Day 1. Almaty - Charyn canyon (Castle valley) – Kaindy - Saty village.
Early in the morning at 7 am we pick you up by suv car from the place you accommodate in Almaty and leave the city to the direction of Charyn canyon. On our way we make stop in one of the local villages to taste barbeque or vegetarian food and make some shopping on bazar (fresh Kazakh bread, fruits by season - apples, melon, watermelon). After 4 hours of drive including lunch we arrive to National park of Charyn, prepare for 30 minutes of easy walk getting deeper and exploring canyon's descent so called Castle valley, resting in the shade of the trees by the cool river and around 40 minutes returning back to the car. Another 2 hours drive and we arrive to Saty village from where it takes 1 hour of real off road with couple of exciting but not dangerous river crossings to get to the parking place then only 20 minutes walk down to Sunken forest to reach Kaindy lake. We are plenty of time to take pictures from different foreshortening and walking around the lake. Drive back to Saty village where we have dinner (traditional Kazakh meal) prepared with love by locals and homestay in Kazakh family.
Total driving distance 340 km = 7 hours consists from Almaty – Charyn 220 km = 3 hours, Charyn – Saty 92 km = 2 hours, Saty – Kaindy - Saty 28 km = 2 hours (off-road)
Total hiking distance 10 km 2,5 hour, including Charyn 4 km 1,5 hour + Kaindy 6 km 1 hour
Total timing of the day including stops, lunch and rest 12 hours
Day 2. First Kulsai lake - Almaty.
After breakfast and half an hour drive to the first Kulsai lake we take 2 hours easy hike around biggest Kulsai lake and little bit deeper through the forest with skyscraper firtrees, flowering meadows. The brave ones can take a swim in the lake, temperature of the water is around 6-8 degrees of Celsius. After nice walk on a fresh air and swim hot local food will be awaiting for us at homestay for lunch.
Total driving distance 320 km = 5h 40minutes consists of Saty – Kulsai - Saty 30 km = 40 minutes, Saty – Almaty 290 km = 5 hours
Total hiking distance 4 km = 2 hours
Total timing of the day including stops, lunch and rest 10 hours
148 USD per person in a group of 7 people
165 USD per person in a group of 6 people
190 USD per person in a group of 5 people
134 USD per person in a group of 4 people
165 USD per person in a group of 3 people
227 USD per person if 2 people
412 USD for 1 person