Charyn Canyon

The unique 12 million-year-old natural monument


all year round



Tour description

The Charyn Canyon is a nature sanctuary consisting of sedimentary rocks dating back to around 12 million years in the past. The height of the canyon’s cliffs reaches 150 — 300 meters. The most interesting place for tourists is the scenic Valley of Castles. It is the place where unique plants grow and rare birds from the list of the Red Book live. The round tour of our trip will take in total 3 hours. We will pass through the canyon bottom, surveying its bizarre formations. We will go down to the river bank of Charyn River and will organize a picnic there. Then we will walk through the national-park and will return back.


  • Walk through lunar landscapes
  • Exploration of a grove dated back to the of Ice Age
  • The picnic on the bank of the mountain river

Tour schedule


Day 1


8:00—11:00 transfer Almaty- Charyn canyon

11:00—12:30 walk through the Valley of Castles

12:30—13:30 picnic-lunch

13:30—14:30 transfer to Lunar canyon

14:30—15:30 walk through the Lunar canyon

15:30—19:00 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 in canyon
  • Photo shooting to be reserved and paid additionally