Kel-Suu is a high-altitude lake of glacial origin at an altitude of 3,500 meters, located in the south-eastern part of the Naryn region near the Kyrgyz-Chinese border. The lake is remarkable for its stunning views – the water in it is bright blue and very beautifully contrasts with the surrounding rocks. This is one of the most beautiful and at the same time hard-to-reach places in Kyrgyzstan.
Kehl-Suu is a landslide lake, formed in a large cleft between rocks. The length of the lake is 9 kilometers and the width varies from 500 meters to 2 kilometers in the widest area. The lake has only one shore so therefore it is not possible to see all the lake from the shore.
The lake has one interesting feature, in honor of which it was given such a name. Kel-Suu is translated from Kyrgyz as “leaving water”. And indeed, sometimes the lake disappears, leaking into underground caves and grottoes. Therefore before going there, it is necessary to know if there is water in the lake.
The lake is very difficult to access. It is located on the hard-to-reach ridge of Kokshaal-Too and the path there lies through the vast Ak-Sai valley and is replete with swampy places and fords. Only an off-road vehicle with an experienced driver can get to this place. As the lake is in the border area, a border zone permits is required to enter.
Lake Kel-Suu on the map
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Drinking water without boiling is not recommended
There are places for installing tents in front of the lake