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Terekty mountain gorge

Photo tour to Altyn-Emel natural park

Petroglyphs (rock paintings) in the Terekty gorge in the Altyn-Emel park

Terekty-say is the name of the mountain gorge and a group of rock carvings (petroglyphs) in the Altyn-Emel nature reserve. Here you will find many different ancient rock paintings. It depicts ancient hunting scenes, various kinds of animals and also images of people.

How to get there, visit

The gorge is located in the Almaty region on the territory of Kazakhstan in the reserve and natural park Altyn-Emel. Rock carvings are located on the northwestern slope of the Terekty gorge, the Koksu river valley, the gorge is part of the Dzhungar Alatau mountains.

Petroglyphs in the Terekty gorge

Here are depicted animals such as mountain goats, bulls, horses, argali, there are also images of birds and dogs and various predators. Here you will see images of hunting scenes, martial arts of warriors. There are images of chariots here, as one chariot pursues another. All images are from the Bronze Age. There are also ancient inscriptions, Buddhist, in the Tibetan language, in total 27 inscriptions were found here. All inscriptions contain the single phrase Om Mani Padme Hum ("Om mani padme hum"). Om is the primary sound of the universe, Mani is a precious man, Padme is a lotus, Hum is the Heart, Wisdom. Translation into Russian means the following - "Blessed be born in the lotus."

Terekty mountains and petroglyphs (rock paintings)


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