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The Medeu is a high-mountain sports complex located near Almaty, the “southern capital” of Kazakhstan, at an altitude of 1,691 meters above sea level, just below the mountain resort Shymbulak (Chimbulak).

It is the world’s largest mountain complex for winter sports with the largest area of ‚Äč‚Äčartificial ice field – 10,500 square meters. Photos by: A.Gornostayeva.

Medeu skating rink, Almaty, Kazakhstan, photo 1

one of the main sights of Almaty

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Dec/16

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Climbing Nursultan Peak

Nursultan Peak (until 1935 – Malyy Almaty, until 1998 – Komsomol) is a mountain peak (4,330 meters) located on the northern slopes of the Tien Shan mountain range.

This is one of the most popular peaks located near Almaty, the largest city of Kazakhstan. It was named after the first President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photos by: Anna Gornostayeva.

Climbing Nursultan Peak, Kazakhstan, photo 1

go hiking in the mountains

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Dec/16

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Let’s fly over the Chilik River

Chilik (Shelek) is one of the largest and longest rivers of the Northern Tien Shan separating the mountain ranges of Ile Alatau and Kungey Alatau.

This river is located in the Almaty region, in the vicinity of the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border. Recently Shelek has become a popular destination for adventure tourism. Photos by: Grigory Bedenko.

Chilik (Shelek) River, Kazakhstan, photo 1

fly over the river

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Oct/16

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The Mountain Kingdom of Ile Alatau

You can see the following stunning views while climbing Molodezhnyy (Youth) Peak (4,147 m) in the Ile Alatau (Trans-Ili Alatau) – a mountain range located in the northwest of the Tien Shan, on the border of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan, is located in the northern foothills of this mountain system. The famous sports complex Medeo, the observatory of Assy-Turgen and the alpine ski resort Shimbulak can also be found here. Molodezhnyy Peak on Google Maps. Photos by: Olga Kulakova.

Ile Alatau Mountains, Kazakhstan, photo 1

let’s go hiking in the mountains

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Sep/16

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The beauty of Lake Issyk

Issyk is a lake located in Issyk gorge of Trans-Ili Alatau mountain range, about 40 km east of Almaty.

It was formed about 8-10 thousand years ago in a landslide that created a natural dam about 300 meters high.

Lake Issyk, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful lake

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Borovoe is one of the lakes of Burabay group of lakes located in the north of Kazakhstan, in the Burabay district of the Akmola region.

The entire shore of the lake is covered with pine forests, hence the name – Borovoe (“bor” means a coniferous forest in Russian). The historical name of the lake is Auliekol, which means “Holy Lake”.

Lake Borovoe, Kazakhstan, photo 1

very picturesque lake

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Sep/16

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The Singing Dune of Altyn Emel National Park

The so-called “Singing dune”, a popular tourist sight of Kazakhstan, is located in the national park Altyn Emel, 182 km north-east of Almaty.

The dune is composed of light-colored sand and has a length of about 3 km and a height of 150 m. In dry weather sands emit a sound similar to an organ melody. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Singing Dune, Altyn-Emel Park, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing natural wonder

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Aug/16

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Beautiful Scenery of Kolsai Lakes

Kolsai (Kulsai) lakes is a system of three lakes located in the northern Tien Shan in Kolsai Gorge, in Raiymbek district of the Almaty region, 10 km north of the border with Kyrgyzstan and 330 km south-east of Almaty, at an altitude of about 1,800 m, 2,200 m and 2,800 m above sea level.

The lakes, surrounded by pine forests, are known as “the pearl of the Northern Tien Shan.” The depth of the lakes can reach 50 meters.

Kolsai Lakes, Kazakhstan, photo 1

the beauty of pristine nature

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The beach in Golubaya (Blue) Bay is located on the Mangyshlak Peninsula, in the Mangistau region of Kazakhstan. The beaches of this bay are considered one of the most beautiful places on the peninsula.

You can get here, after leaving the city of Aktau in the direction of the town of Fort-Shevchenko located to the north-west. Golubaya Bay is a perfect combination of clean golden beaches and azure turquoise sea.

Beach in Golubaya Bay, Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful wild beach

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Aktau Mountains, located in Altyn Emel National Park in the south-east of Kazakhstan in the Almaty region, is a unique natural monument.

These colorful chalky hills, formed from bluish-gray sandstone and red clay, interspersed with yellow and pink cornelian, jasper and white quartz, reminiscent of a layer cake. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Aktau Mountains, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing mountains

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