The Issyk-Ata gorge is located on the northern slopes of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too Range, 77 km east of the city of Bishkek. The gorge is well known not only for its gorgeous climatic conditions, but also for its excellent balneotherapical resources. The Issyk-Ata Resort was built in the middle of the gorge, in 1928, on the basis of the more than fifty thermal and mineral springs found here. Healing properties of these waters have been known since ancient times, as evidenced by the picture of Buddha-the- Healer carved on a huge stone dating back to 8th century. Mountain slopes above 2800 meters are covered with juniper forests. Surrounded by high slopes and cliffs, the gorge has spectacular landscape.