Welcome to Issyk-Köl Southern Shore
There's much dispute as to whether the Northern or Southern Shore (Южный берег) of Issyk-Köl is the more scenic. Traditionally Western visitors have tended to err in favour of the quieter southern road, especially in summer when it is spared the heaviest tourist traffic en route to the Cholpon-Ata resorts. This is even though only relatively limited sections of the route have any real lake view – notably between Tamga and Tosor and between Km102 and Km95 (east of Ton). What isn't up for debate, though, is that the southern shore is by far the better place to learn about local culture – eagle hunters, religious sites, yurt-building villages and more await.