The revival of the hiking routes of Almaty - Issyk-Kul through the Trans-Ili Alatau can be a successful tourist project, Kenes Absatirov declared at the plenary session of the Majilis, Zakon.kz reports.
«Opening the fourth session of the 6th convocation, the Head of the State paid special attention to the sphere of tourism that could give an impetus to the development of entrepreneurship. In the current Message, he also urged to pay special attention to the development of domestic tourism. The recent Forum of Interregional Cooperation of Kazakhstan and Russia was devoted to the theme of tourism», - stated in the faction's request to the government.
Absatirov reminded that in 2014, the diplomatic request of the Ak Zhol fraction on the development of domestic tourism was submitted by the government until 2020, but much remained unfulfilled.
Meanwhile, the deputy noted that foreign tourists have long been familiar with the sights of our country: the rock mosques of Mangystau, the mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yassavi, the mountains and lakes of the Bayanaul national park, the Borovoye resort, etc. But of the many beautiful places, it is necessary to highlight the greatness of the mountains of Trans-Ili Alatau.
n the recent past, dozens of multi-day mountain routes were developed around Almaty. At the beginning of the 80s, about 100 tourist sections, 7 clubs of tourists worked in the city, and the number of people involved in tourism exceeded 213 thousand people. Tourist routes along the ridges of the Northern Tien Shan - Trans-Ili Alatau - Kungei-Alatau with access to Issyk-Kul lake were especially popular.
Currently, all attempts of travel agencies to revive the former glory of Kazakhstan’s mountain tourism and to open new fascinating routes for many foreign guests face problems of being in the border zone.
Thus, travel agencies have repeatedly raised the issue of crossing the state border by organized tourist groups along the previously existing two routes of the Northern Tien Shan from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan to make a foot transition from Almaty to Issyk-Kul Lake and back - from 10 previously operating routes, the travel agencies were asked to allow at least 2.
At the beginning of the year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan gave permission to cross the state border from July 1 to August 30 from Kegen on the route of the highway, which runs along a rocky, bare and completely uninteresting territory - there have never been tourist routes. It is necessary to get to the place of the beginning of the route from Almaty by 5 hours by car - this makes such a tour unattractive for lovers of mountain tourism.
«After all, the beauty of such tours is traveling in the mountains: passing the slopes and passes, spending the night in tent camps along the way, and the revival of mountain and sports tourism together with the world famous alpine skating rink "Medeu", the ski resort "Shymbulak" can really make Almaty is the center of international mountain tourism», - Akzhol members consider.
He noted that visitors from Korea, Turkey and a number of other countries, who reasonably consider Kazakhstan as the birthplace of their ancestors, and Alatau, the continuation of Altai, are showing an increased interest in visiting the mountains of the Trans-Ili Alatau.
In "Ak Zhol", they are sure that the popularization of this topic in these countries in the light of the President’s article "Seven Facets of the Great Steppe" can form a constant flow of tourists along these routes.
In this regard, the deputies of the faction ask the government to work out the issues of staying in the border area and crossing the state border in the summer period of organized tourist groups along the following routes:
along the path of the pioneers of Tien Shan Peter Semenov and Shokan Valikhanov;
Kulsai lakes: Almaty city, Saty village, Kolsai gorge, Sary Bulak pass, Sary Bulak village, boarding houses on the Issyk Kul coast.