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Big Almaty circle Splendid beauty of the mountains, country of ancient nomads, unique natural landscapes and full reset in one trip
Big Almaty circle Splendid beauty of the mountains, country of ancient nomads, unique natural landscapes and full reset in one trip
10 days from 395$ View all prices
Highlights:
  • A trip to the lakes of Kolsay, Kaindy and Issyk 
  • Visiting a unique salty lake of Tuzkol, from where you can spot the view to the highest peak of Kazakhstan - Khan Tengri peak 
  • Hiking to Kairak waterfall and picnic on the Don Zhailau plateau 
  • A walk through the alien landscape of Charyn canyon and Aktau mountains. 
  • Signing Dunes, barrows of Saki kings, petroglyphs and willow tree witnessed the campaigns of Genghis Khan 
  • Camp bonfire talks, nights under the sky, sunsets in the steppe and sunrises in mountains
Overview

In this tour we will see all the beauty of the nature of Almaty region: mountain landscapes, waterfalls and lakes, sand and sheer cliffs, mystical places and barrows of Saki kings. Every day landscapes and impressions will replace each other. We are sure that the “Big Almaty Ring” will be one of the most memorable trips of your life.

Prices
1 PERSON
2 PEOPLE
3 PEOPLE
4 PEOPLE
$395
$218
$159
$137
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.
Itinerary

Day 1 Tanbalytas - Bes Shatyr 

  • 09:30—12:00
  • transfer Almaty– Altyn Emel national park 
  • 12:30—13:30
  • lunch
  • 13:30—15:00
  • excursion to petroglyphs of Tanbalytas 
  • 15:00—16:00
  • transfer to Bes Shatyr mounds
  • 16:00—17:30
  • tour of the mounds
  • 17:30—18:30
  • way back to guest house
  • 19:00—20:00
  • dinner
  • 20:00
  • free time

Day 2 Signing Dune

  • 09:00 - 10:30
  • breakfast
  • 10:30 - 13:00
  • transfer to Baschy village
  • 13:00 - 14:00
  • lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:30
  • free time, visiting museums of Altyn Emel national park 
  • 15:30 - 16:30
  • transfer to the Signing Dune
  • 16:30 - 18:30
  • walk through the dune 
  • 18:30 - 20:00
  • transfer back to the village, stop on the way for sunset view. 
  • 20:00 - 21:00
  • dinner 

Day 3 700 y.o. willow tree, Aktau and Katutau mountains 

  •  09:00—10:00
  • breakfast
  • 10:00—12:00
  • transfer to the 700 y. o. willow, setting up the camp
  • 12:00—13:00
  • free time, cooking the lunch
  • 13:00—14:00
  • lunch
  • 14:00—15:00
  • transfer to the Aktau mountains
  • 15:00—17:00
  • hiking tour in the Aktau mountains
  • 17:00—18:00
  • excursion to the volcanic mountains of Katutau
  • 18:00—19:00
  • transfer to the camp, watching the sunset on a way
  • 19:00—20:00
  • dinner cooking
  • 20:00—21:00
  • dinner
  • 21:00
  • free time, bonfire, stargazing 

Day 4 Chundzha - Tuzkol lake 

  • 08:30—10:00
  • breakfast, camp packing 
  • 10:00—13:00
  • ransfer to Chundzha
  • 13:00—14:00
  • lunch
  • 14:00—17:00
  • transfer to the Tuzkol lake
  • 17:00—18:30
  • setting up the camp, dinner cooking
  • 18:30—19:30
  • dinner
  • 19:30
  • free time, bonfire, stargazing

Day 5 Charyn canyon 

  • 07:00 – 08:00
  • watching sunrise and view to Khan Tengri peak
  • 08:00—09:30
  • Breakfast, packing camp
  • 09:30—13:00
  • transfer to Charyn canyon
  • 13:00—14:00
  • Lunch
  • 14:00—15:00
  • walking through the canyon
  • 15:00—17:00
  • transfer to the Saty village
  • 17:00—19:00
  • check in, free time
  • 19:00—20:00
  • dinner
  • 20:00
  • free time, bonfire, a steam bath/sauna

Day 6 Kolsay lakes

  • 08:00—09:00
  • breakfast
  • 09:00—10:00
  • transfer to the lake Kolsay 1
  • 10:00—13:00
  • hike to the lake Kolsay 2
  • 13:00—14:00
  • picnic-lunch
  • 14:00—15:00
  • walk around the lake
  • 15:00—18:00
  • way back to the lake Kolsay 1
  • 18:00—19:00
  • transfer to Saty village
  • 19:30—20:30
  • dinner
  • 20:30
  • free time, bonfire, a steam bath/sauna

Day 7 Kaindy lake - Bartogay water reservoir - Assy plateau

  • 08:00—09:00
  • breakfast
  • 09:00—10:00
  • transfer to the lake Kaindy
  • 10:00—12:00
  • walk around the lake
  • 12:00—13:00
  • picnic-lunch
  • 13:00—18:00
  • transfer to the Assy plateau via Bartogay water reservoir
  • 18:00—19:30
  • setting up the camp, dinner cooking
  • 19:30—20:30
  • dinner
  • 20:30
  • free time, bonfire, stargazing

Day 8 Assy plateau

  • 09:00 - 10:00
  • breakfast
  • 10:00 - 14:00
  • hiking
  • 14:00 - 15:00
  • lunch
  • 15:00 - 18:00
  • free time
  • 18:00 - 19:00
  • dinner cooking
  • 19:00 - 20:00
  • dinner
  • 20:00
  • free time, bonfire, stargazing 

Day 9 Kairak waterfall - Don Zhailau plateau

  • 09:00—10:30
  • breakfast, packing the camp
  • 10:30—11:30
  • transfer to the Observatory
  • 11:30—12:00
  • stop at the Observatory
  • 12:00—13:00
  • transfer to the stationary camping 
  • 13:00—14:00
  • lunch
  • 14:00—20:00
  • hiking to the Kairak waterfall and the Don- Zhailau plateau
  • 20:00—21:00
  • dinner
  • 21:00
  • free time

Day 10 Issyk lake - Issyk history and archaeological museum 

  • 10:00—11:00
  • breakfast
  • 11:00—12:30
  • transfer to the Issyk lake
  • 12:30—13:00
  • walk by the lake
  • 13:00—14:00
  • transfer to lunch place
  • 14:00—15:00
  • lunch
  • 15:00—15:30
  • visiting the historical-cultural museum-reserve Issyk
  • 15:30—17:30
  • return to Almaty
Included
  • Two off road vehicles
  • Two English speaking guides/drivers
  • Accommodation in guest houses and camping
  • Food: breakfasts,lunches, dinners, soft drinks and snacks on the way, picnics.
  • National park admission fee
What’s not included
  • Horseback riding (by request)
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa support (by request)
  • Health insurance 
  • Photoshooting (by request)