from$ 349
Duration 4 days
Category SAFARI
Season Year-round

This tour gives a unique opportunity to visit the most beautiful places of Kazakhstan for 4 days. During this tour you will visit Altyn emel national Park and - best safari destinitaion in Kazakhstan, Charyn National Park and the pearl of the northern Tien Shan - Kolsay lakes.


This tour gives a unique opportunity to visit the most beautiful places of Kazakhstan for 4 days. During this tour you will visit Altyn emel national Park and - best safari destinitaion in Kazakhstan, Charyn National Park and the pearl of the northern Tien Shan - Kolsay lakes.

1 Day

08:00 departure to Tamgaly on Ily river (165 km from Almaty).

10:00 Tamgalytas – written cliffs, on the Ili river. Located 170 km from Almaty, natural boundary consists of huge cliffs. It was a place where beautiful images of Buddha and Burhans were found. Visit Bes Shatyr. Free time.

Trip to Altyn Emel National Park.

13:30 Arrival to "Basshy" village. Check-inat the guesthouse (DBL/Standard accommodation) and lunch.

15:00 arrival to so-called Singing sand (also called whistling sand or barking sand). The dune is composed of light-colored sand and has a length of about 3 km and a height of 150 m. In dry weather sands emit a sound similar an organ melody. Since ancient times this place was considered supernatural. The legends explained the sound by the activities of the desert spirits, mythical animals, the bells of buried towns, underground rivers etc.

19:00 Returning to the guesthouse. Dinner and night stay at the guesthouse (Basshy).

2 Day

Breakfast at the guesthouse. Check out of the guesthouse

09:00 trip to Aktau and Katutau mountain range (1,5 hours).

Aktau mountains are located 80 km from the village that takes approximately 1,5 hours to reach them. The Aktau hills look supernatural. You will observe rock layers of white, red and orange colors across the range, known as a unique paleontological deposit with an estimated age of 25-30 million years.

13:00 Lunch boxes - outdoor picnic (is included).

14:00 Katutau hills are less spectacular, but certainly interesting since it’s a good place to see argali. After dry and hot steppe, you will stop at Seven-hundred years old willow.

17:00 Return to the Baschy and departure to the Saty village.

20:00 arrival and check-in at the guesthouse (DBL/Standard accommodation). Dinner. Night stay at the guesthouse (Saty).

3 Day

Breakfast at the guesthouse.

08:00 departure to Charyn canyon.

09:00 arrival at Charyn canyon. The canyon has been described as the Grand canyon’s little brother and is considered to be thefloor 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 departure to Saty village.

13:30 Arrival to "Saty" village and lunch.

15:00 transfer to Kaindy 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. Hiking around the lake. Free time for your own.

18:00 dinner and night stay (Saty).

4 Day

Breakfast at the yurt. Check out of the guesthouse.

08:00 departure to Kolsay lake1.

10:30 trip to Kolsay lake 1.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.

Hiking around Kolsay lake 1. Boat riding around Kolsay lake 1 (at your own payment). Hiking to Kolsay lake 2 (8 km approx. 2-3 hours one way). Free time. Or horse riding (upon request and at your own payment), lunch (outdoor picnic).

17:00 departure to Almaty. Dinner in the local café on the way back to Almaty (Baiseit village).

20:00 arrival to Almaty. Transfer to the hotel. End of services.

  • Transport with professional driver
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned national parks (except photo and video charges).
  • Guided hikes in Charyn, Kaindy Lake, Kolsay lakes, Altyn Emel national park.
  • Accommodation in guesthouses on TWIN / DBL sharing basis (3 nights)
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • English-speaking guide
  • Water – 1L per person per day
  • Accommodation in Almaty
  • Airport meetings and transfers
  • Portages at airports and hotels
  • Photo and video charges
  • Alcohol + Beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any services not included in the above itinerary

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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.

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