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Discover Lakes and the Desert

3 Days / Charyn Canyon, Kandy and Kolsai Lake

3 Days / Charyn Canyon, Kandy and Kolsai Lake

From €280 / per person
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This spectacular tour give you the opportunity to discover one very big dsert area near Almaty and two of the most beautiful lakes around Kazakhstan in 3 days. We will drive from Almaty to Kaindy Lake, than Kolsai Lake and Charyn Canyon.


Tour Price per person with English speaking guide:
1 person: 800 €  /  2 people: 600 €  /  3 people: 400 €  /  4-15 people: 280 €


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

*Tour Distance: 750 Km


*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


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 Day / Kolsai Lake

We will start our tour at 9 am driving 300 km to Kolsai Lake.
The magnificent cascade of Kolsai lakes are located 290 kilometers south-east of Almaty. We will pass the small mountains of Alasi and before reaching the Charyn River, we will turn right in the direction of the village Zhalanash. After 3 kilometers along Saty village, a well-built road goes left and goes up to the first lake Kolsai.
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.
The depth of that lakes is also impressive: the deepest place on the first lake is 80 meters, the second about 50 meters and the water in all the lakes is really dark.
After visit the first lake we will hike or walking untill the second lake ( is possible do that by horse on request ) and in afternoon we will go back to our guesthouse.

Accommodation: Guesthouse in Yurt
Meals: Lunch - Dinner

2 Day / Kaindy Lake

After breakfast we will drive to Kaindy lake ( 1h with not paved road ) and we will explore the area with a short hiking.
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. Some people thinking that this lake was formed a hundred years ago in 1911, other that is more recent due an eartquake.
After visit the first lake we will go back to Saty village and rest waiting our dinner.

Accommodation: Guesthouse in Yurt
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

Day 3 / Charyn Canyon

Charyn Canyon is located in the Charyn National Park established in 2004 by the Kazakh government.
The Valley of Canyon is 3 km long, a dried-up canyon adjacent to the main river with the same name. The river itself now flows along a different path, and millions of years ago this place was just under the sea, stretching from modern Lake Alakol to the Caspian Sea.
This explains the rocks formations around the area - these are stones, strongly pressed with clay, but they can easily changing shape under the influence of wind and water. This material is great for creating sculptures and nature creates fantastic shapes with that particular kind of sand/rocks.
We will explore the area walking inside the Canyon. After lunch we will drive back to the city. - The tour can be in done in different location starting from last day or first day based on camps and places availability.

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch

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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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