Karkaraly State National Natural Park
Including lakes, forests, springs with healing water and, of course, rich in flora and fauna.
Karkaraly State National Natural Park was founded in 1998 in the eastern edge of the Karaganda region. The park of Karkaraly district abounds with its natural attractions, including lakes, forests, springs with healing water and, of course, rich in flora and fauna. On the territory of the reserve, with an area of more than 90 hectares, there are five massive mountain groups: Airtau, Buguly , Kent, Maten and Shankoz . The highest peaks are in the Kent system and are approximately 1,400 meters. Each mountain is adjacent to water sources such as Kendara , Kengir , Ayushat , Ozen and others.
Another distinctive feature of the park is the Kyzyl-Kent Palace, which is of great importance for the study of spiritual development in Kazakhstan. The palace has an architectural structure characteristic of a Buddhist temple, therefore it causes considerable interest among historians and religious scholars. The park’s flora is made up of relict trees, numerous red-book plants and even a sphagnum bog covered with a dense layer of moss. The morphological composition of the fauna includes about 190 representatives of the animal world, which include birds, reptiles, fish and mammals. Here are also protected species: argali, golden eagles, black storks, steppe vipers.
Karkaraly State National Natural Park is ideal for trekking and active tourism, health improvement and treatment of the body with clean mountain air and healing water.