Ust-Kamenogorsk Travel Guide

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Irina Naydanova

Ust-Kamenogorsk has two main variations of its name. In Russian transcription (its official name) it is Ust-Kamenogorsk (pronounced oost-kah-mee-nah-GORSK), in Kazakh transcription it is Oskemen (pronounced os-keh-MEN). If you are ever in Kazakhstan, please use the Russian name since it is more common and people might not understand you if you use the Kazakh equivalent.

Ust-Kamenogorsk is the capital city of Eastern Kazakhstan Region. It is located exactly on the 50th parallel. If you don’t see it on your map, look for the Irtysh or the Ulba(both rivers in the east) and find where they cross the 50th parallel, this is the exact location of the city. The city is located where the Ulba river and the Irtysh meet.

The city itself is not a big tourist attraction. However, the region is one of the most beautiful in the country. The greatest attractions are the coniferous forests and mountains. It is a city of some 750,000 people, many employed in the regions mining and smelting industries, of which there are several. The city has movie theatres, nightclubs, restaurants and bars, and the people are friendly once you have broken the ice. Americans are disliked, Australians are loved, and an attempt to speak the Russian language will be warmly recieved. The food is great, the beer is cold, and if you are a vodka lover the best in the world can be found here.

To the south from Ust’-Kamenogorsk is Lake Zaisan. To the southeast you will find the beautiful Lake Markakol. Northwest is covered with coniferous forests. To the east next to the Russian border is the sacred Mount of Belukha, the highest point in Eastern Kazakhstan (4,506 meters, which is 14,725 ft).

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: personal visit


March 14, 2005 change by giorgio

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