-Minimum people: 2 /Price planned for 2 people/
-Solo would be possible /1700$ for Solo traveler/
This 6-7-day trip to the largest natural reserve in Kazakhstan – Altyn Emel National Park. Having an area of 460 000 hectares it is intended to preserve the rare species of animals and plants at the western spurs of the Dzhungarian Alatau ridge.
The landscape diversity of the Charyn canyon determines the diversity of flora and fauna. Here grows more than 1500 plant species, 17 of which are listed in the Red Data Book of Kazakhstan and 62 species of mammals, 103 species of breeding birds, 25
You will find yourself high in the mountains, in the jumper, which connects the mountain ranges of the Zailiysky Alatau and Kungey-Alatau, between these overgrown slopes of the Kolsay gorge are hidden these natural treasures - wonderful lakes. Each of them has its own unique charm. Each in its own way beautiful.
- Medeo, Shimbulak,, Kok-Tobe
- Big Almaty Lake
- Altyn Emel National Park (Singing Barkhan, Aktau Mountains, Kututau Mountains)
- Lake Kolsay, Lake Kaindy
- Visiting the 4 Canyons
Day 1 The strength of nature
Here at Almaty you can admire majestic Tyan-Shan mountains and go skating to the most unusual skating rink “Medeo” which is the highest skating rink in the world.
You will have a dizzying climb to the glacier of Shimbulak, where lies the modern skiing resort. Here you can feel the free spirit of Kazakhstan, scale the territories and beauty of these lands. Snowy peaks, centuries-old forests, mountain lakes… All this, combined with modern ski lifts, thermal pools, and comfortable cottages.
Day 2 Gorky park & Kok - Tobe
After lunch, You will visit the Kok-Tobe mountain. We will get there going up the picturesque, winding mountain road. On top of the mountain, there is also a park of ECO-cars.
In the Kok-Tobe park, you may stroll along the winding paths, admire the magnificent panorama of the city from a special viewing platform, throw a coin in the “Apple” fountain, and visit the shop of national souvenirs.
Day 3 - Tour to Big Almaty Lake
Big Almaty Lake is a lake in a mountain region of Zailisky Alatau located on the altitude of 2511m, 15 km south from city center of Almaty.
Exciting and picturesque trip to Big Almaty lake, normally takes half a day. The 4x4 vehicle will take you to the view-point (slightly over the lake) from where you can enjoy magnificent view of Big Almaty Lake, you can take a walk there and have some photo-shots. Next you are going to meteorological laboratory located on 3200m altitude, where you can enjoy views of glacier
Today we drive to Altyn Emel. Altyn-Emel National Park is the largest and most famous nature conservation area in Kazakhstan, where the famous Singing Dunes, the majestic Saki barrows and the picturesque mountains of Aktau and Katutau are located. these places are attracted by the cleanest air, amazingly beautiful mountain landscapes and unique monuments of ancient cultures. Altyn-Emel Park occupies 523,053 hectares and is located in the valley of the Ili River, in the territory of Almaty Region.
After lunch we go on Singing Dunes
Singing Dune, reaching a height of 120 meters and a length of about 3 km, located in one of the corners of the Altyn-Emel National Park, a few kilometres from the Ili river between the mountains of Big and Small Kalkan. This sandy hill consists of very fine pure sand, which starts to “sing” in windy weather and its sound reminds the organ music. If the weather is dry and windy, the sand-dune will “sing” you its song, which could be heard as far as several kilometers…
Overnight in the village of Basshi at the guest house.
After breakfast drive toAktau and Katutau . Aktau is a small mountain massif located in the Eastern part of Altyn Emel National Park. Its origin is connected with the rising of land area that is a long time ago-back in the Cretaceous period was the bottom of the ancient Tethys Ocean. Before lifting and draining of land, sea currents, connecting and intertwining with each other, lowered portable terrestrial rocks of different composition and density to the bottom. Over millions of years after the retreat of the ocean, the water and wind have washed and weathered weak rock, erecting of the remaining species whimsical shapes and compositions. The whole landscape of Aktau mountains is so unusual and fantastic, that it feels like another planet. It is impossible to descried the beauty: it is definitely should be visited
1: 00pm lunch
After lunch we drive to Lake Kolsay1
Distance 15 km Travel time 40 minutes
Sightseeing tour 1 hour
Departure to the gesthouse or yurt than we walk around Lake Kolsay
This days you relax and swim and explore amazing mountainous area. These days you can see and learn regular day life of nomads and their tradition. The nearest “neighbors” of the three Kolsai lakes are the mysterious Kaindy lake, located 11 km to the east, and the beautiful blue Issyk-Kul lake, which can be reached by overcoming the Sary-Bulak pass. Like horse riding, fishing and hiking around. The water in the Kolsai lakes is extraordinary: the centuries-old Tien Shan spruces were reflected in the dark blue depths - and now the water is already emerald green - like a coniferous forest colored the lake in its colors! But the next moment a high blue sky peered into the lake - and the water immediately turned bright blue.Also, we see the mountains, in the bridge connecting Zailiisky Alatau and Kungei-Alatau ridges, between natural high spruce slopes of Kolsai gorge, these natural treasures are securely hidden - wonderful lakes. Each of them has its own unique charm. Each in its own beautiful
Moving to the location in the region of 4 Canyons
Visit each canyon:
1 Canyon Temirlik
2 Canyon Yellow
3 Clay canyon
4 Charyn Canyon (VALLEY castles)
Lunch in one of the canyons
Overnight in Almaty Hote
I can change program of the tour or you can propose your own program.
Total price for the full service includes transfer,guidance, about 150$ per day
Car (with a driver)-80-100$
price for the lunch about 10$ same as for the dinner
cost for dinner in the city restaurant is about 10-15$ per person. You can also find good places with the price 7-9$
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.