Outback Cycling Tours


Hit the Road with Aveneer


Cycling across the grasslands, rocky roads running alongside crystal-clear water rivers, a lunar mountain landscape and sandy dunes, this is mountain biking in the South-East part of Kazakhstan!

Once you arrive in the largest city of Kazakhstan - Almaty, you will be offered to enjoy a traditional welcome dinner and spend a night in a comfortable hotel to take a good rest before we take you off the grid and our biking adventure begins.

Snow-capped mountains of Alatau National Park provide a stunning backdrop for our mountain biking adventure through valleys with lush pastures and up to passes and plateaus that are teeming with grasslands and wildflowers. We'll meet nomadic Kazakhs that have moved their flocks of sheep to high pastures and live there in yurts.



We meet in the cosmopolitan city of Almaty that still has remnants of the Soviet era while evolving into a city with a distinctive European feel. Almaty, means a "the grandfather of apples" and southeast Kazakhstan is where apples were first cultivated and from where they spread around the world. We will explore Almaty by a walk around this leafy city before heading to the mountains and rivers.

We start biking at the foot of Alatau Mountains Range. The landscape quickly changes from pine trees to open rolling grasslands. Every day we'll bike up dirt roads to the top of passes, have adrenalin-inducing downhills and then camp next to rushing rivers.

The adventure continues as we visit Charyn National Park where we will spend the night at a beautiful Yurta on the bank of the mountain river. The sunset favorably emphasizes the freakish shapes of rocks in the “Valley of Castles”.

The next stage is cycling into the desert of Altyn Emel National Park with its multicolored Ak Tau mountains and the Singing Sand Dune, located on the Kapchagai lakeshore, and the herds of kulans (wild horses) will leave an indelible impression on us.  

This off-road mountain biking tour is challenging not only by the cycling itself but also because we will be riding at middle-level mountain altitudes and in extreme weather conditions. This all makes the trip a true adventure for those that want to get a unique biking experience with spectacular mountains and desert sceneries.




This time of the year to the North of Almaty city enough warm and nature waking up with many flowers. We will cycle about 570 kilometers in 9 days of riding.
This is an average difficulty trip due to the low altitude and the terrain. We never sleep higher than 1200 m. Due to the remoteness of the terrain, we’ll be staying in camps and be accommodated in yurts and a small hotel.


Biking Difficulty:

Rough, rocky dirt and sandy roads, grasslands, and single track at low altitude (500-1400m) make this trip very interesting and attractive. The average level of fitness and a technical experience are strongly recommended.


Cycling Distance:

About 570 kilometers.


10 Cycling Days:

10 full days with a few transfers.

The trip features a combination of different conditions – low altitude, weather, topography, and overall environment – that makes this a challenging tour and a test for sustained riding.

Vehicle support, which allows cyclists the option to get into the truck as needed, is available on all cycling days.


Biking Conditions:

The road surfaces are a mix of paved, dirt and sandy roads, and a few sections of single track.



This trip is designed for the regular cyclist with a good level of fitness. The distances and gradient each day are not extreme, but getting into the best shape possible for the trip will ensure you get the most from your holiday.

Best time to travel: 

End of April - Beginning of September








  • Tamgaly
  • Сharyn National Park
  • Valley of Castles
  • Wooden Lake
  • Boguty Mountains
  • Azhyrzhar boundary
  • Ulkenbulak Spring
  • Aktospa Mountain Pass


  • All transfers and constant escort by 4WD
  • Accommodation
  • Biking tour guide
  • All meals (incl. water and lunch-boxes)
  • Mess-tent with chairs and tables
  • Toilet and Shower tents
  • Entrance fees to the NPs
  • Insurance
  • First-Aid Kit


  • Personal Expenses
  • Mountain Bike & Equipment Rental
  • Single Tent rental on demand
  • Beverages other than water
  • Tips for the local staff
Day 1

Transfer from Almaty to the west and start cycling on the tarmac and off-road through endless Kazakh steppe with stone hills 65 km.

Camp near small water spring.


Day 2

Today we’ll cross the rest of hilly steppe and go deep into the Tau Kum Desert covered sparse Saxaul bushes. 75 km.

Camp near small water spring.


Day 3

We’ll cross the last part of the desert and arrive at the cost of Ile River with willow trees. After short rest, we’ll go further along the river to the camp place near the main bridge. 70 km.

Camp on the river bank.



Day 4

Today we’ll visit popular petroglyphs with a picture of Buddha. We’ll transfer by highway 160 km.3 hrs. and cycle 15 km. off-road to the Canyon of Ile River to the bottom of the high rocky cliff, where in a few places there are unique pictures. After the excursion, we’ll cycle along the river to the South 20km and arrive at the highway near the main dam. Transfer 40 km to the camp place.

Day 5

Cycling around northern slope of Altyn Emel mountain Range 70 km to Shanhanai village.


Day 6

Transfer 60 km. by the main road to Basshi village – entry point of Altyn Emel NP. Afternoon cycling50 km. to famous Singing Sand Dune.

Camp in Oasis Minbulak in a shadow of willow trees.

Day 7

Cycling to Ak Tau multicolored Mountains 70 km. Transfer back to Basshi hotel with the warm shower and toilet.


Day 8

Transfer 160 km. to Bogety mountains and cycling 30 km. to Oasis Karasay. Camp.


Day 9

Cycling 12 km. slowly up to pass Bogutty and downhill to the main road. Further 25 km on flat steppe to Charyn River Canyon.

Yurt camp.

Day 10

Today we’ll drive 70 km. to Nura village and by tarmac road cycling 60 km slowly down to Almaty city.  Our exclusive cycling tour ends upon arrival at the hotel.



We offer bespoke tours to Kazakhstan that can be tailored to your personal tastes



Getting in

The most convenient way to get to Kazakhstan is to take a flight to one of the two largest cities, Almaty or Astana.  Kazakhstan's national airline "AirAstana" offers direct flights from the following cities: Urumqi, Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Delhi, Dubai, Tehran, Baku, Tbilisi, Antalya, Istanbul, Kiev, and Moscow.

For guests traveling from South East Asia, we suggest the quickest route via Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur. 

Please contact us and one of our travel consultants will be glad to assist you with planning your journey.

Visa to Kazakhstan

Citizens of the following countries can travel to Kazakhstan visa-free:

  • Up to 14 days: Hong Kong
  • Up to 30 days: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, UAE, Uzbekistan, USA
  • Up to 90 days: Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine

If your country is not stated above, you will need to obtain a visa to the Republic of Kazakhstan. Please contact us for visa support and assistance with your visa application.


Currency and Credit Cards

The local currency is the Kazakhstan Tenge (KZT). Currency exchange in Kazakhstan is very well developed - it is easy to exchange most popular currencies like USD, EUR, GBP in bank branches, airports and exchange points as the latter is opened 7 days a week.

VISA and MasterCard are widely accepted throughout the country in most shopping malls and restaurants. For withdrawing cash, one can turn to nearest ATMs located all around the city.


The climate in Kazakhstan is continental. You will experience a vast difference in temperatures and climate while traveling through the country.

Summers in Kazakhstan are warm with an average temperature at around 30 *C (86 *F). During winters the average temperature drops down to -20 *C (-4.0 *F).

The best time to travel is from April to October when temperatures are moderately warm, as well as the period from December to March for winter enthusiasts.

Kazakhstan is a sunny country, some regions enjoy the sun up to 330 days a year.

Local Cuisine

Kazakh traditional cuisine is based on a few main ingredients such as meat, bread/dough, and some dairy products.  Due to the challenging weather conditions and nomadic lifestyle food had to be easy to prepare, very nutritious and contain a lot of fat to provide energy.

Kazakhstan boasts its organic fruits and vegetables that are grown locally, delicious natural honey with numerous health benefits, finest caviar as well as the signature chocolate products. 

The tea culture is very prominent, Kazakhstan is believed to be among the top countries in the world for tea consumption; almost every meal is followed by tea in Kazakh families.

Apart from a regional cuisine, a wide range of restaurants is also available for tourists with a cosmopolitan appetite for Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Italian, French, Korean, South East Asian and Indian cuisine with some vegetarian options.



The national language is Kazakh, however, the Russian language has the same status. More than 70% of Kazakh citizens speak Russian fluently thanks to the Soviet Union times. 

Kazakh language however is very different from Russian in its nature, and is not as widely practiced by the city dwellers as compared to the rural and country dwellers. Although the Russian language is more common, local people will react extremely well if you speak even a little Kazakh.

Religion in Kazakhstan

The Republic of Kazakhstan is often called the crossroads of civilizations. Since ancient times various religions were formed and developed on the territory of modern Kazakhstan. Archeologists have found here traces of Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Nestorianism, and Tengrism. 

Today, Kazakhstan is a modern, secular state promoting ethnic and religious diversity and tolerance. A multinational country with a long history of ethnic groups living together, Kazakhstan is a peaceful country where Kazakhstani citizens of different religious backgrounds live in harmony.

The majority of the population in Kazakhstan practices Islam. The Muslim population is largely made up of the ethnic Kazakhs, Uzbeks, and Tatars. The second most practiced religion is Russian Orthodox Christianity, with the majority of adherents being ethnic Russians, Ukrainians, and Belarusians.


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