Kazakhstan’s largest national park “Katon-Karagay”


The state national park “Katon-Karagay” is located on the border with Russia, China and Mongolia and protected by the state of Kazakhstan. The park was included in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves in 2014.

Its unique nature and picturesque mountains attract hikers and eco-tourists from around the world.

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The landscape of the park is colorful with snow covered mountain peaks, rocky cliffs, beautiful forests, lakes, and rivers. Located in Southern Altay, Katon Karagay is a beautiful park with majestic nature. The region also boasts rich flora. According to the UNESCO website, the flora of Kazakhstan Altai includes 2,450 species of 693 genera and 131 families.

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Some of the most popular activities offered in the region include horseback riding, hiking with a guide, fishing, berry and herb picking, visiting honey farms, and many others.

Ust-Kamenogorsk (Oskemen) is the closest city to the park and is the capital of East Kazakhstan region. Local airlines have flights from Almaty and Astana to Ust-Kamenogorsk, from where you can take a bus or drive to the park, which is over 200 miles away from the city.