Kolsai & Kaindy Lakes with Charyn Canyon 2-day tour




660 km from Almaty and back
Route length: 660 km from Almaty and back
Duration: 2 days/1 night
Duration: 2 days/1 night
Season: May - October
Best time to travel: May - October
Days of the week: PRIVATE tours - any day; GROUP tours - according to related schedule
Days of the week: PRIVATE tours - any day; GROUP tours - according to related schedule


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Tour description




This tour is designed for those travelers who avoid hiking and long walks along mountain trails. Within two days you will visit the most famous and popular places of Almaty region - Charyn Canyon, Moon Valley, Lower Kolsai Lake, and of course Kaindy Lake. 

On the first day of the tour, an exciting journey awaits you to the most visited destination among all tourists in Kazakhstan - Valley of the Castles of Charyn Canyon, one of the side canyons of Charyn river. This is completed the ensemble of “palaces”, “towers” and ”minarets” formed by Pliocene deposits of red color, due to which this place is also called the Red Canyon. The canyon has a length of about 2.5 kilometers and a depth of 150 meters. You will have a long walk inside the canyon enjoying the scenery and taking amazing photos.

Then we will go to the Yellow (Moon) Valley is less known and therefore non-touristic than the Valley of the Castles, but it is the same natural masterpiece. The slopes of the canyon are composed of yellow sediment, that's why it is also called Yellow canyon. Wind and water erosion created amazing architectural forms from sedimentary rocks of yellow color, resembling yurts set n a row. We can make here short hiking to the viewing spot on the top where you will be amazed by the incredible scenery of the Valley.

On the second day, we will head to the Lower Kolsai lake - the most easily accessible one. The lake is located at an altitude of 1818 m, has a length of 1450 meters, a width of 400 meters, a depth of 80 m. It was formed as a result of seismic activity. The slopes surrounding the lake create a kind of crown from the Tien Shan relic spruce trees of Shrenka, which grow only in this region of the world. We will have a short walk near the Lake and visit the most picturesque photo spots of this Lake and enjoy the natural beauty of the Pearl of Northern Tyan Shan.

The next lake you will visit is Kaindy Lake, in translation from Kazakh means “birch”. The name of the lake comes from the nearby large birch grove located in the gorge on the way to the lake. Kaindy lake was formed as a result of a catastrophic earthquake in 1911. An incredible sight that you see above the water are the trunks of centenary spruce trees. And under the surface of the water, branches and needles of spruce trees were preserved in their original form due to the low temperature of the lake's water. Tourists from all over the world come here to enjoy the amazing beauty of these places. Here you have an opportunity to go on foot or take a horse to easily get to the lakeshore. 

Those who are lucky to visit these places at least once will never forget their magnificence, peace and energetics.



• Not recommended for travelers with serious medical conditions, high/low blood pressure;
• Not recommended for pregnant women;
• Not recommended for travelers with a fear of heights and who can not withstand long trips by car/long walks/hikes;
• Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.


Tour area on the map






Day 1


Day 2 (It is possible to arrange 16 km hiking to the Middle Kolsai Lake excluding the Yellow Canyon)

















Starting point
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Hotel drop-off



Entrance fees to National Parks

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Super comfortable & spacious (8-seat) Toyota Sequoia 5.7 SUV equipped with entertainment Audio/Video/Karaoke system


Comfortable & modern 4x4 SUV or minivan/minibus

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ENG-speaking guide-driver

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Water 1.5L per day

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Breakfast x 1
Lunch x 2
Dinner x 1
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Hotel/guesthouse accommodation in a private (double/triple) room with private shower/WC


Hotel/guesthouse accommodation in a 2/3/4-bed room (can be shared with other travelers if you are solo) with shared shower/WC

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$400 for car

Available EXTRAS

Accommodation in a private single room (for solo travelers only)


Trout fishing at Kolsai Lake with provided fishing equipment and bait

+$50 for set

* Group tour has a maximum of 9 travelers
** Example of calculating the full cost of a private tour: if you are two people, then  2 · 50 + 400 = 500 USD



Go on this tour during the off-season with a 20% discount!





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Tour date




Kazakhstan, Almaty, Moldagulova str. 32

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