"PEARLS OF ALMATY REGION" AUTHOR'S TOUR

SUV Tours Almaty
1310.00
$ per group
Almaty region 5 days tour. 
This tour is a great opportunity to see the diverse nature of Almaty region and get acquainted with the life, culture and cuisine of the Kazakhs. The empyreal landscapes, wild animals, mountain hikes, swimming under the starry sky and delicious food make this tour unforgettable.
The most popular multi-day tour from of Almaty includes as many natural attractions as possible to enjoy them without haste.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • We will visit the Altyn Emel Natural Park which is the largest in Kazakhstan
  • We will taste "Kurt" (traditional Kazakh cheese)
  • Explore the canyons and peaks of the Aktau mountains
  • Take fantastic photos in the Katutau mountains
  • Relax in the shade of a 700-year-old willow tree
  • Plunge into the color of local life in the villages of Basshi and Saty (Kazakh villages)
  • Conquer the Singing Barkhan and help it singing for us
  • Explore the Tiger Mountains
  • Go down the Charyn Canyon to " Valley of Castles" as deep as a skyscraper
  • We will have lunch on the riverbank in Bestamak canyon
  • Enjoy panoramic views of canyons of Temerlik and the Moon from a birds-eye view
  • Discover the secret of the Kaindy Lake color and visit Kolsai Lake
  • Take a dip in the open air in the Chunji hot springs
  • We will sit by the fire in the evening with a cup of herbal tea
  • Visit the unconventional Zharkent Mosque
  • Drink Kymyz (the national drink of the peoples of Central Asia)
  • We will drive 1400 kilometers in a comfortable off-roader

TOUR ITINERARY


DAY 1: Almaty / Aktau mountains / Katutau mountains / Basshy


8 a.m. The adventure starts from a hotel in Almaty or from the airport. After meeting the guide, we hit the road in a comfortable SUV. On the way, we make several stops to try the Kazakh cheese Kurt and take pictures of the surroundings.

12 p.m. The first destination is Basshi village; the road takes about 4 hours. There we check into a hotel and have lunch.

1 p.m. We go to the bottom of the ancient ocean, from which the Chalk Mountains of Aktau rose millions of years ago. The road takes about 1.5 hours on the off-road. In the mountains, the guide offers you to explore the area with several routes of varying difficulty and tell the story of the mountains.

5 p.m. After a walk, we have a cup of hot tea and go to the volcanic mountains of Katutau. Unusual cliffs created by wind, sun, and water will be a great place for a photoshoot. Heading to the hotel, we stop at the 700-year-old Willow and try water from a mineral spring.

7 p.m. Dinner at the hotel. 


DAY 2: Bashy / Singing Dune / Zharkent / Hot Springs


7 a.m. Day starts with a hearty breakfast at the hotel.

8 a.m. We take our things and go to conquer the singing Dune. The road takes about an hour on the off-road. Upon arrival, we climb to the top of the dune to enjoy the view of the Ili River and the mountains surrounding the singing Dune, the guide tells you where the sand is in the steppe and shows how to help a barchan to sing.

11 a.m. After returning to the parking lot and a cup of tea, we leave for the city of Zharkent. There we have lunch and visit a Chinese mosque built entirely of wood. The road takes about 2 hours and passes through the Tiger Mountains, where we definitely make a stop.

1:30 p.m. We try the most delicious Lagman in Kazakhstan in a local cafe (a traditional dish of Central Asian cuisine).

2:30 p.m. We visit the Zharkent mosque and take a walk around the local market to enjoy the flavor of Asian trade and the abundance of fruit and hot bread. Then we go to an oasis in the middle of the steppe - Chunja hot springs.

6 p.m. Arrival to the hot springs. There we can try several pools with mineral water 37-40 degrees Celsius. Most pools are open around the clock. This is a great place to swim in the open starry sky.

7 p.m. A traditional hotel dinner will be a great end to the day.


DAY 3: Hot Springs / Temerlic canyon / Bestamak canyon / Moon canyon / Saty


8:30 a.m. The third day begins with a hearty breakfast at the hotel of your choice.

9:30 a.m. Pick up things and go to canyons of the Charyn Natural Park. On the way, we stop in Chunja city to take lunch boxes for lunch.

11 a.m. Arrival at Temerlik Canyon, formed by the river of the same name, which flows into the Charyn River. The guide will tell the story of the formation of the area and show the best places to take a photo.

1 p.m. Begin descent into the canyon Bestamak, which is a more colorful and wild replica of the Castle Valley Canyon. The road through the canyon takes about 40 minutes, where we have lunch near the rough Charyn River.

2 p.m. We leave Bestomak Canyon and go to the most breathtaking panorama of the Charyn River and the Valley of Castles Canyon, which we will meet on the last day. This is the best place to take amazing pictures.

5 p.m. After crossing several passes and off-road, we discover the Lunar Canyon. This canyon is not like other canyons and is a mountain clay labyrinth. During the guide story about the area, you have time to take photos.

6 p.m. We leave the country of canyons and go to the mountains, to the village of Saty. The journey from the canyons takes approximately 1.5 hours. In Saty we spend the night in a guest house and get acquainted with the life and culture of local residents. A traditional Kazakh dinner will be a great end to the day.


DAY 4: Saty village / Kolsai 3 / Kolsai 2 / Saty


7:30 a.m. Breakfast in the guest house.

8:30 a.m. Pack our backpacks and go to the lower Kolsai Lake, from which we go on a hike to the middle Kolsai. The road takes about 3 hours one way.

12 p.m. On the middle Kolsai lake we can enjoy a lunch, which we take with us in advance (prepare a place in a backpack). The guide shows you the best places for a photo and makes hot herbal tea.

5:30 p.m. We return to the guest house to have dinner with a traditional dinner and sit in the evening by the fire. There is also time to walk around the village.


DAY 5: Saty / Lake Kaindy / Charyn Canyon / Almaty


8 a.m. After breakfast at the guest house, we leave for the Kaindy Lake, the miracle of Kungei Alatau. The road to the lake takes an hour off-road. Take a walk on the lake and visit 3 points from which it is best to get acquainted with the lake.

1 p.m. We return to the village of Saty for lunch, pack our bags and go to the Charyn canyon " Castle Valley". After visiting the canyon's best panoramic views, go down deep into the canyon and reach the Charyn River. The guide tells you about the origin of the canyon and treats your tea. You can return to the parking area on foot or rent a taxi.

5 p.m. On the way back to Almaty, we make several stops to capture the sunset and visit the bazaar in the Bayseit village.

9 p.m. We take you to a hotel or anywhere in the city. The many-day tour in the Almaty region ends but stays in your memory for a long time.

The program can be changed or supplemented according to your desire


THE PRICE INCLUDES:

✓ Rent an all-wheel-drive SUV
✓ Fuel
✓ Services of an English-speaking guide/driver
✓ Accommodation according to the program (double occupancy)
✓ Meals according to the program
✓ Entrance tickets to national parks
✓ Tasting "Kurt" and "Kumys"

✓ 1.5 liters of water per person per day


THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

✓ International flights
✓ Medical insurance
✓ Personal expenses not indicated in the program
✓ Visa support
✓ Single hotel accommodation (+80$ per person)

✓ Alcoholic drinks

Duration: 3+ days

Attractions: Altyn Emel NP

Attractions: Singing Dune

Attractions: Aktau mountains

Attractions: Zharkent mosque

Attractions: Hot Springs

Attractions: Charyn Canyon

Attractions: Kolsai lakes

Attractions: Kaindy lake

Attractions: Zharkent

Overnight: Hotels