Sarychat/Fersmana 2011

Jul 26

Dispatch #5

Published at 07:58
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The guys set off for Naryn this morning at 7am local time. This journey by truck will add another 284 miles to their trip so far and should take (according to googlemaps) around six hours. However they didn't bank on having an unscheduled stop when the alternator went. The last I heard, they were waiting for a new one to turn up, so hopefully they'll be on their way again soon. Breakdowns were a big part of the expedition two years ago, so I know Gareth and Ed will be used to it.

They are near to Lake Issyk-Kul which, according to, is one of less than 20 ancient lakes on earth and is estimated to be approximately 25 million years old. Beginning in about 500 BC the Great Silk Road developed as a trade route through Central Asia and passed nearby the lake.

Issyk-Kul is the world’s second-largest high-altitude lake and a major biological and economic resource of Krygyzstan. Slightly salty, the lake never freezes, which contributes to its importance as a stopover for migratory birds. Over the past few decades, the level of the lake has dropped some 2.5 meters as the result of water diversions. In the face of several serious threats to the lake, the Government of Kyrgyzstan has created the Issyk-Kul Biosphere Reserve.

Next stop - Naryn (we hope!)

~ george
  • Name: Lake Issyk-Kul
  • Elevation: 1607 m
  • Latitude: 42° 280North
  • Longitude: 76° 1060East


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