Sairam-Ugam National Park’s uniqueness allows to develop several tourism areas

Sairam-Ugam National Park’s uniqueness allows to develop several tourism areas

Seven natural zones, about 1,500 species of plants and a huge number of rare and endangered animals, snow-white mountain peaks, deep rivers, waterfalls, mountain lakes with icy crystal water. The amazing area of the Sairam-Ugam state reserve in southern Kazakhstan has all of these. The unique landscape of this area annually attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world.

“We work with tourists every day. There are 12 stations, six lakes and 11 tourist routes on the territory of our reserve. We have six employees in tourism department, including those who speak foreign languages. Usually tourists come with their translators. Due to the pandemic, this year there were few tourists, but tourists usually come not only from the regions of Kazakhstan, but also from abroad, from countries such as Germany, France, Russia,” said a guide Akhat Tastanbekov.

The territory of the national park is divided into three zones with different access regimes: protected area, tourist and recreational. The first one has beautiful wooden guest houses with a dining room, swimming pools, sports grounds and a sauna for the convenience of guests. The access to the protected area, however, is limited, you can go there only along specially laid hiking trails and on transport for the highlands. This year, three more tourist routes are planned to be built here with the financial support of UNDP. The territory of the national park also attracts climbers from spring to late autumn every year.

“We have a unique area, tourists from Russia and other countries come here. It has everything for mountaineering - routes from one to six. In terms of tourism, there are many routes that have been laid since Soviet times - you can walk as much as you want, the potential is enormous,” commented Stepan, a climber from Shymkent.

The territory of the protected area also has historical value. Rock carvings - petroglyphs, religious buildings, settlements and burials of different historical eras have been found here. All these cultural and historical monuments have not been studied enough and require careful research by archeologists and scientists. Researchers are already expressing interest in such trips.