Day 114: The border is closed

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Lake Issyk-Köl in the fog

Thanks to the people I met here and/or travelled with: Tim & Wim (Belgium)

Last night the Polish couple had told me they had heard that the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan is closed. At least, the border crossing we had intended to use, the Karkara valley border crossing, which is about 150 kilometres from Karakol.
A visit to CBT and some research on the internet confirmed it: the Karkara valley border crossing is closed and the only border crossing between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan is at Bishkek, some 430 km away. Basically it meant a 500km detour.

When Tim and Wim arrived back at the hostel I broke them the bad news. The detour meant we had to spend another day in Kyrgyzstan and thus a day less in Kazakhstan, which for them could be a challenge as they have to be in Russia by August 10th due to their transit visa.

After lunch and some shopping we hit the road. I was glad with the Belgians' offer for a lift to Almaty, as this detour would otherwise have cost me a fortune.

We drove along the south shore of the lake Issyk-Köl, so that at least we wouldn't do any backtracking. As darkness fell we were near the city of Bokonbayevo, where we found a lovely spot to camp right near the beach.

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Lake Issyk-Köl in the fog
Lake Issyk-Köl in the fog
Red beach
Red beach
A strange monument we passed on th…
A strange monument we passed on t…
A strange monument we passed on th…
A strange monument we passed on t…
A strange monument we passed on th…
A strange monument we passed on t…
Stunning sunset over lake Issyk-K…
Stunning sunset over lake Issyk-K…
Locals going for an evening swim
Locals going for an evening swim
Stunning sunset over Issyk-Köl
Stunning sunset over Issyk-Köl
Stunning sunset over Issyk-Köl
Stunning sunset over Issyk-Köl
Stunning sunset over Issyk-Köl
Stunning sunset over Issyk-Köl
The beach where we camped
The beach where we camped
going for an early morning swim
going for an early morning swim
Washing up at the lake
Washing up at the lake
Our camp site
Our camp site
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photo by: Biedjee
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