Express tour Kolsay, Kaindy lakes and Charyn canyon 1 day

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)

Number of days: 1
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: Meal, accommodations, tickets to the Nationals Parks
What to bring: Passports, hat or cap, shirt with long sleeves, sunscreen
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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Languages:
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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.