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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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Aug/17

13

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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May/17

30

Climbing Mount Furmanova near Almaty

Mount Furmanova is located in the vicinity of Almaty, at the end of the Kimasar Gorge. This is a popular place among the guests and residents of the city. Climbing it is available for beginners though it requires a certain level of physical fitness.

The height of the mountain is about 3,050 meters. If you walk from the Medeo rink, the distance to Mount Furmanova is 7.2 km. Mount Furmanova on Google Maps. Photos by: Ilya Gornostayev.

climb the mountain

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The so-called “singing barkhan”, consisting of sand of light tones, has a length of up to 3 km and a height of 150 m. It is located in the Altyn-Emel National Park in the Almaty region, 182 km north-east of Almaty.

This monument of nature is famous for the fact that in dry weather the sands emit sounds similar to the melody of the organ. Singing Barkhan on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

legendary place

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Mar/17

12

Ancient Petroglyphs of Bayan-Zhurek

Between the ridges of Bayan-Zhurek and the Dzungarian Alatau, in the Almaty region, there is a wide valley of Kaskarau. Its beginning lies at the foot of the Dzungarian Alatau, at an altitude of 1,800-1,900 meters above sea level.

In the valley, a significant number of monuments of archeology of different epochs have been found, including ancient petroglyphs – carved or painted images on stones. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

traces of ancient people

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Feb/17

13

Glaciers and Lakes of the Dzungarian Alatau

The Dzungarian or Semirechensky Alatau is a mountain system located in the north-east of the Almaty region, between the Ili River and Lake Alakol.

This region is a place with pristine nature because it is located in the border zone with China. There are no roads and settlements here. Some areas can be reached only on horseback or by helicopter. Photos by: Grigory Bedenko.

amazing mountain scenery

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Jan/17

8

The beauty of Shalkude mountain valley

Shalkude or Chelkudinskaya Valley is a beautiful mountain valley stretching for more than 100 km at an altitude of about 2,500 meters above sea level.

The valley of the Shalkudysu River, also known as Kegenskaya, is the most extensive valley in the Kazakh part of the Tien Shan. The Shalkodysu River gives rise to one of the largest waterways of the Almaty region – the Charyn River. Photos by: E.W.Shestakowa.

Shalkude mountain valley, Kazakhstan, photo 1

summer in the valley

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Dec/16

25

Autumn in the delta of the Ili River

The Ili River is the largest and one of the longest rivers in Central Asia (1,430 km). The river originates in the Chinese part of the Tien Shan and flows into Lake Balkhash located in southeastern Kazakhstan.

The delta of the river is known for its unique microclimate. Here you can find some relict plant species. Autumn in the delta of the Ili River is very picturesque. Photos by: Grigory Bedenko.

Autumn in the delta of the Ili River, Kazakhstan, photo 1

fly over the Ili River

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Dec/16

14

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

6

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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