"ALMATY PEARLS"
PHOTO TOUR

Duration - 7 days
Season - May/October
We speaking: English, Polish, German, Russian
FREE airport transfer

ALMATY REGION 7 DAYS PHOTO TOUR

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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.
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 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 Bartogai Lake
  • Will see the Khan-Tengri peak and camp on the Tuz-Kol Lake
ITINERARY
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
WHATS INCLUDE
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
✓ 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

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
✓ International flights
✓ Medical insurance
✓ Personal expenses not indicated in the program
✓ Visa support
✓ Single hotel accommodation (+100$ per person)
✓ Alcoholic drinks

ATTRACTIONS DURING THE TOUR AROUND ALMATY REGION

During the Jeep tour around Almaty, you will visit the most popular and hidden beauties of the two countries of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. This tour is a unique opportunity to learn the customs and traditions of the two peoples and look into the most inaccessible corners of the wild.
KAZAKHSTAN PHOTO TOUR
Kolsai Lakes
A system of three high-mountain lakes in the Kungei Alatau Mountains, 300 km from Almaty. Favourite recreation place for Almaty residents and tourists.
Kaindy Lake
The youngest high-mountain lake in Kazakhstan and the most popular attraction. In 1911 after the earthquake, the water flooded the forest and formed this natural wonder.
Charyn Canyon
A miracle of nature in the Altyn Emel National Park. A mountain of sand 150 meters high and 3 km long, which makes singing in dry windy weather.
Singing Dune in Altyn Emel NP
A miracle of nature in the Altyn Emel National Park. A mountain of sand 150 meters high and 3 km long, which makes singing in dry windy weather.
Altyn Emel NP
Bishkek is the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The city where Soviet architecture is prevalent and is the largest mosque in Central Asia.
CHUNDZHA HOT SPRINGS
Thermal springs 300 km from Almaty with an average water temperature of 38 degrees. The water in the springs is considered medicinal.
BESTOMAK CANYON
One of the canyons of the Charyn National Park. The length of the canyon is 3 km. The canyon stands out for its variety of colors and depth.
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 50 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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