from$ 700
Duration 7 Days
Category HIKING
Season May - September

Explore Undiscovered Zhetysu – from desert to snow peaks of Tien Shan. During this tour you will visit Altyn emel national park, Charyn canyon and Kolsay and Kaindy lakes and moraine lakes (Akkol and Karakol)


Explore Undiscovered Zhetysu – from desert to snow peaks of Tien Shan. During this tour you will visit Altyn emel national park, Charyn canyon and Kolsay and Kaindy lakes and moraine lakes (Akkol and Karakol)

Scheduled group tour prices (season 2020):

1 pax - 2455 USD per person (for private tour)

2 pax - 1385 USD per person (for a group of 2 pax)

3 pax - 1035 USD per person (for a group of 3 pax)

4 pax - 880 USD per person (for a group of 4 pax)

5 pax - 775 USD per person (for a group of 5 pax)

6 pax - 700 USD per person (for a group of 6 pax)

*Scheduled tours will be held in case there is a at least 2 participants registered. Maximum group size up to 4-6 pax.

1 Day

Almaty – Altyn Emel national Park KAZAKHSTAN Early breakfast at the hotel. Departure. 08:00 Tamgaly on Ily river (165 km from Almaty). Tamgaly tas – 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. Departure to Altyn Emel National Park. Arrival to "Basshy" village. Check-in at the guesthouse (DBL/Standard accommodation). 14:00 Lunch at Baschy village. 15:00 departure 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 & night stay at the guesthouse (Baschy)

2 Day

Altyn Emel national Park – Chundzha Hot Springs KAZAKHSTAN Breakfast at the guesthouse. Check out of the guesthouse. 09:00 early breakfast and trip to Aktau and Katutau mountain range. 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. 14:00 Return to the guesthouse and lunch. 15:00 departure to Chundzha hot springs (250 km). After exploration of Altyn Emel 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. 18:00 arrival. Check-in the guesthouse (DBL/Standard accommodation). Dinner & night at the guesthouse (Chundzha)

3 Day

Chundzha Hot Springs – Narynkol KAZAKHSTAN Breakfast at the guesthouse. Check out of the guesthouse. Departure to Narynkol town. After reaching frontier post and checking the documents we will stop at the small place during the Soviet time used to be camp for climbers located at the bottom of Khan Tengri (2300 m above the sea level). After lunch we go trekking along the Akkol river, along the forest scenic zone to the moraine lake Akkol, where the height is 3080 m above the sea level. Return, dinner & night at the camp.

4 Day

Narynkol KAZAKHSTAN Breakfast at the guesthouse. This entire day dedicated to another moraine lake - Karakol. After breakfast we move along the gorge to Karakol lake. Here you can see all the diversity and beauty of The Tien Shan. You can see famous Khan Tengri peak – the highest mountain in Kazakhstan located on the Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan – China border and belongs to Tien Shan mountain range, it is 7010 m (23000 ft) high. A lot of brave men attempt to ascend Khan Tengri, despite the dangerous rock and almost vertical slopes. During this tour you will see how the landscape changes at different altitudes, how conifer forests and alpine meadows pass to tundra and to a zone of permanent snow Return, dinner & night at the camp.

5 Day

Narynkol – Kolsai kolderi national park KAZAKHSTAN Breakfast at the guesthouse 10:00 Departure to the Saty village 13:00 Arrival and Check-in the guesthouse (DBL/Standard accommodation). Lunch. 14:30 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. 19:00 dinner. Night stay at the guesthouse (Saty village)

6 Day

Kolsai kolderi national park KAZAKHSTAN 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. Free time. 13:00 lunch (outdoor picnic). Hiking to Kolsay lake 2 (or horse riding – not included into the cost, horse riding price around 40 USD per person). Hike back. 19:00 Dinner. Night stay at the yurt (Saty village).

7 Day

Charyn canyon – Almaty KAZAKHSTAN 09:00 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. Free time 14:00 departure to Almaty. 15:00 late lunch on the way back to Almaty in Baiseit village. 19:00 arrival and transfer to the hotel. End of services

  • Accommodation in guesthouse on TWIN / DBL sharing basis (6 night)
  • Meals: full board
  • English-speaking guide-driver services
  • Transport with professional driver
  • Water – 1L per person per day
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned national parks (except photo and video charges)
  • Photo and video charges
  • Alcohol + Beverages
  • Portages at airports and hotels
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any personal expenses and any services not included into the tour program

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