Lakes Kolsay, Kayindy and Charyn canyon

City:

Almaty

Season:

all year round

Duration:

2 days/1 night

Distance:

630 km

During this tour you will have the opportunity to visit the 3 most popular places of the Almaty region - Charyn canyon, Kolsai and Kayindy lakes. Walking along the canyon, fresh air of mountain lakes, and most importantly the local flavor will make this tour unforgettable.

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The Charyn Canyon is a unique natural monument located on the territory of the Charyn National Park. The Charyn Canyon stretches for 154 km along the Charyn River. It is composed of sedimentary rocks that are about 12 million years old. The height reaches from 150 to 300 meters. It is often compared to the Grand Canyon in Colorado, and is even called the "little brother".
Charyn canyon is very popular among tourists, every year it is visited by a huge number of people. Here you can not only relax and go on an excursion, but also do active sports.
Kayindy is a very young lake that appeared only at the beginning of the last century as a result of the 1911 earthquake. The water flooded the gorge, and the birch grove was not completely flooded, the tops of the trees proudly rise above the water, like the masts of a sunken ship.
Kolsai lakes are one of the most beautiful places in the nature of Kazakhstan. They are also called the pearls of the Northern Tien Shan, because such beauty is not found everywhere!
Kolsai lakes are a favorite place for mountain tourists; they are located at an altitude of 1800, 2250 and 2700 above sea level. Trekking to the Kolsai Lakes is very easy and suitable even for non-professionals. In addition, Kolsay is a wonderful place for picnics in nature and for horseback riding and mountain biking. A comfortable period for camping is from April to the end of September.

Cost

All inclusive

Total number of people

Price per 1 person

Total price

11 +

on request

on request

10

22000 $

220000 $

9

27000 $

243000 $

8

32000 $

256000 $

7

33000 $

231000 $

6

36000 $

216000 $

5

41000 $

205000 $

4

46000 $

184000 $

3

56000 $

56000 $

2

75000 $

150000 $

1

136000 $

136000 $

What is included in the price:

✅ driver - guide

✅ comfortable SUV

✅ accommodation in a guest house

✅ three meals a day

✅ drinking water 2 liters per day

✅ entrance tickets along the route

Price for SUV with driver

7 passenger seats

115000 $

14 passenger seats

150000 $

Schedule

Day 1

08.00. Meeting with a guide in Almaty. After meeting, departure according to the schedule of the program. A sanitary stop in the village of Baiseit, where you will have the opportunity to have a snack and visit the local bazaar.
10.30. Arrival to the Charyn canyon. We enjoy the panorama of the Valley of Castles canyon. Your guide will show you the most beautiful photo spots and tell you the history of the Charyn Canyon. You will have time to walk and enjoy the beauty of the canyon. Descent to the Valley of Castles - trekking 3 km one way. Upon arrival at the source of the Charyn River, a small picnic. Photosession
13.30. Return to the parking lot and drive to the village of Saty. Traditional Kazakh lunch with local residents.
15.00. After lunch, departure to Lake Kayindy - 12 km from the village. Upon arrival at the first parking lot, an excursion and trekking to the lake (about 3 km) towards the observation deck will begin. At the Kayindy lake, the guide will show you the best angles for a photo session against the backdrop of the lake.
17.00. We return to the car and drive to the guest house in Saty.
18.00. Time for dinner and relaxation. Acquaintance with the local culture and mentality.
20.00 After dinner, rest and an evening bonfire, where you will find numerous stories and stories from our guide.

Day 2

07.00. Delicious breakfast from the hostess.
08.00. Packing up and going to Kolsay Lake for about 30 minutes.
09.00. Upon arrival at the lake, the guide will tell you about the terrain and history of these lakes - the Pearls of the Northern Tien Shan.
Trekking to the second lake Kolsay for those wishing to - 6-7 km (3 hours) one way.
12.00. On Lake Kolsay you will have free time to relax and admire the surroundings. It is possible to rent a boat or ride a horse on the lake. Return to the guest house for lunch, or lunch boxes.
15.00 Return to Almaty. Dinner on the way
20.00. The driver-guide will take you to any convenient place in the city.

What to take with you?

Comfortable clothes

We recommend wearing comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement.

Comfortable shoes

Athletic sneakers or boots for comfortable walking

Sun protection

Be sure to bring sunscreen or closed clothing

Snack food and water

We recommend bringing a small snack if you want to have a picnic

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