Self-drive off-road tour in Almaty region - 5 days

Self-drive Off-road in Almaty region on UAZ Hunter with guide services, off-road training, technical support. We will accompany you on another vehicle – TLC Prado 95 with set of tools, spare parts and etc. Difficulty level - Middle.

Announcement: The Tien Shan mountain system in Central Asia covers the territory of 5 countries. Most of it lies on the territory of Kyrgyzstan and part of southern Kazakhstan.

So, this tour goes through the most beautiful places of nature in east-south Kazakhstan such as Altyn-Emel National Park, Charyn Canyons, Kolsay, Kaindy, Esik (Issyk) and Big Almaty lakes. You will get great off-road driving experience in mountain.

The tour program includes visiting of historic places and museums, meeting with local people and culture, bathing in hot springs, overnight in yurt and homestay, hiking in the mountains, skitour at wintertime and etc.


Tour program:

Day 1 - Starting from Almaty to Big Almaty lake and Cosmo station. Hiking and short excursion in the heart of Ile Ala-Tau National Park. Driving to Medeo Sport complex, excursion there. Driving to Esik town (60 km). Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 2 - Short excursion to museum of golden man. Driving to Esik lake. Hiking and short excursion. Driving to Turgen gorge and Assy plateau (2800 m.). By the way we will visit Turgen waterfall and observatory. Then we will drive along beautiful Sarytau ridge to Bartogai water reservoir (120 km). Departure and overnight in the Saty village (110 km), guesthouse like homestay 

Day 3 - Horse riding and hiking to the Kolsai lakes. Trip to the Kaindy Lake. Return and overnight in the Saty village

Day 4 - Driving to the Charyn Canyon (90 km) and relict ash groves. Hiking and excursion there. Departure and short city excursion in Jarkent city (180 km). Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 5 - Drive  into Altyn Emel National Park hiking and excursion to Singing Dunes and Sack Kurgans. If we will have time we can do short stop in Tamgaly-Tas petroglyphs history complex. Back to Almaty.


Additional information: 

The total distance of the tour path is 970 km.

The team of one car can be 2 person. Cost for extra passenger – 250 USD.

The cost of the tour includes accommodations and meals 3 times a day, fuel, insurance for car, lunch maybe like snacks, fee antrances, horseback riding.

Self-drive vehicle – UAZ Hunter 2012.

Support Vehicle - TLC Prado 95.

Requirements for drivers:

  • Driver's age shall be between 21 and 65 years old;
  • Driving experience shall be 3 or more years;
  • Security deposit - 350 USD.
Included services:
Car with driver
Car without driver
Fuel, petrol
Driver's expenses (meals, accommodation)
Included equipment: set of tools
Transport: SUV 4x4
Car model and year: Uaz Hunter 2012
4wd: Yes
Air conditioning: No
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.