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Karkaraly National Park

There are picturesque lakes, forests, springs with healing water and, of course, it is rich in wildlife.
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Karagandy province

Karkaraly National Park

There are picturesque lakes, forests, springs with healing water and, of course, it is rich in wildlife.

Karkaraly National Park, founded in 1998, is located in the east of the Karaganda Province. The park's lakes, rivers, and forests are striking in their beauty. The reserve occupies the terrytory of more than 90 hectares. There are five massive mountain ranges: Airtau, Buguly , Kent, Maten, and Shankoz. The highest peaks are in the Kent Mountains and are approximately 1,400 meters (4500 ft) high. Lakes Baseyn and Shaitankol are the park's most famous. Trekking routes to them are very popular among tourists.
Another place of interest is the Kyzyl-Kent Palace, which is of great spiritual importance for Kazakhstan. The palace resembles a Buddhist temple, therefore it arouses considerable interest among historians and religious scholars.
The park is a fascinating ecosystem filled with hundreds of species of animals. There are endangered species, such as argali, golden eagles, black storks, steppe vipers. The park’s flora consists of relict trees, and numerous rare plants. There are even a sphagnum bog covered with a dense layer of moss. 
Karkaraly National Park is an ideal place for trekking. And clean mountain air and healing water are very good for your health.     

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