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7 day Hiking & Trekking in Kazakhstan | Best Holidays in Kazakhstan

HIKING TOUR ( 7 DAYS)

The countryside of Almaty will give you an opportunity to explore a core Kazakh nomadic culture and history, traditions, lifestyle…and, of course, the Mountains with incredibly wild nature!

Attention: The tour is subject to cancellation if the air temperature is below 10°С or in case of adverse weather conditions, such as precipitation (heavy rain, hail, etc.) or strong wind.

Meeting PointAstana International Hotel, in front of the main entrance (113, Baitursynov Street)

Season: 

June - September

Duration of a tour:

7 days, 6 nights

Activities:

 

hiking, wildlife and bird watching, culture & history exploring, photographing, camping

What's interesting :

Issyk and Turgen fallsAsy and nomadsCharyn canyonKolsay and KaindyTien Shan glaciers

Must bring:

 

  1. Hiking shoes/trainers

  2. high socks

  3. long trekking pants

  4. t-shirt with long and short sleeves

  5. thermo-underwear (top and bottom)

  6. wind/waterproof jacket

  7. warm jacket, peaked cap, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, backpack for day hikes, personal hygienic set

 

Day 1

09.00 Drive from Almaty to Issyk village: a short excursion around Scythe open-air museum. Drive to Issyk Lake, lunch at a lakeshore. Drive to Turgen gorge and a 1 hour-hike to the Bear waterfall. Late afternoon arrival at a Trekking Club campsite in Turgen, accommodation.

18.00 – 19.00 Dinner


Overnight at a campsite.

Day 2


09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast

Drive up by the gorge (SUV jeeps) to Asy plateau. 5-hour exciting tour by the Nomad's land wanders: immense highland pastures full of beautiful animals (herds of horses, sheep, goats), great views of Tien Shan snow peaks and glaciers, white yurta all around the huge valley, Kazak nomads with their famous Tazy dogs, ancient Saki (Scythe) ruins and burial pyramids, Bronze age rock carvings, wildlife: marmots and vultures, foxes and ibexes. After a picnic on the grass, we take a short visit to Asy space observatory and drive back to the Trekking Club lodge.

 

18.00 – 19.00 Dinner 

 

Overnight at a lodge.

Day 3


09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast

 

Hiking to the Kairak waterfall, which is the biggest one in this area (70m tall) and never dries. There are 8km from the confluence of Turgen and Kishi-Turgen rivers (campsite) to Kairak, so the hike takes up to 5 hours in total. The path is so smooth and comfortable that nothing will prevent you from enjoying the views of flowering meadows and dense spruce forests all the way to the fall. Back to the campsite in the late afternoon. Hot shower, dinner and overnight.

18.00 – 19.00 Dinner


Overnight at a campsite.

Day 4

09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast at a lodge. Drive from Turgen to Charyn Canyon. Hiking by the famous canyon's part called Valley of Castles known for its fantastic colorful rock formations. Lunch in Charyn, with a stunning view of deep cliffs. Drive to Kolsay National Park. Arrive Saty village in the evening, take dinner and stay overnight at a guest house.

Day 5

 

09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast at a guest house. Hiking from the First Kolsay Lake called "Saty" to the Second one - "Mynzhylgy". There are 8km between the lakes, and the whole hike takes 6 hours. The nature of Kungey Alatau mountains with its mysterious spruce forests and deep turquoise lakes will leave indelible trace in your memory.. Back to the guest house in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Saty.

Day 6

 

09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast at a guest house, drive to Kaindy Lake. Hiking around the famous Underwater Forest. Lunch at a lakeshore, enjoying the view of an ancient pine grove "growing out" of green waters at a height of 1800m ASL. After a lunch, we move to the land of high mountains and glacier. Evening arrival in Touyuk-Su gorge, accommodation at a Trekking Club alpine lodge (2600m ASL). Dinner and overnight.

Day 7

09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast  at a lodge. Hiking to the Touyuk-Su glacier (3500m), which remains one the best points around Almaty to observe North Tien Shan glaciers and ice covered peaks over 4.000m. Back to the cozy lodge, take lunch and drive down to Almaty city.

The price includes:

- all transfers according to the itinerary: Almaty – Issyk – Turgen - Asy - Charyn - Kolsay - Kaindy - Touyuk-Su - Almaty
- entry tickets to the Saki (Scythe) culture museum in Issyk
- guided hikes in Turgen, Asy, Charyn canyon, Kolsay, Touyuk-Su
- accommodation at Trekking Club campsite in Turgen, 3 nights, double tents
- accommodation at a guest house in Saty (Kolsay NP), 2 nights, double rooms
- accommodation at Trekking Club alpine hut in Touyuk-Su gorge, 1 night
- meals: full board, 3 meals a day (7 lunches, 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners). Vegetarian menu is also available.
- drinking water
- National parks and special areas entry fees and permissions
- English-speaking guide

Price does not include:

- international flights (to/from Almaty)
- accommodation/entertainment in Almaty
- airport meetings and transfers
- rent of personal clothes/shoes, hiking gear (like backpacks)
- personal expenses like souvenirs, calls etc.
- menu does not include soft and alcohol drinks, snacks

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