Lake Kaindy

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Lake Kaindy
Kaindy lake south-east Kazakhstan.jpg
Lake Kaindy is located in Kazakhstan
Lake Kaindy
Lake Kaindy
Location in Kazakhstan
Coordinates42°59′15″N 78°27′50″E / 42.98750001°N 78.4638888989°E / 42.98750001; 78.4638888989Coordinates: 42°59′15″N 78°27′50″E / 42.98750001°N 78.4638888989°E / 42.98750001; 78.4638888989
Native nameҚайыңды көлі
Basin countriesKazakhstan
Max. length400 m (1,300 ft)
Max. depth30 m (98 ft)
Surface elevation2,000 m (6,600 ft)

Lake Kaindy (Kazakh: Қайыңды көлі, Qaıyńdy kóli, meaning the "birch tree lake" or landslide) is a 400-meter-long (1,300 ft) lake located in Kazakhstan. The lake reaches depths near 30 meters (98 ft). It is located 129 kilometers (80 mi) east-southeast of the city of Almaty and is 2,000 meters (6,600 ft) above sea level.[1][2]


Lake Kaindy is located in the south of Kazakhstan, within Kolsai Lakes National Park. It is located 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) above sea level, 130 kilometres (81 mi) east of Almaty.

The lake was formed as the result of a major limestone landslide forming a natural dam. It blocked the gorge and was filled by mountain river water. This was triggered by the 1911 Kebin earthquake.

The track to Lake Kaindy has numerous scenic views to the Saty Gorge, the Chilik Valley, and the Kaindy Gorge. Lake Kaindy is about 400 meters long, reaching depths of nearly 30 meters at its deepest point. Altered by limestone deposits, the water maintains a bluish-green color.

The lake is well known for its scenery, particularly its trunks of submerged Picea schrenkiana trees that rise above the surface of the lake. The area is often referred to as a "sunken forest". The cold water helps preserve the tree trunks, which are overgrown with algae and various other water plants.[3]

In recent years, Lake Kaindy has become a popular international tourist destination.[4] It is considered a natural landmark of Kazakhstan. The lake is also known for ice diving and trout fishing in the winter season.[5][6]


  1. ^ "The Incredible Underwater Kazakh Forest".
  2. ^ "Armchair Traveler: The mysterious sunken forest in Lake Kaindy".
  3. ^ "The Sunken Forest of Lake Kaindy".
  4. ^ "THE DROWNED FOREST Incredible pictures capture stark beauty of the underwater trees of Lake Kaindy in Kazakhstan".
  5. ^ "Lake Kaindy".
  6. ^ "Lake Kaindy - Unique Places in Kazkhstan".