Within 2 days you will visit the most famous places of Almaty region - Charyn Canyon, Kolsai and Kaindy Lakes. You will also take a look at a very quiet place with landscapes of unearthly beauty - Yellow (Moon) Canyon. The itinerary is designed so that you can enjoy the views at the best time of the day with the best lighting conditions. Our tour guide will show you the best photo spots and tell you interesting information about the sights.
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 1.5 km and a depth of 150 m.
The next place you will visit is Kaindy Lake. An incredible scenery 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.
Picturesque Lower Kolsai lake - the most accessible one. The lake is located at an altitude of 1818 m. Today this place is very popular and receives thousands of tourists every day. Here you can take a walk, enjoy the view of the lake with a cup of coffee or take a boat ride.
✅ Small group of 5-10 people ✅ Tour language: English ✅ Starting point (28 Shevchenko str.) or 16 hotels pick-up/drop-off ✅ Comfortable minivan/minibus ✅ English-speaking tour guide ✅ Accompanied (with guiding) at tourist sites ✅ Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 1 (vegetarian option is available) ✅ Bottled water ✅ Guesthouse or yurt accommodation in 4-5-bed rooms (can be shared with other group members of the same gender)
❌ Special food & drinks ❌ Horseback-riding/boating is not included and paid on the spot (from 5000 KZT/person)
Fixed price per person
Adult/Youth (13-60) - $180 Children (7-12) - $115 Children under 7 years old are not allowed on the tour
Cascading discounts with a one-time booking of group tour for 2 and more people:
⭕ when booking for 2 people - 20% discount for the 2nd person; ⭕ when booking for 3 people - 30% discount for the 3rd person; ⭕ when booking for 4 people - 40% discount for the 4th person, etc.
✅ Hotel pick-up/drop-off
✅ National parks entrance fees
✅ Comfortable 4x4 minivan/SUV
✅ English-speaking guide-driver
✅ Bottled water
✅ Accommodation (details below)
❌ Horseback-riding/boating is not included and paid on the spot (from 5000 KZT per person)
✅ Guesthouse accommodation in the village (see photo) ✅ Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 1 (vegetarian option is available)
Number of people
✅ Hotel accommodation with Lake/mountain view (see photo) ✅ Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2 (vegetarian option is available) ❌ Dinner is not included and available in the hotel's cafe
*accommodation in one 3-4-bed room
✅ Toyota 4Runner 2019 (see photo) or the same class/age SUV with driver + $80
⚠️ [If you are 5 or more people, contact us and we will make an individual calculation for you.]
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Average Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
WE RECOMMEND TO TAKE WITH YOU: cap, jacket, trekking boots/sport shoes, sunblock, personal towel and hygiene products, some cash in KZT for WC/boating/horseback riding (from 5000 KZT per person depending on route/duration). !!! The tour takes place in the border area. Be sure to have your passport (original, not a copy). Border guards can fine you and not let you go to the lakes if you are without a passport.
• 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;
GROUP TOUR SCHEDULE 2023
Small groups of 5-15 tourists
Perfect for couples and solo travelers
Enjoying the trip, having fun and meeting new people
Budget savings and more travel
GROUP TOUR BOOKING
[Here you can book and pay for a group tour by yourself, indicating the number of people and choosing the desired tour date.]
⚠️[To accept payments from bank cards, we use PayPal as a payment gateway, so you can securely pay with any international debit/credit card. No need to have or create a PayPal account.]
SUBMIT BOOKING REQUEST
[Here you can send a request to book a private tour. We will reply to you within 24 hours.]
Prepayment (10-30% deposit for the Private tours, 50% for the Group tours) (min. $50) of the tour cost is required to confirm your booking. The remaining amount must be paid no later than the start of the tour. Full payment is required if the booking is made 7 days or less before the tour date. We receive your payment and confirm your booking.
As a payment gateway, we use the international payment system PayPal, so that you can securely pay with any bank card. No need to have or create a PayPal account.
Customer can change the details or cancel the booking no later than 7 days before the start of the tour with the possibility of a 90% refund of the tour cost. After this time, no refunds will be made.
FIXED-DATE GROUP TOURS
Customer can change the details or cancel the booking no later than (1 day - for day tours; 7 days - for multi-day tours) before the start of the tour with a full refund of the tour cost. After this time, no refunds will be made.
A minimum number of tourists and suitable weather are required. If these criteria are not met, the tour will be canceled 24 hours before the start and you will be offered a different date/tour or a full refund.
Any tour/booking can be canceled in case of force majeure with a full refund.