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Horseback riding tour (6 days)

Day 1. Almaty  – Charyn canyon – Saty


Transfer Almaty – Charyn canyon (by car)

Pick up at 07:00 am.

Canyon Charyn is located on the territory of the Charyn National Park, created with the purpose of preserving natural and geological objects. The National Park was established on February 23, 2004. On the territory of the park there is a large number of rare and endangered species of animals listed in the Red Book.The most famous attraction of the park is Canyon Charyn. It is a picturesque natural place, which strikes with its unearthly landscapes. The depth of the canyon is 200 m. The height of the sheer mountains of the canyon reaches 150-300 m. The canyon itself is a natural monument, built of sedimentary rocks, the age of which reaches 12 million years. The landscapes here are truly amazing. At sunset, when the sun goes beyond the horizon, the canyon Charyn is painted in scarlet, pink and orange colors. Around the silence and only from below you can hear how the violent streams of the Charyn river beat against the steep cliffs. This spectacle will not leave anyone indifferent.

One of the sights of the canyon is the so-called Valley of Castles - these rock formations resemble the shape of towers, which were as if created by unknown giants. The valley of the castles is more than 2 km long, and the width in different places reaches from 20 to 80 m.

 

After a short walking around “Valley of Castles”, we shall have a delicious lunch at  a guesthouse in Saty village. After lunch – first training horse riding to Kolsai 1 lake.

 

Kolsay lakes are a system of three lakes in the northern Tien Shan, in the Kolsai gorge, in a lintel connecting the Kungei-Alatau and Zailiisky Alatau ridges. The lakes are located in the territory of the Raiymbek district of the Almaty region of Kazakhstan and are located 10 km north of the border with Kyrgyzstan, 330 km southeast of Almaty at an altitude of 1000 m, 2500 m, 2700 m above sea level.

Lakes are called "the pearl of the Northern Tien Shan." The depth of the lakes reaches 50 m. Among the fauna - rainbow trout.

Kolsai Lakes include 3 lakes:

&mid ;         The third lake is at an altitude of 1818 m, its length is 1 km, width - 400 m, depth - 80 m.

&mid ;         The middle (second) Lake Kolsai (Mynzhilgiya) is situated at an altitude of 2252, the largest of the three lakes.

&mid ;         The first lake is Kolsai or Upper Kolsai - at an altitude of 2850 m.

Anyone who has been fortunate enough to visit these places will never forget their splendor, silence and tranquility. When the surface of the water is absolutely calm, it reflects the sky and a charming panorama of the mountain landscape.

Having reached the lake, we will make a short break for tea and coffee. After that, we go back to the guesthouse. Dinner, sauna (or sweating bathhouse) / shower, overnight.

 *Horseback riding duration per day – abt. 6 km.

 

Day 2. Saty – Taldy – Mountain hut

Breakfast at 9.00.

After breakfast we start preparing for the main part of the horse riding program.
We will have a horse riding along quite plain paths, with small height differences. We will make several stops for rest and lunch. The end point of the route is a mountain hut, giving one a wonderful panorama of Kazymshek mountain peak and Taldy gorge heights. Dinner and night at a mountain hut.

*Horseback riding duration per day – abt. 15 km.

 

Day 3. Mountain hut –Taldy – Besmoinak – Mountain hut

Early wake-up. Breakfast.

After breakfast we start preparing for the main part of the horse riding program.  Some part of it will repeat the itinerary of the previous day. After that, we make a short camp for lunch by the river Saty. After camp, we will have a continuous horse riding to Besmoinak mountain pass. Most part of the route goes through the coniferous wood, where you can see the traces of wild animals. Having reached the saddle of the pass, we will make a short rest.  After that we will make a short ride to the next mountain hut, where we’ll stay for night. Dinner, overnight in a hut.

*Horseback riding duration per day – abt 20 km.

 

Day 4. Mountain hut – middle Kolsai lake – mountain hut.

Breakfast in a hut.

This day, depending on the wishes of the guests, we can add a short trekking to middle Kolsai lake. It will take abt. 2 hours trekking down from the hut to the lake. There we will have a barbeque and if the weather allows, we can swim in the lake! 
After rest, walking and lunch we go back to the hut. There we have dinner and overnight.

*Trekking duration per day – abt. 15 km.

 

Day 5. Mountain hut  – Besmoinak - Saty. 

Breakfast in a hut.

After breakfast we start preparing for the main part of the horse riding program. This part of the tour will be the most exciting. We will reach the highest peak of the mountain range and will ride along it till the very village, making several stops, including stops for lunch. At one of the stops, you’ll enjoy the view of the low Kolsai lake. Return to the village by the end of the day. Dinner, sauna (sweating bathroom) / shower, overnight at a guesthouse.

*Horseback riding duration per day – abt. 25 km.

 

Day 6. Saty – Kayindy – Moon canyon - Almaty  

Breakfast at 9.00.

After breakfast we will have a transfer to Kayindy lake.

Kaiyndy in translation from Kazakh means "birch". The paradox is that Lake Kayyndy is surrounded by a magnificent coniferous forest. The explanation is very simple: below the lake in the gorge is the largest in the entire Tien Shan birch grove, which gave the name of the gorge, the river and the lake.

Lake Kaiyndy is at an altitude of 1800 m, its length is 400 m, the width is about 100 m. The maximum depth of the reservoir as of 2014 is 21 m. The water is exceptionally clear and clean, but very cold, only +6 ° C. Despite the low water temperature, Kaiynda Lake is a success for diving enthusiasts.

  Evidence of the recent origin of the lake is the young forest that grew up on the dam of the lake, and the trunks of flooded fir trees, still not rotten in the water. These trunks, protruding from the water, look like masts of flooded sailing ships.

 

After a walk by the lake, we will have a picnic. Then transfer to the Moon valley (one of the canyons of Charyn canyon).

A walk around the canyon. Then we go back to Almaty. Arrival at abt. 20:00.

 

Tour cost:

- 300$ transport (CAR) per group and per tour

- 190$ Horses per 1 person and per tour

 

Car transfer:

Almaty – Charyn canyon, Saty – Taldy, Besmoinak – Saty

The Moon valley – Almaty  

Horses:

Horseback riding length - abt. 70 km. per tour (can be regulated as per your requirements)

 

To be paid separately:

- 1 accompanying guide-instructor 190$ per group and per tour (one instructor per 3 person is recommended)

- Accommodation and meal: 200$ per person and per tour

 

Thank you and best regards,

Asel

Number of days: 6
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: SUV 4x4
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