A week around Almaty

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A week around Almaty

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Spending around a week around Almaty, where would people recommend to explore the natural beauty of the region? I'm torn between Kolsai Lakes National Park and Aksu-Zhabagyly Nature Reserve ... I'd also like to combine these with Turkestan. Is that anywhere else that you'd recommend as essential in such a short time?
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Well, Aksu-Zhabagly and Turkestan are more than 1000 km away from Almaty, so to call it "around Almaty" is a bit of a stretch.

I just rewrote my Around Almaty article with 3 itineraries: https://caravanistan.com/kazakhstan/almaty-region/

Let me know if that's useful, or what you are missing there in terms of information. Would be good to get some feedback to see if it answers your questions.

I also just rewrote the Aksu-Zhabagly article, not sure if you have seen it yet: https://caravanistan.com/kazakhstan/sou ... -zhabagly/
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I want to add multiple routes to this list. I did not find these points in your presentation.

For example - Ketmen mountains.

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Tuzkol lake.

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I can give details if there is interest.
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wow that picture with the lynx is so good.
Is this the mountain area east of kegen upto Ketmen?
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Yes, that's right, this place. We drove from Kegen to Lake Tuzkol through Syryjaz and Tekes. This is a somewhat circular path, but we got a beautiful view from the south to the valley and the lake.

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This video is an instruction on how to get to Tuzkol lake from Almaty.

https://youtu.be/3AJvdCc_q9w

We spent the night at the lake. The next day we drove along the Shalkudysu river, fished there, then went through the Ketmen ridge to Chundzha.

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This is a video with the main episodes of the trip.

https://youtu.be/pxPFyDmFMFU

And one more important thing. You have the opportunity to see Khan-Tengri from Tuzkol lake. This is a photo of last year, autumn. Pobeda Peak is visible on the right.

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One unusual place near Alma-Ata.
"Almost in the very center of Eurasia, in the south of Kazakhstan, bursting out of the Tien Shan mountains, the Ili River flows - the largest river of Semirechye. Beginning in China, from the confluence of the Tekes and Kunges rivers, having run one and a half thousand kilometers measured by nature, it gives its waters to Lake Balkhash. More than half of its way, the river passes through Kazakhstan and here, a little below the dam of the Kapchagai hydroelectric power station, not far from the river bank, the City of Nomads was erected." story, photo, video

https://youtu.be/iwGdUp8hGic

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