Fossil fuels

A wide range of fossil fuels are found in Kyrgyzstan – coal, peat, gas and oil. Coal: It is estimated that there are something like two and a half billion…

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Gold

The Kyrgyz for gold is “Altyn”. It is used as a name and KyrgyzAltyn is the main, government run, company working in gold extraction. Evidence of ancient gold mines has…

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Uranium

Uranium is mined in various places but Kyrgyzstan is more important as a center for processing the mineral.  There are plans to increase production, in particular in co-operation with Russia…

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Lake Issyk Kul

"Pearl of the Tien Shan" From Bishkek the lake is approached through Boom Gorge, and it is possible to cut into the mountains here to the Chon Kemin valley, birthplace…

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Lake Son Kul

Son Kul is a mountain lake in the Central Tian Shan range, virtually in the centre of Kyrgyzstan. One translation of the name is “The Last Lake”.  At an altitude…

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Lake Sary Chelek

Some 500 km from Bishkek and 300 km from Osh is The Sary Chelek biosphere reserve, which lies in the Arkit Gorge, a relatively small mountain hollow in the Chatkal…

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Lake Merzbacher

In the North-Eastern corner of Kyrgyzstan, two ridges of the Tian Shan converge and some peaks rise to over 6000m.  The Enilchek glacier snakes down from the clouds, nestling at…

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Lake Ala Kol

Ala Kol lake is on the popular trekking routes between Altyn-Arashan and the Karakol gorge at an altitude of 3532m.  It is often the first overnight stop on the route…

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