Tourism in Kazakhstan: 5 best places for outdoor recreation

Tourism in Kazakhstan: 5 best places for outdoor recreation

Emotions from independent travel in Kazakhstan are incomparable with any excursion. And most importantly, you can have fun already at the stage of planning your trip, exploring the sights and planning a route. For active travelers, we have selected 6 of the most amazing places in Kazakhstan, which are worth seeing!

Khan Tengri Peak is an ideal mountain peak

It is called the most beautiful peak not only in Kazakhstan, but all over the world. Thousands of climbers dream of conquering him. It is surrounded by legends and it is believed that spirits live on it. All this is about him - the Khan Tengri peak, the top of the Tien Shan, which has the shape of an almost perfect pointed pyramid. In Kazakhstan, the peak is also known as Kantau or Bloody Mountain, as the rock consists of pink marble, which "burns" in red at sunset.

Translated from the Turkic, the name of the peak means "the lord of the sky." According to Tengrian mythology, before there was only an immense ocean, in which a shining egg once formed. It split into two halves, and the god Tengri came out. The top of the egg turned into Heaven, and the bottom into Earth. God Tengri is all-seeing and omnipotent, he controls the fate of people, and even other gods obey him. Such a beautiful legend is associated with the name of the peak, which, like a deity, is shrouded in grandeur and impresses even a sophisticated traveler.

Khan Tengri Peak is located on the border of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and China. The height of the summit is 6995 meters, and together with the ice cover - 7010 meters. It is one of the five peaks of Central Asia with a height of over 7 thousand meters. The first climbers to conquer Khan Tengri in 1931 were the Ukrainian team - Mikhail Pogrebetsky, Boris Tyurin and Franz Sauberer. They climbed to the summit from the southwest, and in 1964 a group of climbers led the first ascent from the north. Today there are more than 25 known routes to the summit, laid both from the south and from the north. It is interesting that the youngest climber (Pole Adam Beletsky), who was able to conquer Khan Tengri, was only 17 years old. There is a record for the speed of ascent to the famous peak - 7 hours 40 minutes, set by the Kazakh climber Denis Urubko.

Khan-Tengri is the most famous peak not only in Kazakhstan, but also in Kyrgyzstan. In 2010, the National Bank of Kyrgyzstan issued a new 100 som banknote with the image of the Khan Tengri peak on the back.

Climbing to the top is possible only as part of a group and takes 22 days. Travelers are taken by helicopter to an altitude of 4000 meters, from where the ascent begins. On the way, four camps are set up at an altitude of 4200, 5300, 5900 and 6400 meters. The ascent of Khan-Tengri is considered a difficult and dangerous route, the path can be complicated by avalanches or icefalls. The weather, which is very unpredictable here, also makes its own adjustments.

There is a special capsule at the top of Khan Tengri peak, which contains messages from all climbers who got here. After the ascent, the capsule is dug up, they write their message with a simple pencil (the fountain pen does not work here) and the capsule is buried again. Travelers stay at the summit for an average of 20-30 minutes, and this is in good weather, because then they will descend, which is no easier than climbing. But, despite all the difficulties and danger, Khan Tengri beckons with its beauty and is one of the most stunning natural attractions in Kazakhstan.

Charyn canyon - bizarre forms and mysticism

The history of the Charyn Canyon, one of the most beautiful places in Kazakhstan, began more than 12 million years ago. At that time, this territory was occupied by the Ili Lake, which later dried up, and the water flow joined the Ili River. For hundreds of thousands of years, the water element washed out the rock, cut the rocks together with the wind, giving them a bizarre shape. There are hundreds of cliffs and arches, caves and grottoes - all thanks to the water. The formed canyon stretches 154 km in length, and the height of the rocks reaches 150-300 meters. This place is unique not only for its rocks, but also for its flora. Just take a look at the grove of the Sogdian ash tree, which grows in only a few places on the planet.

The most popular part of the Charyn canyon is called the "Valley of Castles". Most often tourists come here to admire the huge rocks that resemble ancient castles. This place looks especially beautiful at sunset, when the setting sun emphasizes the red hue of the rock - the feelings of mysticism do not leave at this moment.

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