from$ 65
Duration 1 day
Category ETHNIC
Season March-November

You will get to the Alma - Arasan, 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. Also you will visit the Falcon Farm, where you will enjoy a spectacular show with specially trained hawks


During the tour you will visit 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 Big Almaty lake was formed as a result of movement of an ancient glacier. Thanks to high-mountain location the water in the lake is always cool - even in July the water temperature does not exceed 10 degrees.

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.

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. The birds that stay at the center have been rescued and cannot be released anymore into the wild, they would not survive.

1 Day

10:00 departure to Big Almaty lake

11:30 arrival tfree time. 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 Big Almaty lake was formed as a result of movement of an ancient glacier. Thanks to high-mountain location the water in the lake is always cool - even in July the water temperature does not exceed 10 degrees..

14:00 lunch

16:00 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.

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. The birds that stay at the center have been rescued and cannot be released anymore into the wild, they would not survive.

17:00 Birds of prey show

18:00 transfer to the hotel

  • English-speaking guide
  • Transport with professional driver
  • Tickets to birds of prey show
  • Water
  • Entry/admission
  • Alcohol + Beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any services not included in the above itinerary

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