Turgen gorge — Assy plateau / May — October

from $280.00

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

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The Turgen gorge has a very rich plant and animal life. There are mixed woods: birchwoods, are replaced by the soft forests. The caravans passed here in ancient times — from Europe to the east – to China and India. The Turgen gorge is famous for its waterfalls and relic Chinturgen mossy spruce forest growing in the territory of permafrost.


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.



  •      Alpine meadow, softwood forests, nomads, yurts and herds of horses in one tour
  •      Walking tour to Kayrak waterfall
  •      Picnic on the scenic plateau Don- Zhailyau
  •      The sunset on Observatory and overnight in camp tent under the stars
What’s included in this tour?
  • Off road vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • Camping accommodation
  • Food: soft drinks and snacks on the way, breakfasts, lunches, dinners.
  • National park admission fee  
What’s not included in this tour?
  • Horseback riding (by request)
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa support (by request)
  • Health insurance
  • Photoshooting (by request)
  1. Day 1 Turgen gorge (Kairak waterfall) - Don Zhailayu plateau

    8:00—10:00 transfer Almaty– Turgen Gorge

    10:00—12:30 Hike to the Kayrak waterfall

    13:00—13:30 Hike to picnic spot at the Don- Zhailyau plateau

    13:30—14:30 picnic-lunch

    14:30—17:30 way back to the camping site

    17:30—18:30 Free time

    18:30—19:30 dinner

    19:30 Free time

  2. Day 2 Assy plateau - Kara Arsha gorge

    8:00—9:00 Breakfast

    9:00—10:00 transfer to the  Assy plateau with stop at Observatory

    10:00—10:30 Observatory stop

    10:30—11:30 transfer to the Kara Arsha gorge

    11:30—15:00 Hiking and  picnic-lunch

    15:00—17:00 Free time

    17:00—18:00 dinner

    18:00—19:00 transfer to the Observatory and watching the sunset

    19:30—22:00 return to Almaty