Lake Balkhash is the 13th largest lake in the world. The lake is unique: the narrow strait divides it into two parts, these parts have different chemical characteristics of water - fresh water in the western part, and brackish water in the eastern part. The Ili, Karatal, Aksu, Lepsy and Ayaguz rivers flow into the lake.
The area of the lake is 16.4 thousand km². The lake lies at an altitude of about 340 m above sea level and has a beautiful crescent shape. The length is 600 km, the width varies from 9 to 74 km.
The main vegetation is turanga, willow, reeds and reeds. The decoration and the symbol of Lake Balkhash are white swans. Although currently they can be seen only in some parts of the lake. But the pelicans are the true owners of their territory. Lake Balkhash is also home to large cormorants, chirks, pheasants, golden eagles, white herons and muskrat. Wild boars can be found in reedbeds.
On the territory of Lake Balkhash you can spend a wonderful time in a rest house and on the wild beaches of the lake, fishing and even hunting with trained birds for grouse, duck, partridge, hare, fox and even wolf.
The Bektauata mountain range is the most beautiful place in the Northern Balkhash region. The pinkish peak of Bektauat peak rises by 1000 meters. In clear weather the visibility of the picturesque landscape stretches for 100 km. The Bektauata mountain range is not so long (4000 ha), but it is decorated with various rocks and gorges. Granite rocks of bizarre shapes leave an unforgettable impression, and their names are various: mushroom, trunk, turtle, etc.
How to get there
There are two ways to get to Balkhash.
The first one is to get from Almaty or Astana by train to Lepsa station, and then by taxi or minibus to the lake.
The second and much more interesting option is to drive your own car. The road runs along the route Almaty - Ust-Kamenogorsk to Taldykorgan, and then leaves for Lepsy station. Travel time - from 4 to 6 hours, depending on the speed of movement. Throughout the trip you will not be bored. The route impresses with a variety of landscapes - from mountainous terrain and steppe expanses to sand dunes - and also abounds with descents and turns.
You can plan and book a trip to Balkhash through the Ecotourism Information Resource Centre in advance.
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