Unique lake of Kazakhstan – Alakol lake
Unique lake of Kazakhstan – Alakol lake is the second largest among domestic reservoirs of Kazakhstan and the only deep-water lake among the lakes of the Republic. In translation from Kazakh language means “Motley the lake”. It is really colorful – the turquoise clear morning, azure at the end of the day. This is a kind of sea steppe. Warm water and schungite stone on the shore. Beautiful sunsets, bright sun and the healing properties of water attract more and more tourists every year. There is a lake in the semi-desert zone between the snowy peaks of the Dzhungarsky Alatau and the blue ridges of the Tarbagatai on the North-East of Almaty oblast at a height of 347 m above sea level, covers an area of 2700 sq km and reaches a Depth of 50 meters, has a length of 102 km, width of 54 km it empties Into more than 15 tributaries, including the river Emel. The highest temperature on the surface of the water is 24-26 degrees.
Alakol water is salty, of the sea. Salt composition of water is sodium chloride in character, the chemical composition is comparable with the waters of the Black sea and includes almost the entire periodic table except for iodine, which contributes to the treatment of many diseases. It promotes treatment of skin diseases, has a beneficial effect on musculoskeletal apparatus, nervous system and overall health.Alakol basin belongs to the zone of insufficient moisture and assetsapplications climate resort for treatment of pulmonary diseases. Scientifically confirmed and observed in practice results in the treatment of psoriasis, eczema, urticaria, neurodermatitis. Very warm in summer (average summer temperature is 26 degrees). The swimming season on the lake opens in mid-June.
Unique coast – black medical pebbles. The pebble bottom of the lake, near the shores of the muddy places, the shore is covered with small black pebbles, warm from the sun warming it. Experts attributed the Alakol exceptionally healing properties. In addition to the fertile water and sulphurous mud, and dry steppe air, saturated with mineral salts.
Despite the lack of resorts and sanatoriums, all this variety of natural factors creates favorable conditions for rest and treatment of skin diseases.
According to legend, the water of the lake with magical powers, removing the person fatigue, irritation, eliminates pain in the joints, bringing calm and good humour. Since ancient times Alakol famous for its healing waters. Genghis Khan stayed here with his Tumen and treated the wounded soldiers. After hundreds of years of Soviet cosmonauts were purified from cosmic radiation in the waters of Alakol. The lake is fed by underground springs, which okazyvat a beneficial effect on the human body.
More benefit from treatment with the waters of Alakol men. But for women there is a lake Zhalanashkol. This medicinal lake is located a few kilometers from the Alakol lake and its water and mud to cure women from infertility, to restore mental strength, relieve stress, cleanse and rejuvenate the skin.
In the Central part of the lake is the archipelago of three Islands, on which in 1998 was created Alakol state nature reserve. Alakol is the most important crossroad of routes migracionnyh birds from Central Asia, flying with Indian and African wintering grounds. Here are the rest of the hundreds of thousands of birds, many of which are listed in the Red Book: white and Dalmatian Pelican, whooper swans, white-headed duck, white-tailed eagle, Demoiselle cranes, great bustard, relict gull, Flamingo and others.
The Alakol lake is rich in fish: white perch, Osman, one-color gubach, lake and river Marinka, carp, perch, crucian carp.Interesting and varied fishing and hunting around the lake.
On the shore there are quite a few comfortable holiday houses that allows you to organize a relaxing stay on the shores of lake. Alakol is waiting for You!