Red Walls in Skazka Canyon, Kyrgyzstan

in #bescouted3 years ago (edited)


A photo from the last year, when I was travelling through the Central Asia. This is Skazka (meaning Fairytale) Canyon in Kyrgyzstan, south coast of a massive lake of Issyk Kul. The canyon is known for its otherworldly landscape, particularly the titanic walls, jutting out of the ground as if built by volition.

LocationSkazka Canyon, Kyrgyzstan
SettingsISO 125 f/22 1/50
CameraSony Alpha 5000
LensSony 3.5-5.6/16-50

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Kyrgyzstan is a wonderful country of mountains where you will find many curiosities, both cultural and nature. It is famous for its magnificent mountains (Central Tian-Shan and Pamir-Alay) and its snow-capped peaks that active travel enthusiasts can climb, its picturesque lakes, stormy rivers, icy glaciers and endless forests.

And definitely Skazka Canyon is one of the most impressive places in Kyrgyzstan, a canyon full of fantastic sandstone shapes that give the place its name, which means Russian fairy tale. For millennia of erosion, red sandstone has acquired forms that some say resemble animals, landmarks or legends.

Located on the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, Skazka is located on the main road from Karakol to Kaji-Sai, about 4 km (2.5 miles) from the village of Tosor:
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Lake Issyk-Kul (hot lake) is an endorheic lake (does not evacuate significant amounts of water) of Central Asia, located in the north-eastern foothills of the Tian Shan mountain range, northeast of Kyrgyzstan. It has a length of 182 km, and a width of 60 km, with a total area of 6,280 km², which makes it the second largest mountain lake in the world, after Lake Titicaca, located in the Andes. Its average height is of 1,609 msnm, and its maximum depth is of 702 m.

The lake is slightly saline, and remains free of ice during the winter. It is fed by springs and by the thaw in the spring. Its southern shore is dominated by the Tian Shan mountain range.

Issyk-Kul is famous for its curative mineralised water, hot springs and medicinal mud used for treating many diseases.


Kyrgyzstan never rings my bell, I couldn't believe there's that stunning unexplored place around Central Asia. Gotta add that place to my list.

Oh, nobody knows its true value. This is nothing, comparing to what can be found across that huge and undervalued region.

@nameless-berk, would you say central asia is a safe place to solo travel and budget friendly?

Absolutely. But it might be challenging without knowing some basic russian language.

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Extraordinary natural landscape, I would love to go someday, I did not know about this beautiful place, regards

wow,the place is wonderful.
like it a lot dear.

Friend, beautiful and impressive mountain, I hope someday to go and see it in person, and live this incredible adventure, greetings @nameless-berk

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