Lake Issyk Kul Swimming Federation (yes, seriously)
OK, so I've formed the Lake Issyk Kul Swimming Federation, for all those marathon swimmers out there who are interested in swimming in the second largest alpine lake in the world. The elevation of the lake is 1607m and the lake is special in that it never freezes (thus the issyk which in Kyrgyz means hot). It really is a beautiful location.
There are three routes currently, but the lake is big; options abound for more routes.
We have a FB presence, so feel free to join us if you're on FB.
I am here until summer 2016, so I can help anyone who wants to come out and swim in the lake. After August next year I'll be close to Kyrgyzstan, so can still help a bit. I hope to have the Federation more established after summer 2016 so that anyone will have contacts (English speaking) with whom they can communicate for crossings of this most beautiful lake.
For those not on FB, I'm posting the three routes and notes on them below.
So this is the shortest route, 13km, linking the villages of Kara-Talaa in the south and Toru-Aygyr in the north. This route is based on a Kyrgyz myth about a very famous horse, named Toru-Aygyr. You can read about him here.
This route is the (current) only successful crossing done on lake Issyk Kul. Akhmed Anarbaev, Kyrgyz Olympian, completed this 33km route in 1982 in a time of 10:42. This route connects the villages of Ananyevo and Kyzyl-Suu.
This 60km routing is the longest crossing in the lake. Anarbaev attempted this solo in 1985 but was unsuccessful. He formed a 4-person relay and in 1991 they completed this crossing in a time of 18:00.
Any questions, let me know.