-5°...+5°C in the night
+8°...+15°C in the night
-8°...+2°C in the night
-15°...-25°C in the night
- April 0.5-1 m
- July ---------
- October 0.2-0.5 m
- January 0.3-0.5 m
Roads: there is a good asphalt road from Almaty to Karasaz village. The last 10km to the Lake is smooth ground trail, good for any type of vehicle. Ground track in Komirshi gorge requires 4-wheel driving. Try to follow rolled roads.
Trails: all trails are cattle-running
National Parks: --------
Petrol stations: last good one is in Kegen village (240km from Almaty)
Shops and cafes: there is a small shop in Saryzhaz village. Few shops and cafes in Kegen village.
Water: salty water in Tuzkol lake is not drinkable, there are fresh springs around. There are clean springs in Komirshi gorge.
Cellular coverage: is good along the asphalt roads and in villages. No connection in gorges and around the Lake.
• there are guest houses in Kegen village
• there are good places for camping at a lakeshore, and there are ground trails to those glades. In Komirshi there is a great choice for tent camping along the river. Permissions are not required.
HOW TO GET FROM ALMATY
Drive east from Almaty by Kuldja tract (new Khorgos highway). When passed Chilik town, turn right in a direction of Baiseit village. Then follow the road through Kokpek gorge and move straight to Kegen (do not turn left to Chunja on the crossroads). Drive through Kegen and Saryzhaz villages, in a direction of Karasaz. In Karasaz, follow the main street, which then becomes a ground trail heading to Tuzkol Lake.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
Natural attractions: in a good weather, there is a stunning view of the Central Tien Shan mountains with its 7-thousanders Khan Tengri (7010m) and Pobeda (7439m) peaks.
Wildlife: the Lake is great in terms of bird watching.
- hiking, camping, caravanning
- mountain biking
- rock climbing in Komirshi (traditional routes only, free climbing)
- wildlife and bird watching
In Tuzkol area it is colder, than in Almaty. Also consider that road inside Komirshi can be muddy in mid-season.