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"Picturesque Kazakhstan"

"Picturesque Kazakhstan"

2 Days Tour to Kolsai Lakes, Kaindy Lake and Charyn Canyon

If you want to visit the most photographed places in Kazakhstan, you found this perfect tour.

Searching is browser Kazakhstan, the first two photos that you see will be Kaindy Lake and Charyn Canyon. These natural monuments you will discover during your trip. Mountain walks, canyon exploration, acquaintance with Kazakh culture and life make this tour unforgettable.
2 Days
From: 151$
All year around
Itinerary complexity
  • We will taste "kurt" (traditional Kazakh cheese)
  • Plunge into the color of local life in the villages of Saty (Kazakh villages)
  • Go down the Charyn Canyon to " Valley of Castles" as deep as a skyscraper
  • Discover the secret of the Kaindy Lake color and visit Kolsai Lake
  • We will sit by the fire in the evening with a cup of herbal tea
  • Drink Kymyz (national drink of the peoples of Central Asia)
  • We will drive 1400 kilometers in a comfortable off-roader
Day 1
Day 1
Almaty / Charyn Canyon / Kaindy Lake / Saty village
7:40 a.m. An English-speaking guide meets you at the hotel or in any place convenient for you. After meeting and acquaintance with the program, we go on a journey. We make the first stop in the village of Baiseit, where we visit the local market and buy fruit on the road.

11 a.m. The first natural monument that we visit is Valley of Castles Canyon of the Charyn Canyon. The road from Almaty takes about 3 hours with stops.

11:30 a.m. After visiting the panoramic views and acquaintance with the history of the Charyn Canyon, we begin the descent into the Valley of Castles. We explore the 3 km canyon and stop to rest near the Charyn River. Let's have some tea and take pictures.

1:30 p.m. We return to the parking lot and head to the Saty village where a traditional Kazakh lunch awaits us.

3 p.m. After a short rest, we have to drive 12 km of off-road to get to Lake Kaindy. A walk around the lake takes 2 hours. We visit three points from which the lake looks even more beautiful.

5 p.m. Return to the SUV and go to the guest house in Saty.

6 p.m. For dinner we try national dish and drink Koumiss (a drink made from mare's milk)

8 p.m. An excellent end of the day will be the legend of the area around the fire. Between dinner and the evening bonfire, you have time to get to know Saty closer.
Day 2
Day 2
Saty village / Kolsai 3 / Kolsai 2 / Almaty
7 a.m. The day starts with a rich breakfast in the guest house.

8 a.m. We pack in necessary things for a hike and go to the lower lake Kolsai. The guest house is a 30-minute drive away. Do not forget to take your passports, we are in the border zone.

9 a.m. We admire the lake, learn how to protect ourselves from insects and go camping. The journey to the middle Kolsai Lake takes about 3 hours one way through the coniferous forest and mountains.

12 p.m. On the lake we have 2 hours to relax, enjoy the scenery and lunch. We take lunch boxes for lunch from the guest house.

2 p.m. We get down to the parking and return to Almaty.

9 p.m. The driver / guide takes you to the hotel or any place convenient for you in the city.
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)
✓ 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 (+25$ per person)
✓ Alcoholic drinks
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What to take with?
  • Comfortable waterproof shoes
  • Raincoat
  • Long pants and a long sleeve shirt
  • Cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect spray
  • Medication
  • Passport
Which SUV will take us?
For groups up to 6 people we use Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Toyota Sequoya, Nissan Patrol. For groups more than 6 people, prepared for off-road Hyundai Starex, Mitsubishi Rosa.
Is the internet available while traveling?
Every evening, Internet will be available at the hotel or guest house. Your guide will distribute the Internet during the ride and you can use it wherever possible.
Can I ride a horse during the tour?
You can rent a horse for a walk on Lake Kaindy or ride a horse to the middle lake Kolsai. The approximate rental price is 30 USD per person.
Is vegetarian food possible?
By prior arrangement, it is possible to order vegetarian, vegan, halal and gluten-free foods.
Is this tour suitable for children?
We recommend going on this tour from 5 years old. We had experience organizing this tour for a 7 month old baby.
Can I download this route for this tour?
We will send a program by email after booking.
I travel alone, can I join a group?
We only organize private tours and do not collect groups. In any case, write to us and we will try to help you.
How does payment work?
You can pay the full amount when booking a tour on our website. Or by prior arrangement, you can pay 10% of the cost as a prepayment via PayPal, and pay the balance in cash on the day of the tour.
Can I change the program?
We are pleased to change the program for you to make it even more individual, please contact us by e-mail.
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