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Charyn Canyon, way down to Valley of Castles
Valley of Castles Pictures from http://satkauskas.blogspot.com

Charyn Canyon is an 80 km canyon in Kazakhstan on the Charyn River, 200 km east of Almaty, close to the Chinese border. It is part of the Charyn National Park, which is established February 23, 2004 and located within the territory of the Uyghur and Kegen Districts of the Almaty Province.

It stretches 154 km (96 mi) along the Charyn River in the northern Tien Shan mountain range. In parts it attains the depth of 150-300 meters (492-984 ft).

One part of it is known as Valley of Castles for its unusual rock formations. The width of it ranges from 20-80 meters (66 – 262 ft). The length is 2 km (1.24 mi) long.


Coordinates: 43°21′43″N 79°5′26″E / 43.36194°N 79.09056°E / 43.36194; 79.09056

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