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Price Per Person

USD 590
Country: Kazakhstan
City: Almaty Region
Duration: 9 Day(s) - 8 Night(s)
Tour Category: Photography Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Route: Almaty Region (Kazakhstan)

Season: June - October

Best Period: July - August

Kensu Gorge is located on the eastern slope of Kungei Alatau ridge. Starting at an altitude of 3300 meters above sea level, the valley stretches for 45 km, and running along its bottom Kensu river, flows into Charyn river at an altitude of 1600 meters above sea level. There are small spruce forests on the northern slopes of the middle part of the valley. The southern slopes in zone of alpine meadows are covered with thickets of Asian species of juniper. Kensu river originates from the eight moraine lakes. The lakes are located in ancient moraines and are evidence of degradation of ancient glaciation in the area. One of the lakes has the shape of a heart. The gorge is not visited by tourists due to lack of information about it in the tourist literature.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1. Almaty - Kensu Gorge

Group meeting and departure from Almaty at 08:00. Lunch in a cafe on Kokpek pass. Arrival to Kensu gorge, setting a camp. Walking around the neighborhood, photographing the sunset. Return to the camp, dinner and short briefing on the next day program. Free time. Overnight in the tent camp in Kensu gorge at the height of 3200 meters above sea level. 

Day 2. Kensu Gorge

Early wake up at 04:30 for photographing the dawn. Return to the camp. Breakfast, free time, walking around the neighborhood. Lunch. Walking to the lakes, photographing the sunset. Return to the camp, preparation to the next day, dinner. Overnight in the tent camp in Kensu gorge.

Day 3. Kensu Gorge 

Early wake up at 03:30. Hiking to the top of the mountain for photographing the dawn. Return to the camp. Rest, breakfast, free time. After lunch, hiking to the another peak for photographing. Return to the camp, preparation for the next day, dinner. Free time, optional - photographing of the night sky. Overnight in the tent camp in Kensu gorge. 

Day 4. Kensu Gorge

Early wake up at 04:30 for photographing the dawn. Return to the camp, rest. Breakfast, free time, walking around the neighborhood. After lunch, a walk to the lakes and waiting for sunset. Photographing and return to the camp. Preparation to the next day, dinner. Overnight in the tent camp in Kensu gorge. 

Day 5. Kensu Gorge - Sary-Tau Mountains 

Wake up at 09:00, breakfast. Disassembling of the camp. Departure from Kensu Gorge to Sary-Tau mountains, lunch on the way. Arrival to Sary-Tau mountains aprrox. at 18:00. Setting a camp. Walking around the neighborhood and photographing the sunset. Dinner and a short briefing on the next day program. Overnight in the tent camp on the bank of Asy river at the height of about 2000 meters above sea level. 

Day 6. Sary-Tau Mountains

Early wake up at 04:30 for photographing the dawn. Breakfast, free time, lunch. In the afternoon, walking around the neighborhood, photographing the sunset. Return to the camp, dinner and a short briefing on the next day program. Overnight in the tent camp on the bank of Asy river. 

Day 7. Sary-Tau Mountains - Asy Plateau - Boikadyn-Tau Mountains 

Early wake up at 04:30 for photographing the dawn. Breakfast, disassembling of the camp and preparation to departure. Transfer to Boikadyn-Tau mountains (approx. 2 hours). Setting a camp, lunch, walking around the neighborhood and photographing the sunset. Return to the camp, dinner and a short briefing on the next day program. Overnight in the tent camp in Boikadyn-Tau mountains. 

Day 8. Boikadyn-Tau Mountains  

Wake up at 06:00 for photographing the dawn. Breakfast, free time. In the afternoon, walking around the neighborhood and photographing the sunset. Return to the camp, dinner. Overnight in the tent camp in Boikadyn-Tau mountains. 

Day 9. Boikadyn-Tau Mountains - Almaty

Wake up at 06:00 for photographing the dawn. Breakfast. Disassembling of the camp and departure to Almaty. Lunch on the way. Arrival to Almaty approx. at 18:00.   

TOUR FEATURES:

The tour program is very intensive, almost all camp-to-camp transfers will be off-roads. You will need to get up very early and walk a lot in search of the best shots. All of this - in the mountains, where not accustomed person can feel a lack of oxygen. That is why, it is strongly recommended to refrain from the use of alcohol.

 

Tour Price INCLUSIONS:

1. Transport services on the entire route    
2. Guide-photographer service
3. Camping equipment for common use (camping tent, table, chairs, cooking utensils)
4. Food for cooking in field conditions  
5. Permits to visit the specially protected natural areas, all environmental fees

Tour Price EXCLUSIONS:

1. Accommodation in Almaty before/after the tour, if required      
2. Airport transfer, if required   
3. Meals not indicated in the program and/or not included into the tour price     
4. Rent of personal camping outfit (tent, sleeping bag, сaremat, personal utensils, etc.)      
5. Medical insurance    
6. Visa support and registration on the territory of Kazakhstan, if required   
7. Personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program    

RECOMMENDATIONS on clothing and equipment:

Taking into account that in the evenings and at night at the height can be quite cold, and temperature can drop to zero, be sure to take with you:     
1. Waterproof membrane Gore-Tex jacket and pants     
2. Warm fleece jacket or Polartec jacket     
3. Windproof jacket     
4. Several sets of underwear, several pairs of socks and a pair of warm socks     
5. Several T-shirts with short sleeves, shorts     
6. Appropriate hiking boots, shoes for camp (lightweight sneakers)     
7. Sunglasses and sunscreen     
8. Head torch with adjustable brightness and beam distance, several sets of batteries     
9. Thermos for 1-1.5 liters, or other water container     
10. Personal hygiene items, personal first aid kit (for chronic diseases is obligatory)     
11. Camera, waterproof carrying case, a neutral filter with variable density, tripod, remote control, wide-angle and telephoto lenses    
12. Anti acarid remedy     
13. Tent, sleeping bag, caremat, utensils for personal use

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