Lakes of the Dzungarian Alatau -
A walk to the lakes in the Karaaryk gorge of the Dzungarian Alatau -
Karyaryk is a high-altitude lake, located at an altitude of 3410 meters above sea level in the mountains of the Dzungarian Alatau. The length of the lake from northwest to southeast is 290 meters. The greatest width in the southern part of the lake is 195 meters. The area of the lake is 36144 square meters, the perimeter of the lake is 813 meters. The Karaaryk River with a delta width of up to 120 meters flows into the northeastern part of the lake.
How to get there, visit -
Lake Karyaryk is located in the upper reaches of the Karyarak River, in a narrow gorge, between the northwestern slope of the Kongorobo Mountains and the southeastern slopes of the Dzungarian Alatau ridge in the Eskeldinsky district of Almaty region.
GPS coordinates: N44°59'04" E79°53'35"
Lake Karyaryk was formed as a result of the sliding of two moraines from the northeastern slope of the Kongoboro Mountains and blocked the bed of the Karaaryk River. The western moraine, 530 meters wide and the eastern moraine, 250 meters wide, created a natural dam and a lake appeared. The river originates from the Karaaryk glacier with a length of 1.8 kilometers. The glacier is located mostly on the eastern slope of the Kongorobo Mountains and only 500 meters of glacier in the river valley have a north-westerly direction. The tongue of the glacier is located at an altitude of 3256 meters above sea level. The upper part of the glacier lies in the ridge of the Dzungarian Alatau ridge at an altitude of 3957 meters above sea level. The area of the glacier is 1.24 square kilometers, the perimeter is 6.85 kilometers.
Karaaryk Lake in Almaty region, Dzungarian Alatau