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Mangyshlak Peninsula is a peninsula on the eastern coast of the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan. The Mangistau region is located on its territory.

One of the most interesting sights on the peninsula is the valley of stone balls called Torysh. There are several hypotheses of their origin, however the exact cause is still not known. The valley of balls on Google Maps. Photos by: Vladimir Mulder.

picturesque geological formations

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Senek is a village with a population of about 2,000 people located in the Karakiyansky district of the Mangystau region.

To the north-east of the village there is a sandy area named after the village – Senek Sands. Here you can see amazingly picturesque landscapes of a fairy tale desert. Senek Sands on Google Maps. Photos by: Vladimir Mulder.

beautiful desert scenery

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Oct/17

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Valley of Castles in Charyn Canyon

Charyn Canyon (also known as Sharyn Canyon) stretches for 154 km along the Charyn River on the territory of the Charyn National Park, about 200 km east of Almaty, near the border with China.

It is a magnificent natural monument built of sedimentary rocks, which age is about 12 million years. The height of the steep slopes of the canyon reaches 150-300 m. Charyn Canyon on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

beautiful monument of nature

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Bayanaul mountains are a mountain range located in the southwest of the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan. The mountains stretch from west to east for 40-50 km, from north to south – for 20-25 km. The highest point, Mount Akbet, reaches 1,022 m above sea level.

Bayanaul State National Natural Park, one of the most protected natural areas of Kazakhstan, was created in this territory. Founded in 1985, it became the first national park in the country. Bayanaul mountains on Google Maps. Photos by: Zekkadrb.

hike in the national park

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Oct/17

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Walk around the center of Almaty

Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan with a population of about 1.7 million people. It is the only city in the country with a population of more than a million people.

The city is located at the foot of the Zailiysky Alatau Mountains in the extreme south-east of the republic. Let’s walk through the central part of Almaty on a nice summer day. Photos by: Sergey Rubtsov.

stroll around Almaty

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Sep/17

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Walking through the center of Astana

Astana, meaning “capital” in Kazakh, is a city with a population of about 1 million people located in the north of Kazakhstan. It became the country’s capital in 1998.

Let’s take a walk in the city center during the days of Expo-2017 Astana – an international specialized exhibition held from June 10 to September 10, 2017. Photos by: Sergey Rubtsov.

Bayterek – a monument and observation tower crowned with a golden ball, one of the symbols of the new capital of Kazakhstan.

explore Astana

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Sep/17

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Bizarre Rocks of the Kent Mountains

The Kent Mountains, belonging to one of the oldest mountain ranges on Earth, are a mountain forest oasis located in the Karkaraly district of the Karaganda region, in Central Kazakhstan.

The intermontane valleys and slopes of the mountains are covered with pine forests, over which thousands of rocks of bizarre forms rise. Photos by: Zekkadrb.

trekking in the ancient mountains

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Aug/17

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Climbing Peak Molodezhny

Trans-Ili Alatau is a mountain range in the northwest of the Tien Shan (on the border of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan). Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan, is located in its northern foothills.

Due to this fact a range of various climbing trips is available even for amateurs of mountaineering. For example, let’s climb one of the most beautiful peaks of Trans-Ili Alatau – Peak Molodezhny (4,147 m). Peak Molodezhny on Google Maps. Photos by: Ilya Gornostayev.

go to the mountains

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The Karynzharyk depression is located almost entirely in the territory of the Ustyurt State Nature Reserve in the southwestern part of the Mangystau region in Western Kazakhstan.

The distinctive feature of this area are the five remnant mountains, towering more than 150 meters in the midst of the salt plain. Three of them stand close to each other, locals call these mountains “Three Brothers”.

very picturesque place

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Jun/17

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Picturesque Cliffs of Boszhira

Boszhira, a mountain range consisting of a variety of chalk cliffs, is located in the western part of the Ustyurt plateau on the Mangyshlak peninsula in the Mangystau region.

Boszhira, the former bottom of the sea, occupies a very large area and consists of cliffs of various bizarre forms, which appeared as a result of erosion. It takes more than one day to explore it. Boszhira on Google Maps. Photos by: Vladimir Mulder.

explore Boszhira

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