Kolsay- Kaindy –Charyn

Inspiring trip to the origins of pure natural energy


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 Charyn River and will organize a picnic there. Then we will walk through the national-park and will return back.


  •      The Kolsay lakes, in which sky and mountain landscapes are reflected
  •      Trip to the Kaindy lake where trees grow in the water
  •      Water clouds of the Bartogay Lake
  •      Walk through the alien landscapes of the Charyn canyon
  •      Overnight under the starry heavens
  •      Scenic walking tour to the Kolsay lake 2

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

8:00—9:00 Breakfast

9:00—10:00 transfer to the Kolsay lake 1

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

13:00—14:00 picnic-lunch

14:00—15:00 walk around the lake

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

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

19:30—20:30 dinner

20:30 Free time


Day 3


9:00—10:00 Breakfast

10:00—12:00 transfer to the Charyn canyon

12:00—13:30 walk through the canyon

13:30—14:30 Lunch

14:30—16:00 transfer to the Bartogay Lake

16:00—16:30 walk near the Bartogay Lake

16:30—20:00 return to Almaty

What's included

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