One of nature's marvels, the Charyn Canyon is over 56 miles (90 km) in length with beauty and majesty reminiscent of the US Grand Canyon. Located only 2 hours from Almaty, it is easy to visit.
Experience stunning unspoiled natural beauty and tranquility here. Even the wild animals do not fear humans.
The Dzungarian Gate, the most popular area in this region for visitors, is a mountain pass between Birliktau and Militau, and formerly part of the great Silk Road trading route.
Have you ever heard sand dunes sing?
This truly amazing site, sight and sound occurs when winds blow over the ridges of the sand dunes when they are dry, causing the sand to shift and make a unique type of sound. They are located north-east of Almaty, in the country's largeset national park, Altyn-Emel.
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Your route goes to Dungee Kungei Alatau. In the eastern part of the gorge, there are the beautiful Kolsai Lakes, which are rightly called the pearl of the Northern Tien Shan.
Kolsai lakes are a cascade of three lakes located at different heights. The difference between the three lakes is about 700 meters. The largest and most accessible to all tourists, as well as the most beautiful - Lake Kaindy, has a beautiful, untouched nature and an abundance of mushrooms.
Nature is the most skillful creator. Even using destructive power, it creates a new, no less, and maybe even more unique miracle on the wreckage of the old. This is how you can characterize the mountain lake of Kaindy, which arose as a result of the strongest earthquake in Tien Shan in 1911. This unique natural site is located on the territory of modern Kazakhstan, 275 km to the south-east from Almaty, at an altitude of almost 2 km above sea level.
The natural disaster of 1911 created landscapes of magnificent beauty in the Chon-Urekta gorge. Collapsed rocks blocked the river and formed Lake Kaindy, which now attracts a huge number of tourists, eager to make amazingly beautiful photographs.
Lake Kaindy is unique because a real pine forest is located in its waters. Trees that went under the water more than a hundred years ago, look really and truly incredible. Their tops dried up, needles were shattered – such lifeless sight reminds of a long-time disaster and the great power of the force of nature.
However, the underwater part of the pines has withstood the ravages of time, and in green needles covered with algae, fish and other aquatic inhabitants live comfortably. Through the limpid waters of Lake Kaindy an unusual underwater world is very clearly visible, and these emotions are even more run high – in such a place one immediately understands that nature revives life even after a great catastrophe. If you were looking for a place where you can see so many unusual things and at the same time get a powerful energy boost, Lake Kaindy is what you need.
Kolsai Lakes is an ideal place for those who like to travel to the mountains. Trekkings on Kolsai Lakes are suitable for everyone, even non-professionals. In addition, Kolsay is a great place for picnics in nature. Undoubtedly, tourists will have a great rest outside of civilization and a huge variety of leisure activities - picking berries and mushrooms, fishing, horse riding and mountain bikes, etc. Comfortable for camping is the period from April to the end of September.
Here you can enjoy an unusual underwater forest, breathe in the clean light air of endless birch groves, renew your mental strength and add singularly beautiful photos to the photo album.