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The river Karkara.

Guided walking tour Astana and Almaty.

“Nature encourages no looseness, pardons no errors”

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Special excursion in Turkestan.

The river Karkara flows across the territory of Raimbek district of the Alamaty region. Vasily Vasilyevich Radlov is the Russian orientalist the turcologist, the ethnographer, the archeologist and the teacher of the German origin, one of pioneers of comparative historical studying of Turkic languages and the people so treated an origin of the name of the area and river Karkara:
"The name of the area and river are that because there lives a birdie whom call a karkara. Karkara - a kind of a heron, and also some girls dress feathers of this bird on the headdresses which are called "karkara" too (1893, t.1 page 190).
The ethnographer and the researcher of folklore, traditions and customs of Kazakhs M. Krasovsky wrote year in the geographical and statistical notes about the Kazakh steppe the following: "During removements Kazakhs load on camels chests with load which top turns out similar to roofs of their houses (yurts), and these chests they call "karkara".
And as road chests and outlines of some mountains are similar, mountains also are called Karkara". (Krasovsky M., 1988, p.1, page 108 - 109). Approximately, also the ethnographer Shokan Valikhanov held such opinion.
"Karkara - Kazakhs so call plumelets, the sultan on the head of two very young girls of the Kalmyks captured at the small river". (Valikhanov Ch., 1984, page). Source of the river are called Kokzhar and after to the river the right inflow of Shakmartay originating in the southern spurs of the mountains Tiyek the river adjoins receives Karkara name.
The river Kokzhar originates about the pass Kokpak located at the height of 3482 meters above sea level in Mountains Terskey Alatau. Kyzylmoynok down the river of Karkara passes the pass frontier between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in environs.
After the river passes road check-point "Kyrkara" the river freely flows across the territory of Kazakhstan. Extent of the river is 70 kilometers. The river Karkara flows into the river Kegen in the neighborhood of the settlement of Shyrganak (Karkara) left inflow and after that loses the name.
Throughout 18 kilometers, from the settlement of Karkara and to the neighborhood of the settlement of Shyrganak the river spreads on the dead river channel, on this site the river forms a set a meander. The river Karkara flows through the picturesque natural boundary Charkuduk in the lower part of the gorge of Karkar.
Slightly below than the natural boundary there is an acclimatization base camp of climbers of Karkar. Along the river the highway on which through several passes it is possible to get to gorge upper courses Sarydzhaz runs. 

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Alexander Petrov.