Almaty City - Shymkent City, Hiking To The Lakes, 4 Days

Almaty City - Shymkent City, Hiking To The Lakes, 4 Days

Dear guest,

Welcome to Almaty and Shymkent cities!

I would like to present my private tour, where I’ll be your individual English speaking guide and driver with my own car. During the tour I am responsible for your personal safety. Please, see below the program. 


Almaty city is the biggest city in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. The locals call it Southern capital. The city is located in the mountains of western Tien Shan mountain range. There are many lovely gorges and canyons around the city. One of them is Big Almaty Lake gorge with its real pearl - mountain lake. You can hike to this alpine lake by path (3 hours). It is also possible to get the lake by car. 

Shymkent city is one of the largest cities in Kazakhstan and is a regional centre of South Kazakhstan. It has very ancient history. Sayram-Ugam National park is one of the picturesque places in Southern Kazakhstan. It is situated not far from Shymkent city, about 70 km. Big areas of the park are covered by evergreen forests of juniper, wild apple trees and wild grapes. You can meet there on the wild paths snow leopard, bear, mountain goats and gazelles, a lot of very rare and endangered birds and amphibians. Sayram lakes are moraine lakes and situated very high in the mountains. You can hike to the lakes only by path (about 3 hours). 


Almaty – Shymkent – Sayram–Ugam National Park

1 day – Arrival in Almaty city and pick up at the airport. Accommodation. City tour. Russian Tsarist Military Fort, Soviet Alma-Ata and modern Almaty. Main attractions of Almaty city. Architectural and cultural city center. Visiting the Central Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Park of the 28 Panfilov Guardsmen–history of Great Patriotic War. Russian Christian The Ascension Cathedral. Walking along Almaty Arbat - Silk road street.  Medeo mountain skating rink. Ski resort Shymbulak.  City panorama view from Kok Tobe Park. 

2 day – Morning departure to Ile - Alatau National Park. Mountain landscapes of Almaty city surroundings. Hiking to Big Almaty Lake by path (3 hours). Lovely spruce forest on the way to the lake. Big Almaty lake is one of the picturesque places in Almaty region and is very popular among citizens and tourists. Evening return to the city.

Evening departure to Shymkent city by train (10 hours) or by bus (8 hours). 

3 day – Morning arrival in Shymkent city. City tour. Old city  and old citadel. Good views and city panorama from old citadel. Shymkent is the city of sward roofs. Green market is the heart of the city. Koskar Ata river is unique and sacred place of the city. Park of Independency is symbol of modern Shymkent. Transfer to ancient Sayram town. Sayram is ancient city on Silk Road. Visiting medieval mausoleums and local historical museum. Walking tour in the centre. Try ancient Uzbek cuisine in Sayram. Evening return to Shymkent. 

4 day – Morning departure to Sayram-Ugam National Park (70 km). Sayram Su mountain gorge. Hiking to Sayram lower lake, 3 hours by path. Fresh mountain air and juniper forests. Picturesque views of the alpine peaks. Rare and endangered varieties of wild plants and animals. Evening departure to the Shymkent city. End of the tour. 

Horseback riding to the lake is possible. 

Price includes guide services, car with driver, fuel. 

Price does not include accommodation, food and entrance fees.

On preliminarily request I can help to book accommodation and transport tickets. On your request the program could be changed or you can propose your own program.  

Price for one person is US$ 484. For a group of two persons price is US$ 384 per person. For a group of three persons price is US$ 332 per person.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 


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: Accommodation, food, entrance fees
What to bring: Warm clothes, raincoat
Transport: Limousine
Payment Method

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.