6.30 – Departure to the Charyn Canyon
9.30 – Arrival to the Charyn Canyon
9.30-10.30 – excursion to in the “Valley of Castles”
10.30-11.30 – lunch on the lake shore Charyn
11.30-Departure to the Kaindy lake
15.00 – arrival to Kaindy lake
15.00-16.00 – excursion on Kaindy
16.00- Departure to the village Saty
Accommodation, dinner, overnight at the village house
7.00 – Breakfast
7.30 – departure to Kolsay lake
10.30 – Arrival to the first Kolsay lake, excursion
14.00 – Excursion on the second Kolsay lake
17.00 – departure to the Saty village
19.00– departure to the city
00.00 – arrival to the city, transfer to the hotel.
Kolsay Lakes is one of the most beautiful places of Kazakh nature. They are also called a blue necklace of Northern Tien Shan. And it is quite understandable – such beauty cannot be found anywhere! In the Kazakh language “Kolsay” means “a lake in the valley”, indeed, all three lakes are situated in the eastern part of the picturesque Kungei Tau gorge, 300 km from Almaty.
The lakes are located at 1,800m, 2,250m and 2,700m above sea level. The Kolsay River originates from glaciers, located in the Kungei Alatau mountain ridges, and falls, in turn, to each of the three lakes: Verkhneye, Mynzholki and Nizhneye. The water in the lakes is fresh. Kolsay Lakes are very deep. For example, the deepest place of the first lake is 80 m, while in the second – about 50 m. The bottom in some places is shallow without crags.
Lake Kaindy («birchen» in Kazakh) is lost in a coniferous forest at the h of 2000m above sea level among the Kungei Alatau Mountains. Its name possibly originated from an artificial birchwood, located near the lake. Lake Kaindy with the length of 400m and depth of almost 30m was formed as a result of natural disaster: a gorge was flooded with water, which formed natural gates in the very centre of the lake. Its coniferous trees submersed incompletely, their dried peaks overlook proudly over the water like sunken squadron masts.
Charyn Canyon is situated in the territory of the Charyn National Park which was laid out with the purpose to preserve natural and geological objects. The National park was founded on 23 February 2004. The most famous area of unique interest in the Park is certainly Charyn Canyon. This picturesque indigenous locality impresses with its heavenly landscapes The Canyon depth is 200m. The h of the bluff mountains of the Canyon reaches 150-300m. The Canyon itself represents a monument of nature formed with sedimentary rocks aged more then 12 million years. The landscapes are virtually miraculous there. Charyn Canyon is getting scarlet, pink and orange colors at sunset when the sun is disappearing behind the horizon. There is quietude around, and the Charyn river bobbles washing against the cliffs can only be heard from below. This sight will leave nobody indifferent.
Tour cost is given for 1 person private car
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.