Four-day trip to Altyn Emel, Kolsai and Kaiyndy Lakes

Highlights: beautiful hiking spot, horse riding, enjoying the lake view, birdwatching, sliding down the sand hill, lava mountains, 1000 year old tree

Season: April — November

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

If you are the one who likes everything at once you will duly appreciate the chance to reach the three greatest destination of Almaty Region during one trip. The pressure is on! What could be more romantic than watching stars in the middle of the Great Steppe? Maybe listening to sand singing its song? We have a special guest for this show that is famous Singing Dune (so honored one that it was even in a short list of New 7 Wonders of Nature contest). Let’s break the rules! We invite you to join us in sliding down the sand hill on snow saucers! The next point is the Mountains of Aktau and Katytau. The first ones (made of clay) were creatively and brightly colored by nature in all hints of orange and yellow. If you are lucky you can even find some ancient animals’ bones here. And the second ones are made of… lava. The glowing lava left incredible Martian forms here. So let’s make cool photos for your social webs! Come on, we have just started! Let’s leave these deserted lands for virgin forests of the Kolsai Lakes. You can turn off the music for meditation in your headphones cause everything is here — birds are singing, fir trees are whispering and water is babbling. Just seat calm and breath deeper. The next «star» of our show is Kaiyndy Lake. What is the deal? Let’s ask divers who come here to watch the hidden underwater world with trees growing just from the water and villages hidden there after a huge earthquake. Oh, yes, we are going to reach it on a horse’s back. Have you ever tried this surrounded by pure wild nature of Central Asian mountains?      

1st day

Departure: 8 a. m.

Lunch stop at a local canteen at noon. 

This day we will visit Singing Dunes and slide down the sand hill on snow saucers.

Overnight stay in the guesthouse.

2nd day 

This day starts with breakfast after which we will visit Aktau and Katutau mountains and the 1000 years old tree.  

After a good local meal in the local canteen around 5 p. m. we will arrive to Saty village where you'll have homemade dinner. 

3rd day 

This day we will be on the way to the Kolsai Lakes. You can hike to the second lake if you feel so. Alternatively you can rent a horse for a ride there. 

After we come back to the village we will get hot meal and stay in the guesthouse. 

4th day

This morning we will have a transfer to Kaiyndy Lake. Here you we will hop on horses to get a short ride down to the lake. 

Around 5 p. m. yankee go home.

Back to Almaty around 10 p. m. 

What’s included: pick up from your hotel, transfers, driver, guide, national park tickets, coffee and snacks, stay in yurts or guesthouse, food in the guesthouse.

What’s not included: food in the canteens (you pay what you eat), horse to the Kolsai/Kaiyndy Lake, renting hiking quip, personal stuff. 

  • Recommended to bring: sneakers or boots with a good grip, hiking poles, shades, hat, sunscreen, raincoat, swimming suit.
  • We will have 3 meals during the day.
  • Group of 3 people will be driven on our off-road car, groups of more than 3 people will have a 4x4 van.  

+ You can ask for a telescope before a trip (we have a portable one) to watch stars and Moon.

Tours / Price in $ per # of person 1 2 3 4 5 6
Altyn Emel,Kolsay,Kaindy 4 days $900 $450 $350 $350 $260 $250
Number of days: 4
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
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.