from$ 187
Duration 2 Days
Category ADVENTURE
Season May - September

During this 2 day tour you will visit mysterious sunken forest in Lake Kaindy, pearl of Northern Tien-Shan - Kolsay lakes


During this tour you will visit mysterious sunken forest in Lake Kaindy. Kayndy lake was formed in 1911 after a huge earthquake that resulted in a big landslide from the eastern slope. The rockslide “place of origin” can still be seen today, because it has not been overgrown yet.

Explore Charyn canyon. The erosion made by the river Charyn below and the elements created a dramatic and impressive landscape. The Charyn canyon itself is approximately 150 km and in some places up to 300 m deep.

Kolsay Lakes – one of the most beautiful places in Kazakhstan. These lakes are located at heights 2250 and 2700 meters above sea level. They are distinguished by the unique mountain watershed consisting of three natural zones and amazing variety of rare plants and animals. Kolsay Lakes are considered a pearl of Northern Tien-Shan

1 Day

Trip to Kaindy lake (270 km from Almaty)

07:00 departure to Kaindy lake.

11:00 arrival to Saty village, check in at the guesthouse. Lunch. Transfer to Kaindy lake (11 km off road).

13:30 Kaindy lake was formed in 1911 after a huge earthquake that resulted in a big landslide from the eastern slope. The rockslide “place of origin” can still be seen today, because it has not been overgrown yet. The uniqueness of the lake is that after the rise of natural dam that blocked the gorge, water that filled a basin has formed a lake but has not destroyed the spruce that had been growing in this place along the river. Snorkeling. Guided hiking and walking around lake. Free time.

18:00 return to Saty village dinner. Night stay at the guesthouse (Saty village).

2 Day

Breakfast at the guesthouse.

09:00 transfer to Kolsay lake1.Kolsay Lakes - is a name for a cascade of three lakes in Kungeyalatu ridge. These lakes are located at heights 2250 and 2700 meters above sea level. Kolsay Lakes are distinguished by the unique mountain watershed consisting of three natural zones and amazing variety of rare plants and animals. Snorkeling on Kolsay lake 1.

12:00 lunch (outdoor picnic).1,5-2 hours horse riding to Kolsay lake 2. Kolsay lake 2 is at an altitude of 2252 m above the sea level. Crustal clear emerald water of lakes is frech and tight the content of sodium sulfate. Water temperature is 4-10 degrees. Snorkeling on Kolsay lake 2.

16:00 departure to Almaty.

19:30 arrival and transfer to the hotel.

  • Accommodation in guesthouse on TWIN / DBL sharing basis (1 night)
  • Meals: day 1: lunch and dinner, day 2: breakfast and lunch.
  • English-speaking guide
  • Private transport with professional driver (jeep)
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned national parks (except photo and video charges)
  • Permission of national park (snorkeling)
  • Horse riding (day 2 from Kolsay lake 1 to Kolsay lake 2)
  • Photo and video charges
  • Snorkeling equipment including: semi dry suit (neoprene) 7mm, gloves 5mm, socks 7-9 mm, flippers, mask, tube, weights (1-4 kg).
  • Alcohol + Beverages
  • Portages at airports and hotels
  • Any personal expenses and any services not included in the above itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities

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  1. a 90 % refund for cancellations made at least 15 days  in advance of the start date of the experience. (Except for the tours to Baikonur Cosmodrome, see point 5)
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5.1 a 90% refund for cancellations made after the payment is made before the permission from Roscosmos State Corporation is received.

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