Tour Almaty, Kolsay and Kaindy lakes, Charyn canyon 2 days
Exciting 2-day trip to beautiful valleys of Kolsay lakes. Overnight in mountain hotel, exiting daily walks or horserides. Trip include visit to Charyn Canyon and Kaindy lake
The system of 3 picturesque lakes are located 330km south from Almaty on the altitude of 1800, 2250 and 2700 respectively. Area is interesting in it’s geological landscape and availability of rare plants and tranquil untouched nature. Kolsay lakes are often called as Pearls of Northen Tyan-Shian.
The sunken forest of lake Kaindy is a stunning view to behold and a lovely place to relax for a picknick when going east from Almaty. In 1911, an earsquake triggered a large landslide, which formed a natural dam on the slopes of the Kungey Alatau range outside of Almaty. The imposing Shrank spruce trees that previously formed a forest there, were now suddenly submerged in the lake that was born from the landslide.
Charyn Canyon is a unique natural monument, stretching for 154km along the banks of Charyn river in south from Almaty. It consist out of sedimentary rocks which are about 12 mln years old. The height of canyon walls can be up to 300 meters. The most interesting tourist place is Valley of Castles, curvy 2-km path through the bottom of canyon will lead you along picturesque mountains, red cliffs and rocks.
Highlights of the tour: visit a road market in Baiseit village, local home residence and traditional food in Saty village, hiking in Kolsay Lake, amazing view in Kaindy Lake, walk inside the Charyn canyon, barbecue in open air.
Route: Almaty, Baiseit village, Saty village, Kolsay Lake, second Kolsay lake, Saty village, Kaindy Lake, Charyn canyon, Almaty.
Road length: 600 km
07-00 departure from your hotel in Almaty
08-30 stop in a road market in Baiseit village
12-00 home made lunch in Saty village 12 km from Kolsay Lake
13-30 arrival to Kolsay Lake (hiking/horse riding to the second Kolsay Lake)
18-30 departure from Kolsay Lake
19-15 arrival to local home residence in Saty village 12 km from Kaindy Lake (barbecue in open air)
08-00 departure from Saty village 12 km from Kaindy Lake
09-00 arrival to Kaindy Lake (walking/horse riding to Lake and panorama view)
11-00 departure from Kaindy Lake
12-00 arrival to Saty village (home made lunch)
13-30 departure from Saty village
15-45 arrival to Charyn canyon (SUV tour inside canyon, coffee break)
18-30 departure Charyn canyon
21-30 arrival to Almaty
Program can be changed or supplemented according to your desire.