CYCLING TOUR "THREE CANYONS" (4 DAYS)
4-days MTB trip, which route goes through the unknown, but very beautiful places and famous nature objects of Almaty region. We will see the Martian mountains, unknown canyons, confluences of strong rivers and many other interesting places!
Season: June - October
Best period: May – June, August - September.
Route complexity: such route will be interesting as for beginners as for experienced mtb riders. Almost whole route will be going along well-groomed ground road with small elevation and dropping. Sometimes you will have to ride down the hill for many kilometers!
H difference: approximate elevation per day about 500-700 metres.
Day 1. Almaty – Kokpek pass – Boguty mountains.
Departure from Almaty at 8 a.m. Transfer to Uyghur village Baiseit. Light breakfast in local cafe. Transfer to Kokpek pass. Beginning of cycling part towards mountain range Boguty.
This day we will overcome about 30 km by bicycle.
Fantastic and extraordinarily red mountains of Boguty are two massifs - Ulken Boguty and Bala Boguty, located east of the city of Almaty. These mountains are the foothills of the mountain system of the Trans-Ili Alatau and stretch between the two Charyn and Chilik rivers. The unusualness of these mountains is also in the fact that they do not need to be climbed, on the contrary, they must be descended along the road. And only descended into the steppe, you can get to the mountains. In these places in the distant past there was an active volcano. This is indicated by the numerous lumps of petrified volcanic ash. A real basalt, which is a volcanic product. But, according to geologists 250 million years ago, volcanic activity on this territory stopped. Still here a long time ago there was a large lake, traces of which in the form of sedimentary rocks occur literally at every step. These mountains allow you to feel your presence on Mars planet.
Arrival to the camsite, rest. Cycling around canyons of Boguty mountains on request. Night in tents.
Day 2. Boguty mountains – confluence of Temirlik and Charyn rivers – Temirlik canyon.
Breakfast at 9 a.m. Packing stuff. Cycling part after till the highway – 16 km. Transfer to the town with fancy name Chundzha. Delicious dinner in local cafe in the best traditions of Uyghur amd Chinese cuisine. Transfer to the next part of our cycling toute – confluence of Temirlik and Charyn rivers, about 10 km. Here it will be possible to have a rest and enjoy the view. We will continue cycling part till the canyon of Temirlik river. Camping will be arranged over there.
Temirlik Canyon got its name from a small Temirlik river flowing along its bottom and originating in the valleys of Ketmen ridge. At the shady bottom of the canyon grows Semenov maple, Barberry, Karagan, Halimodendron, Tamarisk, Haloxylon, and rare representative of the Earth flora - the relict Sogdian ash-tree. This unique tree has survived the relict period. In 1964 Ash-tree Groves were declared monuments of nature. Such compact Sogdian ash-tree growth were noted in Kazakhstan and in North America only. Here was noticed a rare representative of the avian world - the black stork. There are also numerous nightingales, turtledoves, cave swallows.
Dinner, night in tents.
Day 3. Canyon Temirlik – panorama of «Valley of Castles» - dascent to «Valley of Castles»
Breakfast at 9 a.m. Packing stuff, beginning of the route. This cycling part will be interesting and not difficult. Short ride to the plain valley of Toraigyr with less-known point. Amazing view to the «Valley of Castles» of Charyn canyon will be opened from there.
Charyn Canyon - a natural complex, unique of its kind not only in Kazakhstan, but also throughout the world. It was formed in the epoch of the Paleogene and reminds Colorado Grand Canyon in North America, though inferior to him in size. The h of the steep canyon slopes is 150-300 meters. The extreme ruggedness of relief impresses: numerous gullies and ravines form a dense, disordered network. Wind and water have created the beautiful "Valley of Castles", where you all the time are surrounded by bizarre towers, built of sedimentary rocks. Valley length is more than 2 km, the width - 20-80 meters. Over millions of years the nature has been creating a unique architecture, carefully and deliberately erecting magnificent castles. You can spend hours wandering among the strange towers and poles, marveling at the lush imagination of nature.
Rest and lunch with wonderful view to «Valley of Castles». Transfer to the beginning of canyon «Valley of Castles» where we will stay for the night. Rest, dinner, night in yurt campsite.
Day 4. Charyn – Bartogay - Almaty.
Breakfast at 9 a.m. Packing stuff and beginning of last part of our cycling route. We will ride about 30 km by car till the road leading to Bartogay artificial lake. Then beginnign of cycling part of the route. About 20 km we will ride by asphalt road, withour traffic, usually only 1-2 cars pass this road, sometimes nobody is met here. This road is going to Bartogai reservoir.
Amazing in its beauty Bartogai Reservoir located in the gorge of the same name on the Chilik River, which is blocked by the rock-bulk dam, with h of 60 meters, length of 330 meters and with a set of culverts. The reservoir was created to store water in winter, and feed the fields in the summer along the channel of 160 km length. Release of water through the dam at the Chilik River takes place from June to September for irrigation. In this time the spillway capacity reaches 100 cubic meters per second, due to which the h of the fountain reaches more than one hundred meters. Streams of water under great pressure get out into the open, and breaking into small particles form a cloud of sprays glittering in the sun.
Stop near shores of Bartogai lake, rest. Automobile and the last part of the route is waiting for us after – back way to Almaty. On the way we will make stop in Baiseit village to have lunh in local cafe. Arrival to the city about 8 p.m.
The cost of the tour is per person in 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 equipped yurt camp
3. Guide and excursion services according to the program
4. Environmental fees on the route
5. Meals: lunch and dinner on Day 1; breakfast and lunch on Day 4, three meals a day on other days
6. Drinking water
7. All necessary camping equipment (except 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.