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The following beautiful photos were taken on the top of Mount Akkogyt (3,009 m) located in the south-east of the Almaty region and belonging to the mountain range of Terskey Alatau (Terskey Ala-Too).

Most of this mountain range is situated in Kyrgyzstan, but there is a small part of it on the territory of Kazakhstan. Mount Akkogyt on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Magnificent views from the top of Mount Akkogyt, Kazakhstan, photo 1

great hiking place

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Tuzkol is a picturesque salty mountain lake located at an altitude of about 1,950 meters above sea level in the southeast of the Almaty region. In clear weather, in the south, you can see the majestic peaks of the Tien Shan.

Salinity of Lake Tuzkol varies by seasons and can reach almost the same levels as in the Dead Sea in Israel or the Great Salt Lake in the USA. Lake Tuzkol on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Tuzkol - the Saltiest Mountain Lake in Kazakhstan, photo 1

very scenic spot

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May/19

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Morning on Aktolagay Plateau

Morning on the plateau of Aktolagay – a snow-white mountain range located in the very west of Aktobe Oblast, about 250 km east of Atyrau. This is a picturesque wasteland with no paved roads, houses, trees, and even drinking water – the realm of the wind where sometimes you can meet horses and camels.

Wind and water, flowing abundantly down the mountain range during heavy rains, turned the plateau into an amazing world of chalk figures. Aktolagay Plateau on Google Maps. Photos by: Aleksandr Manzhosov.

Morning on Aktolagay Plateau, Aktobe Oblast, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful dawn scenery

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May/19

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Bizarre Chalk Cliffs of Akkergeshen Plateau

Akkergeshen Plateau, known for its bizarre weathered snow-white cliffs, is located about 56 km northeast of the town of Kulsary in the Atyrau region.

Shark teeth, remains of dinosaurs, prints of ancient plants and animals on stones – all this can still be found on this chalky plateau. Akkergeshen Plateau on Google Maps. Photos by: Denis Frantsouzov.

Bizarre Chalk Cliffs of Akkergeshen Plateau, Atyrau Oblast, Kazakhstan, photo 1

fantastic landscapes

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May/19

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Beautiful Landscapes of Lake Balkhash

Balkhash is a drainless semi-freshwater lake located in the south-east of Kazakhstan in the Almaty, Zhambyl and Karaganda regions. This is the second largest perennial salt lake (after the Caspian Sea) and the 14th in the list of the largest lakes in the world.

The uniqueness of Balkhash is that it is divided into two parts by a narrow strait with different chemical characteristics of the water – in the western part it is almost fresh, and in the eastern part it is brackish. Lake Balkhash on Google Maps. Photos by: Andrey Zhuravlev.

Beautiful Landscapes of Lake Balkhash, Kazakhstan, photo 1

the largest inner lake of Kazakhstan

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Mar/19

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Picturesque Scenery of Aktolagay

Aktolagay, a snow-white mountain range almost 50 km long and about 10 km wide, is located in the southwest of the Aktobe region. The unusual, almost unparalleled landscape of the plateau makes it unique and attracts people interested in geotourism and auto-travelers.

In the distant past, it was the seabed. Here you can find fossilized remains of mollusks, bones and teeth of sharks and other living creatures that once inhabited the ancient sea. Aktolagay on Google Maps. Photos by: Natalya Kozlovskaya.

Picturesque Scenery of Aktolagay, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing white landscapes

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Mar/19

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Snow-white landscapes of Sor Tuzbair

Sor Tuzbair is a solonchak (salt marsh) located in the Mangystau region in the south-west of Kazakhstan. Almost the entire territory of this region is covered with saline and deserts, water sources are absent.

This is a picturesque area combining three colors: white – salt, limestone, clouds; blue – the sky; yellow-brown – the color of the soil, which emphasizes the whiteness of salt. Sor Tuzbair is a natural combination of deserts, hills and cliffs. People come here to explore the salt marsh and conquer rocky peaks. Sor Tuzbair on Google Maps. Photos by: Natalya Kozlovskaya.

Snow-white landscapes of Sor Tuzbair, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing kingdom of white

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Feb/19

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Landscapes of the Northern Tian Shan

The Tian Shan is a mountain system located in Central Asia in the territory of five countries: Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, China (Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region), Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It is one of the highest mountain systems in the world with more than thirty peaks over 6,000 meters high.

Let’s look at the landscapes of the northern part of the Tien Shan located in Kazakhstan, near Almaty. The mountains of the Northern Tian Shan are the most visited in Kazakhstan. Photos by: Grigory Bedenko.

Big Almaty Lake located at an altitude of 2,511 meters above sea level.

Landscapes of the Northern Tian Shan, Kazakhstan, photo 1

fly over the Northern Tian Shan

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Jan/19

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Summer in the Dzungarian Alatau

The Dzungarian Alatau is a mountain range located on the border of the Almaty Region of Kazakhstan and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, between the Ili River and Lake Alakol.

The mountains are named for the nearby desert. The length of this picturesque range is about 450 km, the width varies from 50 to 90 km, the height – up to 4,622 m (Semenov-Tian-Shansky Peak). The Dzungarian Alatau on Google Maps. Photos by: Grigory Bedenko.

Summer in the Dzungarian Alatau, Kazakhstan, photo 1

very picturesque mountains

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Jan/19

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Almaty – the view from above

Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan with a population of about 1.8 million people. From 1991 to 1997, it was the capital of the country. The city is located in an intermountain depression at the foot of the mountains of Zailiysky Alatau in the extreme south-east of the republic.

The following photos of Almaty were taken at different times of the day and the year from the foothills surrounding the city and Almaty skyscrapers. The author of the photos published on voxpopuli.kz is the famous Kazakhstan photographer Maxim Zolotukhin.

Almaty - the view from above, Kazakhstan, photo 1

fly over Almaty

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