Visiting Kazakhstan? You have found my personal notes and travel tips, such as the best time to visit Kazakhstan and miscellaneous facts which I obtain from a variety of sources such as first hand observations, personal conversations, magazines, newspapers, websites, books and so forth.
Kazakhstan is a country in Central Asia that split from the former Soviet Union in 1991. It is Kazakh & Russian speaking, with almost everyone understanding Russian.
Best Time to Visit Kazakhstan
Short Answer: April to September
Longer Answer: The best time to visit Kazakhstan depends on what you are looking to do obviously, but as long as that doesn’t include winter sports, then the best time is sometime between April and September. April through June are not yet at peak rates and the weather is quite comfortable. The downside is it rains slightly more in this timeframe. July and August are peak season and nice if you are in the mountains where temperatures are cooler. For staying at lower elevations or in the cities such as Almaty, it is somewhat hot and thus wouldn’t be my recommendation. From late August into early October, the weather gets more comfortable again. As you get further towards the winter, you can expect some more precipitation.
In general, I’d personally say the best time to visit is May, June and September.
Miscellaneous Travel Tips for Kazakhstan
The current capital is Astana in the north. In the northern region, you will find steppes and lakes as you get closer to Siberia. Near Astana is the Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve where you can see flamingos and other bird life. Flamingos should be around between late April and September. Flowers bloom in late April and early May. Also to the north, the Burabay Lakes with towns such as Borovoe.
To the east of Almaty (the former capital), you can find an array of environments, such as the rocky Charyn Canyon and the wooded Kolsai Lakes.
As of the writing of this article, American passport holders can visit without a visa for 30 days.