Engilchek, Kyrgyzstan

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Engilchek is located in Kyrgyzstan
Coordinates: 42°02′N 79°05′E / 42.033°N 79.083°E / 42.033; 79.083Coordinates: 42°02′N 79°05′E / 42.033°N 79.083°E / 42.033; 79.083
Country Kyrgyzstan
Province Issyk Kul Province
District Ak-Suu District
Elevation 2,500 m (8,200 ft)
Population (2009)[1]
 • Total 345

Engilchek (Kyrgyz: Эңилчек, Russian: Энильчек) is a village in Ak-Suu District, southeast Issyk Kul Province, Kyrgyzstan. It is situated at the confluence of the rivers Saryjaz and Engilchek. With the closure of the tin mine, the population fell from 5,000 to less than 20 families. At the 2009 census, its population was 345.[1] It lies at the head of one of the few good roads into the southeast of the province and is therefore a base for mountaineers and serious hikers. The road west to Ak-Shyrak is currently (early 2008) impassible. Somewhere in the neighborhood is said to be Shaitan Mazar ("the devil's grave") where a UFO supposedly crashed in 1991. The Engilchek Glacier is about 50 km east of the town.