Trekking route to Talgar gorge, very popular among weekend hikers. Famous for it’s picturesque landscapes, an abundance of blooming fields and dense coniferous forest. Walking part will start from Medeo high-mountain skating rink and will end at the highest point of Shymbulak ski resort with altitude 3163 meters.

Season: May – October

Best period: June - September

Route complexity: simple circular route in style of moderate treking. Suits to any well-trained and fit person who has experience of walking in the mountains.

Distance: 20 km.

Duration: 2 days.

Hs difference: day 1: +1200 meters (Medeo skating rink – Butakovskiy pass), - 800 meters (Butakovskiy pass – KazPI glade). Day 2: +1100 metes (KazPI glade – Talgar pass).

Route: Almaty – Medeo high-mountain skating rink – Kimasar gorge – Butakovskiy pass – Left Talgar gorge– KazPI glade – small Talgar pass – Talgar pass



Left Talgar gorge is the longest in the basin of Talgar river. It extends from south to north for 32 km. Left Talgar River takes its origin from Main Trans-Ili Alatau Range. The southern boundary of the gorge extends from Berezovskiy peak in the west to the peak of Soviet Kazakhstan in the east. Small Almaty spur limits the gorge from the west, in the east border runs along the Main Range from Soviet Kazakhstan Peak to Stalskiy Peak, then along the New Spur which separates Left and Middle Talgar to Physicist Peak.

Spread widely by the circuses of Dmitriev, Constitution, Toguzak and Severtsev Glaciers, the gorge gradually narrows and after the “Solar Glade” begins to fall deep between steep and high slopes. The depth of the gorge in some places reaches one kilometer.

The Left Talgar River is formed after the confluence of Togyzak, Constitution and Dmitriev tributaries, flowing from the glaciers with same names.

Because of the small dissection of Small Almaty Spur, only four small rivers flow down from its eastern slopes. This is Tourists River flowing out of Tourists Glacier; extremely mudslide stream flowing from Aristov and Nursultan peaks; Komsomolka river, originating from Komsomolets glacier, and Sauryksay river.

From the Main Range to the Left Talgar Ulken Mynzhilki River flows from Kalesnik and Severtsev Glaciers. Downstream, from New spur flows down the river Nauryksai, originating from the glaciers of South TEU and Atheist.



Day 1. Almaty – sport complex Medeo– Kimasar gorge– Enthusiasts glade – Butakovskiy pass – Suslusai gorge – Left Talgar gorge – KazPI glade.

Distance: 12 km.

Hs difference: +1200 meters/- 800 meters. Lowest point: sport complex Medeo 1791 m.a.s.l.
Highest point: Butakovskiy pass 2900 m.a.s.l. KazPI glade 2150 m.a.s.l.

Departure from Almaty at 9 am. Trasfer by comfortable car to the high-mountain skating rink Medeo. Preparation for the route, getting instructions from the guide. Start of the route from Medeo rink in the direction of Kimasar gorge. You will make first stop for snacks and photo in place which local climbers call “flag”. There is also a real mountain swing tied up with tree branches, which lets you soar straight into the sky.

Further you will continue hiking along the ridge to the glade of Enthusiasts at the foothills of Furmanov peak. After trail will traverse the slope, which belongs to Butakovskiy gorge. Getting Butakovskiy pass wich has altitude 2900 meters. Admire gorgeous views, take a break.

Then long and sometimes very steep descent to Talgar gorge. On the way you will stop near the spring to get some water. After about two hours, having passed a part of the forest, you will find yourrself in a wide flowering meadow with pink buds of Ivan-tea, famous for its healing properties. You will go further and in about 20 minutes reach KazPI glade, where there are a lot of glades suitable for camping. Choose one of them and arrange the campsite. Putting up tents, gathering woods, making fire, swimming in the river. Dinner near the fire. Overnight in tents.

KazPI or Glade of Kazakh Pedagogical Institute named after Abay. There is also a meteorological station working during that period when there is a danger of mudflows in the gorge, usually it is middle of summer. Glade was named as KazPI in February 1948 by a group of ten students of Kazakh Pedagogical Institute named after Abay, who made a ski trip to the gorge under the direction of V.M. Zimin.


Day 2. KazPI glade – Komsomol stream – Small Talgar pass – Talgar pass – Shymbulak – Medeo – Almaty.

Distance: 7 km.

Hs difference: +1000 meters. Lowest point – KazPI glade, 2150 m.a.s.l.
Highest point – Talgar pass, 3163 m.a.s.l.

Early wake up and breakfast. Packing tents and all the stuff. At 10 a.m. start of the route. Hiking up the gorge, crossing the river by wooden bridge. You will continue hiking through the forest and get to a small glade with wonderful view of the river and upper reaches of the gorge. Climbing steeply up the right side of the slope. Reaching Small Talgar Pass with altitude of 2800 meters. Short rest for snacks and hiking towards the cable car and the Big Talgar Pass, which will be well seen from this point. You will enjoy the fascinating views of four-thousand meters summits and glaciers on the way: Culturists, Chkalov, Abay, Til and Ayak glaciers. Then you will overcome the last part of the route and reach Talgar Pass. Descent to Shymbulak ski complex by cable car. Transfer to the sport complex Medeo and return to Almaty.

Individual Tour Price:  

341 USD for one person     
366 USD for group of 2 persons traveling together    
429 USD for group of 3 persons traveling together 

Group Tour Price for June 24-25, July 11-12, August 26-27, September 6-7, 2019: 93 USD Per Person.


1. Hotel pick-up/drop-off.
2. Professional guide services.
3. All admission and environmental fees.
4. Dinner in first day and breakfast in second day.
5. Sleeping place in the tent.
6. Ride on cable car from Talgar pass to Shymbulak ski resort.
7. Transfer Shymbulak – Medeo.


Number of days: 2
Covered regions:
East Kazakhstan
North Kazakhstan
South Kazakhstan
West Kazakhstan
Included services:
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: 1. Food not indicated in the program and/or not included in program price. 2. Personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program 3. Accommodation in Almaty before or after the tour 4. Visa support and registration in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, if required 5. Insurance policy
What to bring: - Clothing that will not restrict movement – shorts, pants, leggings and t-shirt or light shirt with long sleeve. - Cap or panama hat for sun and heat protection. - Shoes without high heels, which can be used in hiking along varied mountain terrain: tourist trekking boots or similar, with a good sole and high lacing. - Warm clothes for spending night in the mountains in tent. - Warm socks. - Warm hat or beanie. - Gloves. - Head torch. - Personal dishes: fork, spoon, cup, plate. - Water container or camelback. - Thermos with hot tea. - Sunglasses. - Sunscreen. - Trekking poles. - Personal AID kit. - Sleeping bag, tourist mat. - Snacks.
Transport: SUV 4x4
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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.

Cancellation Policy

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.