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Kazakhstan

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Kazakhstan was the first country I ever traveled to, and therefore holds a special place in my heart. Kazakhstan is home to some of the most beautiful national parks and lakes that I’ve seen in my entire life, and is significantly underrated by travelers. As such, the tourism industry in KZ is slightly under developed, but this rewards travelers with cheap prices and generally uncrowded tourist attractions. KZ should be on every adventure traveler's bucket-list, so I wanted to compile all the information and resources I had to help you get there. See below for a comprehensive guide to Kazakhstan!

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kazakhstan

Kolsai Lakes National Park

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Nur-Sultan

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Almaty

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Almaty

Lake Balkhash

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Burabay National Park

Kazakhstan

Charyn Canyon National Park

KAZAKHSTAN

Nur-Sultan

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Kolsai Lakes National Park

KAZAKHSTAN

Charyn Canyon

KAZAKHSTAN

Burabay National Park

Lake Balkhash

KAZAKHSTAN

Know

you go

before

Official Language(s) – Kazakh, Russian
Currency – Tenge (KZT)
Capital City – Nur-Sultan
Credit Cards & ATMs – Credit cards are widely accepted in large cities, but less common in rural areas. If you venture into the countryside, be sure to withdraw or exchange currency beforehand.
Outlets – C & F
Popular SIM Card Providers – Beeline, KCell, Tele2

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Nur-Sultan

climate & weather

Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in the world, and as such, has a very arid climate with extremely cold winters and extremely hot summers. The majority of the country is covered in sand and steppes, but major lowland cities in the north and south, Nur-Sultan and Almaty for example, experience a significant amount of rain and snow as well.

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Average Maximum: 9 °C // 48 °F

Average Minimum: -1 °C // 30 °F

Average Sunshine: 5 hours

Rainy days:  8 days

Average Maximum: 17 °C // 63 °F

Average Minimum: 6 °C // 43 °F

Average Sunshine: 5 hours

Rainy days: 9 days

Average Maximum: 22°C // 72 °F

Average Minimum: 11°C // 52 °F

Average Sunshine: 6 hours

Rainy days:  9 days

march

april

may

Average Maximum: -2 °C // 28 °F

Average Minimum: -12 °C // -2 °F

Average Sunshine: 6 hours

Rainy days:  3 days

Average Maximum: 11°C // 52 °F

Average Minimum: 0 °C // 32 °F

Average Sunshine: 8 hours

Rainy days: 5 days


Average Maximum: 20 °C // 68 °F

Average Minimum: 8°C // 46 °F

Average Sunshine: 10 hours

Rainy days: 8 days

march

april

may

spring

nur-sultan

almaty

spring

summer

autumn

winter

Average Maximum: 28°C // 82 °F

Average Minimum: 16°C // 61°F

Average Sunshine: 9 hours

Rainy days: 8 days

Average Maximum: 30 °C // 86 °F

Average Minimum: 18°C // 64 °F

Average Sunshine: 10 hours

Rainy days: 7 days

Average Maximum: 29°C // 84 °F

Average Minimum: 17°C // 63°F

Average Sunshine: 9 hours

Rainy days: 4 days

june

july

august

Average Maximum: 26°C // 79 °F

Average Minimum: 13 °C // 55 °F

Average Sunshine: 11 hours

Rainy days: 10 days

Average Maximum: 27 °C // 81 °F

Average Minimum: 15°C // 59 °F

Average Sunshine: 11 hours

Rainy days: 12 days

Average Maximum: 25°C // 77 °F

Average Minimum: 13 °C // 55 °F

Average Sunshine: 9 hours

Rainy days: 10 days

june

july

august

summer

nur-sultan

almaty

spring

summer

autumn

winter

Average Maximum: 24°C // 75 °F

Average Minimum: 12°C // 54 °F

Average Sunshine: 8 hours

Rainy days:  4 days

Average Maximum: 16 °C // 61 °F

Average Minimum: 5 °C // 41 °F

Average Sunshine: 6 hours

Rainy days: 5 days

Average Maximum: 8 °C // 46 °F

Average Minimum: -1 °C // 30 °F

Average Sunshine: 4 hours

Rainy days:  7 days

september

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

Average Maximum: 19°C // 66 °F

Average Minimum: 7°C //45 °F

Average Sunshine: 8 hours

Rainy days:  7 days

Average Maximum: 10 °C // 50 °F

Average Minimum: 0 °C // 32 °F

Average Sunshine: 4 hours

Rainy days: 7 days

Average Maximum: -1 °C //  30 °F

Average Minimum: -9 °C // 16 °F

Average Sunshine: 3 hours

Rainy days: 5 days

september

october

November

autumn

nur-sultan

almaty

spring

summer

autumn

winter

Average Maximum: 2 °C // 36 °F

Average Minimum: -6 °C // 21 °F

Average Sunshine: 3 hours

Rainy days: 7 days

Average Maximum: 1 °C // 34 °F

Average Minimum: -8 °C // 18 °F

Average Sunshine: 4 hours

Rainy days: 6 days

Average Maximum: 2 °C // 36 °F

Average Minimum: -7 °C // 19 °F

Average Sunshine: 4 hours

Rainy days: 6 days

DECEMBER

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

Average Maximum: -8 °C // 18 °F

Average Minimum: -16 °C // 3 °F

Average Sunshine: 3 hours

Rainy days: 4 days

Average Maximum: -10 °C // 14 °F

Average Minimum: -18 °C // 0 °F

Average Sunshine: 3 hours

Rainy days: 4 days

Average Maximum: -9 °C // 16 °F

Average Minimum: -18 °C // 0 °F

Average Sunshine: 5 hours

Rainy days: 3 days

december

January

February

winter

nur-sultan

almaty

spring

summer

autumn

winter

what to 

wear in 

nur-sultan

almaty

Beshbarmak

Manti

Kurt

Shashlik

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manti

Shashlik

Kurt

Laghman 

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приятного аппетита!

Shashlik

kurt

kazy

Laghman 

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Kumis

kazy

Laghman 

Kurt

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BESHBARMAK

Kumis

Kazy

Laghman

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приятного аппетита!

BESHBARMAK

Kumis

manti

Kazy

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приятного аппетита!

Kumis

BESHBARMAK

Shashlik

manti

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приятного аппетита!

Beshbarmak (Бешбармак)

Beshbarmak is a very popular Central Asian dish that consists of horse meat and noodles. As horse meat is considered a delicacy in Kazakhstan, beshbarmak is reserved for special occasions. Traditionally, beshbarmak is meant to be eaten with your hands and literally translates to ``five fingers,`` however you can also eat it with a fork and knife.

Manti (Манты)

Manti is a Central Asian steamed dumpling dish made with meat and onions. Manti dumplings can be folded a variety of ways and, depending on where you are, can be served with sour cream, hot sauce, or chili and vinegar.

Shashlik (Шашлык)

Shashlik is a yummy meat-based dish that is widely served in not only Kazakhstan, but Central Asia in general. Typically made with chicken, shashlik also comes with onions and tomatoes for some added flavor.

Kurt (Курут)

Kurt are small, hard cheese balls that make for the perfect pocket snack. Kurt is made by hardening soured milk in the sun and is extremely salty, so it is definitely an acquired taste. They are commonly found at local bazaars and have been a Kazakh staple for centuries.

Laghman (Лагман)

Laghman is one the main noodle dishes of Central Asia and especially popular in KZ because of its significance as the national dish of local Dungan and Uyghur ethnic minorities. In KZ it is made with noodles, some type of ground meat, onions, and vegetables.

Kazy (Kазы)

Kazy is a sausage-like horse meat appetizer plate in Kazakhstan. Kazy is distinctive from other horse meat dishes because the meat and fat is taken specifically from the horses' rib area and these horses are raised to be consumed. Kazy may be served with tomatoes, cucumbers or onions.

Kumis (Кумыс)

Kumis is the most popular traditional drink in Kazakhstan today. The unpasteurized drink has deep roots in Kazakh culture as it was a staple for the horse-centered, nomadic lifestyle of Kazakhstan's ancestors. Kumis is made from fermented mare's milk and is described by locals to be incredibly refreshing. For those unaccustomed to the taste, however, it has an immediate overwhelming sour taste. Chowhound described the drink as tasting like "Champagne mixed with sour cream.” Either way I highly recommend trying kumis at least once since it is such a large cultural staple of the country, but just know...you have been warned!

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