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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.

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Here you can see bizarre trees, beautiful flowers, picturesque hills, herds of horses, stones overgrown with moss, rivers with crystal clear water.

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To get to the Asy Plateau from Almaty, you need to drive an off-road vehicle in the southeastern direction of Almaty Oblast along the Kuldzhinsky tract (Almaty-Narynkol highway) and drive to the town of Issyk and pass it.

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Having reached the village of Turgen, you should turn right in the southern direction, from where the Turgen Gorge begins. The distance to it from Almaty is about 90 km.

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After driving up the gorge, you will have to issue a pass at the checkpoint by paying the environmental fee for entering the Ile-Alatau National Park. The trip to the Asy Plateau will end with driving from the Bartogay Reservoir to the Almaty-Narynkol highway.

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