Enjoy a unique exploration of the vast nation of Kazakhstan
Beginning in cosmopolitan Almaty, join us on this exploration through Kazakhstan, from the shrunken Aral Sea to the ancient city of Turkistan, the Silk Road portals of Sayram and Otrar and the majestic, surreal landscapes of Altyn-Emel National Park. Get ready for a rare, fascinating adventure through one of the least-explored corners of the earth.
2018 TRIP CHANGES:
We were recently informed that Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency responsible for the Baikonur Cosmodrome, has decided to increase the cost of visiting the space port over 300% from previous years. Given that this activity already made up a significant part of our total trip costs and that the Cosmodrome is the main reason for visiting Baikonur, unfortunately this means it is no longer viable to Baikonur in our itinerary. From April 2018 we will instead be visiting Altyn-Emel National Park. All other destinations and inclusions remain the same. Please see below for a detailed itinerary.
Truly off the beaten track, Kazakhstan sees few travellers, especially outside Almaty. Feel the remoteness of Central Asia on this one-of-a-kind expedition.
Explore the Aral Sea, which suffered environmental and humanitarian devastation in the 1960s due to Soviet irrigation projects. Enjoy a homestay with new friends, meet local fisherman and those working with an NGO to restore the area.
Discover the history and architecture of the Silk Road, visiting ancient mausoleums and mosques on guided tours in the cities of Turkistan, Sayram and Otrar.
Travel alongside locals and admire wild, sweeping vistas on epic train rides across the Kazakh steppe.
Surround yourself with the surreal landscapes of the Altyn-Emel National Park, including the mysterious singing sand dunes.
This trip takes you way off the tourist trail to explore just some of the vastness that is Kazakhstan. If you want to be far, far away from everywhere – and from anything you've experienced before – this trip is for you.
Be prepared to experience the full legacy of the Soviet era – not just in the sights and history, but also in the standards of accommodation and service! In other words, while you’ll be comfortable, don’t expect luxury.
In true adventure style, the trip involves some long travel days by private vehicle and trains. While tiring, this is a great opportunity to sit back, unwind and let the sweeping views roll by.
We’ll experience varying temperatures in the desert and out on the steppe. The days can be very hot, while at night, the mercury plummets. Make sure you bring warm, comfortable layers, drink plenty of water and take care to protect yourself from the sun. For women, we recommend bringing a scarf to cover your head and shoulders while on visits to mosques and mausoleums.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
1. Many nationalities do not require a visa for Kazakhstan for stays of under 30 days. Please check with your nearest consulate for specific information.
2. During this journey the group will spend time in remote areas without home comforts or easy access to quality medical facilities. Although a high level of physical fitness is not required, travellers should be comfortable with the realities of an off the beaten track adventure, and prepared for some very basic conditions at times.
3. A single supplement is available at the time of booking (excluding nights in homestays and overnight train)
4. TRIP CHANGES FOR 2018: We were recently informed that Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency responsible for the Baikonur Cosmodrome, has decided to increase the cost of visiting the space port over 300% from previous years. Given that this activity already made up a significant part of our total trip costs and that the Cosmodrome is the main reason for visiting Baikonur, unfortunately this means it is no longer viable to Baikonur in our itinerary. From April 2018 we will instead be visiting Altyn-Emel National Park. All other destinations and inclusions remain the same.
Our Kazakhstan Expedition trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews in the last year.
hospitality of locals is just amazing! landscape is just breathtaking! go and visist - before the mass is coming!!! tour guide artiome: excellent! driver sascha: excellent
Review submitted 16 Jul 2018