M32 (Aral-Highway)

M32 is a glorious drive from Russia to Kyrgyzstan

M32 is one of the main highways of Kazakhstan. The road is 2.046km (1271 miles) long and runs from the Russian border towards the border with Kyrgyzstan. It’s a good road for those who wish to undertake such a journey to the heart of the country.

The road has been improved the last years. Now it’s almost totally paved (just some unpaved parts). It’s part of the European Route 8. The drive will take more than 40 hours due the traffic and the road conditions.

The highway runs from Oral (or Uralsk), a city in northwestern Kazakhstan, at the confluence of the Ural and Chogan Rivers close to the Russian border and ends at Shymkent, the capital city of South Kazakhstan Province, the most populated region in Kazakhstan. It’s a very scenic drive but remote in parts. Ideal time to travel is daylight. Not adviced night drive.
Pic: Kovács Tibor


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