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Astronomy tour / all year around

from $120.00

Astronomical tour of the Trans-Ili Alatau

  • Vacation Style
  • Activity level Легко
    2/8

Before Islam came to Kazakhstan, locals used to confess Tengrism — the power of nature and spirits of ancestors. God Tengri impersonated skies and goddess Umai — earth. The life of Nomads was built on the respect of Cosmic principles and keeping the harmony between celestial and terrestrial. To join this tour we invite everyone who is still able to watch the night skies, who’s excited about Universe mysteries, who wants to know more about Astronomy and combine learning the stars with exciting outdoor adventures. You will have outdoor activities during the day time: hiking gorges, mountains and canyons. Picturesque trek to Kairak waterfall and Kaindy lake which is famous with its sunk forest. You’ll know a lot about local flora and fauna and visit old soviet observatory in Assy plateau. We dedicate night time to astronomy and history talks around camp fire and, of course, we’ll observe night sky with the telescope.

 

Highlights:

— different types of activities from hiking to horse-back riding

— astronomy and history talks around camp fire

— stargazing

— camping menu from our Chef

— stops in new locations every day

What’s included in this tour?
  • Off road vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation in guest houses and camping
  • Food: soft drinks and snacks on the way, picnics, breakfasts, lunches, dinners
  • National park admission fee  
  • Horseback riding
  • Telescope
What’s not included in this tour?
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa support (by request)
  • Health insurance
  • Photoshooting (by request)
  • Horseback riding
  1. Day 1 more

    flight to Almaty

  2. Day 2 option 1

    08:00-10:00 — transfer Almaty — Turgen gorge
    10:00-12:00 — hike to Kairak waterfall
    12:00-13:00 — lunch
    13:00-14:00 — free time
    14:00-16:00 — way back from the waterfall
    16:00-17:00 — transfer Turgen gorge — Assy-Turgen Astrophysical Observatory
    17:00-17:30 — walk in the area
    18:00-19:00 — dinner
    19:30-20:00 — bonfire time, astronomy class
    21:00 — stargazing with telescope

  3. Day 2 option 2 (Assy-Turgen Astrophysical Observatory tour)

    08:00-10:00 — transfer Almaty — Turgen gorge

    10:00-12:00 — hike to Kairak waterfall

    12:00-13:00 — lunch

    13:00-14:00 — free time

    14:00-16:00 — way back from the waterfall

    16:00-17:00 — transfer Turgen gorge — Assy-Turgen Astrophysical Observatory

    17:00-17:30 —walk in the area

    18:00-19:00 — dinner

    19:30-20:00 — bonfire time and astronomy class

    21:00 — excursion, stargazing and lecture of night sky at the Assy-Turgen Astrophysical Observatory

  4. Day 3 more

    08:00-09:00 — breakfast

    09:00-13:00 — transfer to Taban Karagai (via rock carvings)

    13:30-14:30 — lunch

    14:30-18:30 — free time, observing the area

    19:00-20:00 — dinner

    20:00-21:00 — bonfire time

    21:00 — stargazing and astronomy class

  5. Day 4 more

    08:00-09:00 — breakfast

    09:00-11:30 — transfer Taban Karagai — Saty village (guest house)

    12:00-13:00 — lunch

    13:00-14:00 — free time

    14:00-15:00 — transfer to Kaindy lake

    15:00-18:00 — light hiking or horseback riding

    18:00-19:00 — transfer to Saty village

    19:00-20:00 — dinner

    20:00-21:00 — bonfire time

    21:00 — stargazing and astronomy class

  6. Day 5 more

    08:00-09:00 — breakfast

    09:00-11:00 — transfer Saty village — Charyn canyon

    11:00-12:00 — walk

    12:30-13:30 — lunch

    13:30-15:30 — transfer to Almaty (hotel)

    15:30-18:30 — free time

    18:30-19:00 — transfer to Observatory located on Kamenskoe plateau

    19:00-20:00 — dinner at the Observatory area with a city view

    20:00-21:00 — Observatory tour

    21:00 — stargazing, return to the hotel

  7. Day 6 more

    Flight back

    The rout is subject to change due to weather conditions.