Fantastic and extraordinarily red mountains of Boguty consist of two massifs: Ulken Boguty and Bala-Boguty located to the East of Almaty. These mountains are the foot-hills of Zailiyskiy Alatau’s mountain system and stretch from Charyn river to Chilik one.
The peculiarity of these mountains is that it need not to climb to, on the contrary, it need to go down to them. And only descended into the steppe, you can get to the mountains. Finding himself in the mountains after the rain, when the clay becomes even more red from moisture, you’ll recall involuntarily the scene of the planet Mars. The relief of these mountains was deformed under the influence of rain and wind and formed canyons, looking like a reduced copy of the Charyn canyon. The landscape of these places is just magnificent!
The mountains “Boguty” are siruated in the valley “Ili” between the Zailiysky Alatau and the Charyn river.
In the Carboniferous and Permian times this place presented a volcanic landscape covered with a multimeter layer of volcanic ash. During the Mesozoic time there was no fundamental change of the landscape there.
Quartz sands and red-colored clays swept from low hills accumulated during the Paleogene. Variegated clays from uplands were deposited within the Miocene. Pink and white sands carried down from the beginning of the Boguty ridge were deposited during the Pliocene.
Paleogene and Miocene were the time of typical savanna-type animals domination: hipparion, giraffe, elephant, mastodon, rhinoceros, giant camel, saber-toothed tiger, hyena, ostrich, tortoise and others here. Active mountain building began in the Pleistocene: the ridge was rising and has reached today the height of 1816m. The ridge presents an accretionary prism that is a pile of conglomeration of sedimentaries in layers under tectonic plate deformation.
We invite you to take part in the journey to the Canyon “Ulken Boguty” during the autumn and winter. You will cross the pass of the ridge and find yourself in the really Mars landscape of clay deposits created millions years ago.
The program: travel on off-road vehicles through the passes to the canyon “Ulken Boguty”, climbing to the top of the canyon, picnic, visiting the hot spring "Ulken Boguty".
A. Legend of the route by the hour:
8.30 Gathering at the notified address;
01 pm Arrival to the beginning of the route to “Boguty”
02 pm Climbing to the pass, lunch
03 pm Descent to the canyon
04 pm Walk along the canyon
06 pm Departure to the hotel for overnight
07 pm Hotel accommodation, dinner, bathing
10 am Breakfast, swimming
02 pm Lunch, departure
06 pm Return to the city