Tree-days MTB tour in on of the most beautiful gorges of Trans-Ili Alatau mountains – Turgen. You will see the waterfall with 55 metres height and visit reviving mountain observatory built during soviet time. Walking through the forests where under the multilayer moss permafrost is hidden and many other adventures!
Season: June - October
Best period: May – June, August - September.
Route complexity: quiet easy combinated route for riders with confident level of mtb cycling and for those who like walking along the mountain trails. There are asphalt roads and well-groomed ground roads, in the approximate ratio 50/50.
Height difference: 620 metres. Kairak waterfall – observatory on Assy plateau.
Day 1. Almaty – Turgen gorge – Kairak waterfall.
Departure from Almaty at 8 a.m. Transfer to Turgen gorge where path to Bear waterwall starts. Beginning of cycling till the point where path to Kairak waterfall starts, about 8 km. Lunch in equipped campsite, rest. After we will continue cycling to Kairak waterfall and then back. It will take about 16 km.
Turgen Gorge located in the Ile-Alatau Natural Park, 90 km from Almaty and is famous for its coniferous and mixed forests, relict fir moss, which is creeps along the ground and forms a solid spruce carpet, alpine and subalpine meadows, lakes and springs, hot springs, medicinal plants and berries, as well as for its waterfalls. The most easily accessible one is Bear waterfall, having height of 28 meters. Even on a hot day water temperature does not exceed 12 degrees, that is why the waterfall mist refreshes and invigorates. The name of the waterfall is not accidental. Here, in zone of mixed forests, lots of places where Tien Shan white-claw bears find their food. But we will go towards the highest waterfall among seven waterfalls situated in Turgen gorge – Kairak. It’s height is about 55 meters. On the way to Kairak waterfall we will have a chance to visit also Chinturgen moss spruces. Their uniqueness is in growing on the moss which thickness is about 40 cm. Sun rays reach this narrow gorge very seldom and because of this fact foci of permafrost were kept here from times of Ice Age.
Coming back to the camp site. Dinner, shower or bathhouse on request. Night in tent campsite.
Day 2. Turgen - Assy.
Breakfast at 9 a.m. Quiet interesting part of the route is waiting for us then – ascent to astrophysical observatory situated on Assy plateau. We will overcome almost 16 km with elevation about kilometer. This cycling part well require good physical training, so, those participants who feel tired can continue in the car. Views from car’s window will be also stunning and exciting.
Assy Plateau is a vast plain at an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level, surrounded by mountain ranges with height over 3000 meters. On the southwest side the valley is closed by snow-capped peaks, from which the glaciers "flow down". Along the river the forests are stretching consisting mainly of the Tien-Shan spruces. The plateau stretched for 40 km and a width in some places reaches 15 km. Assy Plateau – a traditional summer grazing since ancient times, now turned into a pasture of national importance. Along the river Assy there are ancient burial mounds and rock paintings, which are ones of the most high mountainous concentrations of petroglyphs in Kazakhstan. Besides, the well-known in Kazakhstan mountain observatory is also located at Assy plateau.
Looking at the observatory on distance. It is strategic object and visitors are not allowed to enter inside, unfortunately. After that short ride to the campsite. Camping arrangement. Walking in surroundings on request, may be even for picking the mushrooms. Dinner near the fire. Night in tents.
Day 3. Assy – Turgen – Almaty.
Breakfast at 9 a.m. Packing stuff, beginning of the last and the most dynamic part of the route – descent about 10 kilometres! It will take one hour. There will be steep and dangerous parts on the route, it’s necessary to take it into account and to be very attentive. After making descent lunch will be arranged in familiar campsite. Rest and transfer to Almaty.
The cost of the tour per person with a group of 4 people.
Discounts are granted for group applications.
The cost of the program is INCLUDED:
1. Moving along the program on a comfortable minibus or SUV
2. Accommodation in the tent at campsite
3. Guide and excursion services according to the program
4. Environmental fees on the route
5. Meals: lunch and dinner on Day 1; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Day 2; breakfast and lunch on Day 3
6. Drinking water
7. All necessary camping equipment (except for sleeping bags)
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.
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.