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Oct/16

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The variety of landscapes of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan, known as the land of steppes, has in reality a quite diverse nature that also includes deserts, semi-deserts, mountains, forest-steppes, etc.

The border of the country passes through the natural landscapes of the Caspian Sea, the Volga steppe, the southern foothills of the Ural Mountains, the West Siberian Plain, the Altai Mountains, the Tian Shan Mountains. Photos by: Alexandr Kuznetsov.

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beautiful scenery

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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.

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beautiful lake

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Sep/16

12

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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Sep/16

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The beauty of Big Almaty Lake

Big Almaty Lake is a mountain reservoir located in the Trans-Ili Alatau at an altitude of 2,511 meters above sea level, 15 km south from the center of Almaty.

The lake, which is part of the Ile-Alatau National Park, as well as the vast majority of lakes in the Tien Shan mountains, appeared as a result of earthquakes.

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very scenic lake

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Aug/16

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Astana in reflections

In 1998, Kazakhstan’s Supreme Council adopted a resolution on the transfer of the capital from Almaty to Astana.

After that, the city experienced unprecedented growth, a lot of modern architectural and urban planning projects completely changed the look of Astana. The population increased from 270 thousand people in 1996 to 1 million in July 2016.

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the beauty of Astana

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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.

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amazing mountains

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Jul/16

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Karaganda Regional Central Mosque

Karaganda Regional Central Mosque is the fourth largest mosque of Kazakhstan in size and capacity after two mosques in Astana and one in Almaty.

It can accommodate up to 4,000 people, 3,200 in the main hall on the second floor and 800 in the hall for women on the third floor.

Karaganda Regional Mosque, Kazakhstan, photo 1

explore Karaganda mosque

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The park named after the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan is an arboretum located in Almaty, at the intersection of Navoi Street and Al-Farabi Avenue in Bostandyk district.

Opened in July 2010, the park has a total area of 73 hectares. Since its opening it has become one of the favorite places for leisure activities of residents and visitors of Almaty, a center of large-scale celebrations. Source: voxpopuli.kz.

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take a walk in the park

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Tuyuksu is a central, valley glacier in Kazakhstan, located on the northern slope of Trans-Ili Alatau Ridge, in the upper reaches of the Malaya Almatinka River, at the foot of Tuyuksu Pass.

Here, about 25 km from Almaty, in Maloye Almatinskoye Gorge (the height above sea level – 2,400 meters), you can find a mountaineering camp “Tuyuk-Su” – one of the best places to get basic skills of mountaineering. Photos by: Olga Kulakova.

Starry night on Tuyuksu.

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beautiful scenery

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