Driving to Kel-Suu Lake is only for local special prepared vehicles
Kel-Suu is an alpine lake at an elevation of 3.525m (11,564ft) above the sea level, located in the At-Bashi District of Naryn Province of southeastern Kyrgyzstan.
Secluded high up in the mountains, near the border between Kyrgyzstan and China, the gravel road to the lake is bumped and rough. The area is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Be prepared for the cold and wind! High winds blow here all year long. Because the elevation of this region is so high, snow is possible at any time of the year (even August) so be prepared for cold, wet, extreme temperature, and weather conditions. The rough dirt road does go all the way up to the lake but may not be passable depending on erosion and water levels. Most of the bridges on the road are damaged or impassable.
Make sure you get your vehicle and yourself well-prepared before driving this road. 4wd vehicle required. Proper preparation is essential to having a safe, enjoyable trip on this road. The area is remote, but absolutely amazing. There is basically no cell phone service or much in the way of food in the isolated region so enough prior confirmation of availability, road conditions, and supplies/food is a good idea before booking a tour here.
The ride is rather remote, so you need to be prepared. In case of a breakdown, there is very little in the way of passing traffic or inhabitants around, and no cell phone service in parts. Near the spectacular glacial lake there’s a mountain hut known as Jyrgal's Yurt Camp.The road to even get to the yurt camp goes through at least one difficult river crossing which can vary greatly depending on recent weather conditions.
Pic: Andrew Bogomolov
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