5 day tour to Charyn, Kolsay, Tuyuk su, Altyn Emel

About the places of interest:

Tuyuksu (Kaz. Tұyyқ Su - standing water) - a pass on the northern part of the Zailiysky Alatau ridge (Northern Tien Shan), located between the peaks of the Pogrebetskoy and Tuyuksu, connects the Tuyuksu glacier in the gorge of the Malaya Almatinka River and the Turists Glacier in the gorge of the Left Talgar River. The h of the saddle is about 4100 meters.

About Altyn Emel

"Altyn-Emel” is a state national park located in the valley of the Ili River on the territory of Almaty region.

It is four times the size of Hong Kong the Altyn Emel is a Kazakhstan's safari destination.

The total protected area of ​​the park is 520.2 thousand hectares.

You will be able to observe amazing landscapes "Martian hills" and relic willows.Here is history as well, with ancient burial mounds and petroglyphs. You may also see the wild animals living in national park: persian gazells, argali, Przewalski's horses. You will see unique singing sands, chalk Aktau and volcanic Katutau mountains. Aktau mountains could surprise you by its red, green, pink or even pale blue coloured stony slopes. Another attraction of Altyn-Emel Nature Park is Besshatyr – a complex of five royal burial mounds, Scythian rulers of VI-III centuries BC.

Just 260 km north of Almaty, Altyn Emel is one of the most accessible places to experience a piece of the great under-discovered Kazakh wilds.

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: 

Day 1 Charyn canyon KAZAKHSTAN
Departure 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. Lunch. Free time.
Departure to Kolsay kolderi national park.
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. Camping. Dinner. Overnight at the camp.
Day 2 Kolsay kolderi national park KAZAKHSTAN
Breakfast and transfer to Kolsay lake1.
Kolsay Lakes – 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. Hiking from Kolsay lake 1 to Kolsay
lake 2 (8 km one way). Lunch and hike back. Departure to Touyuk Su gorge. Evening arrival and camping.
Dinner. Overnight at the camp.
Day 3 Touyuk Su gorge KAZAKHSTAN
Breakfast and hiking to Touyuk Su glacier. Touyuk Su is a valley glacier in the center of the group of the
glacier, forming a horseshoe-shaped circus. Route crossing of Touyuk Su gate and tract Mynzhylki. Touyuk
Su gate – huge rocks in the middle parts of the Small Almaty gorge at h of 2700 m. total time of
hiking is 10 hours. Lunch and hike back. Camping. Dinner. Overnight at the camp.
Day 4 Altyn Emel national Park KAZAKHSTAN
Early breakfast and departure to Altyn Emel national park.
Tamgaly on Ily river (165 km from Almaty). Tamgaly tas – written cliffs, on the Ili river. Located 170 km
from Almaty, natural boundary consists of huge cliffs. It was a place where beautiful images of Buddha
and Burhans were found. Visit Bes Shatyr. Departure to Altyn emel national park. Lunch.
Singing sand (also called whistling sand or barking sand). The dune is composed of light-colored sand and
has a length of about 3 km and a h of 150 m. In dry weather sands emit a sound similar an organ
melody. Since ancient times this place was considered supernatural. The legends explained the sound by
the activities of the desert spirits, mythical animals, the bells of buried towns, and underground rivers etc.
sunset at the singing dune. Camping. Dinner. Overnight at the camp.
Day 5 Altyn Emel national Park KAZAKHSTAN
Breakfast. Trip to Aktau and Katutau mountain range. Aktau mountains are located 80 km from the village
that takes approximately 1,5 hours to reach them. The Aktau hills look supernatural. You will observe
rock layers of white, red and orange colors across the range, known as a unique paleontological deposit
with an estimated age of 25-30 million years.
Katutau hills are less spectacular, but certainly interesting since it’s a good place to see argali. Ancient
willow. Return and lunch at Altyn emel sanctuary. Departure to Almaty.
Arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Price includes:
 Transport with professional driver
 Entrance fees for all mentioned national parks (except photo and video charges).
 Guided hikes in Charyn, Kolsay lakes, Touyuk-Su
 Accommodation: 4 nights camping.
 Meals: full board – 3 meals a day: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
 English-speaking guide
 Water – 2L per person per day

Please note that the price indicated is given per person when group is 6 tourists.

1350 per person for 1 person in a tour group 

830 per person for group of 2 persons 

650 per person for group of 3 persons 

630 per person  for group of 4 persons 

540 per person for group of 5 persons 

525 per person for group of 6 persons 


Number of days: 5
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: Accommodation in Almaty  International flights  Airport meetings and transfers  Portages at airports and hotels  Photo and video charges  Alcohol + Beverages  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
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.