Kolsay Lakes National Park

Tour Kolsay Lakes National Park

Kazakhstan
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Lina Shatalova
Kolsay Lakes National Park
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Kazakhstan

Tucked away in the majestic Tien Shan Mountains of southeastern Kazakhstan, Kolsay Lakes National Park is a hidden gem that showcases nature's untouched splendor. Comprising three alpine lakes, each set at a different altitude, the park is a vivid display of turquoise waters surrounded by verdant forests and snow-capped peaks.

Kolsay Lakes are often referred to as the "Pearls of the Northern Tien Shan." These pristine glacial lakes mirror the sky and surrounding scenery, creating dreamlike reflections. As you ascend from the first to the third lake, the journey becomes a progressively serene experience, with fewer visitors and more untamed wilderness.

The park's rich biodiversity is one of its main draws. Amidst the dense spruce forests, rare and endangered species, such as the snow leopard, roam the rugged terrains. The lynx, Central Asian red deer, and Tian Shan brown bear also call this area home. Birdwatchers might spot the golden eagle or the Himalayan griffon vulture soaring overhead, against the backdrop of clear azure skies.

The flora of Kolsay Lakes is equally enchanting, particularly during spring and summer when wildflowers burst into a riot of colors, carpeting meadows with shades of purple, yellow, and white. The region is particularly known for its endemic species, which have adapted to the high-altitude climate.

For adventure seekers, the park offers a range of activities. Trekking routes, suitable for both novices and experienced hikers, wind through forests, past cascading waterfalls, and along the lake shores. Horseback riding is another popular way to explore the vast landscapes, offering a unique vantage point and a deeper connection to the nomadic traditions of the region.

In a nutshell, Kolsay Lakes National Park is a haven of natural beauty and tranquility. It's a place where the melodies of nature — the rustling of leaves, the call of distant birds, and the gentle lap of lake waters — come together in a harmonious symphony, inviting visitors to pause, reflect, and revel in the wonders of the wild.

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Geeky Facts about Kolsay Lakes National Park

Fact 1

The lakes are located at heights 1800, 2250 and 2700 m above sea level.

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To protect nature conservation, 72% of the territory is under strict protection.

Fact 3

In the park 704 species of plants have been recorded.

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