Katon-Karagai is a unique region of Central Asia on the border with Russia, China and Mongolia. On its territory is the Katon-Karagai State National Natural Park and Markakolsky Reserve. Here, mountain peaks are adjacent to transparent lakes, dense emerald forests with subalpine meadows, fast rivers with formidable silent rocks.
The fauna of the reserves is rich and diverse. There are brown bears, elk, foxes, lynx, deer (Siberian deer), wolverine, sable, ermine, rare red wolf, falcon, grouse, black stork, silver gull and many others in the forests.
The pearls of this area are Lake Markakol, Mount Belukha, Mount Berkutaul and Lake Yazevoje.
Lake Markakol, lying in the depression, is 38 km long, 19 km wide and 27 m deep. It is fed by 27 rivers and streams, but only flows out of the lake Kalzhir River. Markakol's water is fresh and very soft, and its main treasure is the biting fish from the salmon family.
Yazevoe Lake is located on the territory of the Katon-Karagai National Natural Park.
Mount Belukha with its snow-white peak (4506 m) is the highest in Siberia and Altai. It is the kingdom of snow, ice, rattling avalanches and sparkling waterfalls.
It is surrounded by the mountain Berkutaul (the Eagle's Dwelling), its height is 3,373 m. Berkutaul is the second most popular peak of the Southern Altai, after Belukha.
Active tourist walks through the Katon-Karagai National Park.
Yazevoye Lake is located on the territory of Katon-Karagai National Natural Park. In the south from the lake on the border of Russia and Kazakhstan stretches the ridge of the Katunsky ridge in the center of glaciation which is the peak of Belukha.
In clear weather, Mount Belukha with its smaller brethren is reflected in the lake water. The height of the lake is 1686 meters above sea level, is in a fold on which one of the branches of the Katun glacier passed. The length of the lake is 3 kilometers, width 800 meters, depth reaches 10 meters. The water color is yellowish-green, with transparency up to 4.2 meters. The color of water gives silt and algae, which fill the lake.
The shores are formed by sand, pebbles and boulders. Two small unnamed tributaries and springs flow into the lake, the Yazevaya River flows out. The Yazevaya River flows out of the lake, where waterfalls are formed approximately 2 km downstream. On the eastern shore of the lake there is a tourist base Katon-Karagai Park, which can accommodate up to 15 people. On the territory of the base there is a real Russian bathhouse.
From the village of Yazevoe to the lake is about 28 kilometers of bad, mountainous road. Along the valley of the Yazevaya River the road is not difficult, but in front of the lake is a rocky road, which can be used by 4 WD cars.
Lake Yazevoye is considered to be the most beautiful lake in Kazakhstan's Altai Mountains by "advanced" tourists. On the northern side of the lake is Belukha Peak (Muztau), which is reflected in the waters of Lake Yazevoi in quiet weather. The water in the lake is warm enough, which is explained by the occurrence of peat layers on the bottom. There are a lot of fish in the lake - yazy, this is explained by the warm waters of the lake.
The lake is located 28 kilometers from the village of Yazovaya. The Yazevaya River flows out of the lake.
How to get there
Katon-Karagai can be reached through Ust-Kamenogorsk by Air Astana flights, which are operated from Almaty and Astana every day.
Then you can get to Katon-Karagai (500 km) by bus, which departs daily at 8.10 and 11.00 from Ust-Kamenogorsk bus station (travel time - 9 hours) or shift cars by agreement with travel agencies.
You can plan in advance and order a trip to Katon-Karagai through the Information Resource Center of Ecotourism.
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