Kazakhstan (East and South)
An interesting peculiarity of Kazakhstan Altai is the possibility to observe on its territory nearly all kinds of Central Asia landscape on relatively small area. Its territory can be got over by one tour. Here one has an opportunity to see sandy deserted landscapes, clay canyons, classical steppes, mountain steppe landscapes, deciduous forests and taiga, alpine meadows and mountain peaks, which height is up to 4500 meters above sea level (such as the highest point of Altai and Siberia – Belukha Mountain).
The unique geographical and geopolitical position, as well as landscape diversity caused mixing of cultures and traditions. During a tour anyone has a possibility to associate with classical nomadic Kazakhs, representatives of Kazakh fishing subculture, Old Believers and to visit maral nursery (classical occupation of old believers). All this in total provides an interesting, varied and dynamic trip schedule for tourists.
The richest bio-diversity is maintained by 24 nature reserves, which area amounts to 6% from total area of Kazakhstan Altai. Rare and endemic animals, which can be met here attract nature lovers: birdwatchers and buttreflywatchers.
How to come:
One can reach the region by airplane, train or by car. Airports applicable for landing of international lines airplanes are available in Ust-Kamenogorsk and Semipalatinsk. There are direct flights from Europe and Bayan -Ulgii (western Mongolia). The lines connecting Ust-Kamenogorsk with the International Airport in Almaty (Moscow) are functioning during the whole year.
Additionally, one can reach Kazakhstan Altai by railroad. Railroad transport fits in ecological tourism ideology as the most nonpolluting. And sometimes using of railroad is more appropriate as compared to air transport. In this case it is possible to transit tourists from Almaty (where international airport is available) to Semipalatinsk or Ust-Kamenogorsk.
Auto transport also be used from Chinese Altai and and Russian Altai. The trip from Almaty to Ust-Kamenogorsk lasts 21 hours.
The most convenient way to travel through the territory of Kazakhstan Altai is by car. Railroad can be used for tours through Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Altai being part of this tour.