The total area of the lake is 500 square kilometre, its depth is 20 metre. It is located at an altitude of 3500 meters above sea level. In the surroundings of the picturesque lake you can see animals: mountain goats, snow leopards, marmots. There are many birds in summer: wild geese and ducks. As the climate is continental, the most part of the year the lake is covered with ice, even in summer.
Chatyr-Kul Lake is one of the largest freshwater bodies of Kyrgyzstan, occupying the lowest part of the tectonic depression.