Ridiculous distances will be your part if you intend to see this even more unknown part of unknown Kazakhstan. It’s worth it though. From the Bronze Age leftovers and Buddhist monastery ruins in the Kent mountains to the absolute silence and spiritual powers residing at Bugyly and Bektau-Ata, this is where it’s at.
Deep, deep in the heart of the steppe, at Ulytau, Kazakhstan was born. UNESCO heritage wetlands will entice birdlovers and plant hunters at Korgalzhyn and Naurzum. Hoofed animals can be watched living in peace at Kyzyl-Arai, between mysterious stones placed thousands of years ago by the Scythians. And for a bit of history, one of the darkest places in Kazakhstan is Dolinka, capital of the KarLag.