Kaindy Lake, Southern Kazakhstan

Kaindy Lake

Lake Kaindy («birchen» in Kazakh) is lost in a coniferous forest at the height of 2000m above sea level among the Kungei Alatau Mountains. Its name possibly originated from an artificial birchwood, located near the lake. Lake Kaindy with the length of 400m and depth of almost 30m was formed as a result of natural disaster: a gorge was flooded with water, which formed natural gates in the very centre of the lake. Its coniferous trees submersed incompletely, their dried peaks overlook proudly over the water like sunken squadron masts.

Their peaks are greeting amazing sights of the Kaindy and Saty gorges and also water gap of the Chilik River. Strangely enough, but this lake inimitable in its beauty is actually unknown. The reason of it is possibly in the Kolsai Lakes located near it which distract attention of the tourists from it. Year by, however, Lake Kaindy is gaining more and more popularity.