Sary-Chelek lake is a very picturesque and beautiful high-mountain lake. It is located in the West of the Kyrgyz Republic, 500 km from Bishkek and 300 km from Osh, and is located on the territory of the Sary-Cheleksky reserve. It is an interesting attraction of the Chatkal ridge. The length of the lake from North-East to South-West is 7.5 km, the water area is 507 hectares. Sary-Chelek lake is located at an altitude of 1940 meters above sea level.
In summer, the water temperature in the lake does not exceed + 19 degrees Celsius, and in winter it ranges from +4 to 0 degrees Celsius. The lake is fresh and the Kojo-ATA river flows out of it.
Dozens of different streams run down from the gorges surrounding the lake. Very steep and steep banks of the lake, abruptly ending, sink into a depth that sometimes reaches 234 meters. In terms of depth, Sari-Chelek is in third place in Central Asia and second in Kyrgyzstan.
The Northern shores of the lake are covered with large forests consisting of slender firs and firs. You will certainly get the feeling that you are in impenetrable Siberian forests, if you get into these dense thickets. In the mirror image of the lake, these striking woodlands admire their beauty. In this natural mirror find their “second self” and the surrounding lake is quite unusual rocks, and panoramas of high blue mountains and you get the feeling that You are in a fairy tale.
The name of the lake itself can be translated from Kyrgyz into Russian as “yellow bucket”, or “yellow vessel”, or even “yellow bucket”. However, these names are only applicable to the lake in the autumn, when the foliage of the trees changes to a magnificent yellow color, and the lake during this period resembles a bucket of honey. All the rest of the year, the water in the lake is blue with a greenish tinge. A beautiful legend is associated with the name of the lake. The legend tells of a beekeeper who has been keeping bees on the shore of the lake. Once, when pouring honey into a Kosh, he liked the color of the honey so much that he called it “yellow bucket”.