Charyn canyon Kolsay & Kaindy lakes

Charyn Canyon
Charyn Canyon is a canyon of 154 km long. The canyon is located 195 km east of Almaty, not far from the border with China. The canyon isincluded into the territory of the Charyn National Park.
Charyn Canyon -is a natural monument, built of sedimentary rocks, the age of these rocks is about 12 million years. The h of the steep canyon mountains reaches 150-300 m.
The most interesting place for tourists is the so-called Valley of castles, which is about 2 km long and 20–80 m wide.
In the bosom of the canyon there is a grove of relict species of ash, which survived the epoch of glaciation - Sogdian ash. There is another similar grove only in North America. Since 1964, Ash Grove has been declared a natural monument.

Kolsay Lakes is  one of the most beautiful places in Kazakhstan. These lakes are located at hs 2250 and 2700 meters above sea level. They are distinguished by the unique mountain watershed consisting of three natural zones and amazing variety of rare plants and animals. Kolsay Lakes are considered a pearl of Northern Tien-Shan located in 300 km from Almaty city.

Lake Kaindy was formed naturally in 1911 in the northern Tien Shan mountains after an earthquake caused an enormous landslide. Due to the shifting of the ground, the landslide formed a natural dam which created the lake. It has a depth of 30 meters. The lake is 400 meters long and sits around 2,000 meters high. The word ‘Kaindy Kul’ means birch tree lake in Kazakh, It’s also a very cold lake. Its highest temperature is only 6C, in the summer. The cold temperature helps keep the trees preserved in the lake.

Tour composition: 

1 day
Charyn canyon & Kolsai kolderi national park  KAZAKHSTAN

Trip to Charyn canyon (300 km from Almaty)

08:00 early breakfast at the hotel and departure.

09:00 arrival to Charyn canyon. The canyon has been described as the Grand canyon’s little brother and is considered to be the floor of the ancient ocean Tethys. The erosion made by the river Charyn below and the elements created a dramatic and impressive landscape. The Charyn canyon itself is approximately 150 km and in some places up to 300 m deep.

13:00 Lunch (is included).

15:00 Transfer to Kaindy lake (11 km off road). Kaindy lake (11 km off-road). Kayndy lake was formed in 1911 after a huge earthquake that resulted in a big landslide from the eastern slope. The rockslide “place of origin” can still be seen today, because it has not been overgrown yet. The uniqueness of the lake is that after the rise of natural dam that blocked the gorge, water that filled a basin has formed a lake but has not destroyed the spruce that had been growing in this place along the river.

18:00 dinner (is included). Night stay at the guesthouse.

2 day
Kolsay kolderi national park  KAZAKHSTAN

Breakfast at the guesthouse (is included).

10:00 transfer to Kolsay lake1.

"Kolsay Lakes" is one of the most beautiful places in Kazakhstan. These lakes are located at hs 2250 and 2700 meters above sea level. They are distinguished by the unique mountain watershed consisting of three natural zones and amazing variety of rare plants and animals.

13:00 lunch (outdoor picnic – is included).

14:00 departure to Almaty

18:00 arrival to Almaty and transfer to the hotel


Price includes:

∣                     Accommodation in guesthouse on TWIN / DBL sharing basis (1 night)

∣                     Meals: day 1 lunch and dinner, day 2 breakfast and lunch

∣                     English-speaking guide

∣                     Transport with professional driver

∣                     Water – 2L per person per day

∣                     Entrance fees for all mentioned national parks (except photo and video charges).

Please note that the price indicated is given per person when group is at least 4 tourists.

539 per person for 1 person in a tour group 

280 per person for group of 2 persons 

218 per person for group of 3 persons 

178 per person for froup of 4 persons 

162 per person  for group of 5-6 persons 





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: • Photo and video charges • Alcohol + Beverages • Portages at airports and hotels • Tips and gratuities • Any personal expenses • Any services not included in the above itinerary
What to bring: What to bring: What to bring: raincoat, rainboots, demi-season jacket, sun-glasses, trekking boots, t-shirt, comfortable trousers; swimsuit, fleece jacket (depending on the season); please bring some water with you Transport: SUV 4x4
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
Tour categories:
Private tours
Cultural tours
Adventure tours
Offroad tours
Sightseeing tours
Winter tours
Special Event tours
Wildlife tours
Highlight tours
Photo tours
Hiking tours
Horseback riding tours
Circle tours
Short tours
Budget tours
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.