Kolsay- Kaindy –Charyn

Two-day diving into fragile beauty of mountain landscapes


all year round



Tour description

The Kolsay lakes and the Kaindy lake are located in spurs of the Kungey-Ala Tau ridge. They are called “Pearls of Northern Tien Shan” after their fragile unspoilt beauty. We invite you to travel to the woods and the Alpine meadows, through mountain pastures to dark-blue waters of the lakes, where trees grow and strange water creatures live.

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.


  • 50 shades of the Kolsay lakes: from bright blue to emerald-green
  • Trip to the Kaindy Lake where trees grow in the water
  • Evening talk near camp fire
  • Walk through the alien landscapes of the Charyn canyon

Tour schedule


Day 1

with overnight accommodation in guest house

8:00—12:30 transfer Almaty– Satty settlement

12:30—13:30 Lunch

13:30—14:30 transfer to the Kaindy lake

14:30—17:30 walk around the lake

17:30—18:30 return to the settlement

19:00—20:00 dinner

20:00 Free time near camp-fire or in a steam bath


Day 2

with overnight accommodation in guest house

9:00—10:00 Breakfast

10:00—11:00  transfer to the Kolsay lake 1

11:00—12:30 walk around the lake

12:30—13:30 picnic-lunch

13:30—16:00 transfer to the Charyn canyon

16:00—17:00 walk through the Charyn canyon

17:00—20:00 return to Almaty

What's included

  • Transport: offroader 3-5 seats – Toyota FJ, Hyundai Starex

  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation in guest house
  • Meal: breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on the way
  • Photo shooting to be reserved and paid additionally