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Discover Lakes and Mountains

8 Days / On the nomads paths

8 Days / On the nomads paths

From €1250 / per person
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Discover with us the amazing Kazakh desert, Lakes, Mountains and and other very less touristic places in the middle of nowhere with incredible landscapes. We will start from Almaty until the desert for going back to refresh ourself to the lakes and mountains.
In this tour we also discover the ancient nomadic traditions 2 days

 

Tour Price per person with English speaking guide:
1 person: 2.600 €  /  2 people: 1.800 €  /  3 people: 1.600 €  /  4-15 people: 1.450 €

 

*Guide in Italian, French, Spanish, German availability and price on request with at least one month’s notice.

 


*Our tours are customisable based on your need and budgets.
For any other informations and for booking your tour please contact us at info@qazaqstan.tours

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What is included:

Breakfasts, lunches and dinners ( except where is indicated ), transportation by Jeep / off-road car/duster (depending on road conditions), half bottled water a day, museums fees, park fees, english speaking guide, driver, gas, pick up from 8 am to 21 pm and drop off in same time ( pickup and drop off from 21 to 8 am can in night and early morning time is possible with extra fee ).

 

What is not included:

Personal expenses, tips, airfare (only internal airfare where included), travel insurance, visa expenses, extra beverage ( during meals is included only water or tea ).


  • Destination
  • Departure
    Main Square, Old Town
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8.30AM
  • Return Time
    Approximately 7.30PM
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable and light

Tour Plan

1

1 Day / Arrive in Almaty

We will arrive in Almaty in late morning and after pick up you at airport we will drive until the wonderful Almaty Lake 30 Km out from the city.
The big Almaty Lake is at an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level, before you arrive there, you can admire the natural beauty of the Trans-Ili Alatau Mountains.
From the main road all start to change compare with the city, road climbs higher and higher, the landscape is changing, more and more huge mossy stones appear on the slopes. According to scientists, more than 2,000 years ago there was a strong earthquake in these places, literally moving mountains. As a result of this natural cataclysm a natural dam was formed and a giant bowl deep of 38 meters was formed creating the lake. Even in hot summer days water temperature in the lake is not more than 12 Celsius degrees. The color of the water changes depending on the season, the weather and the temperature of the water.

Accommodation: Hotel 3 stars
Meals: Dinner
2

2-3 Days / Singing dunes and Aktau mountain

Altyn-Emel National Park is located in the Ili River Valley, here we can see the sand desert, mountains and green areas. The park was founded on April 10, 1996, with the objective to preserve a natural park complex, as well as archaeological and historical monuments. It is the largest reserve in Kazakhstan and part of UNESCO's world heritage.
On first day we will drive around 250km from Almaty and we will see the Singing Sand dunes. That dunes are famous because Genghis Khan with is army was there 800 years ago and because you will hear a strange sound from the trees around and from the sand.
We will try to hike the biggest dune that is around 150mt and we will have some time for explore the area.
The second day we will visit the Aktau Mountain, we can walk near there around 30-40 minutes and see the incredible landscape that turn from yellow to red, violet, orange and white due to the presence of different minerals.

Accommodation: Local Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
3

4-5 Days / Kolsai, Kaindy Lake and Charyn Canyon

The magnificent cascade of Kolsai lakes are located 290 kilometers south-east of Almaty.
That area is surrounded by three amazing alpine lakes, which are called Kolsai-1, Kolsai-2 and Kolsai-3, located respectively at an altitude of 1700, 2252 and 2650 meters above sea level. A lot of people consider them the pearl of the Northern Tien Shan mountains. Kaindy lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Kazakhstan, and still not really touristic place.
The lake is located at an altitude of 2000m, 26 kilometers far from the Kaindy river with the same name, near the Kolsai lake.
Translated from the Kazakh “Kaindy” means “abundant in birch”, the meaning of the name is because is full of large birch groves, located near the area and inside the lake in a spectacular way.
The first day we will hike around Kolsai lake and we can arrive to the second lake ( is possible do the road by horses also ) and the second day we will go to the second lake and to the Charyn Canyon.

Accommodation: Homestay in Yurt in local guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
4

6 Day / Taste nomadic culture, eagle show

Today we will move in another place when we will see an hunting show and in afternoon we can ride horse and enjoy the landscape near us. Today we will stay in the nature and we will relax in the countryside.
We will go back to Almaty in late afternoon before lunch, drop off to the hotel.


Accommodation: Yurt Camp
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch
5

7 Day / Taste Kazakh traditional games and hospitality

Today we will drive 1.5 - 2 hours outside Almaty and we will arrive in the first place, here we will stay in the yurt and we will try some traditional food and our guide will also explain and show the difference between a normal Yurt and the Kazakh Yurt, we will see one inside and we will have some snacks.

Here the detailed program:
11.00 – 11.10 – We will meet in the Ger camp with two warriors in Saks period with armor and on horses and we will attend the ceremony calling “Shashu” and you will have the opportunity to try baursaks.
11.10 – 12.20 – We will discover a Kazakh yurt, the kazakh national customs and traditions. During the program they will be explaining about each part of the yurt; the philosophy and sacred meaning of the yurt to Kazakh people.
Guests also get used to know about previous centuries’ life of Kazakh people (cleaning and whipping wool, making yarn with a spindle, receiving flour and talcan in a derma, ritual laying a child in “Besik”, ritual “Tusau kesu” and “Atka otyrgyzu”).

12.20 – 12.30 – Levada playground exibition
12.30 – 13.10 – Performance of the “Sarbaz” group ( various programs, theatrical legend performance and national horse games).
13.10 – 14.00 – Lunch (pilaf, salad, baursaks, tea).
14.00 – 15.00 – Master-classes in your choice depends on interests:
I. cooking national treat “ Zhent”;
II. making “Belbau” on a loom;
III. making cup holder by the method of work “Syrmak”;
IV. archery;
V. dzhigitovka (from the word “dzhigit” – horse rider) master-class.
15.00 – 16.00 – Free time (walk in the ethno-aul, riding on a swing "Altybakan")


Accommodation: Yurt Camp
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
6

8 Day / Almaty city tour

Almaty is the biggest city in Kazakhstan, located in the south est part of the country. The population is around 1,8 million habitant.
The city was very famous for be the old capital and the city remain the economic, financial and the cultural center of all Kazakhstan and Central Asia. It’s very ethical city, full of older buildings, oriental bazaars, church, mosques and a lot of other interesting things to see.

Tour program:
09.00 – Pickup from Airport or you hotel ( starting time can change based on your request )
09.30 – Visit of the Ascension Cathedral, the famous beautiful Russian Orthodox cathedral
10.00 – Visit the Green Bazaar and the Central Mosque
12.00 – Transfer to Koktobe, and lunch in amazing restaurant where you can see all the city from the top
14.00 – Visit of National Museum
16.00 Go back to the Hotel

Accommodation: Hotel 3 stars
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

How to Book The tour

1- Read our Terms and Conditions HERE

2-Fill in the form that you find HERE for the reservation of the tour with your data

3- We will contact you within 24 hours to confirm the availability, then you will receive information about the payment (30% for the booking and 70% to be paid upon arrival).

4- After the deposit you will receive all the information on your trip and a copy of the itinerary. Remember to give us precise Instructions on where you arrive!

5- For any questions or information you can always contact us by mail to info@qazaqstan.tours

All tours are customised, if you want to add more days in one place or less in another, ask for a different itinerary o for insurance package, local flight + tour contact us at info@qazaqstan.tours

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