SUV Tours Almaty
$ per group
This tour is intended for photographers, who find it very important to take photos at sunrise and sunset.

SUVtours team drew up a program combining the overnight stays at a hotel and in a tent so as not to miss the best light for taking photos in all wild sites of Almaty region. An opportunity to picture the beauties of Kazakhstan at the best time of the day while getting acquainted with the Kazakh cuisine and culture make this tour best for travelling photographers.


  • 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 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 river bank in Bestamak canyon
  • Enjoy panoramic views of canyons of Temerlik and the Moon from a birds eye view
  • We will go hiking from the lower Kolsai Lake to the middle Kolsai Lake
  • Discover the secret of the Kaindy Lake color
  • 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 (national drink of the peoples of Central Asia)
  • We will drive 1700 kilometers in a comfortable off-roader
  • Visit the Observatory at an altitude of 2600 meters above sea level
  • Capture grazing horses against the background of snow-capped peak
  • Go to a real Yurt on the Assy plateau
  • Meet modern nomads
  • We will travel 80 km cross-country
  • And see the red rocks
  • Take a picture of«artogay Lake
  • Will see the Khan-Tengri peak and camp on the Tuz-Kol Lake


DAY 1: Almaty / Big Almaty Lake / Kapchagai / Tamgaly-Tas / Singing Dune

At 05.00 a.m., we are leaving the hotel and are heading for Big Almaty Lake. We will have 3 hours to explore lakes and search for the best location to take photos.

After that, we are going to see Tamgaly-Tas petroglyphs, where we'll take photos of the Ili River from cliffs and of the Buddhist rock drawings.

At 1:00 p.m., we'll have lunch in Kapchagay city.

By the evening at 5:00 p.m. we'll reach the Singing Barkhan, watch the sunset on the top and set up a camp nearby.

Dinner cooked on fire will be a perfect end of the night.

DAY 2: Singing Dune / Bashy village / Katutau mountains / Aktau mountains

We are watching the sunrise together with the Singing Barkhan at 7:00 a.m., having breakfast and leaving to Basshi village, where we will take a shower, take photos of the authentic village and have lunch.

At 1:00 p.m., we are going to the Aktau Mountains. We'll make two stops on the way: by a 700-Year-Old Willow and in the Katutau Mountains.

At 4.00 p.m., we'll set up a camp in the Aktau Mountains and go hiking in order to find the best place for taking photos at sunset.

At 7:00 p.m., we'll have dinner at the camp.

DAY 3: Aktau mountains / Zharkent city / Chundzha Hot Springs

We are watching the sunrise in the Aktau Mountains and are leaving for Zharkent city. We will visit the Tiger Mountains on the way.

At 1:00 p.m., we'll have lunch in Zharkent and explore Zharkent Mosque and a local bazaar.

We'll stay overnight at Chundzha hot springs having open-air swimming pools.

At 7:00 p.m., we'll try "Beshbarmak" – a traditional Kazakh dish - and enjoy our rest in hot springs after two days in a desert.

DAY 4: Hot Springs / Temerlik, Moon and Charyn Canyons / Tuzkol Lake

At 8.30 a.m., we are having breakfast at the hotel.

We will visit three canyons today: Temerlik, Bestamak and Moon Canyon.

At 2:00 p.m., we'll have lunch by the Charyn River and drive to Tuzkol Lake, set up a camp there and take photos of Khan Tengri Peak reflecting in the lake water.

At 7:00 p.m., we are having lunch at the camp.

DAY 5: Tuzkol Lake / Saty village / Kaindy Lake / Kolsai Lake

After sunrise and photo session, we are having breakfast and leaving for Saty village; we will have lunch there and take photos of local old houses.

At 2:00 p.m., we are going to Kaindy Lake. We are walking around the lake, and a guide will show us the best places for taking photos.

We are heading for Kolsay lake after the walk, where we'll watch the sunset and stay overnight at a guest house by the lake.

Dinner and campfire will be a great end of the day.

DAY 6: Kolsai 3 / Kolsai 2 / "Valley of Castles" Charyn Canyon

We are watching the sunrise by Kolsay Lake, having breakfast and going hiking towards the middle Kolsay Lake.

One-way trip will take us around 3 hours. You will have an opportunity to cover this distance on a horse (cost extra).

We'll stay for two hours by the middle Kolsay Lake.

At 1:00 p.m., after lunch, we are going back and are driving to the "Valley of Castles" Charyn Canyon. We will watch the sunset from the observation deck in the canyon and will go down to the Charyn River to spend a night in a bungalow.

We'll have dinner in a cafe in the canyon.

DAY 7: Charyn Canyon / Bartogai / Assy Plateau / Almaty

We are watching the sunrise from the top of the canyon, having breakfast and are leaving at 9:00 a.m. for the Bartogai Reservoir.

After a short stop, we will drive 100 km off road on the most picturesque gorge of Almaty region through Assy Plateau.

We will have lunch at 2:00 p.m. by the river, visit a red canyon and take photos of zhailyau (a pasture located high in mountains).

We will be descending through Turgen Gorge, where we'll have dinner and go back to Almaty afterwards.

Program can be changed or supplemented according to your desire


✓ Rent an all-wheel drive SUV

✓ Fuel

✓ Services of an English-speaking guide / driver

✓ Accommodation according to the program (double occupancy)

✓ Camp equipment ( karemat, a sleeping bag and tent)

✓ Meals according to the program

✓ Entrance tickets to national parks

✓ Tasting "Kurt" and "Kumys"

✓ 1.5 liters of water per person per day


✓ International flights

✓ Medical insurance

✓ Personal expenses not indicated in the program

✓ Visa support

✓ Single hotel accommodation (+100$ per person)

✓ Alcoholic drinks

Duration: 7-10 days

Attractions: Aktau mountains

Attractions: Altyn Emel NP

Attractions: Big Almaty Lake

Attractions: Charyn Canyon

Attractions: Hot Springs

Attractions: Kaindy lake

Attractions: Singing Dune

Attractions: Zharkent mosque

Attractions: Tuzkol lake

Overnight: Camping/hotels