What to do in Kazakhastan: Hikes Ideas
Hiking to Kok Zhailau, Three Brothers and Peak Kumbel
The trailhead of the Kok Zhailau – Three Brothers – Peak Kumbel trek is easily reached by taking bus number 12 in front of Dostyk Plaza or at the bus stop across from Hotel Kazakhstan.This bus goes in the direction of the Medeu skating rink but you have to get off at the bus stop named ”Prosveshchenets”, about 2 kilometers before Medeu. This bus stop is a wooden kiosk and is right after crossing a small bridge.
The beginning of the trek is on the right side of the bus stop. You’ll see a paved road that goes towards the mountains.This road takes you across a small group of houses and you’ll have to follow it until the pavement disappears and the road turns to dirt.
There you’ll reach another small group of houses and you’ll see a sign between two fences that marks the beginning of the trail. Kok Zhailau is the first part of the trek. It means green pasture in Kazakh and is a large open meadow located at an altitude of 2251 meters. The first part of the trail is quite steep and it takes you through a beautiful apple orchard. After an hour of strenuous hiking, the inclination of the trail becomes more moderate and less challenging. After another hour of walking, you’ll reach the beautiful alpine meadow of Kok Zhailau.
If the weather is not too cloudy, you should have a fantastic view of Almaty from up here. It’s the ideal place for a break before continuing towards the “Three Brothers” peak. These green pastures are also home to a wide variety of plants and animal species and a great place to pitch your tent. The ideal time to camp here is between May and September as the temperature at night rarely goes below 10ºC at this altitude. Kok Zhailau can be the end destination of your hike or you can also continue towards the southeastern part along a well-marked path to a nearby peak called Three Brothers.The Three Brothers are located on the. western flank of Peak Kumbel. If you still have some energy left, you can follow the trail from the Three Brothers eastward along the ridge to reach the summit of Peak Kumbel.