About Kazakhstan Travel

Welcome to our Kazakhstan Travel Guide. On this page you’ll find all of our posts about Kazakhstan travel as well as some useful travel tips about the best time to visit, where to go, things to do, a Kazakhstan travel budget and much more.

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Get ready to step far off of the regular tourist trail and into a truly fascinating culture. Kazakhstan is a unique country with an undeniable contrast between the age-old nomadic traditions of the countryside and the modern metropolitan life found in places like Almaty and Astana.

Here you can be dining in a nice restaurant and staying in a 5-star hotel one minute, and the next you could be out on the steppe sleeping in a yurt and eating horse meat.

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Officially the 9th largest country in the world, and a population of over 18 million people, it will take you some time to get around Kazakhstan, but don’t worry. The buses and public transport are actually much simpler to navigate than you might think.

Blessed with dramatic mountain landscapes, stunning rivers and dazzling lakes, Kazakhstan is a country that has it all and those who are intrepid enough to explore this nation are rewarded at every turn.

Kazakhstan Travel Blog Posts

Below you will find all of our latest Kazakhstan travel blog posts which include not only our personal travel stories and experiences from travelling Kazakhstan for more than 2 weeks, but also some useful travel information to help you plan your own trip to the region.

A 5 Month Round Up of Central Asia & Iran: Highlights Of Our Journey Through The Least Touristed Region On Earth

Wow, I can’t believe it’s over! Nearly 5 months of overland travel from China, through Mongolia, Russia, The Stans and Iran. What a trip! Even though we knew this journey would be intrepid, we could have never imagined just how adventurous it would be. ...

Central Asian Homestays: What’s The Deal?

Before coming to Central Asia we hadn’t really stayed in a homestay before and we were confused as to how they work. We had a lot of questions about how it works. Do you stay in the family’s room? Are there dorms? Does the ...

Goats On The Silk Road: Where The Hell Are We?

We’ve been blogging away, writing endless posts about this enchanting, little-visited land known as Central Asia. But what is Central Asia? Where the hell are the Goats? I think it’s about time that we fill our readers in on the area and why we’ve ...

Backpacking Kazakhstan: A 10 Day Roundup

We weren’t too sure what to expect when backpacking in Kazakhstan. We knew it was the ninth largest country in the world, that Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman rode through here on motorbikes in The Long Way Round (awesome series by the way) and ...

Almaty To Bishkek: Goodbye Kazakhstan, Hello Kyrgyzstan!

After an amazing 10 days in Kazakhstan, it was time to say goodbye. We had planned to see more than just Astana and Almaty, but after having some fast-paced travel days, we decided to just stay put and travel slower. We spent a whole ...

Top 10 Things To Do In Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty is a spectacular city. The instant we arrived there, we knew we’d have a great time. It’s a university town with lots of young people and it’s apparent that there’s some oil money in this city as well. Nice buildings are everywhere, nice ...

From The Leafy Streets Of Almaty: Are We In Kazakhstan?

After a quick peek at Kazakhstan’s new capital, Astana, we arrived in the gorgeous, former capital of Almaty. We decided to take the train from Astana to Almaty. After the sheer beauty of the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Siberian trains, this train didn’t compare. When we ...

Astana – The Dubai Of Central Asia

We left Omsk, heading to Astana, on the last day of our visa in Russia and that was a big mistake. Our bus (Click Here For Details)  was to arrive at the border at 11:20pm, giving us 40 minutes leeway before our time in ...

Counting Down The Days Until Departure!

We have only a few weeks left here in China! I don’t know how this is even possible. It feels like we just celebrated Christmas. In 26 days (but who’s counting?!) we will be hoisting our backpacks over our backs and heading back out ...

Travel To-Do List: Central Asia

Depending on which country we travel to, we have a different  To-Do List. Some of the items remain the same (getting vaccinations, budgeting for the trip, buying travel gear, etc.), but for this particular trip, which will take us through Mongolia, Russia, Central Asia ...

Travelling to Central Asia: Pressures Of The Planning Process

We have 3 months left before our teaching English contract here in China is up and we’ve officially started planning for our next trip! It’s turning out to be quite the process. We knew that travelling to one of the least touristy regions on ...


When To Travel To Kazakhstan

The Best Time To Visit: July-August

  • High Season: July – August
  • Low Season: November – March
  • April – June (spring), July – August (summer), September – October (fall), November – March (winter)

Before you visit Kazakhstan, it’s worth figuring out the weather here as some places are inaccessible during the winter months (November-March) due to snowy roads and closures.

The best time to visit Kazakhstan overall is in July and August when the weather is basically perfect throughout the country and most of the region in general. This is also considered the peak season because it is the best time for hiking in the country.

The shoulder seasons (April-June & September-October) are also great times to visit, but there might still be some ice and cold weather at higher elevations. This is also a good time to visit if you want to avoid the heat and enjoy some discounts on accommodation and tours. It’s also a bit less busy than the summer peak months. By the end of October, usually most of the ski hills are just starting to open up.

Winter can be extremely cold in Kazakhstan, but if you want to go skiing then there’s no better time to visit. Check out the pristine slopes of Chimbulak during this time.

Whenever you choose to visit Kazakhstan, you’ll quickly see that its beauty really can’t be overstated. Whether you come in the spring when the flowers are blossoming, in the fall when the leaves are changing, or in the winter when the slopes are powdery white, you’ll fall in love with this breathtaking country.


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