were established around the lake.
The cultural background of the area dates back to Scythians, who left monuments of their culture, now often submerged in water as the lake level rose about 8 meters since antiquity.
Issyk Kul was an important stop-over along the Great Silk Road leading from China to Europe. Because the lake never freezes, it served as a heaven for caravans which just passed the merciless deserts of western China.
Now, the Issyk Kul Lake is an important part of all itineraries that are connecting Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. See, for example, Uzbekistan and Northern Kyrgyzstan
In summer time, the lake is a popular destination for locals who wish to spend the hottest summer months in a place with good climate, aqua activities and well-equipped lake resorts.