The Canyon of The Charyn River is located in Raiymbek district of Almaty oblast in 180 km distance from Almaty. The canyon is more than 100 km. There is a different varieties of relict trees in it, such as Sogdian ash-tree, a survivor of the Ice Age, and turanga. The route is designed for year-round visits (free of dirt, long duration of the warm season).
The most comfortable months for tourists are April / May and September / October. At the same time the snow canyons also have their own unique appeal.
Departure from Almaty is at 07:00.
We collect participants from a single point, which is convenient for customers.
Why is it so early? It allows maximum coverage of both canyons and the viewing platforms. Regular bus tour includes a visit to A Valley of Castles only, whereas our Jeep tour has at least four more places that capture your imagination in the canyons.+
Also, the heat kicks in after 11 am in the canyons, so you need to go through the Valley of Castles at least while it is still cool.
We return to Almaty by 20:00.
All participants get off at a single convenient point in the city (hostel, hotel, etc.).
Why our tour is popular? Because we visit four absolutely different locations inside canyons.
Big Almaty Channel (BAC).
The road to canyons lies along the picturesque road along the Big Almaty Channel. The guide-driver tells the story of the creation of BAC, there are some short stops for photographing of the foothills.
Panoramic sites # 1,2 - Valley of Castles (Qyzylsay) at Charyn canyon and panoramic site
We leave the cars in the parking lot at the descent into the canyon valley of castles. Having taken the drinking water, we walk down into the gorge. It is a leisurely trek with some stops (50 minutes) to the EcoPark village (2,5 km one way). The guide tells you about the differences of Charyn canyon.
A short stop (15 minutes) at the Charyn river is in the shade of trees, you can photograph there and then we return to the cars (1 hour since it is uphill). Ten-minutes break beside the cars and then leaving towards left bank of the Charyn river.
Panoramic site # 3 - Lunar (Zhabyr, Uzunbulak) Canyon View
After 30 minutes of ride there is a stop at the panoramic view on the Lunar Canyon. A photo shoot for 15 minutes and leaving in the direction of the panoramic area # 3.
Panoramic site # 4 - view on the Charyn river (Stone Shelf)
The stone shelf is a unique place in the Charyn Gorge. The majestic view suddenly opens to visitors, capturing the spirit. Visitors should observe precautions when visiting a stone shelf, the height of the wall reaches 250 meters. The landscape of the stone shelf resembles the landscapes of mountain belts, which are located at an altitude of 3 500 meters, but in fact tourists are at an altitude of 900 meters above sea level.
Unforgettable, stunning views of the river and the mountain gorge Charyn. A lunch break.
Panoramic sites # 5, 6 - view on the Valley of Castles (Napoleon) and the Austrian spot
The next place to visit in Charyn canyon is called a panoramic view of the valley of the castles. In fact, we go around the Charyn River and return to the first location, where you can see the valley of the castles from the right bank of the Charyn River.
Scale landscape, castles of the red canyon in the form of Greek amphitheaters will remain forever in the memory of tourists.
After 30 minutes ride there is a stop at the site. There is a view on the Valley of Castles. Photo shoot for 15 minutes, departure to Almaty.
Average travel time: 8 hours by road two-way.
The total route length is 540 km by car and 6 km of trekking.
I provide the option of driving the car during the trip. The terms are discussed upon request (I look at the appropriate skills and a driver's license).
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.