Кел Суу

(EN) Kel-Suu is an alpine lake in At-Bashy District (in the Province of Naryn in southeastern Kyrgyzstan), near the border with China. It is located at an altitude of 3500 m in the Tian Shan mountains. It is fed and drained by the Kurumdur River, a left tributary of the Kok-Kyya River, which is a right tributary of the Toshkan River (Kakshal).
Due to its location just 12 kilometers from the Chinese border a special visa permit is required. Getting to Kel-Suu is a true adventure all in itself which involves crossing two manned military checkpoints with gates to check visas & passports, 6 hours of off-road driving from the town of Naryn over sketchy bridges and multiple river crossings, and then another 3 hours horse trekking with locals who live high up in this incredibly remote region of Kyrgyzstan. The water in the lake of Kol-Suu is fresh and has a greenish and blue tint. It is very tough to get to, but it’s an amazing spot, possibly one of the most beautiful in Kyrgyzstan.