Esik, Issyk

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"Esik is a small and very cold lake in the mountains around Almaty. People in the area still remember the disaster of the 1960's, when a poorly-designed Soviet mine shaft caused a portion of a mountain to collapse into the lake. The flooding that happened as a result caused many deaths. Today, Esik is a popular destination for vacations and camping." From Kzchat [external link]. This site also has one photo.

Esik is the location of the Scythian burial mound where the "gold man" was found. This is a warrior's costume made up of over 4,000 gold pieces. "Amongst arrow shaped motifs, birds and snow leopards are winged mythical beasts and antelope - all finely worked in purest gold." A few pieces are on display at the Archaeological Museum in Almaty.

Jeff [external link], a Peace Corp volunteer, went to Esik and took a few pictures of the area where "The Gold Man" was found.

Esik Map with Kazakh nationality (click on map to see a larger image, shows location of Kazakhs) used with permission from World Map [external link].

Picture of the Sary-Esik desert [external link].

There is an Issyk-Kul Lake across the Tien Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan. It is a large lake fed by hot springs.

The Peace Corp hang out is the Cafe Victoria. Since Esik is a training site, many of the Peace Corp websites listed on the Personal pages will have information about the city.

Falling Rain [external link] has maps and current weather conditions (temperature, cloud cover and precipitation).

Unofficial site of Issyk city [external link] is in Russian; history, phone numbers, map, nature sites in area, video, photos.

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Wiki: Esik [external link]

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Caravanistan [external link] has a little information and some pictures.


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