3 Days / Charyn Canyon, Kolsai and Kaindy lakes

This spectacular tour give you the opportunity to discover one very big desert area near Almaty and two of the most beautiful lakes around Kazakhstan in 3 days. We will drive from Almaty to Kaindy Lake, than Kolsai Lake and Charyn Canyon.

1 Day / Kolsai Lake

We will start our tour at 9 am driving 300 km to Kolsai Lake.

The magnificent cascade of Kolsai lakes are located 290 kilometers south-east of Almaty. We will pass the small mountains of Alasi and before reaching the Charyn River, we will turn right in the direction of the village Zhalanash. After 3 kilometers along Saty village, a well-built road goes left and goes up to the first lake Kolsai.

That area is surrounded by three amazing alpine lakes, which are called Kolsai-1, Kolsai-2 and Kolsai-3, located respectively at an altitude of 1700, 2252 and 2650 meters above sea level. A lot of people consider them the pearl of the Northern Tien Shan mountains.

The depth of that lakes is also impressive: the deepest place on the first lake is 80 meters, the second about 50 meters and the water in all the lakes is really dark.

After visit the first lake we will hike or walking untill the second lake ( is possible do that by horse on request ) and in afternoon we will go back to our guesthouse.

Accommodation: Homestay in Yurt in local guesthouse

Meals: Lunch – Dinner

2 Day / Kaindy Lake
After breakfast we will drive to Kaindy lake ( 1h with not paved road ) and we will explore the area with a short hiking.
Kaindy lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Kazakhstan, and still not really touristic place. The lake is located at an altitude of 2000m, 26 kilometers far from the Kaindy river with the same name, near the Kolsai lake.
Translated from the Kazakh "Kaindy" means "abundant in birch", the meaning of the name is because is full of large birch groves, located near the area and inside the lake in a spectacular way.

Some people thinking that this lake was formed a hundred years ago in 1911, other that is more recent due an earthquake.

After visit the first lake we will go back to Saty village and rest waiting our dinner.

Accommodation: Homestay in Yurt in local guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 3 / Charyn Canyon 

Charyn Canyon is located in the Charyn National Park established in 2004 by the Kazakh government.

The Valley of Canyon is 3 km long, a dried-up canyon adjacent to the main river with the same name. The river itself now flows along a different path, and millions of years ago this place was just under the sea, stretching from modern Lake Alakol to the Caspian Sea.

This explains the rocks formations around the area - these are stones, strongly pressed with clay, but they can easily changing shape under the influence of wind and water. This material is great for creating sculptures and nature creates fantastic shapes with that particular kind of sand/rocks.

We will explore the area walking inside the Canyon. After lunch we will drive back to the city.

- The tour can be in done in different location starting from last day or first day based on camps and places availability.


Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Tour Price per person with English speaking guide:

1 person: 800 dollar

2 people: 600 dollar

3 people: 400 dollar 

4-15 people: 280 dollar 

*Guide in Italian, French, Spanish, German availability and price on request with at least one month’s notice.

Number of days: 3
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: Personal expenses, tips, airfare (only internal airfare were included), travel insurance, visa expenses, extra beverage ( during meals is included only water or tea ).
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.