Almaty Ring

Splendid beauty of the mountains, country of ancient nomads, unique natural landscapes and full reset on one trip


April to October



Tour description

In five-day tour the travelers will see all beauty and variety of the Almaty region: we will drive through deserts, the woods, mountain lakes and the rivers.

Tour passes through the territory of  Altyn Emel National park  where you’ll see the Singing sand-dune, the mountains of Ak Tau, Katu Tau and a relic 700-year old willow. Further we will go to the Charyn canyon through the city of Zharkent where  we will visit the ancient museum-mosque constructed in the Chinese style and an ancient Russian orthodox church.

The next destination point is the Kolsay Lakes National Park. We will be guests in the house of locals where we’ll get acquainted with ethnic life and customs, will try dishes of traditional cuisine. We will have the walking tours to the lakes Kolsay 1 and Kolsay 2, walking around the Kaindy Lake, picnics, rides on horses and the cheerful company.


  •    The singing sand-dune — organ sounds in steppe
  •    Ultramarine Kolsay lakes and Kaindy lake where trees grow in the water
  •    Excursion to the church of the 19th century and the Zharkent Mosque similar to Buddhist temple
  •    Walk among alien landscapes of the Charyn and Ak Tau mountains
  •    Evenings near camp-fire, nights under starry sky, sunsets in steppe and dawn in mountains

Tour schedule


Day 1

with overnight accommodation in hotel

9:30—13:00 transfer Almaty– Basshy settlement

13:00—14:00 Lunch

14:00—15:30 Free time, attending of museum of Altyn-Emel national park

15:30—16:30 transfer to the Singing sand-dune

16:30—18:30 Walk through the dune

18:30—20:00 transfer to the settlement (sunset on the way)

20:00—21:00 dinner

21:00—23:00 Home theater


Day 2

with overnight accommodation in hotel

8:00—9:00 Breakfast

9:00—10:30 transfer to the Ak Tau mountains

10:30—12:30 walking tour

12:30—13:30 picnic-lunch

13:30—16:00 attending of the volcanic mountains Katu Tau and 700 year old willow

16:00—17:00 transfer to the Basshy settlement

17:00—19:00 Free time

19:00—20:00 Dinner

20:00—22:00 Home theater

22:00—23:00 transfer to the steppe, watching the stars


Day 3

with overnight accommodation in guest house

8:00—9:00 Breakfast

9:00—11:00 transfer to Zharkent

11:00—12:30 Excursion to the museum-mosque and ancient Russian orthodox church

12:30—13:30 lunch

13:30—15:30 transfer to the Charyn canyon

15:30—16:30 walking through the canyon

16:30 – 19:00 transfer to the Saty settlement

19:30 – 20:30 Dinner

20:30 Free time near  camp-fire or in a steam bath


Day 4

with overnight accommodation in guest house

8:00—9:00 Breakfast

9:00—10:00 transfer to lake Kolsay 1

10:00—13:00 walking tour to lake Kolsay 2

13:00—14:00 picnic-lunch

14:00—15:00 walk around the lake

15:00—18:00 walking tour to lake Kolsay 1

18:00—19:00 transfer to the Saty settlement

19:30—20:30 dinner

20:30 Free time


Day 5


9:00—10:00 Breakfast

10:00—11:00 transfer to Kaindy lake

11:00—13:00 walk around the lake

13:00—14:00 picnic-lunch

14:00—19:30 return to Almaty

What's included

  • Transport: offroader 3-5 seats – Toyota FJ, Hyundai Starex
  • English speaking guide
  • Meal: breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on the way
  • Photo shooting to be reserved and paid additionally