Kazakhstan travel guide


2 minute summary

The size of Western Europe, with a population of just 18 million people, Kazakhstan is a vast and largely unexplored nation, blanketed in landscapes with some of the bleakest sounding names: steppe, semi-desert, tundra, taiga. It stretches from the some of the lowest points on earth on the shores of the Caspian Sea, to the Tien Shan and Altai Mountains, peaking at over 7,000m. It is criss-crossed with ancient trading routes, traversed for centuries by Silk Road merchants, with ruined cities, fortresses and magnificent mausoleums lining these trails like chapters from an Asian fable.
Despite being conquered by the Mongols, and incorporated into the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan remains thoroughly untamed, and nomadic herders still wander remoter regions. As our Kazakhstan travel guide reveals, a vacation here is not about ticking off big sights; it is about forging your own, completely unique adventures in a land where few tourists set foot.
Kazakhstan is

the worlds largest landlocked country. Its navy is based on the Caspian Sea.
Kazakhstan isnt

full of Borats.

Kazakhstan map & highlights


make the most of your time

Most travelers flying into Kazakhstan will arrive into Almaty, which gives easy access to landscapes such as Altyn Emel National Park and Issyk Lake. Silk Road vacations may fly into the city from Tashkent in Uzbekistan, or take their time entering Kazakhstan from the southwestern desert, traveling overland to Almaty via the ancient cities of Turkestan and Sauran. Almaty is also a manageable drive from Bishkek, in Kyrgyzstan, so wider Central Asia tours will often enter or depart Kazakhstan traveling overland between these two cities. Within Kazakhstan, the southern region is usually explored overland but those heading to the remote Altai Mountains and Lake Markakol will need to take an internal flight from Almaty to Ust-Kamenogorsk. From here, particularly intrepid overland voyages continue into Russia or across into Mongolia.
Almaty Altyn Emel National Park Lake Issyk Eastern Kazakhstan & Altai Silk Road Turkestan

Almaty

Once the nations capital, still the favoured city of many Kazakhs, thanks to its pleasant climate, snowcapped mountain backdrop and cosmopolitan vibe. Modern Almaty certainly displays Kazakhstans wealth in its glitzy downtown streets, but more classic sights include the wooden Zhenkov Cathedral, built without nails. Take a daytrip to the Tamgaly petroglyphs carved into the rock during the Bronze Age.

Altyn-Emel National Park

This national park protects around 4,600km² of bleak desert and rocky landscapes. It is known for its singing dunes which whistle when the wind blows. The sliver-like Charyn National Park sits just to the south, encompassing the 100m-deep Charyn Canyon. This has been compared to the Grand Canyon thanks to its dramatic and colourful rock formations, including the impressive Valley of Castles.

Lake Issyk

An alpine lake sitting at an altitude of 1,760m, Lake Issyk was created quite suddenly when a landslide dammed a valley 8,000 years ago. Explore this stunning turquoise lake, surrounded by snow-dusted mountains, on daytrips from Almaty or en route to the neighbouring national park. Walk through wildflower filled meadows and dense forests, and visit nearby Turgen Gorge, with its high waterfalls.

Eastern Kazakhstan & Altai Mountains

If youre the kind of traveler who finds Kazakhstan a bit too mainstream, head to the far east and the Altai Mountains for a real taste of wilderness. Take a cruise across one of the worlds largest reservoirs, camp on the tranquil shores of Lake Markakol, drive over high mountain passes, and meet nomadic families and Old Believers who practice a 17th century version of Orthodox Christianity.

Silk Road

You wont find any Silk Road street signs in Kazakhstan; this near-mythical trail is more of a concept than a physical route, but as this massive country forms a vast obstacle between Europe and East Asia, it was crisscrossed for centuries by traders and merchants, as well as Mongol warriors. Modern travelers will find ruined cities, magnificent mausoleums and the remains of ancient fortresses.

Turkestan

A 1,500-year-old city emerging from the Kazakh Desert, Turkestan was a kind of oasis for Silk Road traders. Its massive, 14th century mausoleum complex is now a UNESCO site, as well as a place of pilgrimage for Soviet Muslims. Base yourself here for trips out to the ruins Sauran and Otrar, once great cities that survived Mongol invasions and which played important roles with Genghis Khan and Silk Road traders.

Photo credits: [Top box: Irene2005] [Map intro: Nursultan Rakysh] [Almaty: Torekhan Sarmanov] [Altyn-Emel National Park: Kalpak Travel] [Lake Issyk : Baurzhan Issayev] [Eastern Kazakhstan & Altai: Max Dawncat] [Silk Road: upyernoz] [Turkestan: Petar Miloević ] [Help desk: Ken and Nyetta]
Written by Vicki Brown
Kazakhstan holiday, Steppe to the Silk Road

Kazakhstan vacation, Steppe to the Silk Road

Cultural and natural heritage in a Central Asian secret

From 1749 10 Days ex flights
Central Asia overland tour, the stans

Central Asia overland tour, the stans

An epic journey through the five 'stans' of Central Asia

From 4999 26 Days ex flights
Kazakhstan tour, small group

Kazakhstan tour, small group

An epic adventure across the best of the 'Stans'

From US $4270 15 Days ex flights
Kazakhstan horse riding holiday

Kazakhstan horse riding vacation

Explore eastern Kazakhstan's dramatic Altai range by horse

From NZ $4700 17 Days ex flights
Central Asia highlights tour

Central Asia highlights tour

An incredible journey through the heart of Central Asia

From 4995 25 Days ex flights
Kazakhstan tour, beyond Cosmodrome

Kazakhstan tour, beyond Cosmodrome

Small group Kazakhstan Cosmodrome adventure

From US $5545 11 Days ex flights
Small group holiday to the Stans

Small group vacation to the Stans

Tread in the footsteps of the ancient Silk Road

From 5975 29 Days ex flights
Silk Road vacation, five Stans of Central Asia

Silk Road vacation, five Stans of Central Asia

Journey through the 5 stans of Central Asia

From 5655 4 Weeks ex flights
Central Asia overland vacation

Central Asia overland vacation

Incredible scenery, shamanic traditions and eagle hunters

From 3999 25 Days ex flights
Silk road overland tour for 18-35

Silk road overland tour for 18-35

Meet the granddaddy of wanderlust on this epic journey!

From 3260 25 Days ex flights
Photo credits: [Page banner: ]
http://etalon.com.ua/

раскрутка интернет магазинов

www.adulttorrent.org