Mountain lakes are located at significant altitudes above sea level, feeding on snowfall and underground springs. The pristine beauty of the Karkaralinsk mountains and forests, lush valleys, clean as a tear, lakes are remembered for a long time by everyone who has been here at least once. Near Karkaralinsk there is a unique museum of nature. There are thousands of exhibits, which reveal the richness of flora and fauna of this mountain-forest massif.
Karkaraly is a small resort town with small wooden houses and narrow streets. The name of the area comes from the traditional type of hats decorated with beads and lace worn by women in the region.
People are always hospitable, they can share their everyday life, homemade food (often grown by themselves). Here you can appreciate the real Kazakh rural life. You can also test your ability to speak Kazakh.
Here you can also find traces of the most ancient population of this region, who lived here at the beginning of the first millennium A.D.
There are 6 tourist routes in Karkarali National Park: 3 hiking trails, 1 horse riding trail, 1 ski trail and 1 bicycle trail. Traditional prayer trees can be seen in the park.
How to get there
You can get to Karkaraly from Almaty by train.
The fast but rather expensive (6900 tenge and above at one end) Spanish train Talgo leaves from Almaty-2 station every day at 18.23 and arrives in Karaganda at 05.26 the next day.
There are several slower trains, the most convenient of which leaves every day at 17.09 and arrives at 13.35 the following day. The price is from 2300 tenge and higher depending on the facilities.
Karkaraly can also be visited from Astana. Train ride will take about 4 hours.
In Karaganda you need to take a taxi, from here to Karkarala it takes 3 hours.
You can plan and book a trip to Karkaraly in advance via the Ecotourism Information Resource Centre.
Contacts: Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Shevchenko Street, 14, sq.2, tel: +7 727 293 84 23, +7 727 2 93 83 80, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org