There are a lot of beautiful places in our country, but few know them. Take, for example, the Northern Balkhash. What is there? The answer of many: the endless steppes and deserts. Of course, such an answer can be considered correct, but with a big reservation. After all, north of Balkhash, among those very boundless steppes, there are rather big mountain ranges. About one of them will tell. This is Bektau-Ata.
Bektauatinsky State Reserve is located 60 kilometers north of the city of Balkhash. This mountain range is nothing but an unborn volcano. In the distant past, in the Paleozoic era, on the border of the Carboniferous and the Permian, a large volcano was born here. He melted the rocks, but never exploded. In this place there is a giant granite cork, which closed the mouth forever. This is the main hypothesis explaining the occurrence of the Bektau-Ata massif. The Bektau-Ata mountain range is small in area – approximately 6×6 kilometers (4,000 hectares), but it contained an extraordinary variety of bizarre rocks and thorny canyons. The processes of weathering have destroyed granite for thousands of years, and where it has succumbed, deep cracks and niches have formed, and some parts of the mountains have taken the most fantastic forms. They are called “Mushroom”, “Chest”, “Turtle”, and “Three-tooth”. One of the massifs is called Sarykuldzh – “Yellow Argali”.
In Bektau-Ata grows about 300 species of meadow with steppe plants. Of these, about 50 species – medicinal. There are dog-rose, meadowsweet, hawthorn, honeysuckle, currant. There is still a rare plant – Kessler’s Astragalus. It is known in Bektau-Ata and the listed book of the plant is a bektauatavsky kopeechnik. There is also a juniper, or Cossack juniper, growing literally on bare rocks.
A rare animal is found here – a five-eyed dwarf jerboa. In the mountains live argali. In the lower reaches and in the steppe, saigas, gazelles and other ungulates occur, followed by wolves. Forest areas attract many birds. These are turtle doves, orioles, boars, warblers, porridge, heaters. Rent and hire a car for traveling in Kazakhstan in Vladex car rental. Choose a car to rent for a trip to the mountains of Bektau-Ata.