Kazakhstan holidays fascinate visitors with unique bitterish scents of conifer and opulent aromas of alpine flowers and herbs. Kazakhstan holidays include mountainous ski treks and picturesque roads to the hotels, set high in the mountains. Kazakhstan holidays bring visitors to the primeval natural ambiance of wild canyons, abrupt paths and distant echoes of stonefalls. Kazakhstan offers numerous places for recreational holidays and weekends.
Some of the most popular holiday spots in Kazakhstan that attract thousands of residents and visitors are Chimbulak and Medeo, two wonderful ski resorts. Medeo is a holiday complex, located in the picturesque mountains with lakes, forests, alpine meadows and has some of most demanding treks. Set sixteen kilometers from Almaty on the one thousand and seven hundred meters altitude, Medeo also has an outdoor speed skating rink, made of the purest glacier water, which is one of the top ice rinks in the world.
Chimbulak is also an excellent ski resort, situated a few kilometers north from Medeo at the altitude of two thousand and three hundred meters above the sea level. In addition to serious trekking, walking around is one of the favorite activities in the area. Crystal clear mountainous air, exceptional views of the surroundings, sport activities have your mind and body totally rejuvenated.
Thirty kilometers south of Almaty lies the Big Almaty Lake, beautifully surrounded by mountains on each side. The lake's most distinguished feature is that depending on the season, it changes its colors from light green to turquoise blue. This place is exceptionally suitable for nature retreats, picnics, hiking and trekking.
One hundred kilometers east of Almaty there are three beautiful alpine lakes, called Kol-Sai Lakes, full of king's trout. The lakes lie amid the unspoiled coniferous, mixed forests and alpine meadows at the altitude from one thousand and eight hundred to two thousand and five hundred metres high. This is a lovely camping spot, silent and serene, with the opportunities for demanding trekking, leisure hiking, hoseback riding or walking and fishing.
The Charyn Canyon is another renowned phenomenon. The Canyon's beautiful scenery and splendid nature make this natural wonder, created for centuries by the water and wind, rival with the American Grand Canyon, one of the most visited natural sites in North America.
The renowned natural site in Kazakhstan is the Altyn Emel National Park with its Singing Sands, unspoiled nature and a wide variety of wildlife and vegetation. If you still do not know what Singing Sands are, it is high time to learn this unique phenomenon. Singing Sands are two mysterious one hundred metres high dunes that under the influence of west wind produce an amazing sound, reminding an organ.
The most inspiring thing for those, who start for Kazakhstan holidays, is a great convenience of itinerary planning and easy reach to major attractions. You may stay in Almaty and have any places of interest or holiday spots at hand.
Staying in Almaty is especially convenient, as the city serves as a hub for international flights to Kazakhstan. The British Airways flies direct from London to Almaty. Flights from London to Almaty are also operated by the Austrian Airlines (via Vienna), KLM (via Amsterdam), Lufthansa (via Frankfurt/M) and Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul). There are no direct flights from Australia or the USA.