Assy Plateau

True nomadic experience— the trip to the country of ancient nomads


May to October



Tour description

The Assy Plateau impresses with wide open spaces and its serenity. The plateau is located at the height of 2600 meters above sea level in the valley of the Assy River, 100 km to the east of Almaty. This place is known since ancient times as a summer pasture of  nomadic tribes. There is an astrophysical observatory on the top part of the plateau, with one of the biggest telescopes in the world. The route begins with the car crossing the Turgen gorge. After that we will visit the Assy Observatory and we will make a small walking tour to the Kara Arsha gorge. On the way back we will watch the sunset in the Observatory.


  • Walk on the beautiful plateau
  • True Kazakh jailow: nomads, yurts and herds of horses
  • Ancient mounds and petroglyphic drawings
  • The sunset in the Assy-Turgen Observatory

Tour schedule


Day 1


7:00—10:00 transfer Almaty- Assy plateau

10:00—11:00 stop at the Observatory (tea, snack meal)

11:00—12:30 transfer to the Karaarsha gorge

12:30—13:30 picnic-lunch

13:30—16:30 walking tour

16:30—17:30 transfer to Observatory

17:30—18:30 sunset in Observatory

18:30—21:30 return to Almaty

What's included

  • Transport: offroader 3-5 seats – Toyota FJ, Hyundai Starex
  • English speaking guide
  • Meal: snacks and drinks on the way, picnic-lunch on plateau, snack-meal in observatory
  • Photo shooting to be reserved and paid additionally