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Kazakhstan help with planning?

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Originally part of Mongolia
I would like some advice on what there might be to do during an organized backpacking trip.
8 years ago, December 23rd 2010 No: 1 Msg: #125190  
Kazakhstan help with planning?
Hello, I am an American who will be traveling to Kazakhstan in March (from the 1st to the 13th).

I would like some advice on what there might be to do during an organized backpacking trip. So far I would like to see Almaty (where I am flying in) and Turkestan, Aralsk with the Aral Sea, and most importantly, the Tian Shan mountains near Almaty.

Does anyone have advice on any hiking trails around Almaty or if skiing exists during the month of march?

Also how is public transportation from Almaty to the cities Ive mentioned above? And also when I return to Almaty to fly home? Is it better to fly from Aralsk?

Are hotels expensive or do hostels exist?

Also, do the police hassel foreigners much, rumor has it that soviet bureaucracy is the way there 😉

Thank you very much

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