Welcome to Northern Kazakhstan

The northern steppes also harbour surprising areas of natural beauty: the flamingo-filled lakes of Korgalzhyn; the hills, forests and lakes around Burabay; and the picturesque Kyzylarai mountains southeast of Karaganda.

This is the most poignant part of Kazakhstan when it comes to dark tourism. The remnants of two of the most notorious gulags in the country, ALZhIR and KarLag, near Nur-Sultan and Karaganda, respectively, are a touching memorial to the thousands who perished in Stalinist forced labour camps.

Top experiences in Northern Kazakhstan

Northern Kazakhstan in detail