10 Things to Do in Almaty Province That You Shouldn't Miss

August 6, 2017 Jeremy Dunfee

Almaty (Kazakh: Алматы облысы, Almatı oblısı, الماتى وبلىسى; Russian: Алматинская область) is a region of Kazakhstan. Its capital is Taldykorgan, which has a population of 123,000. Population of the region: 1,807,894 (2009 Census results); 1,557,269 (1999 Census results).
Restaurants in Almaty Province

1. Charyn Canyon

Charyn National Park | Charyn River, Kazakhstan +7 777 228 4799
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5 based on 190 reviews

Charyn Canyon

Reviewed By areveurecat - Barcelona, Spain

Silent and impressive. There are two trails to walk, one along the upper side, a second through the canyon itself. Two different complementary perspectives. Don't miss the opportunity to sleep down by the river, either in a yurt, bungalow or in your own tent. The colors of the rocks in the evening are brilliant!

2. Big Almaty Lake

Ili-Alatau National Park, Almaty, Kazakhstan +7 727 333 5333
Excellent
72%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 497 reviews

Big Almaty Lake

Reviewed By johncY5607GX

I was in Almaty for a week on a holiday cum business visit.... one of the warmer days, I decided to go to Big Almaty Lake with a friend... I had seen some pics online before my visit and I was really looking forward to this visit...
I was staying in the city centre and took over an hour to reach the lake... drive through the city was ok with the usual hush hush around... after a long drive, there is a sudden calm and slight chill in the air... beautiful scenery around u... it’s a sign that u r not too far from the Big Almaty Lake...
Last 15 mins of the drive was amazing and u wish to get ur head outside the window like a puppy...
I visited this place on the morning of 3rd October... and it was really chilly at the lake although city temperature was about 10 degrees but it felt like 1 degree here... Make sure to carry warm clothes especially to cover ur head, feet and hands... Make sure to visit early morning before 12 as later it can get little crowded there... as there is a limited space to park..
On the day of my visit, we could go till the lake as there was no snow and had plenty of opportunity to click pictures... and trust me it’s a beautiful sight..
I had couple of friends visiting 3 days later and it had started to snow there and they could not step outside the parking area as it was pretty slippery and risky... although the sight was beautiful...
Surely recommend a visit here...

3. Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort

Gornaya St., 465 | Medeu Valley, Almaty, Kazakhstan +7 727 386 9536
Excellent
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4.5 based on 627 reviews

Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort

Medeu Alpine Sports Complex is located in picturesque canyon Ile Alatau on 1691 metres high above the sea level. The highest ice skating rink in the world. • Working schedule: whole year • Activities in winter: ice skating • Activities in summer: skating, bicycles, skateboarding, streetball and volleyball. • Ice field area: 10 500 sq.m • Average temperature: summer time +20 C, winter -10 C •

Reviewed By wvzjxq - SFO

The only bus that runs up here is Bus12 on Dostyk Ave. The air tram ride is another 22 minutes into the Mountains. Once you’re at the restaurant area, there are foot trails you can continue on deeper into the Mountains.

4. Altyn Emel National Park

Kazakhstan +7 728 404 5209
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5 based on 26 reviews

Altyn Emel National Park

Reviewed By Roman J - Bangkok, Thailand

We spent 2 days to explore Altyn Emel National Park and we got overwhelmed by this nature beauty. All this amazing shaped stones and Canyons with ongoing changing colors from white, yellow, orange, red, brown, green and much more. A place you simple stop and be astonished how nature can architecture such a wonder. Actually there are 2 sections of the national park. A southern part with petroglyphs and some durgans (ancient burial mounds) which we found less interesting as we have seen similar staff already in Mongolia or Kyrgyzstan. You'll find one Durgans which got converted into kind of open air museum but at the time we arrived all doors were locked so we couldn't get inside. As it's forbidden to make the whole round trip we had to go back same way to explore the northern section of the national park. That's also the part with the great Canyons and amazing colored stones. Simple follow the dry streambed (in case there was no rain, local told us that it can get dangerous during heavy rain periods and area can get flooded fast) and don't forget to bring plenty of water with you. It's one of our best walks we ever did and as soon you turn around a corner colors and rock formations are changing so you're already excited what's coming next. Next to the park ranger head office you'll find a nice family guesthouse which is a perfect base to explore the national park. Colors are especially amazing late afternoon before sunset. It was a bumpy ride from Almaty but it's absolutely worth to visit this remote place by 4WD. Bring some time with you and don't rush and don't forget to arrange your permit already in Almaty.

5. Almaty Metro

Almaty, Kazakhstan +7 727 271 4949
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4.5 based on 307 reviews

Almaty Metro

Reviewed By global-traveller48 - London, United Kingdom

Like the Tashkent, Moscow and St Petersburg Metros, this one also has magnificent and uncrowded stations, all of which have a different theme. Incredibly cheap (c10p) and so you could spend time visiting a number of stations.
Unlike the Tashkent one, there are no restrictions on photos

6. Charyn National Park

Kazakhstan +7 707 771 2979
Excellent
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5 based on 14 reviews

Charyn National Park

Reviewed By Chun Yin L - Singapore, Singapore

We had one day while transiting through Almaty and we chose to visit the Charyn Canyon and never regretted it. We booked a guided tour for 2 in an Audi A6 for a total price of USD178 + admission fees. The scenery there was stunning. We arrived at the canyon at about 12noon and we took around 2hrs to walk through the whole canyon, taking lots of photos. The weather was hot but it doesn't dampen our joyous spirit. It is highly recommended for all visitors to bring some water. Do note that at the end of the track, there is a little knoll on the left of the track (look out for the railings). If you climb up the little knoll, you will be able to have a great view of the place. Highly recommended attraction for all tourists.

7. Ascension Cathedral

Gogol st. 40B | Panfilov Park, Almaty 050065, Kazakhstan +7 727 273 0539
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4.5 based on 711 reviews

Ascension Cathedral

Reviewed By wvzjxq - SFO

This church dominates the old section of town and is pretty much the only nice building around. It’s not big, so you can’t spend hours wandering around, but you get to see a rich collection of icons decorated with some impressive jewelry. The outside is covered with scaffolding, and looks to be a long renovation.

8. Tamgaly Gorge

Chu-Ili Mountains | Ili River, Kazakhstan
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

Tamgaly Gorge

In addition to ancient settlements and burial sites from the Bronze Age, this mountain gorge contains thousands remarkable rock carvings.

Reviewed By Jean-Christophe L - Westmount, Canada

Another hidden place in Kazakhstan which should be properly developed for tourism... It's difficult to find it by following the road signs and it takes ca 3 hours to drive there from Almaty. The road is not particularly difficult. Once there, you will see dozens of petroglyphs that have been left by a not-so-well-identified prehistoric tribe. It is just interesting to find such a place in the middle of nowhere. Don't forget to bring a lot of water, especially if you visit it from May to September. There is nowhere to hide from the (burning) sun.

9. Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen

Almaty, Kazakhstan
Excellent
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4.5 based on 501 reviews

Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen

Reviewed By Geminican - San Jose

If you understand and know the Kazakhstan history, then the park and statues would make more sense to you. It's got communist flavor in its design. One of the most popular park and statues in Almaty.

10. Kok-Tobe Hill

Dostyk Ave., 104A, Almaty 50051, Kazakhstan 320 1201
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Kok-Tobe Hill

Reviewed By CasieMartin - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I came here when it was -28. Such a beautiful area to walk around and see the view of the city. There is a little cafe up the top to escape the cold if need be.
The ride was perfect timing and you go right over the city so the ride and view is great.

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