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After a decent night’s sleep on a springy bunk, which was a change of pace from the brick-hard bed at my apartment, we were all up early.  Luckily, so were the people running the camp on the edge of Iskanderkul, so we hustled over to have fried eggs and hot dogs for breakfast.  No vodka, surprisingly.  We all then headed down to the lakeside to see the view in the morning.  It was pretty cool.

View across Iskanderkul at 8 am Saturday morning

View across Iskanderkul at 8 am Saturday morning

Then I turned to my left and took another photo.

Looking to the left, here's the view

Looking to the left, here's the view

According to the guide book, there was a waterfall nearby that the locals called “Niagara” and which was worth checking out.  We asked at the camp’s store/restaurant and they pointed us in the right direction, and as we headed into the hills towards the waterfall, I turned around and saw the following view of the approach to Iskanderkul.

Looking down on the lake to the south

Looking down at the lake on the way to the waterfall

Pictures of the “Niagara” waterfall and “Snake Lake,” a pristine pond shrouded in reeds and home to ducks, tomorrow (or the next day).

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After a harrowing ride through the not-quite-ready-for-traffic-but-in-use-anyway Anzob tunnel, and following getting lost on the unsignposted road to the lake, we arrived at Iskanderkul on Friday night at about 9:30 p.m.  We were supposed to travel on to a homestay in the village of Saratok, which is about 10 km from the lake, but numerous miscommunications and botched cell phone calls meant that no one from the homestay came to meet us as planned.

As it was dark, and we were tired, and our driver refused to go further, we decided to stay at the iffy Soviet-era holiday camp, or turbaza, nestled next to the lake.  It was not quite up to international tourist standard, as my previous post will attest, but we couldn’t beat the location.  After a quick, late dinner of dried apricots, bread, cheese, and green tea, we went down the edge of the lake.  It was beautiful there, by the light of the moon.

Iskanderkul at night

Iskanderkul at night

My photo doesn’t really do the scene justice, but hopefully you’ll get the idea.

More photos soon . . .

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