Charyn / Kaindy 01.05.2019


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I stayed in guest house right in Saty. It's the main business for locals. However Kazakh people are very hospitable in general. This is how it looks like.

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Next to the village there is one more lake worth to visit: Kaindy. The road (especially after the rain) is absolutely awful. Not every 4x4 would make it. Locals are more than happy to help.

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For a small fee they will take you almost to the lake on an immortal UAZ-469 or UAZ-452 (those are Soviet military cars which can survive any road in any condition)

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It's just a few minutes from the parking stop to the lake. Even though locals are happy to help you with that as well: you can go on horse this part of the way. Honestly, I won't recommend it. On trails like this I trust my legs much more than a horse I've never seen before (:

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The lake is quite young. It appeared just a hundred years ago after earthquake. However the level goes down nowadays (thanks to global warming). Some say we have just 10-15 years before it's gone. You have to hurry if you want to see the lake yourself :)

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The water is very pure.
Like on Kolsai lakes don't forget about the ticks. Safety always should be a priority.

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Charyn canyon. It's #1 tourist nature destination in Almaty area. So it was quite predictable that the parking would be full in a public holiday.

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Though there's plenty of space. It shouldn't be a problem.

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Charyn canyon reminds me Grand Canyon in miniature. It's even located on the same latitude. It might not be as popular. However after Aktau and Katutau it felt overcrowded.

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The canyon is quite long, but tourists explore only a short 2 km area -- Castle Valley. On the top of the canyon there are rocks which shaped like castles. Sometimes you just can wonder how they didn't fall down.

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If you don't have a desire (or just can't) walk those 2 km, there are special taxis. For a small fee they are happy to get you through the way. It actually might be a good idea to hire them for a way back. The road goes up the hill in a back direction.

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Kazakh don't really care about a nature view. Need to build a few yurts? No problem. Just go ahead.

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A few more pictures.

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A cool bus stop from Soviet time. There are just a very few left like this one.

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PS. Want to say a special thanks to Sergey. He was the main reason why the trip to Kazakh parks was so dense and interesting. It's really a rare finding.


 
 
 
 

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