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Apr/14

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Sunken Forest – Kaindy Lake

Kaindy is a mountain lake located in one of the gorges of Kungei Alatau to the east of Almaty. It is a popular tourist destination.

In 1910, landslides blocked the gorge and soon it was filled with mountain river water. Coniferous forest that grew here was flooded and since then this place is called “sunken forest.”

Sunken Forest, Kaindy Lake, Kazakhstan, photo 1

very scenic lake

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Apr/14

12

East Kazakhstan region – the land of dreams

What a beautiful landscape! It is a real dreamland located in East Kazakhstan oblast. Photo by Constantine Kikvidze

East Kazakhstan region landscape

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Apr/14

3

Breathtaking view of the Ustyurt Plateau

The Ustyurt Plateau is located between the Aral Sea and the Caspian Sea on the territory of Kazakhstan (Mangystau region) and Uzbekistan.

With an average elevation of 150 meters, it consists primarily of stony desert but there are some exceptions like this one. Photo by Ne Horoshiy

The Ustyurt Plateau, Kazakhstan

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Mar/14

23

Alpine Lake Issyk near Almaty

Issyk is a lake located at an altitude of 1756 meters in Issyk gorge of Trans-Ili Alatau, about 70 km east of Almaty. The lake was formed about 8-10 thousand years ago in a landslide.

Originally, Issyk length was 1850 meters, width – 500 meters, depth – 50-79 meters. In 1959, the park with hotel and restaurant was opened here. Lake Issyk on Google Maps. Photos by Denis Frantsouzov

Alpine Lake Issyk, Kazakhstan, photo 1

picturesque mountain lake

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Mar/14

13

Winter in Trans-Ili Alatau

Trans-Ili Alatau is a mountain range in the north-west of Tien Shan (on the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan) extending for 360 km with the prevailing heights – 4000-4600 meters.

Almaty, also known as the southern capital of Kazakhstan, is located in the northern foothills of Trans-Ili Alatau. Here you can find famous sports complex Medeo and alpine ski resort Chimbulak. Photos by SkorovS

Winter in Trans-Ili Alatau, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful winter scenery

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Beautiful photos of Southern Kazakhstan (Almaty region) taken by Denis Frantsouzov

Walking along the mountain passes of Kazakhstan, photo 1

picturesque nature views

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Feb/14

22

Wonderful landscapes of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan nature is rich in picturesque scenery. Just look at these wonderful pictures taken by Constantine Kikvidze

Wonderful landscapes of Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing scenery

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A lot of people think that Kazakhstan is one huge flat steppe, but there are places in the country that are true natural wonders, for example, the tract of Boszhira, a mountain range located on the Ustyurt plateau in south-western Kazakhstan.

So far, this place is little known and inaccessible to tourists. Everything is white here – canyons, peaks, mountains. Distance from Zhanaozen to Boszhira – 148 km, from Aktau to Boszhira – 298 km. Boszhira location on Google Maps. Photos by Ilia Afanasieff

Boszhira - white chalk landscape, Kazakhstan, photo 1

great nature views

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Jan/14

31

Magnificent views of Charyn Canyon

Charyn Canyon is a beautiful natural monument located in Almaty region, to the east of Almaty. It is often compared to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA. Surprisingly, from all the sides the canyon is surrounded by the usual steppe.

The most interesting place to visit is the Castle Valley (about 2 km length, width – 20-80 meters). Bizarre shapes of the rocks resembling castles attract tourists from all over the world. Photos by Denis Frantsouzov

Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing scenery

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Jan/14

23

The Big Almaty Lake and surroundings

The Big Almaty Lake is located in one of the gorges originating from the southern outskirts of Almaty. On the way to the lake, you will drive a winding road passing mudflow areas and two “ecological” posts. To pass them, you need to pay a small amount of money.

At an altitude of 2500 meters, you will find the lake itself. Actually, it doesn’t look big. The lake is not filled with water because of the possible dam failure and mudflow that may hit the city. The Big Almaty Lake location on Google Maps. Photos by Vladimir Varfolomeev

The Big Almaty Lake and surroundings, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful mountain landscapes

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