Best time to go to Kazakhstan
Just about as landlocked as you can get, Kazakhstan has four very distinct seasons, although spring and autumn are particularly fleeting.
Summer and winter are extreme in Kazakhstan, with the most intense heat and cold found in the central steppe and around the capital, Astana. In Jun-Aug, temperatures can soar over 40°C, plunging to -20°C in Dec-Feb. The southern regions, around pleasant Almaty, are generally more hospitable, while the Altai Mountains receive the heaviest rainfall. The best time to go to Kazakhstan is in Apr-May or Sep-Oct, between scorching heat and heavy snow.
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Kazakhstan travel advice
Jim O’Brien, from our leading Kazakhstan vacations supplier, Native Eye Travel, shares his top tips for traveling in Kazakhstan:
Meeting local people
“There are always plenty of opportunities to meet and interact with local people but the most ‘authentic’ experiences will be away from big cities like Almaty and Astana. There are still villages of ‘Old Believers’ in Kazakhstan which is an opportunity to see quite a traditional way of life, and in some parts nomadic families live, although these tend to be fairly remote.”
Keeping an open mind“Don’t expect everything to go as planned. It doesn’t have the infrastructure or experience with tourism as somewhere like Uzbekistan. This can throw up a few surprises and frustrations, so be patient, flexible and adaptable. It’s a great destination for adventurous sorts who like the outdoors and great scenery, don’t expect luxury, and are looking to explore perhaps the least known ‘stan’.”
Landscapes & launch sites“There’s a lot to surprise people about Kazakhstan, from the stark and desolate beauty of the Ust Urt plateau in the west to the Altai Mountains in the north east – it’s not all endless steppe. The Cosmodrome at Baikonur is fairly unique - a fully functional space launch site…”
More about Kazakhstan
How a country the size of Western Europe could remain hidden for so long is something of a mystery, but Kazakhstan is beginning to make a name for itself amongst intrepid Central Asian explorers.
Starry-eyed for space travel? Want to take your Kazakhstan vacation into infinity and beyond? (Groan.) Then visit the frontline of the Soviet Space Race at Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Riding the park ranger’s horses and wild camping is about as low impact as you can get.