The Chatyr-Kul Lake is located between the At-Bashy and Torugart-Too ranges, and is situated at an altitude of 3530 meters above sea level. The dimensions of the lake are as follows: length - 23 km, width - 11 km, surface area - 170.62 km2, depth - 20 meters. In the winter, the water surface is covered with about a meter thick layer of ice. In the spring, the lake is filled with streams of mountain rivers, which flow down from the glaciers. The southeastern shore of the lake is swampy, while the northern shore is rocky. Some of the animal species that live in the surrounding area include wild ducks, mountain geese, snow leopards, marmots, and mountain goats. The lake is a part of the Karatal-Japyryk State Reserve.