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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  • Impressions were skomkany. At the Baskunchak decided to go on the way back from Astrakhan to Volgograd. All week before the trip was sunny from 28 to 35 Celsius. But us "lucky", a day trip is sharply cold and rain. Air temperature 18 Celsius. Swim failed, only "feet in the Lake pomochili". About impressions. Place unusual, beautiful. Is where to make interesting shots. Eventually resemble kicks salt:). Uniquely visit worth it. If only "gawk", just one day. How bathing in Salt Lake is good for health I don't know, but clearly one day special benefits will not have to stay for a week on the shores of Lake town Itself totally Dumpy. No service there. There is a "service" to: Lake shipping (if you're there for the first time and you've got "puzaterka" it is better not to even try), provide showering and bedspace apartments (and not better ahtubinsk stay and ride on the Lake).
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  • A very unusual place. On a sunny day all bounces white. To get to the Lake are the small UAZ over a certain amount. I advise you to take a paid parking and clearly go on long Lake. Salt water allows you to simply lie in any pose. Bathed in early October-no cold. Worth a visit for the sake of new impressions.
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  • Attended this interesting place in September 2017 onwards. Of course, no infrastructure, no organized entrance. But the natural landscape and the beautiful water, which is milder than in the dead sea, but no worse, and I even liked more: it's not as fatty and oily, not rstavjat anybody indifferent. Recommend for treatment and beauty.
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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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