3-day tour: Charyn Canyon – Kolsai Lakes – Lake Kaindy | off-road travel to the Charyn Canyon, accommodation in a local guest house, a trip to Kolsai (Kulsai) Lake, a hike to Kaindy Lake, picnic, national dishes (Ref: AKZ0010-4).
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3-day tour: Charyn Canyon – Kulsai Lakes – Lake Kaindy (Kazakhstan)
“3-day tour: Charyn Canyon – Kulsai Lakes – Lake Kaindy ” is organized by Lana transport company.
Lana Transport Company has been working on the market of Kazakhstan for more than 10 years. This company offers its services on the territory of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, which may be convenient for you if you are planning to explore both countries. The main services of the company are: transfers (meeting and seeing off at the airport), hourly car rental within the city and long distance travelling.
All drivers working in this company are professionals with more than 10 years of driving experience, so your trip will be safe with them. Due to their extensive experience, Lana company staff members perfectly know all the roads of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and all sites that are popular among the tourists. For this reason, your trip will be comfortable and safe with them.
- Itinerary: Almaty – Charyn canyon – Kolsai lakes – Kaindy lake – Almaty
- Duration: 3 days
- The tour program includes: off-road travel to the Charyn Canyon, accommodation in a local guest house, a trip to Kolsai (Kulsai) Lake, a hike to Kaindy Lake, picnic, national dishes.
- Optional activities: Horse riding, fishing on the lake, bike rental.
- Additional services: In addition, all our tourists will get acquainted with the national color of the Kazakh house, traditional Kazakh cuisine, traditions and customs of the local people, etc.
- Required equipment:warm clothing, shoes, means of personal hygiene, medicines.
- Vehicle: SUV 4×4
- Tour season: all year around
Day 1: Charyn canyon
The road to the Charyn canyon runs through the Syugatinskaya valley, which stretches between the Ketmen and Ulken-Boguty mountain ranges that seem to be the ruins of some ancient Greek temples. These are multi-colored cornices, colonnades, columns, towers, galleries made by the best sculptors – nature and time.
When you turn left, about 10 km to the Valley of Castles, you will find beautiful tugai forests and a river running hundreds of meters from the road. Here you can stay overnight. The river here is quite fast, but shallow. On the slopes of the valleys you can perfectly see the ancient and young seams, fractures of the earth’s crust, rifts, etc. Charyn “temples” are a real geological museum that consists of a variety of rocks and geological formations from different eras.
- 8:30 – We will pick you up at the specified address;
- 13:00 – Arrival at the Charyn canyon, where the tour starts.
- 14:00 – Descent to the river, lunch
- 15:00 – climbing up from the canyon, walk along the top
- 16:00 – departure to the hotel
- 19:00 – Check-in at the hotel, dinner.
Day 2: Kulsai (Kolsai) lakes
Kolsai lakes are called the pearls of the Northern Tien Shan. They are located at altitudes of 1800, 2250 and 2700 meters above sea level. The warm season here lasts from April to the end of September. Alpine meadows, huge cliffs and Tien Shan spruce coniferous forests surround the lakes.
The first Kolsai lake (located at 1818 m above sea level) stretches for 1 km along the gorge and its width is 400 m. The depth of the lake is 80 m. There are comfortable cottages, as well as, yurt camps and campgrounds in the surroundings of the lake.
In order to see the second lake, you need to go 6 km up along a narrow mountain trail (the hike takes 2,5-3 hours). The second lake is the most beautiful of Kolsai lake (located at 2252 m above sea level). Its depth is 50 m. The view of the lake immediately catches the eye, when you are approaching it. If you continue walking towards the lake you will realize that has not yet been fully revealed. On the opposite shore of the lake you will see numerous alpine flowers, among which you may find the aromatic edelweiss.
The third lake is located 6 km above the second and its width is 448 meters. This is the smallest of Kolsai Lakes. The water in this lake is very cold. It is surrounded by rocks and juniper trees. The climate in this area is high mountainous: in summer the temperature is up to 30 degrees during the day. Currently, the border service requires a special permit in order to visit this lake.
- 8:00 – breakfast
- 9:00 – departure towards the second Kolsai Lake
- 14:00 – Lunch at the lake
- 18:00 – Return to the hotel, dinner.
Day 3: Kaindy Lake
On the 3rd day we will visit Kaindy Lake. It is located on the northern slope of the Kungei Ala-Too mountain range at an altitude of 1867 meters above sea level surrounded be a dense coniferous forest. The length of the lake is about 400 meters, the maximum depth is about 30 meters. “Kaindy” means “birch” in Kazakh language. The lake was named after a big birch forest located not far from it.
Kaindy lake was formed as a result of an earthquake on March 25, 1978 (with an amplitude of about 7 points), when the eastern slope of the Kaindy gorge descended as a large landslide. Water filled the formed depression and flooded a part of the coniferous forest.
Currently the dry trunks rise above the smooth surface of the lake creating an amazing and unique look. The water in the lake is very cold, so the trunks of the trees are well preserved and are clearly visible through the transparent surface of the water.
- 8:00 – breakfast
- 9:00 – departure towards Kaindy Lake
- 14:00 – Lunch at the lake
- 16:00 – departure to the city
- 20:00 – return Almaty
The price includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation (hotel/guesthouse), entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
The price does not include: Guide services (optional)
|Group size||Price (USD)|
690 USD per group
*345 USD per person
|more than 2 people||please, consult the service provider|
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