M32 is a main highway in Kazakhstan, with a total length of 2,046km. The road starts in the border with Russia and after 40 hours driving, the road ends in the border with Kyrgyzstan. The surface of the road is asphalt, gravel, and sand.
The Aral Highway starts near Oral (or Uralsk), a city in northwestern Kazakhstan, at the confluence of the Ural and Chogan Rivers close to the Russian border and ends in Shymkent, the capital city of South Kazakhstan Province, the most populated region in Kazakhstan.
This 'highway' is an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. The M32 in Kazakhstan looks as though it has been carpet-bombed on a daily basis since Christmas. You cannot drive on much of it; you must dive into the desert and drive parallel, and take your chances with the sand tracks. The surface of the road is asphalt, gravel, and sand.
The unpaved sections of the road can be impassable when wet. In any case, driving 4WD is recommended due to uneven surface. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle and can easily get muddy if it rains making it challenging to get through.