Issyk-Ata Gorge

Issyk-Kul Lake in the Tian Shan mountains in eastern eastern Kyrgyzstan is the country’s biggest lake and the second-largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. Although it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks it never freezes over. The lake is 182 kilometre long, up to 60 kilometres wide and covers an area of 6,236 square kilometres and has an altitude of 1,607 metres.