The most popular features in the gorge are the hot springs said to have healing properties that help treat a number of diseases. There’s a resort nearby as well as a 2nd – 7th century stone carving of a Buddha healer, further contributing to the belief that the spring has true healing powers that were recognized even centuries ago.
Several legends surround the hot springs in Issyk Ata Gorge. It’s said that there was once a young woman that bathed in the springs every day and while her friends grew old, she remained young thanks to the water’s miraculous powers. There was also an Uzbek shaman that lived as a hermit near the springs for years after the death of her family that was famous for her healing capabilities. The reputation of the waters and the people surrounding them has attracted both Turkic nomads and Russian colonialists over the course of history and continue to draw people today.
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More Stats for Issyk Ata River Trail mountain bike trail
Altitude change3,712 ft
Altitude min6,145 ft
Altitude start6,145 ft
Altitude end9,857 ft
Distance climb8 miles
Distance down4,444 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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