Alakol, one of the largest lakes in Kazakhstan, is located next to Lake Balkhash. Its dimensions are impressive: the length reaches about 104 km, and the width is about 52 km. The maximum depth of the lake is about 54 meters. The reservoir is fed by the waters of the inflowing rivers, but has no runoff.
The Kazakh word "alakol" is translated as "variegated", which reflects the variability of the color of the water on the lake, which changes several times during the day. Numerous factors, such as weather conditions, the angle of incidence of sunlight, depth in various areas and the nature of the bottom, affect the shade of the reservoir. The result is a stunning play of color - from soft turquoise and emerald to dark gray, which attracts and delights holidaymakers.
The coastal strip of the lake also has its own characteristics. The sand here has a black tint, and there are dark pebbles. Due to their color, they heat up in the sun, so it is recommended to wear beach shoes for a comfortable stay. The pebbles can be large and are also found at the bottom of the lake, so it is recommended to bring comfortable swimming shoes with you.