Express Tour in 21 hours
Kolsay lakes and Charyn canyon are one of the most beautiful places of Kazakhstani nature. This tour is aimed at people who do not have much time, but there is a great desire to visit the most beautiful places of Almaty region. I suggest you visit the most popular places in one day.
The system of 3 picturesque lakes are located 330km south from Almaty on the altitude of 1800, 2250 and 2700 respectively. Area is interesting in it’s geological landscape and availability of rare plants and tranquil untouched nature. Kolsay lakes are often called as Pearls of Northen Tyan-Shian.
Kolsay river starts from Kungey-Alatau region and is going through all three lakes in a row: The Upper Lake (Vehnee o), Mynzholki lake and the Bottom (Nizhnee) one. The crystal-clear and freezing water of Kolsai lakes rearly reach +10 degrees, yet it is amazingly refreshing after a decent day-hike. Lakes are rather deep for their size, the biggest depth of the first lakes is 80 m, the second one is 50m in it’s deepest place.
Charyn Canyon is a unique natural monument, stretching for 154km along the banks of Charyn river in south from Almaty. It consist out of sedimentary rocks which are about 12 mln years old. The h of canyon walls can be up to 300 meters. The most interesting tourist place is Valley of Castles, curvy 2-km path through the bottom of canyon will lead you along picturesque mountains, red cliffs and rocks.
02-00 departure from your hotel in Almaty
07-00 homemade breakfast in Saty village
09:30 arrival to Kaindy Lake
11-00 departure from Kaindy Lake
13-00 arrival to Kolsai Lake (coffee break)
15-00 departure from Kaindy Lake
16-00 homemade lunch in Saty village
18-00 arrival to Charyn canyon
20-00 departure from Charyn canyon
23-00 arrival to Almaty
included: car with driver, fuel, coffee break
not included: Environmental fee (15 USD per person three parks) meal in Saty village (10 USD per person two eats)
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.
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.