Kazakhstan Qazaqstan Respublikasy

Area: 2,717,300 sq km


Climate: continental, cold winters and hot summers, arid and semiarid Terrain: extends from the Volga to the Altai Mountains and from the plains in western Siberia to oases and desert in Central Asia

Elevation extremes: lowest point: Vpadina Kaundy -132 m highest point: Zhengis Shingy (Pik Khan-Tengri) 6,995 m

Geography—note: landlocked


Population: 16,824,825 (July 1999 est.)

Ethnic groups: Kazakh (Qazaq) 46%, Russian 34.7%, Ukrainian 4.9%, German 3.1%, Uzbek 2.3%, Tatar 1.9%, other 7.1% (1996)

Religions: Muslim 47%, Russian Orthodox 44%, Protestant 2%, other 7%

Languages: Kazakh (Qazaq) (state language) 40%, Russian (official, used in everyday business) 66%

    Médecins Sans Frontières help to fight tuberculosis in Kazakhstan. See the link to the MSF-website for more information on MSF's activities in Kazakhstan.

Route notes of the rally:

…coming from Uzbekistan.

Monday 22nd May - Day 22 — Tashkent to Bishkek 600km

This long transit section crossing both Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan before arriving in Bishkek.

…moving on to Kyrgyzstan.