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Mar/16

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Golden Autumn on Kolsai Lakes

In the south-eastern part of the mountain system Ile Alatau (the most northern ridge of Tien Shan), near Almaty, you can find three beautiful tectonic lakes. They are called Kolsai lakes.

All three lakes are surrounded by pine forests and have rich underwater flora and fauna. The water in the lakes is crystal clear. Kolsai Lakes National Park on Google Maps. Photos by: Gregory Bedenko.

Upper Kolsai Lake (2,850 meters above sea level) is the smallest of the three lakes.

Golden Autumn on Kolsai Lakes, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful lakes

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Feb/16

24

Boszhira tract at sunset and at night

Boszhira tract is located in the western part of the Ustyurt Plateau, on Mangyshlak Peninsula in the Mangistau region. The highway Necropolis Becket-Ata – Zhanaozen passes about 20 km from the tract.

As the tract covers a huge area, it will take more than one day to explore it. This place is little known and inaccessible to tourists. Everything is white here – canyons, peaks, mountains-towers, mountains-castles, mountains-yurts, etc.

Sunset and night at Boszhira tract, Kazakhstan, photo 1

almost Martian landscape

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Assy-Turgen is a mountain plateau located at an altitude of about 2,650 meters above sea level, in the Assy River valley, 100 km east of Almaty.

In addition to the picturesque alpine views this place is known for the Assy-Turgen observatory located here. Let’s go on a trip to this plateau and see how it looks in the middle of summer, in late June. Assy plateau on Google Maps. Photos by: Denis Frantsouzov.

Snowy summer on Assy-Turgen mountain plateau, Kazakhstan, photo 1

go on a trip on Assy plateau

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Jan/16

31

The beauty of the lakes Alakol and Balkhash

Alakol in Kazakh means “multi-colored lake.” It is situated on the border of the east and southeast of Kazakhstan. In the south-western part its water is clean and very clear, in the north-east – the water is muddy.

The lake water is strongly mineralized and is considered therapeutic. The length of the lake is 104 kilometers, the maximum width – 52 kilometers, the depth – 54 meters. Lake Alakol on Google Maps. Photos by: Grigoriy Bedenko.

Alakol and Balkhash lakes, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful lakes

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Jan/16

23

Beautiful scenery around Lake Tuzkol

Tuzkol is the saltiest mountain lake in Kazakhstan, located in the south-east of the Almaty region, in Raiymbeksky district, about 310 km from Almaty.

The lake is quite large – the length is 5 km and the width in some places reaches 1 km. The water is very salty, but the level of salinity changes with the seasons. The maximum value is up to 300 g per liter. For comparison: in the Dead Sea, the concentration of salt is about 340-350 g per liter.

Scenery around Lake Tuzkol, Almaty region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing scenery

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The tract of Boszhira, a mountain range located in the center of the Mangystau region, occupies a large area. It takes more than one day to explore this place.

This area is known for its amazing unearthly landscape in white chalk tones. Boszhira is little known and difficult to access for tourists. Travel to Boszhira usually consists of two parts: hiking and road trips.

Boszhira tract, Mangystau region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing place

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Trans-Ili Alatau or Ile Alatau is a mountain system located in the northwest of the Tien Shan (on the border of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan). It is the most northern mountain range of the Tien Shan.

These mountains are rich with numerous glaciers and lakes that increase the risk of mudflows creating a hazard to the settlements located at the foot of the mountains, including the city of Almaty. That’s why regular monitoring of Trans-Ili Alatau is conducted from the air. Photos by: Grigoriy Bedenko.

Trans-Ili Alatau, Kazakhstan, photo 1

fly over Trans-Ili Alatau

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Dec/15

16

One day and night in Senek desert

In the north-west of the Ustyurt National Preserve, in the middle of the steppe, there is a small Senek desert, named after Senek village located nearby.

It is quite a remarkable place and definitely worth seeing, if you are traveling through the Mangystau region by car. Senek desert on Google Maps. Photos by: Denis Frantsouzov.

Senek sands, Mangystau region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

sandy landscapes

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Dec/15

4

Paradise lakes of Semirechye

Semirechye (Seven Rivers), or Zhetysu is a vast area located in the south-east of Kazakhstan (Almaty region).

It is situated between Lake Balkhash in the north, Sasykol and Alakol in the northeast, the mountain range of Jungar Alatau in the south-east, and the ridges of the Northern Tien Shan in the south. Photos by: Grigoriy Bedenko.

Paradise lakes, Semirechye, Kazakhstan, photo 1

the land of lakes

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Nov/15

27

The second lake of the Kolsai lake cascade

The Kolsai lake cascade is a system of three lakes located in the northern Tien Shan, in the Almaty region.

Let’s walk through the forest trail leading to the second Kolsai lake. Kolsai lakes on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

The second lake of the Kolsai lake cascade, Almaty region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

scenic forest trail and the lake

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