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In the early morning, we leave the Almaluu Yurt Camp.
Once again we admire the fantastic panorama of the Tian Shan and say goodbye to the animals in the camp.
We drive along the south shore of Issyk-Kul in eastern direction. But after only a few kilometers, we stop again.
We have arrived at the seven springs of Manjaly-Ata. It is a sacred place for Muslims.
After a gate and some houses, a path runs through the hills behind. About small byways, you can reach three of these springs. There are holes in the earth where the water accumulates. Allegedly, the water cures various diseases, from eye diseases to diarrhea.
The most famous source is for couples for couples desiring to have children. You also find a mosque and a gazebo to enjoy the view.
We drive on and see a large cemetery on the left side of the street. We doubt whether this benefits the water quality of the groundwater. Although there is a cup at each source, we dare not drink the water. But in the evening I have diarrhea and vomiting. Perhaps, I should have drunk from the springs!
When we reach the road along the Issyk-Kul again, we have to pass a seemingly endless column of tank trucks. These are tank trucks that bring fuel once a week to a nearby gold mine.
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Disclosure: Our trip was organized in cooperation with Discover Kyrgyzstan, and made possible by the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). All opinions are our own.
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