Charyn Canyon is very large canyon in southeastern Kazakhstan, 193 kilometers east of Almaty, near the Chinese border stretching for a distance of 154 km NE-SW along the Charyn River, one of the deepest rivers of the northern Tyan-Shan. The steep canyon slopes, columns and arches rise to heights of 150-300 m forming whimsical shapes.
The 154 kilometer-long canyon is sometimes referred to “Valley of the Castles” because some of the oddly shaped rock formations look like battlements and towers.
In some whimsical formations you can recognize familiar appearances, like sideview of famous russian poet Alexander Pushkin in this rock:
After walking on the waterless side gorges of Charyn canyon, the green oasis with the fast stream of Charyn at the bottom looks like paradize…