While volunteering in a hostel in Kyrgyzstan, we were struck by the interest and enthusiasm of a majority of travelers for attractions involving animals - such as multi-day horse treks with tired horses, or souvenir photo sessions with an eagle on arm... Choices that often exasperated us, but also raised many questions!...
A land of steppes, desert, mountains:
Welcome to Kazakhstan, a multifaceted country!
Language(s) Kazakh, russian
Hitchhiking level Easy
Wild camping Easy
Central Asia cuisine consists of simple and tasty, often hearty dishes - the kind of dishes that help you get through a harsh winter. A mixture of Turkish-Asian-Russian influence and nomadic traditions, with a lot of grilled meat (mutton, horse) but also vegetarian dishes!...
This time we've got the recipe for happiness: a touch of luck, a good dose of adventure and a mix of fantastic encounters - served on a platter of breathtaking scenery!
When we asked locals: "What to see around here?" "Do you know any good hiking trails?" They gave us several names, showed us pictures, pointed out places on a map. Among them was Kaindy - a spruce forest sunk in a high-altitude lake, whose specificity aroused our curiosity...