Assy plateau / May — October

from $130.00

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A true nomad experience – a journey to the habitats of the ancient nomads

  • Vacation Style
  • Activity level Просто

The plateau of Assy strikes with its spaciousness and pacification. The plateau is located at an altitude of 2600 meters above sea level in the valley of the Assy River — 100 km east of Almaty. This place is known since ancient times as a summer pasture of nomadic tribes. At the top of the plateau, an astrophysical observatory is built, with one of the world’s largest telescopes. The route begins with a car drive to the Turgen gorge. Once we get to the plateau the first stop is at the Observatory of Assy and make an easy trek in the gorge of Kara Arsha. On the way back it’s a great chance to watch the sunset at the Observatory.



  •      Walk through the picturesque plateau
  •      True Kazakh zhailyau: nomads, yurts and herd of horses
  •      Ancient barrows and rock sketches
  •      Sunset view at the Observatory Assy-Turgen
What’s included in this tour?
  • Off road vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • Food: soft drinks and snacks on the way, picnic, lunch
  • National park admission fee  
What’s not included in this tour?
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa support (by request)
  • Health insurance
  • Photoshooting (by request)
  1. Day 1 14 hours

    07:00-10:00 — transfer Almaty – Assy plateau

    10:00-11:00 — astrophysical observatory stop (for tea and snacks)

    11:00-12:30 — transfer to Kara Arsha gorge

    12:30-13:30 — Picnic — lunch

    13:30-16:30 — Hike

    16:30-17:30 — transfer to Observatory

    17:30-18:30 — sunset view at the Observatory area

    18:30-21:30 — way back to Almaty