Almaty Backpacking Trip

    Almaty Backpacking Trip

    Apr 30, 2024

    It is surprising that Kazakhstan hasn't been explored more since it is the ninth largest country in the world and the largest landlocked nation; nonetheless, a visit reveals why there aren't many backpackers there.

    In one word, Kazakhstan has everything you could possibly want from a vacation—yes, beach vacations are an option. It has breathtakingly large mountains, the largest of which is over 7000 meters high, unending steppes, an abundance of lakes, and a diverse array of wildlife, which includes the critically endangered snow leopard and the saiga antelope, which I was even able to spot. You will undoubtedly need one or both of these items in order to travel throughout the nation: 1. Time and 2. Money, with time being the most crucial.

    Kazakhstan's Almaty City Tour is a truly exceptional place; it's a thriving city ringed by the most majestic mountaintops on all sides. Because of its stunning natural splendor and the fact that Indians can visit the country without a visa, Kazakhstan is the ideal destination for an escape for two. All the information you require to organize a trip to Almaty is provided here. Almaty provides a wide range of activities for all types of travelers, whether you're looking for adventure, cultural discovery, or leisure against the scenic backdrop of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains.

    When is the best time to travel to Almaty, Kazakhstan?

    Almaty is an enchanting town, so there's never a bad time to visit. But the two best times to go are in the summer, from August to September, when the lakes are at their purest, and in the winter, from December to January, when you can enjoy snowfall and winter activities. Almaty and its environs can possibly be explored in 4 days. You should prepare appropriately for your winter vacation to Almaty because it's one of the coldest places in the globe.

    Activities to indulge in when in Almaty

    In Almaty, there are plenty of things to do. However, there are a few that you really need to explore on your holiday break in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    • Kok Tobe  

      To see sweeping views of the city and neighboring mountains, you really must visit Kok Tobe, which translates to "Green Hill." This hill is home to the famous 372-meter-tall television tower, which is accessible via a picturesque cable car trip. At the top, Kok Tobe Park offers a tranquil haven complete with a little zoo, gift stores, and the well-known "LOVE" sculpture. The observation deck is a great place to take pictures since it offers a magnificent 360-degree view of Almaty. 

    • The Cathedral of Zenkov  

      The Ascension Cathedral, sometimes called Zenkov's Cathedral, is a notable example of wooden structure. This 1907 Russian Orthodox cathedral, which was constructed entirely without nails, is a representation of cultural legacy. Situated in Panfilov Park, this striking landmark stands out due to its vivid exterior and fine workmanship. Learn about the city's religious and historical origins by exploring the interior, which is decorated with murals.

    • Savor the food

      it offers a distinctive fusion of Russian and Asian flavors. It is a necessity to enjoy traditional foods and desserts from Kazakhstan, such as Beshbarmak (boiled beef and thin squares of handmade noodles resembling lasagne sheets), manti (steamed dumplings filled with minced meat), and Kurt (dried balls of sour milk with salt). A good restaurant chain to try these dishes is Navat in Almaty! 

    • The Arasan Baths

      The rejuvenating Arasan Baths are tucked away in the heart of Almaty. Ottoman-style saunas, steam chambers, and healing massages are available at this more than 50-year-old spa. The mineral-rich waters offer a calming experience that lets guests relax after a long day of discovery. While offering a peaceful haven in the middle of the busy city, the Arasan Baths provide visitors a look into Almaty's rich bathing tradition.

    • Green Bazaar

      Soak in the lively ambiance of this bustling market where residents come to offer artisan handicrafts, fresh fruit, and spices. Visitors can taste regional specialties, shop for souvenirs, and engage with amiable sellers during this fascinating trip that offers a window into Almaty daily life. This location is ideal for purchasing the well-known dried fruits from Kazakhi.

    • Central State Museum

      Pay a visit to the Central State Museum to discover more about Kazakhstan's extensive historical and cultural legacy. Housed within a grandiose building, the museum contains antiques, exhibitions, and galleries that chart the history of the nation. The museum offers a thorough picture of Kazakhstan's varied cultural tapestry, including everything from current art to ancient antiques.

    • Almaty Botanical Garden

      A Modern Sanctuary of Nature - Explore the Almaty Botanical Garden to get away from the bustle of the city. This serene haven, which is tucked away at the foot of the mountains, features a wide variety of flora, trees, and flowers. The garden offers a calm setting for leisurely walks, picnics, and taking in the beauty of nature.

    Things to keep in mind while backpacking through Almaty 

    Backpacking to Almaty can seem like a wonderful adventure, but to guarantee a smooth and pleasurable trip, it's necessary to be organized and to keep a few things in mind.

    • Pack lightly but wisely first. Because Almaty's weather is unpredictable, pack clothes that can be worn on warm days and on chilly nights. Remember to include necessities like a basic first aid kit, sunscreen, reusable water bottle, strong backpack, and comfy walking shoes. Since you'll be moving about a lot, you might also want to pack a power bank for your devices.
    • Second, make and look into your schedule, but provide room for unexpected changes. Almaty provides a blend of scenic natural beauty and urban experience. Make a list of the must-see sights, such as the Central State Museum and the Zenkov Cathedral, but spare time for exploring the neighborhood markets and going on hikes in the highlands.
    • Thirdly, pick up a few fundamental Kazakh or Russian words. Even though English is widely spoken in Almaty, being able to communicate with locals and get around the city more easily can be facilitated by learning a few words.
    • Fourthly, pay attention to your personal security and possessions. Be cautious in crowded situations and keep your things safe. Notifying someone back home of your vacation intentions and keeping in touch with them is also a smart option.
    • Fifth, accept the customs and culture of the area. Taste some beshbarmak or plov, two typical Kazakh delicacies, and show respect for regional traditions and customs. Always remember to get someone's permission before snapping their picture, particularly in more remote locations.
    • Finally, enjoy your journey and have an open mind to new experiences. Almaty backpacking may be a life-changing adventure with amazing scenery, delectable cuisine, and kind locals. Take everything in and make lifelong memories.

    Is Almaty safe for solo travelers?

    Yes, tourists are safe in Almaty most of the time. Being Kazakhstan's biggest city, it provides a fusion of modern comforts and diverse cultural experiences. As in any metropolitan setting, it's advisable to use normal sense and take safety measures.

    Compared to many other Western cities, the city has a low crime rate, with minor thefts being the most frequent cause for concern. Keep your possessions safe at all times, especially while using public transportation and in busy settings. Steer clear of flashing costly objects and act with precaution while in new places, especially at night.

    When taking buses and trains and crossing streets, proceed cautiously since traffic might be hectic. For safer journeys, stick to ride-sharing services or registered taxis.

    The general good experience is made better by the people of Almaty, who are renowned for their kindness and hospitality to tourists. Like any vacation location, you may make your trip more enjoyable by learning about the customs and cultural norms of the area.


    Gratitude fills me as the sun sets on my vacation in Almaty, memories created and experiences shared. Kazakhstan has captured my heart in ways I never would have thought possible, from the tranquil beauty of Central State Museum to the busy streets of the Green Bazaar. I know that this magical region will always be a part of me, no matter where my travels take me. Almaty, I want to thank you for an amazing adventure.

    And thus, my friends, here concludes our adventure as we hike across Almaty. Every second spent in Kazakhstan's cultural capital, from the energetic streets of the city center to the breathtaking peaks of Shymbulak, was evidence of the joys of discovery. 


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