Bayanaul National Park
Landscapes of incredible beauty with high cliffs, dense pine forests, and clear lakes will make you fall in love with Bayanaul National Park.
Bayanaul National Park, located in Pavlodar Province, was founded in 1985, making it Kazakhstan's first national park. The park is an oasis in a semi-desert environment. There are 6 lakes, with 3 of them (Jasybay, Sabyndykol, and Toraigyr) being the most popular among travelers due to their developed infrastructure. Bayanaul National Park encompasses many historical sites: Kempirtas, Naizatas, and Saimantas Rocks, ancient rock paintings, and the grave of Jasybay Batyr, a legendary Kazakh warrior.
The high season, when you can swim in the lakes and go hiking, is from May to September, but even in winter you won’t be bored here. Many recreation centers offer winter activities which include skiing and snowboarding.
Bayanaul National Park is shrouded in legends and beliefs. Its magnificent nature will certainly help you beat stress, and take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
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Useful tips for 2020-2021
How to get there
The city of Ekibastuz, which is the nearest city to Bayanaul Park, is 100 km (62 mi) away. You can go to Ekibastuz by train and then take a bus or a taxi that will take you to Bayanaul.
The nearest airports are in Pavlodar and Karaganda. After landing you can go to the park by bus or taxi, but the drive will take a long time as Pavlodar and Karaganda are 230 km (143 mi) and 260 km (162 mi) away respectively.
Food and accommodation
There are many hotels and guesthouses in the park so finding a place to stay shouldn’t be a problem. Cafes and shops are open during the high season.