The highest point of Kazakhstan is Khan Tengri – the peak of the Tien Shan mountain range. It is located right on the border between Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and China.
The height of the peak is 7010 meters (with the glacier). Its name in Turkic means “The Lord of the Sky.” Due to its pyramid shape it is one of the most beautiful peaks in the world. Khan Tengri on Google Maps. Photo by Vitaliy Rage
Bektau-Ata is an unusual natural monument located about 70 kilometers north of the town of Balkhash in Karaganda region. This is a meeting place of two different landscapes – granite mountain is surrounded by a flat steppe.
The mountain rises above the steppe more than a thousand meters. Pink granite rocks of Bektau-Ata consist of granite lava solidified on the surface and in the cracks of the earth.
Zaysan is a relatively large lake (length – 105 km, width – 22-48 km) located in eastern Kazakhstan (East Kazakhstan oblast), about 60 km from the border with China.
Shekelmes Bay has almost perfect semicircular shape. There is a belief that the bizarre metamorphosis of sand that you can see in this place is a result of the fall of a meteorite on the shore of the lake. Lake Zaysan on Google Maps. Photos by Ilia Afanasieff
Aktau chalk mountains are located on the territory of Almaty region in “Altyn-Emel” reserve. This place is known for its unique landscapes reminiscent of pictures from Mars.
White and red colors dominate here. Aktau Mountains were formed millions of years ago. The area of the ridge is about 15×8 kilometers. Photos by Ilia Afanasieff
This very vivid picture of the Soviet past of Kazakhstan made by photographer and journalist Semyon Fridlyand looks like a frame from a historical movie.
It is Temirtau city located in Karaganda region early in the second half of the 20th century.
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“Altyn Emel” is a state national park located in the Ili River valley in Almaty region of Kazakhstan.
The park was established to preserve the unique natural environment, archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, rare and endangered species of plants and animals. Development of eco-tourism is also one of the main objectives.
Aktolagay is a limestone plateau located on the border of Atyrau and Aktobe regions; in the past this plateau was the seabed. That is why, now, you can find an abundance of various fossils here – shellfish, corals and other marine life lived millions of years ago.
The plateau impresses travelers with its deserted scenery and amazing white cliffs. Unfortunately, not many people know about this magnificent place. Aktolagay on Google Maps. Photos by Ilia Afanasieff
Charyn Canyon is a part of the Charyn National Park located about 190 km east of Almaty.
Landscape diversity of the canyon causes diversity of the local flora and fauna. This lovely place is definitely worth a visit. Photo by Anna Anikina