The stunning scenery of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains is only a 20-minute bus ride from central Almaty in Kazakhstan. Cable cars and hiking trails allow excellent opportunities to explore. Photo: Peter FordThe stunning scenery of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains is only a 20-minute bus ride from central Almaty in Kazakhstan. Cable cars and hiking trails allow excellent opportunities to explore. Photo: Peter Ford
The stunning scenery of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains is only a 20-minute bus ride from central Almaty in Kazakhstan. Cable cars and hiking trails allow excellent opportunities to explore. Photo: Peter Ford

Skiing, shady avenues and Stalin’s legacy: Almaty in Kazakhstan, where nature is never far away and food runs the gamut from Georgian to Uygur

  • With its breathtaking mountain views, wealth of leafy parks, and food from across Central Asia and the former Soviet Union, Almaty is an entree to the ‘stans’
  • An ornate Russian Orthodox cathedral, a bazaar packed with produce from near and far, and the world’s highest ice rink are among the city’s curiosities
Topic |   Central Asia
The stunning scenery of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains is only a 20-minute bus ride from central Almaty in Kazakhstan. Cable cars and hiking trails allow excellent opportunities to explore. Photo: Peter FordThe stunning scenery of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains is only a 20-minute bus ride from central Almaty in Kazakhstan. Cable cars and hiking trails allow excellent opportunities to explore. Photo: Peter Ford
The stunning scenery of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains is only a 20-minute bus ride from central Almaty in Kazakhstan. Cable cars and hiking trails allow excellent opportunities to explore. Photo: Peter Ford
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