We went to Issyk-Kul this weekend and had a lovely time. Issyk-Kul is a large freshwater lake in eastern Kyrgyzstan. It is the biggest tourist attraction in the country, and deservedly so. It's the second largest mountain lake in the world, second only to Lake Titicaca. It is a beautiful place.
We stayed in a small village called Tamchy on the north side of the lake. We stayed in one of the houses arranged through CBT and were very impressed. The food was good, the rooms were spotless, and the people were wonderfully friendly. My children had a great time playing with the children at the house. Little children have made traveling much different. I'll have to write something about that sometime.
This part of Kyrgyzstan looks very much like Utah and Idaho.