The astonishing Bakhtarma Reservoir is on its way to becoming the Kazakh tourist city of Mecca

NUR-SULTAN – The Bakhtarma Water Reservoir located in the East Kazakhstan region needs three years to become a competitor to every other resort in the country, Daniyal Akhmetov, the region’s governor, said at a press conference held on July 14 at the Central Communications Department, said the district governor.

Bukhtarma water tank. Image credit: Live Journal website. Click to see the map in full size

The reservoir is the largest artificial water reservoir in the country and one of the five largest in the world with an area of ​​5,500 square kilometers. It is located about 100 kilometers from the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk.

Created in 1960 on the Yertis River, it increases the capacity and generation of electric power at the Ust-Kamenogorsk and Bukhtarma hydroelectric power plants. The Bakhterma Reservoir also creates a deep-water path for ships that sail on the river and use its waters to irrigate local fields.

“We may outsmart them [other resort areas]. Only our region has the natural resources for pantotherapy, a treatment with panties – the growing antlers of an adult male deer, ”said Akhmetov.

According to Akhmetov, 36 projects worth 12 billion tenge (25 million US dollars) are now being implemented in the region, among them 12 recreation centers in the Bakhtiyarma Reservoir.

Akhmetov said that it is very important to complete the repair of the road bypassing the Osinovsky Pass because people will get to the reservoir faster – within an hour.

Eighteen kilometers of 32 kilometers of the road have been completed. The project is expected to start operating next year.

Kiin Kerish Channel. Image credit:

To date, the reservoir is a favorite vacation spot for both locals and tourists from neighboring countries.

They have the opportunity to choose any of the dozens of recreation centers and enjoy sunbathing, picking berries in the forests, resting in tents, fishing where there are ide, pike, perch, sazan, crochet, burbot, trout, and bream, among others Other types of fish are out there.

The area near the reservoir provides its visitors with an opportunity to explore many attractions.

The district of Kiin Kerish, which is located 120 kilometers from the village of Kurchum and covers an area of ​​\u200b\u200babout 300 hectares, is also called the city of spirits. Resembling Mars with its hills and slopes, it is made of multi-colored clay, predominantly red, white and yellow. From afar, shiny rocks look like fiery flames, so they are called “flaming”.

Geologists believe that Kiin Kerish is a unique fossil monument. The bright color of the muddy rocks indicates that they were formed in the hot and humid tropical climate of the Mesozoic Era when dinosaurs still dominated the world.

The waterfall on the Bolshoi Kok-Kol River (Big Blue Lake River). Image credit: Live Journal website

Another tourist destination is the waterfall on the Bolshoi Kok-Kol River (Big Blue Lake River), the largest in Kazakhstan and Altai, with a height of 60 meters, which people can only reach on foot or on horseback.

In addition to the aesthetic landscape, the gorge near the waterfall may be of practical importance for creating a climatic resort. The climate of river valleys, resembling that of a waterfall, has healing properties: millions of spray droplets moisturize and enrich the air with gas ions.

Akshuate fishing village is another interesting place near the Bukhtarma Reservoir, which has an unusual architecture, created by a special subculture of Kazakh fishermen.

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