Mountain hiking in the Karkaraly Mountains –
What to see and visit in the Karkaraly Mountains –
The Karkaraly Mountains are a mountainous valley in the east of Saryarka. The mountains consist of high hills, ridged mountains and groups of high peaks, and a small hilly plain. The mountains are stretched from northwest to southeast by 30-35 km with a width of 20-25 km. In the north-west of the valley there is Mount Shankoz (1360 m), in the west Mount Koktobe (1254 m), in the north-east the pointed peak of Karkaraly (1206 m), Mount Myrzashok (1169 m), in the south Zhirensakal (Komsomol peak, 1403 m, the highest point of the valley), Akterek (1230 m) in the south-east, Zhaurtogai, Naiza, etc.
Karkaraly Mountains – how to get there –
The Karkaraly Mountains are located in the center of Karkaraly district, Karaganda region, Kazakhstan. The mountains are part of the Karkaralinsky Nature Reserve (natural park).
Karkaraly Mountains – information –
The mountains are formed by effusive sedimentary strata of the middle and upper parts of the Devonian system and granitoids of the lower Carboniferous and Permian, eluvial-deluvial deposits. The climate is continental, the winter is long and cold, with little snow (30 cm). The average temperature in January is -14 ° C, the absolute minimum is -49 ° C. Summers are moderately hot and dry. The average temperature in July is 19 ° C (absolute maximum 40 °C). The average annual precipitation is 350-400 mm, mainly in the warm season.
There are many rivers and small lakes in the Karkaraly Mountains. The right tributaries of the Karkaraly rivers (including the tributaries Karaozek, Tulkili, Tasbulak), Zarym, Zharly, Kopa, Kurozen, Kendara, etc. come out of the mountains. On one of the mountain peaks there is a picturesque lake Shaitankol, a pool lake of tourist importance. The mountains are rich in underground fresh water there are springs such as Suikbulak spring, Tasbulak spring, Syrachiy spring.
On the slopes of the Karkaraly Mountains there are pine forests, juniper, birch, blue poplar, various types of willow, plane trees, honeysuckle, hawthorn, black currant, dogwood, dogrose, barberry, stone birch, etc. grow along streams and rivers. Pines make up 85.4% of the forests of the Karkaraly Mountains, birches and poplars - 12%, shrubs - 2.6%.
Animals such as deer, roe deer, lynx, fox, deer, wolf, rabbit, mink, squirrels, wild boar live in the Karkaraly Mountains. European deer, fallow deer, capercaillie and quail live here. Woodpeckers, warblers, sparrows, crows, sparrowhawks and bluebirds live here all year round. In summer, sparrows, cuckoos, etc. Birds of prey include eagles, vultures and hawks. Herons, ducks, geese, etc. live in the lakes.
Natural monuments in the Karkaraly Mountains –
There is a Karkaralinsky forestry in the area, which takes care of the forests of the Karkaralinsky Park, and is engaged in planting trees. In 1998, the Karkaraly National Park was created on the basis of the Karkaraly Mountains and the Kent Mountains. Based on the natural conditions and recreational resources of the Karkarala Mountains, the healing mud of Lake Karasor, the purest water of Khosali, the climate and soil of the area, it is possible to build a special infrastructure for recreation here. There are lakes on the top of the mountain, caves, amazing rocks, flora and fauna, etc. and historical (Karkaraly stone statues, the settlement of Syktyvkar, the Kunanbai Mosque, etc.) monuments provide an opportunity for the development of international tourism