Green Ring Almaty

Green Ring Almaty

The most popular tour in Kazakhstan

This route brings you to the most interesting and most beautiful places of the region. You visit the national park Altyn Emel, with remarkable mountain ranges, wildlife and even remains of the Scythian Period.
Your tour continues to the Charyn Canyon, to the Kolsai Lakes and other lovely spots in the Almaty vicinity. In summer you will meet Kazakh semi-nomads in the steppe, with their herds and typical yurt dwellings.

Day 1

Day travel distance: 20 kms
Meeting in the airport, transfer to the hotel, resting. A sightseeing tour round Almaty in the afternoon for six hours, including visits to the Republic Square with the monument of Independence, Central Historical Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Panfilov park with its wooden Cathedral and Museum of traditional musical instruments.

Day 2

Day travel distance: 271 kms
We leave Almaty, drive to the north and start with an excursion to the valley Tamgaly Tash on the bank of the Ili River, seeing the Buddha images on the rocks. Go up on the panorama point, the view of Ili river from the altitude of bird flight.
After lunch (from prepared lunch-boxes) we leave for the national park Altyn Emel, to the north of Lake Kapchagai. In this large park there are a lot of different phenomenons to explore and enjoy: wildlife, and you stand a good chance to see wild donkeys (kurgan) and steppe antilopes (djeiran). Nature has created here, far and away from any sand desert, an enormous sanddune that you’ll be given a chance to climb.
You’ll have dinner and spend the night in a small guest house in the village of Basshi.

Day 3

Day travel distance: 98 kms
We drive through the national park towards the Aktau (‘White’) Mountains, and explore its canyons, followed by a visit to the Kakutau (‘Volcanic’) mountains.
Dinner and night are spend in the same guest house.

Day 4

Day travel distance: 159 kms
On the way to the lakes Kolsai we exchange the semi-deserts of Altyn Emel in order for steppe landscapes where herds of horses roam freely. We end up in the village of Saty, base for exploration of the Kolsai lakes, and situated in another subsequent ecosystem, namely the high mountains.
The first Kolsai lake is situated at 1800 meters altitude. The second lake is 14 km away from here, and you reach it either on foot or on a horseback – a brave ride! (The renting of horses, both today and tomorrow, is not included in our offer, but can be arranged locally, as well as hiring a local guide).
You return by car to nearby Saty for your dinner and overnight at a Kazakh family home.

Day 5

Day travel distance: 80 kms
You will spend the whole day at the beautiful mountain lakes, including a visit (by car) to the Kayindi more than 40 km away, famous for its tree trunks rising from the lake, a very nice picture. Incidentally, a dive in one of the lakes (Kolsai and / or Kayindi) is recommended, but cool!
You can hike or ride a horse again, as desired.
Full board at the guesthouse in Saty, with lunch probably en route.

Day 6

Day travel distance: 310 kms
You’ll end the day at the hotel in Almaty. Before reaching it, visit to Charyn Canyon is scheduled, 110 kms north of Saty and on the route to Almaty. This is perhaps the most popular day trip from Almaty, which is 220 kms away. Here we have a picnic and stroll among the magnificent rock formations and along the river Charyn.
Further to Almaty you will visit a small eagle museum – with real species – because the area of the canyon is also the hunting ground of the traditional berkutchi, or the hunters and their preying birds. Lunch on the way you will eat in a popular Uygur restaurant in Baiseit.
Close to Almaty in the village of Issyk you will pay a visit to the Golden Man Museum, with treasures from the surrounding burial mounds from the Sakh period. In the evening you arrive back in Almaty and will be brought to your hotel.

Day 7

Day travel distance: 0 kms
A free day in Almaty, time to buy souvenirs, to walk in the (green) city or visit the mountains south of the city, where also the famous Medeo ice skating rink is situated. We may help you establishing a program for this day. Accommodation in the hotel.

Day 8

Day travel distance: 10 kms
You’ll be transfered to Almaty Airport for your flight back home. Most international flights leave Almaty in the early morning.

The cost of this program at six persons is €725 p.p., at four persons €825 and  at two persons €975. For other group sizes please write us for an offer.
Included in the offer are:
– 3.5 nights of accommodation in hotel Grushevy in Almaty and four nights in simple but nice homestays in the countryside, on the basis of bed & breakfast and double rooms
– all transfers in by car/minibus
– services of English speaking guides during all excursions, and a driver-guide with basic English knowledge during the four day tour in the countryside
– entrance tickets for all nature parks, museums and sites according to the program
– five lunches and four dinners
– transfers airport-hotel-airport at the start and finish of the program
– mineral water during the transfers

Not included in the offer are the international flight tickets, the remaining lunches and dinners, and all not mentioned services.
Finally we withhold €15 per booking for the Dutch GGTO Travel Guarantee Fund.



Almaty and region


best season April-November


€725-€825-€975 p.p. at 6-4-2 persons ex. flights


9 days incl. international flights. Shorter versions also possible.