There is a very picturesque Aksai gorge on the west of Almaty (about 20 km) on the territory of the Ile-Alatau National Park. It is part of the green zone of Almaty and Kaskelen. Geographically, the gorge is located in the western central part of the Zailiysky Alatau mountains, which are part of the mountain system of the Northern Tien Shan.
The gorge greets travelers with majestic spruces, mixed birch and rowan trees, alpine meadows, a clear mountain river and crystal clear springs. The floodplain of the river Aksai and the nearest slopes are covered with thickets of medicinal plants.
Aksai gorge is famous for the Aksai river, the Aksai glacier and the orthodox monastery. Every year, numerous pilgrims gather here on the day of the commemoration of the holy martyrs Seraphim and Theognost (the monks who died here). On the way to the monastery and right next to it you can collect holy water, which comes from several springs.
Another attraction of these places is the Aksai gorge, which was formed by a huge flood, following a powerful collapse that occurred as a result of the earthquake of 1887. According to the research of scientists, the volume of stone debris is about 40 million cubic meters. The attention of tourists is also attracted by a unique structure in the area - a stone castle built by a lonely old hermit who used to live in it.
The gorge is a very popular place for recreation of locals as well.
You can plan and book a trip to Aksai Gorge through the Ecotourism Information Resource Center in advance.
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