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Day trip to Charyn Canyon

Highlights: Stunning panoramic views of the Canyon, hiking down through the impressive valley, swim in and picnic besides the canyon’s river.

Season: all year round

Duration: 10 hours

For those willing to delve deeper into the land, Charyn Canyon offers a remarkable break from the plains east of Almaty. Having been described as equally impressive as Arizona’s Grand Canyon the 300-metre deep rift has been carved out over millennia by the Charyn river. Standing on the canyon’s edge  wondrous views of its varying colours and formations are evident down below, while looking up to the horizon reveals the formidable ridges of the Tien-Shen Mountain range. 

Descending into the canyon on a dirt road engulfs you in Charyn’s brilliant red-standstoned cliffs which funnel you into the heart of the Valley of Castles and Witch Gorge. Wildlife lovers’ appetites will be satisfied as the Canyon’s architect, the Charyn river, supports more than  1500 species of plants (17 on Kazakhstan’s endangered Red List), 103 species of birds,  62 different types of mammals, and 25 kinds of reptiles. For those looking for a refreshing swim the river can even accommodate humans! Those looking to stay high and dry can enjoy pleasant picnics on the river’s banks. 

Charyn offers a truly unique and magical escape from nearby Almaty. 

Rough itinerary: 

  • Departure: 8 am.
  • Lunch in a village tavern:  12 pm.
  • Hike in the Canyon, followed by a swim in or picnic by the river: Entire afternoon.
  • Departure: 5 pm.

What’s included: pick up from your hotel, transfers, driver, guide, national park tickets, coffee and snacks.

What’s not included: lunch and dinner, rent for hiking equipment if needed.

Tours / Price in $ per # of person 1 2 3 4 5 6
Charyn 1 day $250 $125 $90 $80 $70 $70
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
Transport: Minivan
Tour season:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Tour categories:
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Special Event tours
Wildlife tours
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Languages:
English
German
French
Spanish
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Russian
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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.