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
– 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 village of Saty, nearby the Kolsai Lakes, a 4.5 hours drive.
(In case you wish to visit the white Aktau mountains and the red Kakatau mountains one more day should be scheduled as just the driving there and back takes some four hours).
Lunch in the way.

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.

Prices on request.

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




    On request


     4 days

    Tour Route in Kazakhstan