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Price Per Person

USD 590
Country: Kazakhstan
City: Almaty
Duration: 5 Day(s) - 4 Night(s)
Tour Category: Eco Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

An exceptional opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the natural attractions of Almaty region! In this route: Aktau and Katutau mountains, Singing Dune and Charyn Canyon, Kolsai lakes and unique in its beauty Kaindy lake...

Route: Almaty Region (Kazakhstan)
Meeting Point: Astana InterHotel, in front of the main entrance (113, Baitursynov Street)                        
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
 
Day 1. Almaty - Altyn Emel National Park
Departure from the meeting point in Almaty at 08:00. Transfer to the Tamgaly Tas, located on the Ili River.
Tamgaly Tas – the unique monument of distant past, where you will see images of Buddha’s and texts in Tibetan, Kalmyk and other languages which have basically a prayer meaning that are carved on the old rocks. It is unknown – when and how these drawings appeared and who was the author: scientists trying to unravel this mystery for over 150 years. Upon arrival in Tamgaly Tas, your guide will tell you a lot of interesting things about this amazing place, then you will be able to walk around and enjoy the beautiful views. Also on the opposite side of the river, you will see the set in the style of medieval Kazakhstan that were built for the filming “The Nomad” movie.
After the end of the excursion, transfer to the village of Basshi, located at the territory of Altyn Emel National Park. Lunch in the village and excursion to the Singing Dune.
Singing Dune, reaching a height of 120 meters and a length of about 3 km, located in one of the corners of the Altyn-Emel National Park, a few kilometers from the Ili river between the mountains of Big and Small Kalkan. This sandy hill consists of very fine pure sand, which starts to "sing" in windy weather and its sound reminds the organ music. Before a sandy storm the dune sounds like a drum. From the top of the Dune you can observe the grand panorama of the surroundings. In the south - thin strip of the Ili River is visible as well as purple mountains of Sogety and Boguty, looking out from the white peaks of the Ketmen ridge. On the west the horizon is obstructed by the steep slope of the Big Kalkan, and the Small Kalkan – from the east. In the north - violet-blue ridge of Djungarian Alatau mountains, Chulak mountain, Matai and Altyn-Emel are visible. If the weather is dry and windy, the sand-dune will "sing" you its song, which could be heard as far as several kilometers...
Transfer to Basshi village. Dinner and overnight in the village.
 
Day 2. Altyn Emel National Park
Breakfast and departure at 09:00 for sightseeing tour to the mountains of Aktau and Katutau. Lunch (picnic) during the excursion.
Aktau Mountains (White Mountains) are world-renowned paleontological field. In the layers of Paleogene lacustrine deposits well-preserved remains of ancient animals whose age is estimated at 25-30 million years have been found. Among the finds there are the remains the giant rhinos, crocodiles, turtles. Huge conical mountains remind the Egyptian pyramids and are a magical scene of the variety of shapes and colors. 
Katutau Mountains (Harsh Mountains) are very ancient ruined mountains with preserved volcanic outputs. The breed is very fragile and breaks down under the physical impact. Water, time and wind carved intricate shapes in the rock. Sedimentary rock of the bottom of the ancient Tethys Ocean is preserved there. From the effects of environmental factors it took the form of intricate figures and landscapes.
Return to Basshi village. Dinner and overnight in the village.
 
DAY 3. Altyn Emel National Park – Moon Valley – Saty Village – Kaindy Lake – Saty Village
Breakfast at 08:00. Transfer to Kaindy Lake through the Moon Valley of Charyn Canyon. Lunch in a local cafe on the way. Sightseeing in the Moon Valley.  
Moon Valley is a canyon made of yellow clay. It is distinguished by the unique roundness of the landscape and the absence of even one sharp corner, which makes it incredibly similar to the surface of the Moon. As a result of usual spring snow melting, the bottom of the valley is white and flat, and the edges are formed by a diffuse clay massif of white color. When you walk along the bottom of the "lunar" crater, you feel yourself to be the first astronaut to step on the surface of the Moon and feel your insignificance compared to this large space object. Only saxaul points to the earthly origin of this place.
Arrival to Saty village. Changing vehicle to local AWD car and transfer to Kaindy Gorge. Sightseeing at Kaindy Lake. 
Kaindy Lake (birch lake) is situated among magnificent pine forest at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level and is famous for its origin. It was formed in 1911 due to the powerful earthquake that triggered the landslide blocked the valley by the natural dam, and the water has flooded the valley. The water of the lake is very cold, that is why the needles of the flooded trees are well preserved and clearly visible through the transparent surface of the water, and dry stems of fir trees overlook the water surface, like the masts of the submarine squadron. It is impossible to describe in words all this mystical splendor of the lake – it is necessary to go there and see everything with own eyes.  
Return to Saty village, accommodation in the guest house. Dinner and overnight in the guest house. 
 
Day 4. Kolsai Lakes
Breakfast and transfer to Kolsai Lake-1 at 08:00. Trekking (7 km one way, 3,5 walking hours one way) from Kolsai Lake-1 (1818 meters above sea level) to Kolsai Lake-2 (2250 meters above sea level) and back. The route is accessible for healthy, average-trained people.
Kolsai Lakes - "Pearls of the Northern Tien-Shan" - represent a cascade of three lakes. The largest lake is accessible for all visitors. It is the most beautiful lake, having a lack of civilization and the abundance of mushrooms. Horse lovers can order horseback tour to this place. The highest lake is small. It is located on the border of fir-wood and the alpine meadows and amazes by its harsh alpine beauty, as well as the rich flora and fauna. Vertical drop between the three lakes is about 700 meters. The lowest lake can be reached by car. But you should walk few kilometers along mountain trails to see the second and the third lake. Without doubts the tourists are expected to have a wonderful vacation in these places - berries, mushrooms and fishing. The water in the lakes is cold and clean and is home for the rainbow trout - a fish that lives only in the running or spring water. In the around mountains you can see Marals, mountain goats, wolves and even bears. 
Enjoying your lunch in front of the cold and pure-clean lake in surroundings of magnificent mountain peaks is priceless after active trekking. Afternoon walk back to Kolsai-1 and driving back to Saty village. Arrival to the village. Dinner and overnight in the guest house.
 
Day 5. Saty Village - Charyn Canyon - Almaty
After breakfast you will leave a hospitable family and drive to Charyn Canyon. Upon arrival to the canyon, you will admire the grand panorama and go down to the bottom of the canyon to walk around 2 km through the maze of the Castles Valley.
Charyn Canyon is a natural complex, unique in its kind not only in Kazakhstan but also worldwide. It was formed during Paleogene and reminds the Grand Canyon of Colorado River in North America, although inferior to it in size. The height of the steep slopes of the canyon is up to 150-300 meters. Extraordinary dissection of the terrain is striking: the numerous ravines form a dense, chaotic network. Wind and water have created the beautiful "Valley of Castles", where you are always surrounded by the fancy towers composed of sedimentary rocks. The length of the valley - more than 2 km, width - 20-80 meters. For millions of years the nature has been creating a unique architecture, erecting magnificent castles carefully and slowly. You can spend hours walking among the strange towers and columns, being surprised by the wild imagination of the nature. 
After rest in a fresh oasis on the bank of icy cold Charyn River, walking back and departure to Almaty. Having mentally and spiritually recharged by 5-day outdoor trip you will arrive to the original meeting point in Almaty at approx. 19:00.


Group Tour Price: 590 USD Per Person
Group Tour Price: 590 USD Per Person, provided 2 persons traveling together

 

Tour Price INCLUSIONS:
1. Twin accommodation in the hotel or guest house of Altyn Emel National Park
2. Twin accommodation in the guest house of Saty settlement
3. Transportation according to the program in comfortable minivan
4. Sightseeing according to the program with English speaking guide
5. All environmental and admission fees during the tour
6. Meals: lunch and dinner in Day 1, breakfast and lunch in Day 5, full board in other days    
7. Drinking water 1L per person per day

Tour Price EXCLUSIONS:
1. Accommodation in Almaty, if required
2. Meals not indicated in the program and/or not included into the tour price
3. Single accommodation supplement (116 USD)
4. Horseback riding, lake boating
5. Visa support and registration on the territory of Kazakhstan, if required
6. Personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program

Tour reservation requires full payment, which is refundable in case of tour cancellation before August 5, 2019.
50% of the tour price is refundable in case of tour cancellation after August 5, 2019.
Tour price is not refundable in case of tour cancellation after August 9, 2019.
 
Recommendation on clothing: comfortable, sporty clothing for the weather, windproof and waterproof jacket in a cold weather season; closed, walking-friendly shoes: boots in the cold season, sneakers or similar - in a warm; sunglasses and sunscreen, headdress; personal backpack to carry the lunch during trekking on Kolsai Lakes.

Dates of scheduled tours 2019:
April: 01-05, 15-19
May: 13-17, 27-31
June: 10-14, 24-28
July: 08-12, 22-26
August: 05-09, 19-23
September: 02-06, 16-20
October: 30.09-04.10,14-18, 28.10-01.11

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