Kyrgyzstan’s beautiful Lake Issyk-Kul is the second-largest high-altitude lake in the world, after Titicaca. A slightly saline lake with no outlet, Issyk-Kul is surrounded by the rugged Tien Shan Mountains. Some evidence suggests that a 2nd century BC trade center is submerged under the lake water. Issyk-Kul means “warm lake,” which refers to the fact that it never freezes, despite its high elevation.
PUBLISHED: July 18, 2013