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Assy plateau A journey to the habitats of ancient nomads
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Trip type
  • Highlights
  • Walk through the picturesque plateau
  • Kazakh zhailyau: nomads, yurts and herd of horses
  • Ancient burial mounds and rock paintings
  • Sunset at the Observatory Assy-Turgen

Strikingly vast and peaceful, plateau of Assy is located at an altitude of 2600 meters above the sea level in the valley of Assy River 100 km east of Almaty. This place has been known since ancient times as a summer pasture of nomadic tribes. At the top of the plateau, an astrophysical observatory is located, which features one of the world's largest telescopes. The route begins with a car ride to Turgen gorge. Once you get to the plateau you stop at the Observatory and make an easy trek in the gorge of Kara Arsha. On the way back you will have a great chance to watch sunset at the Observatory.

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and do not include international airfare to/from your destination or internal flights during the expedition. Single traveler prices are available upon request. Internal flights are $465 per person.
  • 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 in the gorge
  • 16:30-17:30
  • Transfer to Observatory 
  • 17:30-18:30
  • Sunset at the Observatory area 
  • 18:30-21:30
  • Back to Almaty 
  • +what is included?
  • Off road vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • Soft drinks and snacks, picnic/lunch
  • National park admission fee  
What’s not included
  • Air tickets
  • Visa (by request)
  • Health insurance 
  • Photoshooting (by request)