The Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve is located at the western end of the Talasski Alatau ridge in the Western Tien Shan at an altitude ranging from 1'100 m up to the parks highest mountain (Pik Sayarm, also known as Sayramskiy 4'236 metres).
The nature reserve covers an area of 1'319 square kilometres of forests, alpine meadows, streams, rivers and rocky mountains. It was the first nature reserve created in Central Asia and Kazakhstan.
It includes the 15 kilometres long and 500 metres deep Aksu Canyon, the Burgulyk Gorge, lakes Kyzyl-kol and Balyktin and their two powerful underground springs, the Akbiik karst cave with its stalactite and stalagmite galleries and underground lake, as well as the Kelte-Mashat Gorge (a 10-km long canyon and its 'Crying Cave').
Kazakhstan 2016, Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve.