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Nov/23

26

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.

Glaciers and Lakes of the Dzungarian Alatau, Almaty region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing mountain scenery

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According to one local legend, once, the Mangistau region, located in the west of present Kazakhstan, was invaded by the hordes of enemies who covered the land like locusts.

Locals put forth their hands to heaven in prayer for help and they were heard. The heavens opened downpours, thunder and lightning. In an instant, all enemies turned to stone.

The field of spherical concretions Torysh in Mangistau, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing and surreal place

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Nov/21

7

Multicolored Chalk Mountains of Akzhar

The chalk mountains of Akzhar are one of the brightest, in the truest sense of the word, natural attractions of the endless expanses of Saryarka (Kazakh Upland) – an ancient, heavily eroded mountainous region in the central part of Kazakhstan.

The highest mountains are located in the east of Saryarka and the red-yellow Akzhar mountains can be found in the extreme southwest, on the border of the Karagandy and Kostanay regions. Akzhar Mountains on Google Maps. Photos by: Evgeniy Drobotenko.

Multicolored chalk mountains of Akzhar, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing scenery

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Jun/21

7

Autumn on Lake Kaindy

Lake Kaindy is located in the south-east of Kazakhstan in one of the gorges of the Kungey-Alatau mountain system at an altitude of 1,667 meters above sea level. The lake was formed as a result of the powerful Kemin earthquake in 1911.

The main feature of this unique natural reservoir is the trunks of the Tien Shan spruces, which protrude directly from the water. Before the earthquake, there was a spruce forest in the gorge. Scientists say that these trunks are about 150-200 years old. The wood is practically petrified and does not decompose.

Autumn on Lake Kaindy, Almaty Oblast, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing natural monument

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Apr/21

29

Boszhira – the bottom of the dried up sea

Urochishche Boszhira is one of the most beautiful places in Kazakhstan. It is a whole range of rock formations of various sizes and shapes located at the bottom of a huge canyon in the western part of the Ustyurt plateau on the Mangyshlak peninsula in Mangystau Oblast of southwestern Kazakhstan.

Boszhira is huge. It will take more than one day to explore it. The weather in Mangyshlak is harsh and unpredictable. The best time to travel to Boszhira is summer. From autumn to mid-spring it often rains here washing out already bad roads. Boszhira on Google Maps. Photos by: Alexey Zhirukhin.

Boszhira, Mangystau Oblast, Kazakhstan, photo 1

magnificent landscapes

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Feb/21

27

Breathtaking Landscapes of the Asy Plateau

The Asy Plateau is located in the south of Almaty Oblast at an altitude of about 2,200-2,750 meters above sea level. In the distant past, it was a place through which the routes of caravans from Europe and Central Asia to China and India ran.

The Asy-Turgen observatory can be found at the western end of the plateau. Today, this place is used as a summer pasture and attracts tourists. The Asy Plateau on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Breathtaking Landscapes of the Asy Plateau, Almaty Oblast, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing views

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The Katon-Karagay district occupies the north-eastern part of the territory of East Kazakhstan Oblast. It is the easternmost part of the country bordering China and Russia.

The Katon-Karagay State National Natural Park located here is the largest national park in Kazakhstan and is included in the UNESCO list of specially protected heritage. This territory is remote, inaccessible, and very picturesque. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Beautiful landscapes of Katon-Karagay, the very east of Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing scenery

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Dec/20

17

Winter in Bayanaul National Park

Bayanaul State National Natural Park is located in the south of Pavlodar Oblast of Kazakhstan, about 100 km from the city of Ekibastuz. It is one of the specially protected natural areas of the country.

The park was founded in 1985 and became the first national park in Kazakhstan. It was done to preserve and restore the flora and fauna of the Bayanaul mountain range. The total area of ​​the park is 684 square km. Bayanaul National Park on Google Maps. Photos by: Vasily Kosivtsov.

Winter in Bayanaul National Park, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful winter landscapes

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Nov/20

18

Bizarre saline lakes south of Lake Balkhash

The vast territory south of Lake Balkhash is called Semirechye (“the region of seven rivers”) because of seven large rivers that flow into Balkhash, one of the largest lakes in Central Asia.

The soils in this region are mostly desert and rich in various minerals. In spring, numerous lakes are formed on the salt marshes, which are of a seasonal nature; by the end of summer they dry up. As a result, minerals form very bizarre patterns on the surface of these formations. Photos by: Grigory Bedenko.

Bizarre saline lakes south of Lake Balkhash, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing unearthly landscapes

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Sep/20

25

Autumn in the valley of the Tekes River

The Tekes is a 438 km long river, of which about 100 km flows through the territory of Kazakhstan, including 40 km inside the territory of Kazakhstan and about 60 km along the border of Kazakhstan and China.

The river originates on the northern slope of the Terskey Alatau Range. In Kazakhstan, the river flows mainly in a picturesque wide intermountain valley, which separates the Eastern Tien Shan from the Ketmen Ridge. This is one of the most beautiful places in Almaty Oblast, which, however, is little known to tourists. The Tekes River on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Autumn in the valley of the Tekes River, Almaty Oblast, Kazakhstan, photo 1

picturesque river valley

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