In the big mountains in Kazakhstan, the Medeu Ice Rink is getting ready to open
In the first half of the year, over three million Kazakh citizens traveled within the country, marking a 400,000 increase from the previous year
While most people associate winter with cold and boredom, for you, it can be the most fun and exciting time!
Kazakhstan, a vast and diverse country in Central Asia with a rich tapestry of history and culture waiting to be explored.
The government will present the national projects "Entrepreneurship Development" and "Zhasyl Kazakhstan".
The Caspian Sea is the world's largest enclosed inland body of water.
Nestled in the heart of the majestic Tian Shan mountains, Big Almaty Lake is a breathtaking jewel
Kolsay Lakes are a group of mountain lakes located in Southeastern Kazakhstan. Their azure waters surrounded by coniferous forest have earned them the name
In the heart of nature, just a stone’s throw away from the bustling city of Astana, lies the idyllic retreat known as “BalKaragay Recreation Zone.”
It is located in the natural area of the Borovoye Resort in the Burabai National Park on the shore of Lake Katarkol and is surrounded by a pine forest.
Tourism ministers from the Organization of Turkic States (OTS) have approved Turkistan as the tourist capital of the Turkic world for 2024.
The mosque is near the bottom of a picturesque desert canyon and the journey to Beket-Ata involves traversing some spectacular steppe and desert scenery.
More than 30 billion tenge will be invested in ecotourism in Kazakhstan in the coming years.
Get Ready for Winter Fun: Medeu Ice
Rink Reopens on November 15th!
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The Medeu Ice Rink is getting ready to open
In the big mountains in Kazakhstan, the Medeu Ice Rink is getting ready to open again on November 15th. As winter arrives in Almaty, the city's biggest, the famous outdoor ice rink is all set for a season of exciting winter sports and beautiful mountain views.
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A Frozen Marvel at 1,691 Meters
Way up at about 1,691 meters above sea level, Medeu is not just an ice rink; it's like a winter wonderland. It's the highest outdoor ice rink in the whole world! Covering a huge 10,500 square meters, Medeu mixes clever building with being part of the lovely Medeu Valley.
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A Long Time of Ice History
Since 1951, Medeu has been part of winter sports history. It's seen big international competitions, like speedy skating in the 2011 Asian Winter Games. But it's not only a sports place; it's important to the people of Kazakhstan, making memories and national pride.
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See the Mountains and Have Fun
On November 15th, Medeu opens up for everyone. Besides the icy fun, you'll see amazing views of the snowy mountains around. It's like a winter fairy tale every time you skate.

GPS COORDINATES OF MEDEU, KAZAKHSTAN

Address
Almaty, Medeu district, Kerey-Zhanibek Khandar str., 465
Open until 23:00

“The magnificent Caspian Sea: A miracle of nature”
The Caspian Sea is the world's largest enclosed inland body of water. Stretching across five countries — Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Azerbaijan — this awe-inspiring sea is a source of wonders and vital resources for the region.

Rich biological diversity
The Caspian Sea boasts a diverse ecosystem teeming with marine life. Its waters are home to various species of fish, including sturgeon, herring and salmon. Sturgeon, in particular, plays a crucial role in the economy of the region, since its caviar is harvested for the production of black caviar - a delicacy that is used all over the world.Outside the city, you can go hunting and fishing, rafting, kiting and hiking, taking advantage of the impressive, ever-changing landscapes: the sea, mountains, plateaus and steppes.
Tourist attractions
In addition to its economic importance, the Caspian Sea offers breathtaking landscapes and recreational opportunities. The picturesque beaches along its shores attract tourists looking for sun and relaxation.
For tourists who appreciate the comfort and novelty of their stay, we offer an excursion to Rixos Water World Aktau. Rixos Hotel boasts a wide selection of luxurious rooms, from well-appointed rooms to luxury suites, each with panoramic views of the Caspian Sea.
The Upper Kolsay Lake is located at an altitude of 2850 meters (9350 ft). This lake is the smallest and the coldest of the three. It is also the cleanest and most untouched, as it is rarely visited by tourists. The Upper Kolsay is located close to the border with Kyrgyzstan, so make sure you have your ID with you before going there.
Things to do
The lakes are quite cold, so few people dare to swim there. However, the Kolsay Lakes are popular with divers year-round due to their glass-clear waters.
  • The Lower and Middle Lakes are home to trout, and recreational fishing is permitted.
  • You can also take a boat or catamaran trip along the Lower Lake.
The forests that surround the lakes offer seven hiking trails of varying difficulty. As mentioned above, you can also rent a horse and ride around the Lower Lake or take a longer trip to the other two lakes.
When to visit?
The best time to visit the lakes is from May to October. However, many people come to the Kolsay Lakes in winter to enjoy skating and skiing or admire the snow-covered forest.
In May and June, ticks are most active, so you’ll need an insect repellent spray. Be sure to always carry warm clothes and a raincoat – the weather in the mountains is unpredictable.
GPS COORDINATES OF KOLSAY LAKES
Daily,
Almaty region, Kegensky district, Kolsai Lakes State
Gastronomic delights await at Discovery Borovoye's exquisite restaurants, where culinary experts craft a symphony of flavors using the finest local and international ingredients. Whether savoring gourmet cuisine or enjoying a casual meal, every dining experience is a celebration of taste.
The resort's commitment to blending luxury with nature is evident in its eco-friendly initiatives. Sustainable practices are seamlessly integrated, ensuring that guests can revel in the beauty of Burabay National Park while minimizing their environmental footprint.
Adventure enthusiasts will find a plethora of activities to choose from. Explore the pristine landscapes with guided nature walks, embark on a thrilling horseback riding adventure, or take a boat cruise on the shimmering lakes that dot the region. The resort's recreational
offerings cater to both the tranquility-seekers and the thrill-seekers alike.
As the sun sets over the Kokshetau Mountains, this resort promises not just a stay, but a discovery of the extraordinary beauty that lies within the heart of Kazakhstan's natural treasures.
GPS COORDINATES OF BOROVOYE RESORT
The resort is Borovoe, Shchuchinsk Street, Kazakhstan.
High-altitude resort "Ak Bulak"
In any season, the best place in the Zailiysky Alatau Mountains is the high-altitude resort "Ak Bulak"! Do you love active and extreme recreation? Do you enjoy walks in the fresh air and picnics? Or do you simply want to discover new picturesque places? Here, everyone will find something they like because all roads lead to "Ak Bulak"!
"Ak Bulak" invites you to

- Skiing and snowboarding on slopes of various difficulty levels
- Unforgettable hot air balloon rides with children on a specially equipped slope
- Enjoy the clear air and picturesque beauty of mountain peaks
At your service:
- Comfortable, reliable gondolas, cable, and tow lifts
- Experienced instructors for easy learning of skiing and snowboarding
- Equipment rental, repair, and improvement of ski equipment

Autumn, Winter
In this warm season, nature demonstrates its true beauty, and only here can you spend a great time against the backdrop of charming mountain landscapes! We invite you to ride beautiful mountain bikes, organize excellent quad bike races, ride horses, stroll in the open area, and participate in a wonderful winter picnic by the mountain river. Our geographical location also allows for the organization of quality recreation: moderate climatic conditions - from 2600 m to 1400 m above sea level, average temperatures in autumn from +6 to +10, and in winter from -2 to -15


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GPS COORDINATES OF AK BULAK
"Kazakhstan Unveils Ambitious Plans for Sustainable Tourism: How Ecotourism Will Flourish in the Heart of Central Asia"
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"Entrepreneurship Development" and "Zhasyl Kazakhstan"
The government will present the national projects "Entrepreneurship Development" and "Zhasyl Kazakhstan". It is very important that the national projects include such necessary things as zoning of lands in national parks, summing up the necessary infrastructure, creating conditions for civilized, sustainable tourism (trails, observation decks, etc.), certification of services in national parks, etc.
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Agrotourism in the Turkestan region
At the moment, ecological, business, cultural and educational tourism is dynamically developing in the country. But agrotourism is still perceived as a novelty. This time we are going to the Turkestan region to show the potential of this direction as part of an information tour organized by the Kazakh Tourism National Company.
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Zhetysu region
Semirechye is the name of this marvelous region. Seven large rivers flow here, framed by high mountains and dense forests. If you come to zhetysu region, you can see several climatic zones in just one day: from hot sandy deserts to alpine meadows and peaks covered with eternal snow. On March 16, 2022, President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev made a proposal in Parliament to divide Almaty Oblast into two parts, separating the new Zhetysu Oblast from it.
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By the end of 2022
The decree was signed in the summer of the same year and the boundaries of the new oblast were officially delineated on maps. By the end of 2022, almost 700 thousand people live in the region. Most of them live in the administrative center - the city of Taldykorgan. There are three more cities in the region: Tekeli, Zharkent and Sarkand. In the east, Zhetysu oblast borders with China.
“Big Almaty Lake: Nature's Hidden Gem”
The Caspian Sea is the world's largest enclosed inland body of water. Stretching across five countries — Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Azerbaijan — this awe-inspiring sea is a source of wonders and vital resources for the region.

Location

Nestled in the heart of the majestic Tian Shan mountains, Big Almaty Lake is a breathtaking jewel that beckons nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike. Situated just a short drive from the vibrant city of Almaty in Kazakhstan, this pristine lake captivates visitors with its stunning beauty and tranquil surroundings.

At an elevation of about 2,511 meters above sea level, its crystal-clear waters reflecting the snow-capped peaks that embrace it. The vibrant turquoise hues of the lake create a mesmerizing spectacle, especially against the backdrop of the rugged mountains.

Features and nature

For those seeking a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, Big Almaty Lake offers a perfect retreat. Surrounded by lush alpine meadows, the area is a haven for various flora and fauna. Visitors may catch glimpses of marmots, deer, and a variety of bird species, adding to the allure of the natural landscape.

Access to the lake involves a scenic drive through the winding roads of the mountains, adding an element of adventure to the journey. The area is also a gateway to several hiking trails, allowing outdoor enthusiasts to explore the pristine wilderness. Big Almaty Lake welcomes you to discover the magic of Kazakhstan's natural wonders..

GPS COORDINATES OF BIG ALMATY LAKE
Zailiyskiy Alatau, 20 km south of the center of Alma-Ata

Smailov identified obstacles to the industry’s growth, such as insufficient infrastructure, limited accommodations, and inadequate logistics and service quality. He stressed the importance of addressing these issues in response to complaints and recommendations from tourists
and urged mayors and governors to take action for effective infrastructure development. Smailov directed government agencies to create roadmaps for the development of the top 20 priority tourist destinations and devise strategies for promoting agrotourism, ecotourism, and cultural tourism.
“All local historical monuments, picturesque natural landscapes, and other historical heritage need to be properly integrated into tourism products,” he said. Prime Minister Smailov emphasized the need for measures to enhance tourist safety, promote Kazakhstan’s tourism potential internationally, and
implement a plan for digitizing the tourism industry and improving service quality. He also highlighted the importance of simplifying the experience for foreign tourists and digitizing domestic tourism services.ll the tourist routes, as well as to rent, for example, bicycles, some additional services, guides,” Ryspekov said.
Even if you're not a pilgrim, you're expected to dress respectfully (headscarf for women) and sit quietly if the others engage in prayer. It's also customary to bring food to share with other pilgrims. In Beket-Ata, a lamb is often sacrificed in the evenings to feed the pilgrim crowd. Whether you're coming with your own wheels or sharing a cramped minibus with pilgrims,
most stop at the Shopan-Ata underground mosque and 10th century necropolis en route. Even if you're not a pilgrim, you're expected to dress respectfully (headscarf for women) and sit quietly if the others engage in prayer. It's also customary to bring food to share with other pilgrims.
In Beket-Ata, a lamb is often sacrificed in the evenings to feed the pilgrim crowd. Tour companies from Aktau charge around 100,000T for up to four people. Private drivers advertise on the internet and will usually take up to four people for 40,000T;
A cheap alternative is taking public transport to the oil town of Zhanaozen, 150km east of Aktau by paved road, overnighting there, and then getting a seat in a Soviet-style minibus for 5000T, which would require you to overnight in free (and extremely basic) pilgrim accommodation in Beket-Ata.
For those seeking a more immersive experience, the option of staying in a traditional yurt is a unique and memorable choice.
Adventure enthusiasts will find plenty to keep them entertained. The recreation zone offers horse riding and pony adventures, allowing visitors to explore the surrounding beauty on horseback.
Thrill-seekers can take on the winter landscape with exhilarating sleigh rides and snowmobiling excursions.
For a break from the active pursuits, the sauna crafted from logs invites relaxation. The banqueting hall provides a communal space for celebrations and gatherings, creating
lasting memories against the backdrop of nature’s splendor.
BalKaragay prides itself on accessibility, with a fully asphalted road connecting the city to this haven of tranquility. Whether it’s a family outing, a romantic getaway, or a retreat with friends, BalKaragay Recreation Zone offers the perfect escape for those seeking refuge
from the demands of urban life.
Discover the joy of Eastern and European cuisine in the midst of nature. BalKaragay is more than a recreation zone; it is an invitation to reconnect with the simplicity and beauty of the natural world, creating cherished moments that linger long after the journey back to city life.
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