Kapamsay Canyon is four kilometres southwest of Shakpak-Ata. When approaching it from afar, you’ll see the white-sided walls of the chasm peeking up above the vegetated plateau. It’s 4 km long, up to 70 m deep, and the canyon floor is strewn with car-sized boulders. There are similar sized canyons either side of Kapamsay: Kokbulaksay 7 km to the west, and Shakpaktysay 4.5 km to the east, which is near Shakpak-Ata.

In one corner of the canyon there’s a mini oasis tucked away in a grotto and surrounded by a mulberry tree grove. Take care if you’re exploring harder-to-reach rock niches and caves as eagles nest in the area. It’s the perfect place to kick back and beat the heat. According to archaeologists, Neolithic communities mined Kapamsay’s rock for manufacturing stone tools.

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Map Data: Google, © 2021 Landsat / Copernicus, CNES / Airbus

Coordinates:

  • Kapamsay Canyon (RUS—Каньон Капамсай): 40931841688137, 51.07853151298265
  • Shakpaktysay Canyon (RUS—Каньон Шакпактысай): 40694487337311, 51.13840987342421
  • Kokbulaksay Canyon (RUS—Каньон Кокбулаксай): 44.440611128640384, 51.00093567439078

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