Simple hiking route which does not require special training, suitable for both adults and children. It’s better to choose this route on a weekday, when there are less people, and there is an opportunity to enjoy unity with nature. Shukur Falls and Big Almaty Lake will be a great addition to a mountain walk surrounded by high mountains and coniferous forest. 

Season: May – October

Best period: June - September

Сomplexity: simple hiking route which does not require special training, suitable for both adults and children.

Distance: 11 km.

Duration: 5-6 hours.

Hs difference:+635 meters/-260 meters. Maximum altitude - 2670 meters.

Route: Almaty – Big Almaty Gorge – mountain resort «Alpine Rose»- Shukur gorge – Moon glade – Shukur waterfall– Big Almaty Lake. 

Area description:

Shukur gorge is located not far from “Alpine Rose” mountain resort between Ozyornoe (Lake) and Kumbelsu gorges. Popular among hikers who like one-day and multiple days routes, because through this gorge you can go to the glacier of Soviet peak, move to the neighboring gorges - Kumbelsu and Tuyuksu. Gorge is famous for the picturesque Moon Glade - popular place among citizens and guests of Almaty, there are many spots for camping and picnic there. There is also a small waterfall in the gorge, where you can swim after a walk on a hot summer day, mountain ice cold water will immediately refresh and give strength. From Shukur gorge you can go to the neighboring Ozyornoe (Lake) gorge, where one of the pearls of Trans-Ili Alatau mountains is located – impressive and changing its color depending on the time of the year - Big Almaty Lake.


Departure from Almaty at 9 am. Transfer to the mountain resort "Alpine Rose". Start hiking route. Very good path will be visible right from the road, we will follow it. At the beginning we will overcome a long ascent and then start to move downhill, after we will find ourselves in the middle of wide valley of the gorge, which is called Moon Glade. The way to the glade will take about 30 minutes. Next, we will cross the river and begin to climb up along the rocky path to the waterfall. It will take about 30 minutes. Having rest and eating snacks at the waterfall, swimming in the waterfall upon your wish. Further we descend along the ascent line and from Moon Glade we will take left way along the path, which is steeply taking up serpentines. After reaching top of the ridge, we can relax on the bench, have a picnic and admire the slopes of Rocky peak , located nearby. Next we have to cross two more small ridges, after that we will see panorama of charming Big Almaty Lake in front of us. Time for photos, rest and snacks. Further our path will run along the road, and if we go in the opposite direction higher we will get to the border with neighboring Kyrgyzstan Republic. About half an hour and we will be at the dam, where border guard officers are usually on duty, because the lake is a strategic object and its water is used to supply Almaty city by drinking water. In the parking lot in front of the dam we will find the car, which delivers us back to Almaty city. 

* During this hiking program, having passport is required. Part of the route passes in the border area with Kyrgyzstan Republic.

Private Tour Price: 

195 USD per one person
105 USD per person, provided for 2 people travelling together
90 USD per person, provided for 3 people travelling together

Group Tour Price for June 24-25, July 11-12, August 26-27, September 6-7 2020: 

80 USD per person, provided for the group of minimum 2 people.


1. Hotel pickup/drop-off (for private tour only).
2. Professional English-speaking guide service.
3. All admission and environmental fees.
4. Picnic lunch.
5. Bottled water (1,5 liters per person). 

Number of days: 1
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: 1. Hotel pickup/drop-off (for group tours) 2. Food not indicated in the program and/or not included in program price 3. Personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program 4. Accommodation in Almaty before or after the tour 5. Visa support and registration in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, if required 6. Insurance policy
What to bring: Clothing and equipment recommendations: - Clothing that will not restrict movements: shorts, pants, leggings and t-shirt or light shirt with long sleeve. - Cap or panama hat for sun and heat protection. - Tourist trekking boots or similar, with a good protector sole. - Warm clothing (in case of cold and cloudy weather, it can be snowy in the mountains in autumn). - Rain and wind resistant jacket and pants. - Sunglasses. - Sunscreen. - Water container or camelback. - Thermos with hot tea. - Trekking poles. - Personal AID kit. - Energy bars, muesli or other special mountain food and snacks.
Transport: SUV 4x4
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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.