We are glad to present our exciting program for those who want to explore a core Kazak nomadic culture and history, traditions, lifestyle…and, of course, the Mountains with incredibly wild nature! It is about great experience guided by experts, within reach!
Season: June - September
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Minimum quantity of persons in a group: 2
10.00 Start driving from Almaty in the direction of Turgen mountain gorge (North Tian Shan), by famous Kuldja Road (part of the Silk Way from China)
11.00 Arrival to Issyk town. Visit of a nice new museum of Saki culture. The museum is built just in the centre of the King's valley with its giant burials of ancient rulers and warriors of Saki tribes (IX – IIIc BC ). One of the burial is excavated and is open for the visitors so that everyone could see how people like a famous Golden Man (symbol of Kazakhstan ) were living and dying. Excursion by the museum and a valley takes 45 minutes.
12.00 – 13.00 Drive from Issyk to Turgen gorge, stop for a short hiking to the Lower Turgen waterfall.
13.00 – 13.45 Hiking to the waterfall and back.
13.45 – 14.00 Drive from the Lower waterfall to Batan place, where our comfortable Turgen safari-campsite is located.
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch at a campsite
15.00 – 18.00 Accommodation at a Trekking Club safari-lodge, free time: mountain bikes, rope-activities are available at a campsite.
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner
Evening leisure, hot shower, Skiff sauna etc. Overnight at a campsite.
09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
10.00 – 15.00 Jeep-tour to Asy highland plateau. A comfortable 4-wheel car will take you to the fantastic trip into the nature: the road starts in the forest zone of Turgen gorge, and climbs up through the thicket that ends suddenly at a height of 2600 meters ASL, and a boundless green highland valley appears. Asy plateau is used for the thousand of years as a summer pasture by the Kazak nomads, and they are still there with their goats, horses and white yurta. Here, deep in the mountains you can still find the semi-nomads living in a traditional and natural way. A history and a real life are inseparable at this point and you see the sheep grazing on the slopes of ancient burials and round Kazak yurta on the top of the Painted rocky hill.
Asy valley is a part of a National reserve, and is also famous for its wildlife: eagles, falcons, foxes and marmots live here protected and safe.
On a way back we can also stop at Asy pass, were one of the biggest Astronomical Observatory of the region is located - huge dome is seen from any point of the valley. A short lunch with hot tea is planned on a plateau.
15.00 – arrival (back) to the campsite
15.00 – 16.00 Supper at a campsite
16.00 – 19.00 Free time a campsite
19.00 – 20.00 Dinner. Overnight a lodge.
09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
10.00 – 13.00 Hiking to the Big Kairak waterfall. A way starts at a confluence of Turgen and Kishi-Turgen rivers, from where a really nice, wide trail goes through the wild forest to one of the miracles of North Tian Shan nature – a great waterfall, a 75meters in the height. The trail is not steep, there are no any dangerous points on a way, so you are invited to enjoy the wildlife: relict mossy fir groves, alpine herbs and flowers, birds and dragonflies.
13.00 – 13.30 Lunch at a waterfall
13.30 – 16.00 Trek back to the camp
16.00 – 17.00 Supper at a camp
17.00 – 19.00 Drive back to Almaty
The price includes:
- transport from Almaty to Almaty, according to the program
- tickets to the museum, guided tour by Saki museum
- National park entry fees
- Accommodation at Trekking Club safari-lodge, 2 nights
- Foodstuff (full board) – 3 meals a day, 3 days. Lunch-boxes on a way, Buffet at a campsite
- Guided jeep-tour to Asy plateau
- Guided 1-day trekking to Kairak waterfall
Price does not include:
- soft and alcohol drinks, snacks
- rent of personal clothes, shoes
- telephone calls