from$ 287
Duration 3 days
Category HIKING
Season Year-round

During this tour you will visit mysterious sunken forest in Lake Kaindy, pearl of Northern Tien-Shan - Kolsay lakes, one of the most picturesque lakes in Trans-Ili Alatau - Big Almaty lake


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

You will get to the Alma - Arasan, recreation area. Big Almaty gorge, where at an altitude of 2,510 m above sea level located the Big Almaty lake - one of the most picturesque lakes in Trans-Ili Alatau. 

1 Day

Trip to Charyn canyon (300 km from Almaty)

6:00 early breakfast at the hotel and departure.

9:00 arrival to Charyn canyon.The canyon has been described as the Grand canyon’s little brother and is considered to be the floor of the ancient ocean Tethys. 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

12:00 Lunch 

14:30 Transfer to Kaindy lake (11 km off road). Kayndy lake (11 km off-road). 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. 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.

18:00 dinner. Night stay at the guesthouse

2 Day

Breakfast at the guesthouse.

10:00 transfer to Kolsay lake1.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 located in 300 km from Almaty city.Boat trip.

13:00 lunch (outdoor picnic).

14:00 Horse riding/Hiking  from Kolsay lake 1 to Kolsay lake 2. Free time.

18:00 Returning to the guesthouse and dinner. Night stay at the guesthouse.

3 Day

Breakfast at the guesthouse.

10:00 departure to Big Almaty lake

14:00 arrival and lunch (outdoor picnic).

You will get to the Alma - Arasan, recreation area. Big Almaty gorge, where at an altitude of 2,510 m above sea level located the Big Almaty lake - one of the most picturesque lakes in Trans-Ili Alatau. The lake is very beautiful, especially when its blue surface is absolutely calm, and it reflects the sky and surrounding mountains. Short trekking to Cosmo station

16:00 departure to the Sunkar falcon farm

On the way back to the town you will visit the Falcon Farm, where you will enjoy a spectacular show with specially trained hawks - hunting with them is one of the most unique features of the Kazakh way of life.

17:00 Birds of prey show. Sunkar was originally established to protect the falcon, whose numbers dropped alarmingly in the ’80s and ’90s, when a thriving market developed to export the birds to Arabia for big money. Habitat degradation and the impact of agrochemicals are other big issues confronting almost all birds of prey in Kazakhstan. Sunkar has around 400 birds it is taking care of from 15 species of owl, eagle, lammergeyer, vulture, hawk and falcon.

18:00 Transfer to the Almaty

19:00 arrival to the hotel

  • Accommodation in guesthouse on TWIN / DBL sharing basis (2 nights)
  • Transport with professional driver
  • Tickets to «Sunkar» falcon Farm
  • Meals: day 1 lunch and dinner, day 2 breakfast, lunch and dinner, day 3 breakfast and lunch
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Water – 1L per person per day
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned national parks
  • Photo and video charges
  • Horse riding
  • Alcohol + Beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any personal expenses and any services not included in the above itinerary

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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.

5.2. a 80% refund in case of cancellation of the tour after receiving permission to visit the Cosmodrome  Baikonur by Roscosmos , regardless of the time.

5.3. a 0% refund for cancellations made 14 days prior to the tour start.

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