From Mountain Lake To Steppe Lakes. Astana City From Almaty. 5 Days Tour.
1 day – Pick up at the airport. Accommodation. City tour. Main attractions of Almaty. Architectural and culture center of Almaty. Almaty is the golden cradle of independent Kazakhstan. "Almaty" word in Kazakh language means "Apple place". Visiting famous Medeo mountain skating rink and gorge. Light hiking to Shymbulak alpine ski resort by the path. Good views, fresh mountain air, spruce forests. Mountain river, glaciers, alpine meadows and snow peaks of the highest mountains.
2 day – Morning departure to National Park Ile-Alatau (20 km) by car. Mountain landscapes of Almaty city surroundings. Hiking to alpine Big Almaty Lake. The way takes three hours by path. Almaty Big Lake is one of the picturesque places among the mountain landscapes in Almaty region. Lovely fir forests on the way to the lake. The lake is one of the favorite places for the citizens to enjoy a weekend and stay in the nature. Evening return to the city.
Evening departure to Astana city by train (13 hours). Night transfer. Big travel around the great boundless Kazakh steppe. Great steppe was real homeland of nomadic Kazakhs in the past. Steppe is a sweet home.
3 day – Morning arrival in Astana city. Hotel accommodation. Astana city tour. Administrative center of the city. Baiterek observation tower is the highest place in the city. Good views and panorama of new Astana. Baiterek tower is ancient and sacred symbol of Kazakh people. New city on the left bank of Esil river. Pyramid palace designed by western architect. Overnight in the city.
4 day – Morning departure to Burabay city by train (3 hours). Accommodation. Short transfer to National Park Burabay. Hiking around Burabay lake. Walking around the historic and nature places in the park. Burabay is the country of pine and birch forests and freshwater lakes in the middle of boundless steppe. The lake chain in the Blue Mountains country. Burabay was the residence of Kazakh khans in the past. Overnight in the park.
5 day – Continuation of the hiking around the lakes of Burabay. Hiking in the forest by path from the morning till evening. End of the tour.
Price does not include accommodation, food and entrance fees. Upon request I can help to book accommodation and transport tickets.
The price for one person is US$ 605. The price for group of two persons is US$ 480 per person. The price for group of three persons is US$ 415 per person.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.