Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve: View north from the southern end of Lake Sary-Chelek.
The Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve is located in Jalal-Abad Province in western Kyrgyzstan. The Reserve was established in 1959, and in 1978 it was designated as a World Biosphere reserve by UNESCO. The Reserve is located at altitudes from 1,200–4,250 metres (3,940–13,940 ft) above sea level.
Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve is approximately 60 kilometres (37 mi) to the northwest of Tash-Kumyr town. The reserve is currently occupies 23,868 hectares (58,980 acres) (total area), 18,080 hectares (44,700 acres)s (core area), and 2,394 hectares (5,920 acres) (transition area). It is divided into two sections Arkyt and Sary-Chelek and surrounded by a buffer zone.