Been bush camping for the last three days, lovely smell :-), after crossing the border into Kyrgyzstan. Temperature around 38°C. Spectacular scenery, it’s a pity the Odyssey crew don’t stop the truck for some photo shoots 🙁
Camping at Issyk Kul, a lake in the northern Tian Shan mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan. Over 170km long and 70km across, it is the world’s second-largest alpine lake. The name, meaning ‘hot lake’, is something of an exaggeration. A combination of extreme depth, thermal activity and mild salinity do indeed ensure the lake never freezes, even in the fierce Central Asian winters, despite lying at an altitude of over 1600m. And the mysteriously temperate waters create an ever-mild microclimate. But the brave summer tourists who swim in the vivid blue waters, find views framed not by palms but by the backdrop of the snow-dappled Ala-Too mountains.
Next day we stopped at Karakol to fill up the truck with supplies.