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BUTAKOVKA WATERFALL HIKING TOUR (1 DAY)

Trekking tour to the small but picturesque Butakovka Gorge, located in Trans-Ili Alatau Mountains near Almaty. One of the main attractions of the Butakovka Gorge - its waterfalls. The picturesque valley views, clean air and coolness, attract tourists to this gorge for a long time already...
Route: Almaty (Kazakhstan)
Season: January-December
Best Period: July-November
Route Complexity: Easy Trekking
Trekking Duration: 6 Hours
Height Difference: 1600-2300 m.a.s.l.
 
Among all gorges of Trans-Ili Alatau, the Small Almaty Gorge is the most branchy and consists from the numerous gaps, cracks and ravines, each of them are rather large and deep gorges with steep and gentle slopes, peculiar wild and cultural landscape. All of them belong to the basin of the Small Almaty River or directly adjacent to it. The main axis of the gorge runs through the world known sports complex Medeo, where this trekking route to Butakovka Gorge starts.

Road to Butakovka gorge lies through Kim-Asar gorge, more known as «Commissar» gorge. One of the theories of such name it is translation from the Kazakh language the word «kimasar» - "who will pass." It is quite possible, that in the years after the October revolution, in the days of intense work and promotion of in’s ideas, Red commissars, led by Furmanov, loved to relax here with vodka and caviar. No wonder that the most tourist popular peak in the gorge, with the height of 2850 m has the name of a politician - Furmanov. The walking route is mostly runs along the Kimasar River and leads to the destination - Butakovka Gorge, which picturesque views, clean air, coolness in in hot summer days, attract tourists to this gorge for a long time already. On the slopes of the gorge rises Tien Shan spruce, aspen, ash and barberry. There are also pine and birch trees. The banks of the small Butakovka River are covered with thickets of willow and Tien Shan birch.

The main attraction of Butakovka Gorge - its waterfalls. There are two of them: the lower one of 15 meters in height is the most popular among tourists. The upper waterfall is smaller than the lower one and located at a distance of two kilometers higher in the gorge. The left branch of the Butakovka Gorge quickly ends with a steep rise of almost vertical rock outcrops. Butakovka Waterfall. For thousands of years a small stream has divided the broad rock almost into two halves, cut the crack of 30 meters in depth and smoothed its edges with fancy ledges, eaves and vents. The width of the waterfall at the bottom is more than 15 meters. Splashes and water mist cover a huge area, and on sunny days almost constant rainbow rises in height or descends to the ground. At the waterfall you can make beautiful pictures or stand under an icy shower in the hot summer days - even not trained tourists couldn't refrain from this temptation. And if you are a climber, Butakovka waterfall provides you with excellent rocky massif with numerous routes.

Private Tour Price:  

155 USD for one person 
170 USD for group of 2 persons traveling together 
215 USD for group of 3 persons traveling together

Group Tour Price for June 19, 2019: 65 USD Per Person

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
What to bring: For comfortable trekking you need clothing that will not restrict movement - pants and jacket. The shoes should be without high heels: tourist trekking boots or similar, with a good sole and high lacing or sneakers. It is also desirable to bring warm clothes, warmer than you normally wear; during the cold season - a hat and gloves. Water container, or thermos with hot tea. Don't forget sunglasses!
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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
Languages:
English
German
French
Spanish
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Russian
Other
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.