Top things to do in Lake Burabay

Natural Sight in Lake Burabay


The most celebrated Burabay legend links Zhumbaktas, the Sphinx-like rock sticking out of the lake, with Okzhetpes, the striking 380m-tall rock pile rising on the shore behind it.
Mountain in Lake Burabay

Mt Kokshetau

A path from the back of the Polyana Abylay Khana clearing, 6km south of Burabay, leads up 947m Mt Kokshetau, the highest peak in Burabay National Nature Park (about 1½ hours to the top). A few steps along the trail …
Central Asian in Lake Burabay

Asia Kafe

In front of the market, this popular establishment with swing-like seats suspended from the ceiling is a solid choice if you're looking for some ubiquitous shashlyk, as well as more imaginative meaty mains, such as …
Mountain in Lake Burabay

Mt Bolektau

Mt Bolektau is a short, easy ascent that takes around half an hour and still gives you good views of both Lake Burabay and Lake Bolshoe Chebachie to its north. The track leads up to the right just before the Km 4 po…
Bay in Lake Burabay

Goluboy Zaliv

An appealing, forest-fringed bay 4km south of the town. Rowing boats are available for rent so that you can get yourself out to the rock formations in the water.
Central Asian in Lake Burabay


Just beyond the south end of the market, this hole-in-the-wall serves inexpensive shashlyk, salads and hearty breakfasts.
Market in Lake Burabay


Stalls selling shashlyk, manty (steamed dumplings) and beer by the glass.
Visitor Centre in Lake Burabay

Burabay National Nature Park Visitor Centre & Nature Museum

This museum contains a diverse display of taxidermied wildlife from Kazakhstan’s national parks (including a demented-looking fox), two ATMs, and a souvenir shop selling a park map for 350T. Entry includes an adjoin…
Central Asian in Lake Burabay

Kafe Alina

Just east of the Burabay bus stop, Alina is done out in pinks and purples and turns out respectable versions of everything from bliny to kuksi (Korean noodle, meat and vegetable soup) to shashlyk to salmon with red …
Natural Sight in Lake Burabay

Polyana Abylay Khana

This clearing, 6km south of Burabay, is where the warrior hero reputedly once assembled his forces during his Zhungar campaigns. A tall, eagle-topped monument, with good old Ab astride a snow leopard, stands in the …