The Chatkal (Russian: Чаткал) is a river of Jalal-Abad Region, Kyrgyzstan and Tashkent Region in Uzbekistan. It is the left source river of the Chirchiq in the Syr Darya basin. In its upper course it is called Karakulja.[1]

Река Чаткал, нижнее течение.jpg
Native nameЧаткал  (Russian)
CountryKyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
Physical characteristics
 • location
Lake Charvak
 • coordinates
41°35′08″N 70°05′57″E / 41.58556°N 70.09917°E / 41.58556; 70.09917Coordinates: 41°35′08″N 70°05′57″E / 41.58556°N 70.09917°E / 41.58556; 70.09917
Length223 km (139 mi)
Basin size7,110 km2 (2,750 sq mi)
Basin features
ProgressionChirchiqSyr DaryaNorth Aral Sea
 • leftTüz-Ashuu, Ters, Oqbuloq
 • rightChandalash

The length of the river is 223 kilometres (139 mi), with a basin area of 7,110 square kilometres (2,750 sq mi).[2] It originates at the point where Chatkal Range adjoins Talas Ala-Too Range. Its largest tributaries are the Aksuu, Kokuybel, Avletim, Ters and Nayza (Oqbuloq) from the left, and the Karakysmak, Beshterek, Chandalash and Köksuu from the right.[1]

The average rate of water flow near the mouth is 122 cubic metres per second (4,300 cu ft/s), with a maximum 920 cubic metres per second (32,000 cu ft/s).


  1. ^ a b "Чаткал" [Chatkal] (PDF). Кыргызстандын Географиясы [Geography of Kyrgyzstan] (in Kyrgyz). Bishkek. 2004. p. 210.
  2. ^ Чаткал, Great Soviet Encyclopedia

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