from$ 310
Duration 5 Days
Category ADVENTURE
Season May - September

This 5 day round trip takes you to some of the Almaty region’s top attractions like written cliffs, Scythian kurgans, singing sand and colorful Aktau and Katutau mountains, legendary Charyn canyon, pearls of Tien Shan – Kolsay lakes and mystical Kaindy lake


This 5 day round trip takes you to some of the Almaty region’s top attractions like written cliffs, Scythian kurgans, singing sand and colorful Aktau and Katutau mountains, legendary Charyn canyon, pearls of Tien Shan –Kolsay lakes and mystical Kaindy lake.
Private tour price 820 USD for 1 pax
470 USD per person for a group of 2 pax
360 USD per person for a group of 3 pax
310 USD per person for a group of 4 pax
1 Day
Bes Shatyr burial mounds KAZAKHSTAN
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Bes Shatyr burial mounds (this Iron Age site composes 31 Scythian kurgans (ritual burial mounds) believed to be final resting places of tribal leaders and warriors. The largest is 17 km high and while the kurgans have been excavated in the 1950s, with weaponry, bones and pottery spirited away to museums, the kurgans are still an impressive sight. Be prepared to pay a small charge to enter the national park area.
To accommodate tour travel to Altyn emel national park area, we’ve set up small low impact eco friendly yurt camp next to some of the remaining Kazakh nomads for you to get in touch with them. Yurt camp located just 90 km from singing dune (1.5 hour driving). Check-in at the yurt (DBL/sharing accommodation). Hiking or horse riding (at your own payment). Dinner. Overnight at the yurt (Shoqan village).
2 Day
Altyn Emel national Park KAZAKHSTAN
Early breakfast at the yurt. 
Visit Altyn Emel national park. With its prime location Altyn emel is the ideal base for exploring the amazing natural landscapes that surround it: singing dune and Aktau and Katutau mountains. 
The Singing 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. Lunch (outdoor picnic).
Visit Aktau and Katutau mountains. 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. Katutau hills are less spectacular, but certainly interesting since it’s a good place to see argali. Ancient willow visiting. Be prepared to pay a small charge to enter the national park area. Driving to Akkudyk village. Dinner. Overnight at the guesthouse (Akkudyk village).
3 Day
Charyn canyon KAZAKHSTAN
Breakfast at the guesthouse and departure 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. Be prepared to pay a small charge to enter the national park area. 
After exploration of Charyn National Park you will visit famous radon hot springs in Chundzha to have a pleasant bath and swim in natural thermal water. Chundzha Hot Springs are well known for their healing water. Bathing and swimming in our thermal pools contribute to the process of self-regulation of the whole body, which in turn increases its resistance to various diseases. Check-in the guesthouse (DBL/Standard accommodation). Night at the guesthouse (Chundzha)
4 Day
Kolsai kolderi national park KAZAKHSTAN
Breakfast at the guesthouse. Check out of the guesthouse. Departure to the Karabulak village. Arrival and Check-in the guesthouse (DBL/Standard accommodation). Lunch. 
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. Be prepared to pay a small charge to enter the national park area. Free time. Return to guesthouse. Dinner. Overnight (Karabulak village).
5 Day
Kolsai kolderi national park KAZAKHSTAN
Breakfast at the guesthouse. Check out of the guesthouse. Departure to Kayndy lake.
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. Departure to Almaty. Arrival to Almaty
  • Accommodation in yurt (1 night) and in guesthouses on TWIN / DBL sharing basis (3 nights)
  • Meals: day 1 dinner, day 2 – full board, day 3 – breakfast, day 4 - lunch and dinner, day 5 - breakfast
  • Transport (Renault Duster 2015-2019 MT/AT)
  • Transport (Renault Duster 2015-2019 MT/AT)
  • Photo and video charges
  • Entrance fees for mentioned national parks
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Gasoline
  • Cash deposit for a car (170 USD)
  • Any personal expenses and any services not included in the above itinerary

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