Excellent and quite interesting route along one of the most beautiful gorge Kungei-Alatau. It is suitable for both beginners and experienced mountain hikers. And what is the most important, you do not have to carry a tent!
Season: May - October
Best period: July-September
Complexity of the route: medium
Height difference: the lowest point is 1600 masl. The highest point on the route is about 3000 m.
Day 1. Almaty - Charyn canyon - Lake Kaiyndy - Kurmety village.
Departure from Almaty in the early morning. The first object on the way to the mountainous country Kungei-Alatau will be the Charyn canyon.
Charyn Canyon is a natural complex, unique in its kind not only in Kazakhstan but also worldwide. It was formed during Paleogene and reminds the Grand Canyon of Colorado River in North America, although inferior to it in size. The height of the steep slopes of the canyon is up to 150-300 meters. Extraordinary dissection of the terrain is striking: the numerous ravines form a dense, chaotic network. Wind and water have created the beautiful "Valley of Castles", where you are always surrounded by the fancy towers composed of sedimentary rocks. The length of the valley - more than 2 km, width - 20-80 meters. For millions of years the nature has been creating a unique architecture, erecting magnificent castles carefully and slowly. You can spend hours walking among the strange towers and columns, being surprised by the wild imagination of the nature.
After a walk through the canyon we will organize a small lunch, in the form of a picnic. Then transfer to Kaindy Lake.
Kaindy Lake (birch lake) is situated among magnificent pine forest at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level and is famous for its origin. It was formed in 1911 due to the powerful earthquake that triggered the landslide blocked the alley by the natural dam, and the water has flooded the valley. The water of the lake is very cold, that is why the needles of the flooded trees are well preserved and clearly visible through the transparent surface of the water, and dry stems of fir trees overlook the water surface, like the masts of the submarine squadron. It is impossible to describe in words all this mystical splendor of the lake – it is necessary to go there and see everything with own eyes.
Walk along the shores of the lake, then transfer to the guest house, where we will stay for the night. Dinner and overnight at the guest house.
Day 2. Kurmet - Taldy - mountain hut.
Breakfast at 9.00. After breakfast, preparations and start the hiking route.
We will hike on fairly simple paths, with small height differences. Several stops will be made for rest and lunch. The end point of the route is a mountain hut on the top of the hill, from where a magnificent view opens up to the summit of Kyzymschek and the upper reaches of Taldy gorge. Dinner and overnight in a mountain hut.
* Distance is about 15 km.
Day 3. Mountain hut - headwaters of Taldy gorge - mountain hut.
Breakfast in the hut. Today we will hike to the headwaters of Taldy gorge. Today we do not have any specific end point. Walking up the gorge, we will admire the views, make stops.
Taldy River Gorge, the right tributary of Shilik River, located in the east, on the very edge of glaciation of Kungei Alatau Range, on its northern macroslope and has a length of approximately 25 kilometers. The gorge begins at an altitude of 3500 meters and ends at an altitude of 1600 m. In the high mountain zone on the right side of the valley is a hanging glacial valley. In addition, the upper reaches of the gorge are incredibly picturesque and extremely unpopular among tourists.
Coming back to the hut y the sunset time. Dinner and overnight in the hut.
* Distance is about 15-20 km.
Day 4. Mountain hut - Taldy - Kurmety - Almaty.
Breakfast in the hut. After breakfast, packing stuff ans start the route. Today we have to return to the village Kurmety, same way back. We will get to the village by the evening. After dinner transfer to Almaty. Return to the city late at night.
* Distance is about 15 km.
* Upon request, the program can be extended for 2-3 days, by making radial exits from the hut in different directions.
Cost of the tour for 4 days / 3 nights: 760 USD per person, for a group of 2 people. For group applications discounts are available.
1. All transfers according the program by comfortable minibus or SUV
2. Accommodation in a guest house in the village Kurmety and in a mountain hut
3. English-speaking guide services and excursions according to the program
4. Environmental charges along the route
5. Meals: lunch and dinner on Day 1; three meals a day
6. Drinking water (1,5 litres per day)
7. Sleeping bag, tourist mat, everything you need for an overnight staying and food in the mountain hut.
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.