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Turgen' magic lakes

http://almatyhiking.kz/sphagnum
Summer only!
5 days trekking to the magic moraine and sphagnum lakes of Turgen highlands where you can wander for weeks without meeting a single soul. This hard-to-reach marshy area is covered by soft moss that can store huge amounts of water and feeds these unique lakes - each of a different shade of blue and green.
The view from the plateau above will blow your mind.

Almaty - Batan village (2 hrs ride)
Trekking route: Batan - Turgen valley – glacier of Mountain Institute – Chon-Turgen plateau – moraine lakes – 4 sphagnum lakes of Turgen – Temirtas river – Ojkaragay meadow – Kayraksky waterfall – Turgen valley - Batan.

The route is flexible and could be shortened to 4- and 3-days trekkings. Even 2-days trekking (without moraine lakes) is available.

Fee: full route $1000 (group of 1-2 people) + $200 for each plus one. Includes camping meals (dinner and breakfast), accmdtn in tents. Be ready to carry a proportionate part of a load (porter services are available).

Season: June - Oct.
Profile of the full route

Distance: 54 km
Elevation gain/loss: 2800m
Difficulty: medium/hard

Shortcut (4 days) on the way back is available (without camping #3).
Distance: 45 km
Difficulty: medium


Moraine lake (Camp 2)
Sphagnum lakes
Wildlife
Sphagnum lakes
Sphagnum lakes
Turgen highlands
Moraine lake (Camp 3)
Turgen highlands
Sphagnum lakes
Kairak waterfall (50m)
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Tilda