7 Days / Discover Lakes Mountains and Desert

1 Day / Arrive in Almaty

We will arrive in Almaty in late morning and after pick up you at airport we will drive until the wonderful Almaty Lake 30 Km out from the city.

The big Almaty Lake is at an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level, before you arrive there, you can admire the natural beauty of the Trans-Ili Alatau Mountains.

From the main road all start to change compare with the city, road climbs higher and higher, the landscape is changing, more and more huge mossy stones appear on the slopes. According to scientists, more than 2,000 years ago there was a strong earthquake in these places, literally moving mountains. As a result of this natural cataclysm a natural dam was formed and a giant bowl deep of 38 meters was formed creating the lake. Even in hot summer days water temperature in the lake is not more than 12 Celsius degrees. The color of the water changes depending on the season, the weather and the temperature of the water.

Accommodation: Hotel 3 stars

Meals: Dinner


2-3 Days / Singing dunes and Aktau mountain

Altyn-Emel National Park is located in the Ili River Valley, here we can see the sand desert, mountains and green areas. The park was founded on April 10, 1996, with the objective to preserve a natural park complex, as well as archaeological and historical monuments. It is the largest reserve in Kazakhstan and part of UNESCO's world heritage.

On first day we will drive around 250km from Almaty and we will see the Singing Sand dunes. That dunes are famous because Genghis Khan with is army was there 800 years ago and because you will hear a strange sound from the trees around and from the sand.

We will try to hike the biggest dune that is around 150mt and we will have some time for explore the area.

The second day we will visit the Aktau Mountain, we can walk near there around 30-40 minutes and see the incredible landscape that turn from yellow to red, violet, orange and white due to the presence of different minerals.

Accommodation: Local Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


4-5 Days / Kolsai, Kaindy Lake and Charyn Canyon

The magnificent cascade of Kolsai lakes are located 290 kilometers south-east of Almaty.

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.

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.

The first day we will hike around Kolsai lake and we can arrive to the second lake ( is possible do the road by horses also ) and the second day we will go to the second lake and to the Charyn Canyon.


Accommodation: Homestay in Yurt in local guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


6 Day / Shimbulak and trekking / walking around the area

After the Canyon we will go to the famous resort Shimbulak, where we will take 2 cable railway until the peak Talgar ( 3000 mt). From here we can do some trekking or walking around the area.

For people that don't like trekking we can just see the view and go back to the first cable railway and enjoy a coffee with a nice view and relax.

Accommodation: Homestay in Yurt in local guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch - Dinner

 

 

7 Day / Almaty city tour

Almaty is the biggest city in Kazakhstan, located in the south est part of the country. The population is around 1,8 million habitant.

The city was very famous for be the old capital and the city remain the economic, financial and the cultural center of all Kazakhstan and Central Asia. It’s very ethical city, full of older buildings, oriental bazaars, church, mosques and a lot of other interesting things to see.

Tour program:

09.00 – Pickup from Airport or you hotel ( starting time can change based on your request )

09.30 – Visit of the Ascension Cathedral, the famous beautiful Russian Orthodox cathedral

10.00 – Visit the Green Bazaar and the Central Mosque

12.00 – Transfer to Koktobe, and lunch in amazing restaurant where you can see all the city from the top

14.00 – Visit of National Museum

16.00 Go back to the Hotel

Accommodation: Hotel 3 stars

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch


Tour Price per person with English speaking guide:

1 person: 2400 dollar

2 people: 1600 dollar

3 people: 1400 dollar

4-15 people: 1250 dollar

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

Number of days: 7
Covered regions:
Almaty
Astana
Akmola
Aktobe
Atyrau
East Kazakhstan
Karagandy
Kostanay
Kyzylorda
Mangystau
North Kazakhstan
Pavlodar
South Kazakhstan
West Kazakhstan
Zhambyl
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
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 where included), travel insurance, visa expenses, extra beverage ( during meals is included only water or tea ).
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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
Languages:
English
German
French
Spanish
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Russian
Other
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.