Issyk-Ata (Father Heat) used to be a place of pilgrimage but is now synonymous with its popular health resort, which offers the full package of medical examination and mineral spring-fed hot baths. There are walks into the hills behind the resort. The legend tells of a local beauty who bathed every day in the river here and never grew old or wrinkled because of the magical power of the waters. Whether or not the river has such life-preserving properties is hard to ascertain but it certainly has plenty of trout and many come to fish here. Visit Issyk-Ata if you plan to hike in the valley above.