Almaty circuit trekking 4 days

This trek is one of the classical trekking routes around Trans-Ili Alatau. You will definitely enjoy its scenery and moreover, you will reach the altitude of almost four thousand meters, although the trek of moderate level.

Country: Kazakhstan

Region: Tien-Shan, Trans-Ili Alatau

Fitness level: physically fit

Minimum group size:1 person

Duration: 4 days

Season: July through October

Warning! Since it might take some time to obtain permission to the frontier/preserved zone, please submit your application form 10 day before the tour/trip you've chosen.

Having an insurance certificate is a condition of booking a tour.

Please inform us if you prefer a vegetarian meal or a special meal for religious reasons, or need a special meal because of your medical diet. You can order a variety of special meals on our trips.

Itinerary: Almaty – Big Almaty lake (2511m) – Kyzylsai river gorge – Tourists pass (3930m) – Left Talgar river gorge –  “Sunny meadow” (2800m) – KazPI meadow (2200 m) – Butakov pass (2800m) – Medeu Sports Complex (1700m)

Detailed program:

Day 1. Almaty – Big Almaty lake (2511m) – Camp by Kyzylsai river (2900m) 4-5 hrs.

Firstly, we make an early short trip to Big Almaty lake, surrounded by mountain peaks (2511m), and that would be a starting point of our trek. The trailhead lies along a dirt road along Ozernaya river till its confluence with Kyzylsai river. We set up our camp and stay there overnight, at the altitude of 2900m. Dinner.

Day 2. Tourists pass (3930m) – Left Talgar gorge – “Sunny meadow” (2800m) 6-7 hrs.

After breakfast, we hike along Kyzylsai river. Rocky peaks rising on the both sides of the gorge, and we can enjoy an incredible panoramic view of icy cap of Molodaya Gvardiya peak (4394m). The path leads us to Tourists pass at the altitude of 3930m, above the snow line. Then we descend from the pass along the edge of a glacier towards one of the most beautiful valleys of Trans-Ili Alatau – Left Talgar river valley. We set up our camp on the Sunny meadow (2800m). Dinner.

Day 3. Passage to KazPI meadow (2100m) 3-4 hrs.

After having a breakfast we continue our trek along Left Talgar river valley. Due to being far from the main touristic routes and busy tracks, this valley remains pristine. You may even meet some of the wild animals here. We set our camp at KazPI meadow. It was named KazPI meadow since in 1937 the students of the pedagogical institute used to camp there during the first ski trip around Trans-Ili Alatau. Dinner.

Day 4. KazPI meadow (2100m) – Butakov pass (2800m) – Kim-Asar river gorge – Medeu Sports Complex (1700m) – Almaty.  5-6 hrs.

Next day we set off from the campsite after having a breakfast and continue our trek. We hike up along the path towards Butakov pass (2800m). Our route lies  between the forest and the alpine meadows. There is a great view of Almaty city up from the pass. Then we move along the north-eastern mountainside without gaining any altitude and reach zhailau (summer pasture) in the riverhead of Kim-Asar river.  After that we go downhill along the right bank of the river till we get to Medeu Sports Complex (1700m). Transfer to Almaty.


1 person 792$ p/p

2 people 422$ p/p

3 people 304$ p/p

4 people 245$ p/p

5 people 209$ p/p

6 people 186$ p/p

The cost includes:

  • Almaty-Big Almaty lake-Medeu-Almaty transfer
  • Guide services
  • Accommodation in 2 per tent with sleeping mat
  • Food items + gas
  • Ecological fees

Cost doesn’t include:

  • Insurance certificate
  • Services not mentioned in the program
  • Sleeping bag
  • Porter services
  • Cook services

Additional services:

Porter service – 50$/per day/15kg

Rent of sleeping bag – 5$/per day

Number of days: 4
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
What to bring: Backpack (60l or more) Sleeping bag Sleeping pad Telescopic trekking poles Insulated travel flask or water bottle Headlamp Camera Sunglasses Sunscreen with high SPF Personal hygiene facilities Personal First Aid Kit Trekking boots Sandals (Crocs or similar) Waterproof light jacket Waterproof light overtrousers Warm jacket or down waistcoat Polartec Jacket 200 Trekking trousers Poncho-coat Thermal underwear Fleece gloves Thermal socks Warm hat Sunhat or cap Light crampons & snow gaiter
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.