Rakhmanov Springs,
Lake and waterfall

Rakhmanov area in Kazakhstan

Rakhmanovsk springs are several thermal springs, which are located at an altitude of 1760 meters above sea level, not far from the border crossing of Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and China. The thermal waters of the Rakhmanov springs are popular for the treatment of various organs of movement, spine and skin diseases. The water temperature of the Rakhmanovskiye Springs ranges from +34 to +42 degrees. The water itself is filled with minerals – the combination of radon and nitrogen in the water is optimal for swimming and even drinking. Visitors come to Rakhmanovskiye springs to rest and for health improvement. The mountainous terrain, fresh air and crystal clear water are favorable for the human body in addition to the thermal mineral waters.

The name came to form the hunter named Rachmanov who shot a deer close to the lake. The deer tumbled into the waters of the lake, which proved so reinvigorating that the wounded deer, to the astonishment of the hunter, was able to bouce off into the woods to its safety. The lake and the village also got his name in the 18th Century. Rachmaninov lived to the wise old age of 102 and the springs soon became famous for their medicinal qualities.

Lake Rakhmanov

Big Rakhmanov Lake, a body of water 2.6km long, sandwiched between forested slopes. Lake Rakhmanov lies in a deep valley of the Arasanka river, the left confluent of the Belaya river (basin of the Bukhtarma river). The lake sits 1725 m above sea level in a small trough-like basin, and stretches itself from northwest to southeast. It covers 2,6 km in length and 0,6 km in width with 5,6 km of coastline and a total surface area of 1,14 km square. The water of the lake is of stunning greenish-blue color. The water trans­parency is 7,8 m. In summer, the surface temperature does not get above 10 – 12 °C. The bottom temperature is 4,6 °C. 

The low temperature is due to the lake’s high position and relatively deep water (maximum depth -30,6m), as well as to an inflow of water from cold sources. It is a running-water snow-fed lake. High mountain ranges surround the lake on three sides. The mountains are coated with thin larch, cedars, birches, and wil­lows. The coastline vegetation is amaz­ingly beautiful: age-old cedars and dark green fir trees hem the lake’s smooth surface. The Upper Arasanka river flows into the lake, and the Lower Arasanka (Rakhmanovka) flows out of it. Over 20 million m3 of water is accumulated in the Rakhmanov lake. The water is ultra-fresh, mild and subacid.

Waterfall Rakhmanov

The falls Rakhmanovsky also called “Volosy Veroniki”, it is located on the northeast coast of the lake Rakhmanovsk in the Katon-Karagay Region of East Kazakhstan region in the valley of the river Arasan. Rakhmanov waterfall is a powerful and picturesque waterfall of a cascade type. It is formed by the Arasan River, flowing from the Rakhmanov Lake. Heavy water cascades of waterfalls thunder down into the deep gorge of Bareli, acquires a rapids character and rushes violently among the shale rocks and huge boulders. The upper stage of the cascade is especially impressive, it is the longest and highest. The height of the fall and the width of the stream of this step of the waterfall is about 6 m. The cascade ends with a deep pit, worked out by water as a result of centuries of work. The valley of the Arasan River is located 6 km below the resort village of Rakhmanov Spring.

Sanatorium "Spring Rakhmanov​"

The Sanatorium of Rakhmanov Springs lies close to the northwest coast of the Rakhmanov Lake. The sanatorium is located at a height of 1,760m. You can get there from Berel, the track runs alongside the course of the Belaya Berel River, northwards and upwards for 31km. About 30 km to the northeast, the road ends at Rakhmanov Spring a tiny mountain village community settled near picturesque Rachmanov Lake and boasting a health resort. According to the travelers review the road there is terrible therefore required well van that can handle dirt road. In 1995 President Nazarbayev visited the lake resorts when the locals requested him to improve the road he refused saying that it keeps Rachmanov springs tourist-free as well as “preserve the natural beauty” of the region. Although he flies in with a helicopter. 

Travel to Rakhmanov lake

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