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Travel Guide: Mountains of Heaven in Tien-Shan, Kazakhstan #travel

Mountains of Heaven

Tien-Shan, Kazakhstan

The transnational property is located in the Tien-Shan mountain system, one of the largest mountain ranges in the world. Western Tien-Shan ranges in altitude from 700 to 4,503 m. It features diverse landscapes, which are home to exceptionally rich biodiversity. It is of global importance as a centre of origin for a number of cultivated fruit crops and is home to a great diversity of forest types and unique plant community associations. 

Map of Mountains of Heaven

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Coronavirus in Tien-Shan

As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.

Culture in Tien-Shan

We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Kazakhstan. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Kazakhstan.

Money in Tien-Shan

Currencie(s): Kazakhstani tenge

  • 1 Kazakhstani tenge = 0.002 €
  • 1 Kazakhstani tenge = 0.0024 $
  • 1 Kazakhstani tenge = 0.0017 £

Corruption: Kazakhstan has a corruption score of 69 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Kazakhstan, watch out for muggers and beware of corrupt police officers. According to Transparency International, Kazakhstan scores average on the list of corrupt nations around the world.

Kazakhstan is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.93 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Tien-Shan

Language(s): Kazakh & Russian

Food & Drinks in Tien-Shan

2 National dishes: Beshbarmak & Shalgam.

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Tien-Shan is 18.

Religion in Tien-Shan

Kazakhstan contains a few regions that are considered as a religious. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 43% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Muslim 47%, Russian Orthodox 44%, Protestant 2%, other 7%. Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Tien-Shan

Age of Consent: 16 years.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan scores a -1/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.

Other practical tips for Tien-Shan

Timezone: UTC+05:00 to UTC+06:00

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 220 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 13.82 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Kazakhstan.

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