Lakes based in the sands. Lake “Wooden”, autumn-winter

The lake that is talking about and looking for, but few have seen it. The lake is a mystery. It’s located in the left arm of Charyn River, below the village “Charyn”, not far from Charyn River’s mouth. It hides in sands and bed of rushes. It isn’t easy to find the way to it. Once you get to its lakeside, you realize that this is not a desert mirage, but a real oasis in this hot semi-desert.

The lake appeared in the late of 19th century or at the beginning of the last one. Who knows, may be it’s a dead arm of Charyn River. Surrounded from the West and the North by the advancing sands of the desert “Karabakum” and from the East and the South by tugai and turanga (asiatic poplar) thickets, the lake without a runoff has become an excellent home of flora and fauna.

Sandy shores, Magnificent beaches, Extensive bed of rushes, Wealth of healthful shallow clay, Hot sun - all of this enhance popularity among the local people considering the lake healing.

At the barchans’ height you can see the magnificent mountains “Aktau” (White Mountains) in the North. They are located on the opposite bank of the Ili River on the territory of the State National Natural Park "Altyn-Emel".

Aquatic fauna is represented by the same types of fish that live in rivers “Charyn” and “Ili”.

Until the 30s of the last century ian tiger lived in the rush and turanga of the Ili and Charyn rivers. He also lived on the shores of the "Wooden" Lake.

The life of the Wooden Lake is short-lived, the cause of its disappearance will be sand. The desert is encroaching upon the lake, step-by-step dig in it, and in years to come the lake will disappear leaving numerous dried up trunks of trees stifled by the sand on the shore. And the lake will be reborn on another old arm and it will again struggle with the coming desert.

We invite you to take part in the trip to the “Wooden” Lake. You can see the unique landscape of water and desert interaction. You’ll pass through the desert-steppe landscapes, visit the healing hot spring, and if you are lucky enough to see wild animals - arhars, hares, foxes and wolves.

In the program: off-road vehicle journey through the sands to the “Wooden” lake, climbing the barkhans, lunch in nature's lap, visiting the hot spring "Ulken Boguty".

A. Legend of the route by the hour:

1 day

8.30 - Gathering at the Central Stadium;

11.30 - Arrival to “Wooden” lake, walk along the lake

13.30  Lunch in the sands

03 pm - Departure to the hotel

04 pm - Hotel accommodation, swimming

07 pm - Dinner, swimming

2 day

10 am - Breakfast, swimming

11 am - Visit to the volcanic caldera

02 pm - Lunch, departure

07 pm - Return to the city

Number of days: 2
Covered regions:
Almaty
Astana
Akmola
Aktobe
Atyrau
East Kazakhstan
Karagandy
Kostanay
Kyzylorda
Mangystau
North Kazakhstan
Pavlodar
South Kazakhstan
West Kazakhstan
Zhambyl
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
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Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
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Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
What to bring: 1. Warm clothing, shoes; 2. Means of personal hygiene, medicines, and personal dishes; 3. Bedding / sleeping bag
Transport: SUV 4x4
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