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Sep/20

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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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Jun/20

29

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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Mar/20

2

Sunrise in Aktau Mountains

Aktau Mountains (translated as “white mountains”) are chalk mountains of different colors, mostly white, located in the territory of the national park of Altyn-Emel in the central part of Almaty Oblast. It will take you about 5-7 hours to get here from Almaty. Aktau Mountains on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Sunrise in Aktau Mountains, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful colorful landscapes

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Jan/20

7

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

1

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

7

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

4

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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Feb/19

6

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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