Lake Kösen – Am is the largest Alpine lake in the North Caucasus, situated in the mountainous region of Chechnya, on the southern slope of the Andean mountain range, near the border with Dagestan, at a height of 1870 meters above the sea level. The surface of the lake is about 2 square kilometers. In area it is superior to the well-known lake Ritsa in Abkhazia, and above the sea level is higher by almost 1000 meters. The maximum depth of 72 meters, average depth 37 meters. The length of the lake from North to South – 2 km, and from West to East is 2.7 km. The maximum width is 735 meters. The length of the coastline is 10 km. The lake water is cold. In summer the surface temperature does not rise above 17°C – 18°C. the water Temperature in the lower layers: 7°C to 8°C. in Winter the lake freezes, the ice thickness reaches in some years 70 – 80 centimeters.
Nestled among cliffs and mountains, covered with green carpet of vegetation, the bright blue lake is very beautiful. For the extraordinary beauty of his rightfully should be considered a landmark not only of Chechnya but also the whole Caucasus.
On this lake in the 1970s, there was organized a training base of the USSR team in rowing. Was built 5-storey hotel, created all necessary conditions for preparing rowers for competitions. The results were not long in coming, thanks to the pearl of Chechnya and the whole Caucasus – the lake Kösen-Am, the USSR team won many victories in major competitions.
As the years passed, the base was abandoned. The head of the Chechen Republic, noted that it is necessary to return the former glory of the once known throughout the Soviet Union, a training base, training of sportsmen of the international level.
“The restoration of mountain areas will enable us in future to develop tourism industry, which in turn will have a positive impact on the socio-economic component of the Republic. One of the topical tasks today is to make our region attractive for tourists”, – said R. Kadyrov.
The opening of the Olympic base on the shore of the Alpine lake Kösen-Am is scheduled in mid-July. About this informed the General Director of KP CR “Directorate for construction and reconstruction of the Chechen Republic” Shamsudin Chamaev during a working meeting with President of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov.
Note that the unique lake Kösen-Am is located at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. The water surface area is about 170 ha.