Four-day trip in Almaty Province

Four-day trip in Almaty Province

Visit Altyn Emel, the Kolsai Lakes and Charyn Canyon

Charyn Canyon in Kazakhstan

Charyn Canyon

Highlights of this 4-day trip from Almaty to a.o. the Kolsai Lakes:
– 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.

A visa is not necessary for a visit of up to 30 days to Kazakhstan for most countries.

You can read more about highlights and practical advise on travelling in Kazakhstan here.


Day 1

Day travel distance: 380 kms

Singing Dune, Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan

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.
From there you move to  to the Singing Dune. Walking around the Singing Dune, 2 hours.
Back to the hotel near Basshy village, 30 min.
Rest. Shower. Supper. Sleep.

Day 2

Day travel distance: 400 kms

Kaindy Lake, Kazakhstan

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 and lunch.

Transfer to Saty village near Kolsay lake, 4.5 hours.
Stop for a night at homestay in Saty.
Rest. You can make use of the Russian sauna.
Then have dinner and you’ll sleep excellently!

Day 3

Day travel distance: 100 kms by car

Horse riding at the Kolsai Lakes, Kazakhstan

Waking up, full breakfast.
Transfer to the first Kolsai Lake, 30 min. Over a 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, overnight.
(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, Kazakhstan

Charyn Canyon


Return to Almaty 6 hours including stops. Of course, the Charyn Canyon is included today, situated at 110 kms from Saty. You have two hours for hiking, then 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 four day program to a.o. the Kolsai Lakes 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

    Tour Route in Kazakhstan