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Karkaraly State National Natural Park is an amazing natural attraction located in Karaganda Oblast, about 220 km southeast of the city of Karaganda. It is one of the specially protected natural areas of Kazakhstan.

The nature conservation value of this region in Central Kazakhstan is due to its unique landscape diversity. There are several hiking trails that pass through the main sights of the park. Karkaraly National Park on Google Maps. Photos by: Evgeniy Drobotenko.

Landscapes of Karkaraly National Park, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful natural scenery

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Jun/20

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Glaciers and Lakes of Trans-Ili Alatau

Trans-Ili Alatau is a mountain range located in the northwest of the Tien Shan mountain system, on the border of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The city of Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan, is located in its northern foothills, as well as the famous Medeo sports complex, Assy-Turgen Observatory, and the alpine ski resort Chimbulak.

The name “Trans-Ili Alatau” was adopted in 1865, when the famous traveler and geographer P.P. Semenov stopped at the crossing of the Ili River and saw a grand ridge that stretched behind the river. Trans-Ili Alatau on Google Maps. Photos by: Grigory Bedenko.

Glaciers and Lakes of Trans-Ili Alatau, Kazakhstan, photo 1

picturesque mountain scenery

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Apr/20

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Collapsed Land of Cape Dzhigalgan

Cape Dzhigalgan (“collapsed land” in the Kazakh language) is the main attraction of the Tub-Karagan peninsula located on the Mangyshlak peninsula on the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea in the west of the Mangystau region.

This is a mountain range with a giant hollow of almost perfect round shape littered with numerous rocks. Some boulders reach the size of a small village house. The rocks are scattered so chaotically that there is a feeling that the collapse has occurred recently. Cape Dzhigalgan on Google Maps. Photos by: Roman Smirnov.

Collapsed Land of Cape Dzhigalgan, Mangystau Region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

very picturesque place

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Jan/20

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Picturesque Mountain Plateau of Asy

Asy (Assy), a mountain plateau located at an altitude of 2,560 meters above sea level about 100 kilometers east of Almaty, is one of the largest intermountain valleys of the Northern Tien Shan. The length of the plateau is more than 20 km, the width – up to 15 km.

In summer, this area is used as a huge pasture. The best time to visit the plateau is the end of May – the beginning of June, when numerous herbs bloom here. Asy Plateau on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Asy Plateau, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing place

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Dec/19

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Landscapes of the Tekes River Valley

On the territory of Kazakhstan, the Tekes River flows mainly in a wide intermountain valley in Raiymbek District – one of the most beautiful places in Almaty Oblast located in its southeastern part. This area is rarely visited by tourists, which contributed to the preservation of its pristine nature. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Landscapes of the Tekes River Valley, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful nature views

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Aug/19

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Colorful Landscapes of the Aktau Mountains

The chalk mountains of Aktau (literally “white mountains”), located about 260 km northeast of Almaty, is a unique natural monument that is part of the Altyn Emel National Park.

These multi-colored hills formed from bluish-gray sandstone and red clay, interspersed with yellow and pink cornelian, jasper, and white quartz, look like a layer cake. The height of the geological deposits reaches hundreds of meters. The Aktau Mountains on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Colorful Landscapes of the Aktau Mountains, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing scenery

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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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