GOLDEN RING TOUR: Altyn Emel Park-Kolsai&Kaindy-Canyons

5-day trip to the largest natural reserve in Kazakhstan – Altyn Emel National Park. Having an area of 460 000 hectares it is intended to preserve the rare species of animals and plants at the western spurs of the Dzhungarian Alatau ridge.

The landscape diversity of the Charyn canyon determines the diversity of flora and fauna. Here grows more than 1500 plant species, 17 of which are listed in the Red Data Book of Kazakhstan and 62 species of mammals, 103 species of breeding birds, 25

You will find yourself high in the mountains, in the jumper, which connects the mountain ranges of the Zailiysky Alatau and Kungey-Alatau, between these overgrown slopes of the Kolsay gorge are hidden these natural treasures - wonderful lakes. Each of them has its own unique charm. Each in its own way beautiful.

Tour Locations:
- Altyn Emel National Park (Singing Barkhan, Aktau Mountains, Kututau Mountains)
- Zharkent town
- Visiting the 4 Canyons
- Lake Kolsay, Lake Kaindy

In this inspiring journey, you can spend the night in a tent camp in a beautiful place and touch the wild primeval soil in the middle of the Canyons and rivers. You can eat food cooked on the fire, ride a horse, swim on a boat, Fish in the Lakes and Rivers!

Tour program:

Day 1

In the morning at 7:00 departure from Almaty to the Altyn Emel National Park. Basshi village. (The distance of 260 km is 4 hours).

In Bashshi in the central office of the Park we buy a pass to enter the territory of the park.

Lunch at the hotel "Aygay Kum" it is in the same village.

12:00 we go on Singing Dunes

Singing Dune, reaching a h of 120 meters and a length of about 3 km, located in one of the corners of the Altyn-Emel National Park, a few kilometres from the Ili river between the mountains of Big and Small Kalkan. This sandy hill consists of very fine pure sand, which starts to “sing” in windy weather and its sound reminds the organ music. Before a sandy storm the dune sounds like a drum. From the top of the Dune you can observe the grand panorama of the surroundings. In the south – thin strip of the Ili River is visible as well as purple mountains of Sogety and Boguty, looking out from the white peaks of the Ketmen ridge. On the west the horizon is obstructed by the steep slope of the Big Kalkan, and the Small Kalkan – from the east. In the north – violet-blue ridge of Djungarian Alatau mountains, Chulak mountain, Matai and Altyn-Emel are visible. If the weather is dry and windy, the sand-dune will “sing” you its song, which could be heard as far as several kilometers…

The distance is 50 km one way,

Road * off-road, the journey time is 1.5 hours.

Along the way, we can observe different wild animals such as gazelles, hares, horses, wild birds of prey.

Arrival to the Dunes 1: 30 pm

An excursion of 1-2 hours depends on the weather conditions.

Then back to the village of Basshi.

Along the way, we can stop in a small oasis with spring water in the middle of the steppe.

A little enjoy the coolness and go further.

At 6:00 pm Arrival in the village of Basshi at the guest house.

Or At the request of a tourist (discussed before traveling with a tourist) to spend the night in a tent camp!

At 7:00 pm dinner.

 Day 2.

Breakfast at 7:30

8:00 departure from the hotel to the mountains of Aktau and Katutau

The distance is 75 km in one direction, the journey time is 1,5 hours, the road is the average impassable road.

9:30 Arrival to the Aktau Mountains

Excursion to the mountains of Aktau and Katutau.

The Aktau Mountains (White Mountains) are a world famous paleontological deposit located in the natural park of Altyn-Emel. In the layers of Paleogene lacustrine sediments, well-preserved remains of ancient animals are found whose age is estimated at 25-30 million years. Among the finds are the remains of giant rhinoceroses, crocodiles and turtles. The mountains of Aktau represent an enchanting spectacle of the variety of shapes and shades. In the mountains of Katutau (Harsh mountains), there are several extinct volcanoes, where the most original forms of volcanic formations (frozen lava) have been preserved. There are also diverse outcrops and coloring (yellow, red, violet, etc.) rock outcrops and variegated clays that give a unique look to the landscape of the mountains. The mountains of Katutau are the most waterless, steep and gloomy, characterized by steep slopes and numerous gorges. There is the largest number of argali and mountain goats.

Excursion 1 hour

Moving to the mountains of Katutau (distance 25km, travel time 1 hour)

Excursion 1 hour

12:30 Transfer to the hotel

1: 30pm lunch at the hotel


Transfer to the city of Zharkent

(Located 29 km from the Chinese border.)

The central mosque of the city of Zharkent, an architectural monument of the XIX century. The mosque was built in 1895 according to the project of the Chinese architect Hon Peak, on the initiative and funds of the Semirechye merchant of the first guild, Vali Akhun , in the center of the city of Jarkent (now the city of Zharkent). Since 1982 it is under the protection of the state as a monument of architecture and history of republican significance

The distance is 120 km - the journey time is 2 hours.


Arrival to the city of Zharkent

Excursion 1 hour

Dinner and Overnight at a guest house.

Day 3.


Moving to the location in the region of 4 Canyons

Visit each canyon:

1 Canyon Temirlik

2 Canyon Yellow

3 Clay canyon

4 Charyn Canyon (VALLEY castles)

Lunch in one of the canyons

Transfer to the territory of Kolsay Lake in the village of Saty

In the evening arrival to the village of Saty in the guest house to a local family!

Dinner and overnight at the guest house.

Or At the request of a tourist (discussed before traveling with a tourist) to spend the night in a tent camp!

Day 4


Transfer to Lake Kolsay1

Distance 15 km Travel time 40 minutes

Sightseeing tour 1 hour

Walking tour to Lake Kolsay 2

The distance to one side is 7km. Journey time 3 hours

Along the way you will see very beautiful views!

On the shore of the Lakes lunch free time is 1-2 hours

Return to the parking lot to the jeep

Transfer to the village of Saty there is dinner and overnight.

Or At the request of a tourist (discussed before traveling with a tourist) to spend the night in a tent camp!

Day 5


Transfer to Lake Kaindy

Distance 15 km on the way 1 hour

Walking tour 1-1,5 hours


Departure to the city of Almaty.


Price for 1 person single tour =1150usd

Price for All group (2 people) =1350usd   (675$per person)

Price for All group (3 people) =1450usd   (483$per person)

Price for All group (4 people) =1550usd   (387$per person)

Price for All group (5 people) =1650usd   (330$per person)

Price of the tour all included:

The price includes: Jeep + fuel + driver (English-speaking guide) + lunches +  Entrance fees in Eco Parks+beverages+guest house+meals full board


In this offer, the cost of the tour is shown for a standard program.


With individual Adaptation of the tour program, the cost can be changed


 + Bonus!

If you booking a tour, I can pick you up at the airport without payment and take you to a hotel or hostel, help with the choice of accommodation!

Number of days: 5
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: horse riding, boat rental, fishing, eating in cafes and restaurants, hotel accommodation.
What to bring: In winter: Warm Things, personal first aid kit In summer: Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, shorts, T-shirt. Jacket, pants. Raincoat, personal first aid kit
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
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Winter tours
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Wildlife tours
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Short tours
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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.