Baskunchak Lake, Akhtubinsk

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Lake Baskunchak is a salt lake of 115 km² in Astrakhan Oblast, Russia, located at, about 270 km north of the Caspian Sea, and 53 km east of the Volga. Since 1997 the area is strictly protected as part of the Bogdinsko-Baskunchakski Nature Reserve.The surface elevation of the lake is 21 m below sea level. It is fed by a river that draws from an area of 11,000 km². The salinity of the lake is about 300 g/l. Since the 8th century its salt was mined and distributed via the Silk Road. Nowadays the lake's salt of distinct purity covers 80% of Russia's salt production. Depending on need, about 1.5 million to 5 million tons of salt are mined per year.To the south of the lake Mount Bolshoye Bogdo rises to 150 m above sea level, forming the highest elevation in the Caspian Depression. The hill is pushed up about 1 mm per year by a salt dome. Sinkholes, and Karst caves of up to 1.5 km length lead through the hill. It also is the only area in Europe where Triassic lagerstätten surface. To the local Kalmyk people, it is a holy hill.
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  • Visit this place in order to relax, this is not an option. Better to Grandma's village))) and that's the kind of skin sores, you there! Soviet level.
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  • Get to the bottom of Baskunchaka, where the STOP sign and a Brown fence turn right. Then drive straight on, pass a magnet and brick cottages, where you turn left. There will be showers and parking that pass by. Get to the point where most cars, from there go on foot. Here recommend to walk, but, actually, it's a questionable idea because long and hot. Take the car and drive to the far Beach for 600 p, because the Middle-it's just dirty pool. Take the driver's room, his call to you is taken away, and it's still 600 r. again, go long there, then back. The lake itself is unique, the water is clean. I doubt that you were in such places ever, and is located in the accessible distance from Volgograd, Astrakhan.
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  • My review is more for those who believe that this is something unique. Awful! The lake itself no, this puddle of salt. swim unreal, shallow water a little. But the worst that Kazakhs udaltsi fighting money and give nothing in return. Parking 150 p to Lake 200/one way. Although the question-why can't be in their cars?! Back-200 rub. Take a shower 50 rub, shower itself one name-street with a tank top. Dirt, decay and chutzpah. Never again! (Tip to mothers of little girls, if you still decide to take more water, corrodes genitals so that RR is worth one hundred kilometers). The place and the people there adovye. Never again did not return.
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  • Went there in 2017 year in August, the weather is very warm. Meta for each turn (private houses, rent for a day or more). Prices are pretty cheap. Paid canteens not much, at that time only one worked. Shops is enough to buy food and cook it yourself. But the settlement is very modest. The Lake is very large but not everywhere allowed to swim because of salt mining. There are places where transfer to the beaches, but it's better to walk on wild beaches and fewer people and water are much cleaner, but minus that go pretty well. There is dirt, there need to buy a ticket for a day, because this place is in a conservation area. I advise to visit at least once but you should go for about a week, so that was a good judge of salt! Any questions, please email than I can help!
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  • To visit this amazing place planned almost 2 week trip to Russia since Peter itself. The place is definitely unusual. Landscapes are fascinating, particularly if there is a time to enjoy the sunset or sunrise on the Lake. The main claims of the many services the local "baryg", which at its almost dead UAZah carry people on salt surface and "tear up" for this unreal money. I would like to send such people on Lake El'ton, which is situated not too far away, so walked on foot a couple kilometers after bathing when salt rub in the most "interesting" places. Showers there by the way aren't in principle. So we have to admit that the service, though the poky, but still there are here at Baskunchake, in contrast to the same Elton. The water itself is pleasant, there is practically no smell, garbage constantly collect and take that. Definitely recommend to visit. If with children, with plenty of fresh water.
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  • Not the best place to visit. The road from the border of Astrakhan region and to the lake itself is broken. ride it is necessary cautiously and not better on your machine. Lake yellow-orange in appearance as urine. Although the water mineralization is felt. The benefits of the Lake should be, but conditions for the treatment of absolutely no. Local Huckster fighting money for travel not the real distance in 1 km is estimated 200 p in one direction and 2 km 600 p. These same Huckster provide showers for money, but for a parking place. And there still have to come back. The terrain is not remarkable.
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  • From aktuby to baskunchaka road is not ice, ride you need to have previously. Especially to do nothing on the Lake. We had one day. Before noon mountain Bogd (r. 200 per person), a lake in the afternoon. The Lake went themselves, walking 2 miles around, took a pitjushku water to opolosnutsja. Anyone paid nothing)) Took souvenirs, hardly took a toll. Installation help you))))
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  • Impressive unique landscape. Like on another planet! White Lake in the middle of the parched steppe!
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