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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  • Awesome place for relaxing
  • Lake left the most vivid impression. It is exceptional. I want to once again visit this place. The only negative-there is no road. Yes, the full off-road.
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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, we were in his car), after lunch Lake. The Lake went themselves, walking 2 miles around, took a pitjushku water to opolosnutsja. Anyone paid nothing)) Took souvenirs, hardly took took many beautiful crystals. Installation help you)))) I warn about dirt, she is very bad washed out, do not advise, zadolbaetes laundered)))
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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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  • A bunch of emotions. It turns out you don't need to fly abroad to be chatted float in water. Equipped parking with the most simple showers. To the Lake from the parking lot a couple of miles, if you want to stroll through the heat, you can, and if not, you can rent a car near Lake price around 300 rubles per car one way, sit at least five of them, on the far-600 rubles. Went to far, people less and it deeper. Beautiful landscapes, bathing leaves a lasting impression. The driver told about Lake, photographer, spent a small excursion into the history of the place and told the legend of Big Bogdo, which took place in the route for next year.
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