This is a most beautiful place (national park, bioreserve) here in Kyrgyzstan. About a 10 hour drive from Bishkek, but who cares, the drive alone was worth the trip. Mountains, rivers, green landscape everywhere. We did this trip about a month ago. A small group of us went from the Embassy and camped right by the lake...we had the whole place to ourselves. The day after we arrived we did an 8 mile loop hike that took us by 4 other lakes (it would have been 5, but one of them was dry). We really needed an extra day here (4 instead of 3), but I hope to go back.
This weekend I did my first outdoor climbing - what a blast!! I hate to say, but fortunately I didnt have my camera, so I can wait until my next trip there before I take photos and then feel pressure to post all of these amazing adventures. Have I mentioned how much I love this place!!!!
|My tent by the lake|
|Sary Chelek main lake. The water is a watercolor blue.|
|Our hiking group|
|Another alpine lake in the area we passed on our hike|
|...and another alpine lake|
|Back at Sary Chelek. The snow peaked mountains in the back drop made it spectacular.|
|Some local villagers came by to welcome and entertain us. Vodka was had by all.|