Lake Kaindy

The beauty of sunken trees

The Kaindy lake of unearthly beauty is located among the mountain landscapes of the majestic gorges of the Kungei-Alatau, behind one of the winding turns of the road, 11 kilometers from the village of Saty. Located at an altitude of 1,667 meters above sea level, the lake isn’t of significant size - its length is only 400 meters and the depth is 30 meters. But the main thing about the lake is not its size, but the mysterious ghosts of sunken trees, rising above the serene surface of the lake.

The origin of the lake

By the standards of natural processes, the lake can be called young - it was formed only about a century ago as a result of an earthquake. A strong landslide blocked the gorge and the water flooded the glade with coniferous trees. Cold water, whose temperature even in summer does not exceed 6 degrees, did not allow the needles to decompose and the trunks of trees are clearly visible through the clear surface of the water. This creates a halo of mystical splendor around the lake.

Trace of history

If you look at the lime outcrops of the slopes, you can find the fossilized remains of marine animals that lived in the ancient warm-water sea that used to be very populated many years ago.

Magic of the sunken forest

Perfectly transparent water and picturesque underwater landscapes of “Kaiyndy” attract diving enthusiasts from around the world. And this is not surprising, because the lake is one of the 25 best freshwater reservoirs in the world for diving!


Tour includes:
  • Guide services (including interpreter)
  • Transfer from hotel or meet point, guide services (including interpreter)
  • Lunch (hot meal, sandwiches, hot tea)
  • Professional photography, shooting from a drone (short video) - optional


  • The tour duration is 2 days, so we advise you to bring extra clothes to change.
  • Trekking boots or sneakers
  • Raincoat


  • You will live in homes of local residents, so don’t forget your personal hygiene items.
  • The water in river is very cold, we don't recommend to swim
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