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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 . 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 , a Peace Corp volunteer, went to Esik and took a few pictures of the area where "The Gold Man" was found.
(click on map to see a larger image, shows location of Kazakhs) used with permission from World Map .
Picture of the Sary-Esik desert .
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 has maps and current weather conditions (temperature, cloud cover and precipitation).
Unofficial site of Issyk city is in Russian; history, phone numbers, map, nature sites in area, video, photos.
Caravanistan has a little information and some pictures.
I have never had any hotel listings.