Kyzylaraysk mountain and forest oasis is an amazing combination of untouched nature, ancient historical monuments and the richness of original flora and fauna. Pine forests growing on granite rocks are of interest for scientists as the southernmost place of pine growth in the Central-Kazakhstan ecosystem.
On a relatively small territory it is possible to travel on mountains and steppes, to get in touch with the historical heritage dating back to the Bronze Age, to later periods: monumental tombs of Begazy, stone sculptures of the Turkic period and mausoleums of the epoch of the Kazakh-Dzungarian wars.
The well-preserved national way of life of the local population makes Kyzylaray a great place for those who like to discover something new and unusual.
Granite tombs of Begazy are one of the most mysterious archaeological discoveries on the territory of Central Kazakhstan, a monument of culture of the Bronze Age.
Aksoran is the highest point of the Kyzylaray mountains and the Kazakh Melkosopochnik (Sary-Arka) as a whole, its height is 1565 meters. Kyzylaraysk mountains are notable for their untouched nature, tourists are still very rare guests.
The village of Shabanbai Bee, located at the foot of the highest point of the Kyzylarai mountains of Aksoran mountain, is one of the places in Central Kazakhstan, where ecotourism based on local communities is developing. In the houses of local residents’ tourists are offered accommodation, as well as an incomparable opportunity to get acquainted with simple rural life and taste Kazakh national cuisine, such as barmack, kuyrdak, pilaf and others.
How to get there
You can get to Shabanbai Bee by train from Almaty or Astana via Karagandy or to Aktogay village.
Both Aksoran and Begazy are located in Aktogay district. They can be visited by bus from Aktogay village to Shabanbay Bee village
You can plan and book a trip to Shabanbai Bee through the Ecotourism Information Resource Centre in advance.
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