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12 Days / Discover the Gobi desert and Kazakhstan

Day 1 / Tsaagaan Survaga

After pick up you from the Airport we will drive to the famous Tsaagan Survaga and we will explore the area hiking around. Tsagaan Suvarga or White stupa is a rocky formation eroded by the wind located in the Southern border of the province of Dundgovi. The site is scenic and look like a “ghost city”.

Here there is an interesting cave 70m long and the other attraction is Del uul, the black mountains near here where is possible see very old rock drawings.

Accommodation: Turistic Camp 

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner


Day 2 / Yol Valley

Yol in Mongolian language means vulture. We will explore the valley and we will see the ice that persist even in summer months in contrast to the desert climate. We will also visit the natural museum Gurvan Saikhan inside the park.

Accommodation: Ger Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

 

Day 3 / Khongor Sand Dunes

After breakfast we will drive you up to Khongor (150 km), the second largest sand dune in the country that stretches on the north side of the mountain ranges of Zoolun and Sevrei. Near the Khongor River there is an oasis. We will ride the camels and we will explore these amazing dunes. If you like to climb or walk there is the possibility to climb these dunes and continue the excursion exploring the area.

Accommodation: Ger Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner


Day 4 / Bayanzag

After breakfast we will drive toward Bayanzag (240 km) where we will see this beautiful rocky formation created due to the erosion of water and wind over millions of years. There you will see dinosaurs bones and eggs found by an American zoologist. The site is also for the Flaming Cliffs. Is wonderful to watch the sunset from there because it seems to be “on fire”. We will take a walk around and sleep there.

Accommodation: Turistic Camp

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner


Day 5 / Baga Gazar

We will pick you up at your hotel (or at the airport / train station according to your needs) in the early morning to drive up to the Baga Gazar Rocks (250 km).

Baga Gaza is is located in Dune Gobi Province, and its a 20m scenic cave with lunar scenes. These mountains are rich of minerals, old temples ruins and crystals.  Here you have the possibility to see a lot of wild animals like marmot, ibex, and mountain sheep, Siberian argali, vultures, hawks and eagles.

 

Accommodation: Ger Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

 

Day 6 / Go Back to Ulan Bator
Today we will drive back to Ulan Bator from Baga Gazar, we will arrive in afternoon and you will have some free time for shopping and have a dinner.

 

Accommodation: Hotel 3 stars

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch 


7 Day  / Arrive in Almaty and Almaty Big Lake Visit

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


8-9 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


10 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


11 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


12 Day / Drop off at Airport
Today we will drop off you at airport, no meals included, no guide service.


Tour Price per person with English speaking guide:

1 person: 3500 dollar

2 people: 2800 dollar

3 people: 2600 dollar

4-15 people: 2450 dollar

*Guide in Italian, French, Spanish, German availability and price on request with at least one month’s notice.
*Price include the internal flight from Ulan Bator to Almaty ( with short layover in Astana ) that cost 350 dollar p.p

Number of days: 12
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
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