Charyn Canyon, Kolsai & Kaindy Lakes Tour, 2 days

Price depends on the number of people: the more people - the lower the price! 180$ per person is the price for trip with 5 people in the group. Please check prices below.

Offer is not active for winter time, cause now its too much snow there, we will be happy to receive your bookings for late spring, summer and autumn 2018! 

Kolsay Lakes National Park is one of the most beautiful places in Kazakhstan and a ‘must see’ destination. Kolsay Lakes are the chain of 3 alpine mountain lakes that are considered to be a pearl of Northern Tien-Shan. The lakes are located between altitudes of 1700-2650 meters above the sea level. The Charyn Canyon is one of the unique natural monuments of Kazakhstan. The canyon is about 12 million years old and surprises with its vertical cliffs, calling to mind ancient castles created by wind, sun and rain.


  • 2-days trip to the Kolsay Lakes National Park

  • Enjoy a breathtaking scenery and take spectacular photographs while hiking around the lakes

  • Visit a sunken forest of Kaindy lake

  • Experience Kazakh cuisine and culture in a carefully selected homestay family.

  • Hike in Charyn canyon


What you can expect:

Day 1st:

07:00 Get picked up from your hotel.

10:00 We arrive at Charyn Canyon. The length of the canyon is 150km. We visit one of the most interesting part of it, so-called “The Valley of Castles” or red canyon – these rock deposits resembling  towers by their form seemed to be created by unforeknowable giants. The Valley of Castles is over 2 km in length and its width reaches from 20 to 80 m at some places. 

12:00 Picnic at the Charyn river bank

13:00 Leaving Canyon and driving to Satty village.

15:00 Arriving to Satty village and departure to Kaindy Lake. Unusual and mysterious Kaindy Lake (Birch lake) is located at the altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. Kaindy lake was formed as the result of a huge landslide after the powerful earthquake in 1911. The landslide blocked the river and the water has flooded the valley. That is how appeared the lake with Tien Shan fir tries in the middle. The water of the lake is very cold, that is why the needles of the flooded trees are well preserved and clearly visible through the transparent surface of the water, and dry stems of fir trees overlook the water surface. It is impossible to describe in words all this mystical splendor of the lake – it is necessary to go there and see everything with own eyes.

18:00 Leaving Kaindy lake and driving to Satty village

19:00 Dinner at the guesthouse with local family at Satty village and English-speaking guide 

20:00 - 22:00 Free time, table games

Banya – sauna, upon request (isn’t included in the cost).

Day 2nd:

07:00 Breakfast

08:00 We drive to first Kolsai lake and start hiking to the second lake. Hiking takes around 3-4 hours one way (8 km), we will go through the forest, so don't forget to bring comfortable shoes & hiking sticks!

12:00 Picnic at the shore of second lake.

15:00 Coming back to the first lake, leaving to the city.

20:00 Arrival to the Almaty (your hotel).


The price depends on number of peope:


1 pax - 520$ per person 

2 pax - 315$ per person 

3 pax - 235$ per person

4 pax - 200$ per person 


5 pax - 180$ per person

What is included:

  • Transportation

  • Accomodation

  • Food (2 picnics, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast)

  • Tour-guide

  • Water 1l per day
  • All fees & tickets


Photography from Stephen Bridger

Number of days: 2
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: personal expences
What to bring: Hiking sticks, good hiking shoes
Transport: Minivan
Tour season:
Tour categories:
Private tours
Cultural tours
Adventure tours
Offroad tours
Sightseeing tours
Winter tours
Special Event tours
Wildlife tours
Highlight tours
Photo tours
Hiking tours
Horseback riding tours
Circle tours
Short tours
Budget tours
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.