Four-day trip in Almaty Province

Four-day trip in Almaty Province

Visit Altyn Emel, the Kolsai Lakes and Charyn Canyon

Charyn Canyon

Highlights of this 4-day trip from Almaty into the countryside:
– Charyn Canyon, Altyn Emel and the Kolsai Lakes, Assy Plateau, all wonders of nature
– in summer months, the nomads, yurts & horses en route
– option: stay in a yurt in Charyn Canyon

A four-day round tour in the Almaty Province, driving through the countryside and enjoying varied nature. From the semi-desert of Altyn Emel to the Kolsai Mountain Lakes and finishing with the stunning Charyn Canyon.
Accommodations are simple but well-appreciated by visitors.

This tour can be extended to five days by adding one day on the Assy Plateau and Turgen Valley.
Please note that your driver-guide speaks basic English only, which is sufficient for most of our customers for a tour in nature & countryside. It is expected that you will assist the driver in setting up a camp and preparing dinner in case you opt for camping.
However you may choose a fluent English driver-guide at additional cost.

Day 1

Day travel distance: 380 kms

Singing Dune in Altyn Emel

Departure from Almaty in the morning.
Transfer to Altyn-Emel pass 240 km, 3.5 hours.
Lunch at a roadside café.

Transfer to Basshy village and entrance of the Altyn Emel National Park.
Transfer to the Singing Dune. Walking around the Singing Dune, 2 hours.
Transfer into the hotel near Basshy village 30 min.
Rest. Shower. Supper. Sleep.

Day 2

Day travel distance: 400 kms

Kayndi Lake nearby Saty

Waking up, full breakfast.
Transfer to the Aktau mountains (1.5 hours). Dirt road. Walking around the mountains for 2 hours.

Return to the guest house.
Lunch at the guest house.
Transfer to the Saty willage near Kolsay lake, 4.5 hours.
Stop for a night at the guest house in the Saty village.
Rest. Russian sauna. Supper. Sleep

Day 3

Day travel distance: 100 kms by car

You can rent a horse and ride along the Kolsai Lakes

Waking up, full breakfast.
Transfer to the first Kolsai Lake, 30 min. Dirt road.
Walking around the lake for 6 hours. Optional; renting a horse and riding to the second lake, an adventurous option! Lunch from a lunch box.
Return to Saty.

Dinner and rest, over night.
(Depending on time spent at the Lakes, the excursion to Kayindi Lake – one way 45 minutes – will take place this day or tomorrow).

Day 4

Day travel distance: 310 kms

Charyn Canyon


Return to Almaty 6 hours including stops. Of course, the Charyn Excursion is included today, at 110 kms from Saty. Two hours for hiking, then onwards to a Berkutchi (Eagle) museum and back to Almaty.

Lunch from a lunch box, plus a tea stop in Baiseit village. Optional: visit to the Golden Man historic museum in the village of Issyk, nearby Almaty.

The cost of this program is €350 p.p. at four people and €495 p.p. at two people. For other group sizes please write to us.
Included in the offer are all the cost outside Almaty; three nights of accommodation in guesthouses, meals, entrance fees to national parks, services by the driver-guide who speaks basic English.
Excluded are services in Almaty including dinner on day 4, alcoholic drinks (can be brought on request), and services not mentioned.
Finally we will withhold €15 per booking for the Dutch GGTO Travel Guarantee Fund.



Almaty and Province




€495 p.p. at two persons, €350 p.p. at four persons


 4 days