Boz-Uchuk Lakes

Issyk-Köl Oblast

Though small, the craggy mountains that back these two high-altitude lakes make for an impressive scene; as does the long look back down from their shelf above the Boz-Uchuk Valley and down towards the border with Kazakhstan. The terrain around the lakes stays quite marshy, so it's generally better to camp below in the main valley.

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1. Köl-Tör Lake

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2. Kök-Bel Waterfall

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3. Tulpar-Köl

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4. Ala-Köl

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5. Jolgolot Viewpoint

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Hike the hour or two up from the village of Jolgolot (a suburb of Karakol) to take in stunning views of the city and Issyk-Köl to the north and the…

6. San-Tash

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7. Victory Park

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8. Radio & TV Office

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This historic building still serves as the office of the local Radio and TV company, which is not open to the public.