Altyn Emel, Hot springs, Kolsay, Kaindy, Charyn, 5 days tour

Four days tour to Altyn Emel National Park, City of Nomad’s, Chundza Hot springs, Yellow canyon, Charyn canyon, Kolsay and Kaindy Lakes.

This tour gives a unique opportunity to visit the most beautiful places of Kazakhstan for 4 days. You will visit the steppes, semi-deserts, mountains and lakes, with the opportunity to see a wild nature. Throughout the road you are waiting for unreal beauty landscapes.

 

You will visit the Altyn Emel National Park is one of such wonderful places and the biggest national natural park in Kazakhstan. Singing dune is the state landscape nature monument and favorite tourist's sight. The chalk mountains Aktau, the traces of extinct subtropical plants, petrified bones of ancient animals, giant rhinoceros inhabited the Earth 20-50 millions years ago were found in the clefts. The Katutau Mountains are the most arid, empty and dark, they differ by their steep slopes and numerous gorges. Seven-hundred years old willow. Five persons joining hands can encompass this tree. The wollow's branches have been bowed down with their own weight, and resemble thick trunks. Unique stone steles "Oshaktas". According to one version, it was a signal tower where the fire was kindled in case of enemy approach. The spring with crystal clear water. People say that it is saint, has a healing property and can cure many diseases. Kolsay lakes is 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. The sunken forest of lake Kaindy is a stunning view to behold and a lovely place to relax for a picknick when going east from Almaty. In 1911, an earsquake triggered a large landslide, which formed a natural dam on the slopes of the Kungey Alatau range outside of Almaty. The imposing Shrank spruce trees that previously formed a forest there, were now suddenly submerged in the lake that was born from the landslide 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 height 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.

Highlights of the tour: cultural tour of the city of nomads, Ili river, Altyn Emel National park (ascent to the peak of singing dune, hiking and walking in Ak-Tau and Katu-Tau mountains, barbecue in open air, relaxation after off-road near 700-year-old willow, lokal life in Bashi village, relaxation and swimming in a hot spring, local life in Chundza village, local home residence and traditional food in Saty village, amazing view in Kolsay Lake and Kaindy Lake, walk inside the Charyn canyon, hiking in Yelow canyon, Bartogai Lake.

Route: Almaty, City of Nomad’s and Ili river, Bashy village, Singing dune, Bashy village, Ak-Tau mountains, Katu-Tau mountain,  700-year-old willow, Chundza village, Yellow canyon, Charyn canyon, Saty village, Kolsay Lake, Kaindy Lake, Saty village, Almaty.

Road length: 1200 km

Including the tour: car, drive, English speaking guide, fuel, coffee breaks, equipment for a barbeque

Excluding the tour: meals, accommodations, tickets to the Nationals Park (120-130USD per person per all)

Schedule:

Day one:

08-00 departure from your hotel in Almaty

12-30 arrival to Basshy village (lunch)

13-30 departure from Basshy village

14-30 arrival to Singing Dune (hiking to the pick of Singing Dune)

16-30 departure from Singing Dune

16-45 arrival to mineral spring of Chokan Valihanov (barbecue)

18-30 departure from mineral spring of Chokan Valihanov

19-30 arrival to Basshy village (dinner)

Day two:

07-30 breakfast

08-00 departure from Basshy village

09-30 arrival to Ak-Tau mountains (walking inside canyon) next coffee break

11-30 departure from Ak-Tau mountains

12-00 arrival to Katu-Tau mountains (photo shot)

12-30 departure from Katu-Tau mountains

13-45 arrival to 700-year-old willow (barbecue)

15-00 departure from 700-year-old willow

18-00 arrival to Chundza Hot Spring (settling in the hotel, dinner, hot spring water swimming)

Day three:

08-00 breakfast

08-30 departure from Chundza Hot Spring

09-30 arrival to Charyn canyon (walking tour 3 ours, coffee break)

12-30 departure from Charyn canyon

13-00 arrival to Yellow canyon (barbecue, hiking 20 minutes to peak)

15-30 departure from Yellow canyon

17-30 arrival to Saty village (settling in the guest house, homemade dinner)

Day four:

07-30 breakfasts

08-00 departure from Saty village

09-00 arrival to first Kolsay (hiking to the second Kolsay)

13-00 lunch box in the second Kolsay

18-30 departure from first Kolsay

19-30 arrival to Saty village (homemade dinner)

Day five:

07-30 breakfasts

08-00 departure from Saty village

09-00 arrival to Kaindy Lake (walking tour to lake 30 minutes one way, coffee break)

11-30 departure from Kaindy Lake

12-30 arrival to Saty village (lunch)

13-30 departure from Saty village

14-30 arrival to Bartogai Lake (coffee break)

16-30 departure from Bartogai Lake

 

20-00 arrival to your hotel in Almaty

Program can be changed or supplemented according to your desire.

Number of days: 5
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
Tour categories:
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