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Trek "Aventure Nomade"
Day 3: road from Bishkek to Shamsy valley

On the road to the Shamsy valley (where our trek begins), we stopped at the Burana tower, near Tokmok city.

The tower, along with grave markers, some earthworks and the remnants of a castle and three mausoleums, is all that remains of the ancient city of Balasagun, which was established by the Karakhanids at the end of the 9th century. An external staircase and steep, winding stairway inside the tower enables visitors to climb to the top.
The tower was originally 45 m (148 ft) high. However, over the centuries a number of earthquakes caused significant damage to the structure. The last major earthquake in the 15th century destroyed the top half of the tower, reducing it to its current height of 25m (82 ft).

(Source: wikipedia)



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