Plateau

Asy Plateau

This plateau is known from times immemorial as a summer pasture.
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3 hours

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Almaty province

Asy Plateau

This plateau is known from times immemorial as a summer pasture.

Asy Plateau (also spelled as Assy) is located along the Kishi-Turgen River, and stretches on for 60 km (37 mi). The plateau is 2800-3200 meters (about 9000-10500 ft) above the sea level. Here burial mounds of the Early Iron Age have been preserved. From ancient times, the Asy Plateau has been known as a summer pasture, used by Kazakh farmers for cattle grazing. Caravans going from Europe and Central Asia to China and India crossed the plateau as well. 


Here you can see bizarre-shaped trees, beautiful flowers, picturesque hills, herds of horses, moss-covered stones, and a river with crystal clear water.

In the upper part of the plateau, there is an astrophysical observatory equipped with one of the largest telescopes in the world.

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