Detailed description of a 12 days tour “Golden ring”
This is the most
interesting journey round the Almaty oblast, because it gives a chance to see
almost all the most beautiful and interesting places with diverse natural
landscapes which will impress even experienced travelers! During a short period
of time the tourists will see the diversity and uniqueness of Kazakhstan’s
regions, and the distances they’ll have to travel every day won’t be too
During this fascinating tour you’ll visit the famous National park
“Altyn Emel” where you can see a unique “singing dune” which is about 150 m
high, the beautiful Aktau mountains, and the place of the Scythian graves -
Beshatyr. In the park you can see rare wild animals – the gracious steppe
djeiran antilopes and the imperturbable kulans.
On the river
Ili you’ll see the rocks with the images of Buddha made by the monks about 500
years ago. During this journey you’ll see the grandiose sight of the huge
canyons of the rivers Charyn and Temirlik. Here you can have a walk in the grove
of rare trees like the Sogdian ash tree that has not changed its appearance
since the Great ice age. The only other place on the planet where you can see it
is North America. Also you’ll see the high mountain lakes Koyandy and Kolsai
that are situated in the beautiful gorges covered by forests of the Tian Shan
The sight of the beautiful waterfalls in the famous Turgen
gorge leaves an unforgettable impression! There is a fish farm here, where they
breed trout. You can catch a fish and have it fried in a local cafe. Come to
Kazakhstan and you’ll take back with you a lot of very beautiful photos and
stunning impressions. And you may leave the worries about the comfort during the
journey to us!
1. Met in the airport, transfer to the hotel, resting.
2. A sightseeing tour round Almaty, visit the Republic Square with the
monument of Independence, Central Historical Museum of the Republic of
Kazakhstan, the sport complex Medeo and a mudslide dam, Panfilov park with its
wooden Cathedral and Museum of national musical instruments.
3. Excursion to the valley Tamgaly Tash on the bank of the Ili River,
seeing the Buddha images on the rocks. Have resting. Go up on the panorama
point, the view of Ili river from the altitude of bird flight. Spend night in
tents. Distance is 112 km.
Day 4. Leave for the national
park Altyn Emel, excursion to the images on the rocks, the graves of the ancient
Scythians – Beshatyr, a unique Singing dune. Distance is 271 km. Spend night at
Day 5. Journey round the national park towards
the White Mountains Aktau, excursion around the canyons. Visit volcanic
mountains Katutau. Distance is 98 km. A night’s rest in the
Day 6. A trip to the unique ash tree grove and the
Wooden Lake, a night’s rest in the cottage.
Day 7. A trip to
the canyon of the river Temirlik. Watch the canyon from the [panorama point,
walking round the canyon. Spend night in the canyon near the river Temirlik.
Distance is 361 km.
Day 8. On the way excursion to the
white canyon of the river Charyn. A trip to the village Saty, the region of the
Kolsai lakes. Excursion to the first Kolsai Lake. Distance is 159 km. A night’s
rest in the hotel.
Day 9. A trip to the lake Koyandy.
Distance is 14 km. Spend night in the hotel.
Day 10. Leave
from the village Saty. A trip to the Turgen gorge. A walk to the waterfall
Medvezhy (28 m), have a rest on the fish farm, fishing. Spend night in the
mountain gorge near the river Turgen. Distance is 236 km.
11. A trip to the waterfall Kairaksky which is 48 m high. A walking
trip for 15 km. Return to Almaty, stay in the hotel, have a rest, a farewell
dinner in the evening. Distance is 76 km.
Day 12. Transfer
to the airport.
Total distance – 1512
Tour operates from May 20 to September 20.
Number of people – 6 to
of a 9 days tour to Issyk Kul Lake through the Kolsai Lakes
journey starts from the arrival of our guests in Almaty. It includes meeting in
the airport, staying in a hotel for 2 nights and 1 day excursion around the city
Transfer to the eastern part of the mountain range
Zailisky Alatau, where the beautiful Kolsai lakes are situated. It’s about 300
km away from the city. On the way there’ll be an excursion to the famous canyon
of the river Charyn also known as the”Valley of the castles”.
the journey you’ll see all three lakes. If the guests wish they can go fishing
for trout in the first two lakes. Then the journey goes over the mountain pass
Sarybulak, at an altitude of 3250 m. From here the tourists can see the
beautiful Issyk Kul which is the second highest mountain lake in the world at an
altitude of 1700 m above sea level. After descending from the pass the tourists
get to the Valley of Issyk Kul Lake. They get picked up by car on the main road
that goes along the lake shore and are delivered to the hotel in the town of
Cholpon Ata. Tourists stay in the hotel for 2 days. They can go swimming in the
lake, go on a boat trip. Return to Almaty, stay in a hotel, transfer to the
1. Met in Almaty airport, transfer to the hotel.
2. Sightseeing tour round Almaty, visiting the Rupublic Square with the
Monument of Independence, the Central Historical Museum of the Rupublic of
Kazakhstan, the sport complex “Medeo” and mudslide dam, Panfilov park with
its wooden Cathedral and Museum of National musical instruments.
3. Depart from Almaty to the eastern part of the mountain range
Zailisky Alatau, to the village Kurmety. Visit to the canyon of the river Charyn
“Valley of the castles”. Stay for a night at camp 1. Distance is 300
Day 4. Leave on foot in a south eastern direction. Go
over the mountain pass 2200 m high and descending to the first Kolsai Lake at an
altitude of 1800 m. Lunch near the lake, then walk along a well trod path in a
south western direction towards the second Kolsai Lake at an altitude of 2200 m.
Pitch the camp 2. Distance is 14 km.
Day 5. Go round the
eastern shore of the lake to the south. Go to the gorge of the river that flows
into the second Kolsai Lake. The path goes through the forest towards the third
Kolsai lake. We walk round its eastern shore. After one km we cross the river.
We’re moving in a southern direction towards the Sarybulak mountain pass. Have
lunch on the river bank. Go up to the pass at an altitude of 3250 m. Issyk Kul
is well observed from here! Go down along the path until the river. Pitch camp
3. Distance is 15 km.
Day 6. Go down the gorge of the river
in a western direction, and then turn to the south to the gorge that leads to
the valley. Walk to the road where we should be met by car. Distance is 6 km.
Transfer to Cholpon Ata, staying in one of the resorts on the shore of Issyk
Kul. Distance is 120 km.
Day 7. Rest on the
Day 8. Breakfast, go back to Almaty. Distance is 450
km. Stay in the hotel, have a rest. Farewell dinner.
Transfer to the airport.
Total distance of tour is 785 km. In the car 750 km,
on foot 35 km.
The tour operates from June 15 to September 15.
people in the group - from 6 to 12.
Detailed description of a 12 days walking tour to the
gorge of the river Bayankol
Walking tour “Land of the
mountain lakes”, from 9 to 12 days (depending on
starts with a sightseeing tour round Almaty. Then tourists drive towards
the Northern Tian Shan where there are borders of three countries- Kazakhstan,
Kyrghystan and China. The distance is 370 km. We’re making our first camp in the
gorge of the river Ak Kol, which is 1650 m above sea level. It’s here the
beautiful circular route “Land of mountain lakes” starts. It goes through the
mountain gorges with 4 lakes in them.
These picturesque landscapes
show all the diversity and beauty of the Tian Shan and our quests will have an
unforgettable experience. If you climb up to one of the mountain passes at
altitudes from 2700 m to 3700 m you can see the famous peak Khan Tengri that is
7010 m high. During the tour the travelers can see how the landscape changes at
different altitudes, how conifer forests and alpine meadows pass to tundra and
to a zone of permanent snow. The tourists will not find the journey too
difficult and will carry just a minimum of personal effects because all
necessary equipment will be carried by horses.
Met at the airport, transfer to the hotel, rest.
2. Excursion round Almaty. Visit the Republic Square and Monument of
Independence, the Republican Historical museum, the sport complex Medeo and a
mudslide dam, the Memorial of Glory in Panfilov Park with its wooden Cathedral
and Museum of national musical instruments.
Day 3. Leave
Almaty towards the town Narynkol. Distance to the eastern part of the range
Zailisky Alatau is about 370 km. On the way we go to the Charyn canyon. Arrive
to the gorge of the river Ak Kol, pitch the camp 1.
Passage from camp 1 to the camp 2. Go up the gorge that is to the west of the
camp 1. First we go over the pass at 2800 m, then on to another pass at 3100 m.
Descend to the gorge of the river Keskentas. Pitch camp. Distance is 9
Day 5. Trip to the lake KaraKol. Pitch the camp 3.
Distance is 8 km.
Day 6. Walk to the ancient moraine that
leads to the lake Akkol- Dekol. We find a place for our camp 4 near the lake.
Distance is 6 km.
Day 7. Go up over the pass at 3700 m. Walk
to the upper river Ak kol. Pitch the camp 5. Distance is 8
Day 8. Walking to the place where the river flows into
the lake Ak Kol. Pitch the camp 6 near the stream. Distance is 10
Day 9. Walk to the gorge of the river Izbushka. Choose a
flat place for the camp 7. The distance is 6 km.
Leave the camp in a southern direction towards the 3500 m high mountain pass.
From the pass tourists can see the famous peak Khan Tengri which is 7010 m high.
Go back to the camp by the same path. The distance is 12 km.
11. Go down the gorge in a northern direction. Going up the 2700 m high
mountain pass to the west, then down to the gorge of the river Ak Kol, turn to
the north and then return to the place of the camp 1. Here we pitch the camp 8.
The distance is 15 km.
Day 12. Retur to Almaty, stay in the
hotel, rest. The distance is 370 km. Farewell dinner in the
Day 13. Transfer to the airport, flight
Length of the tour is 12
days. If the clients wish it can be shortened to 8 days. Total length is 814 km.
By car – 740 km, on foot – 74 km.
The tour operates from June 15 to September
Number of people – from 6