Kolsai Lower/Middle & Kaindy Lakes with Charyn Canyon 3-day tour




Category: PRIVATE
Available options: PRIVATE
660 km from Almaty and back
Route length: 660 km from Almaty and back
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Season: May - October
Best time to travel: May - October
Days of week: any day
Days of week: any day


Videos about tour sights




Tour description




This tour is designed for those travelers who love hiking and long walks along mountain trails. Within three days you will visit the most famous and popular places of Almaty region - Charyn Canyon, Moon Valley, two Kolsai Lakes - Lower and Middle, 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 and clay, 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 hiking to the top of the canyon 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. Our long hiking to the second Kolsay Lake (Middle) will start here and last about 8 hours. A mountain trail will guide us through the forest of relict spruce Schrenka, which grows only in this region of the world. Middle Kolsai Lake is located at an altitude of 2252m, the largest one of all three Kolsai lakes.

The next lake we will visit on the third day 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 high physical fitness level.


Tour area on the map






Day 1


Day 2


Day 3
















Entrance fees to National Parks


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


ENG-speaking guide-driver


Water 1.5L per day

Breakfast x 2
Lunch x 3
Dinner x 2

Hotel/guesthouse accommodation in a private (double/triple) room with private shower/WC

Toiletries ✔️


$500 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

* Example of calculating the full cost of a tour: if you are two people, then  2 · 85 + 500 = 670 USD





Just fill out the application below or contact us in any convenient way. Tour manager will process your request and invoice you.
Prepayment (deposit) of 10% (not more than $100 and not less than $20) of the tour cost is required to guarantee your booking. We accept payments online via PayPal payment system - a safe and fast way to pay without fees.
We receive your payment and confirm your booking. The remaining amount is paid on the day of the tour.

PayPal Acceptance Mark








Any tour can be canceled due to force majeure (flight cancellation, lockdown, disaster, etc.). A full refund of the amount paid is provided.


Tour date



Kazakhstan, 050000, Almaty, Moldagulova str. 32