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Kolsai Lakes Tour

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Route: Almaty region (Kazakhstan) Season: January - December DAY BY DAY ITINERARY Day 1. Almaty - Kolsai Lakes Departure from Almaty at 07:00. Arrival to Kolsai Lakes at approx. 12:00. Lunch. Transfer to Kaindy Lake. Sightseeing. . .
Country: Kazakhstan
City: Almaty
Duration: 3 Day(s) - 2 Night(s)
Tour Category: Nature Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
Package Itinerary

Route: Almaty region (Kazakhstan)

Season: January - December


Day 1. Almaty - Kolsai Lakes

Departure from Almaty at 07:00. Arrival to Kolsai Lakes at approx. 12:00. Lunch. Transfer to Kaindy Lake. Sightseeing.

Kaindy Lake (birch lake) is situated among magnificent pine forests 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 that blocked the alley 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.

Transfer to Saty settlement, accommodation in the guest house. Dinner. Overnight in the guest house.

Day 2. Kolsai Lakes

Wake up at 07:00, breakfast. Trekking from the lake Kolsai-1 to the lake Kolsai-2. Lunch on the way.

Kolsai Lakes - "Pearls of the Northern Tien-Shan" - represent a cascade of three lakes. The largest lake is accessible to all visitors. It is the most beautiful lake, having a lack of civilization and an abundance of mushrooms. Horse lovers can order a horseback tour of 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.

The vertical drop between the three lakes is about 700 meters. The lowest lake can be reached by car. But you should walk a few kilometers on 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 to the rainbow trout - a fish that lives only in the running or spring water. In the mountains, you can see Marals, mountain goats, wolves, and even bears.

Return to the guest house. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 3. Kolsai Lakes - Almaty

Breakfast. Departure to Almaty at 09:00. Visit Charyn Canyon on the way. Sightseeing at the Valley of Castles.

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 the 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.

The 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 - is more than 2 km, width - is 20-80 meters.

For millions of years, 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 nature.

Arrival in Almaty at approx. 19:00.


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1. Transportation according to the program in comfortable transport
2. Accommodation in the guest house in Saty settlement;
3. Sightseeing according to the program with English speaking guide
4. All environmental fees during the tour
5. Meals: Lunch and dinner on Day 1; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Day 2; breakfast and lunch on Day 3
6. Drinking water 1L per person per day


1. Accommodation in Almaty, if required
2. Meals not indicated in the program and/or not included in the tour price
3. Single accommodation supplement in the guest house
4. Visa support and registration on the territory of Kazakhstan, if required
5. Personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program

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