For those looking to step off the beaten track, Kazakhstan offers a unique experience. Boasting ancient rock carvings, three UNESCO world heritage sites and a population made up of 131 different ethnic groups, there is an array of attractions to discover here. A wealth of influences are apparent in this Central Asian country. Being the largest landlocked nation in the world, Kazakhstan walking holidays are far from a typical break but are perfect for those looking to trek the path less trodden.
Kazakh custom is one of hospitality, so you will most likely meet friendly locals as we find our way around this country. Enjoy the culinary delights as you dine in authentic restaurants. Those with an adventurous palette are encouraged to try the national drink, kumis, made from fermented horse milk.
Why Visit Kazakhstan?
Landing in Astana, you will be welcomed by futuristic structures, including golden sky-rises and neon-lighted bridges. This postmodern city also has signifiers to its Soviet past, with Republic Avenue boasting typical Eastern European architecture.
Nomadic culture is still the lifestyle for around 1% of the population. Outside of the city, a scattering of yurts populate the open stretches of land. Although these yurts appear bland from the outside, inside you will find ornate colour and design, which reflects much of the traditional Kazakh dress.
You’ll also be stepping in the footsteps of many historical legends; Marco Polo was famed for his travels along the Silk Road. The literary genius Fyodor Dostoevsky also took residence in Kazakhstan, and the current International Master of chess, 17-year-old Bibisara Assaubayeva, is a proud Kazakh.
Why Book a Walking Holiday with Ramble Worldwide?
When visiting a destination less travelled by commercial tourists, the companionship of an expert leader will ensure you make the most of your holiday. Plus, visiting the two biggest Kazakh cities and exploring the diverse landscape of nature will be all the better with a group of like-minded walkers.