Outfitter KZ team is pleased to offer an one-day tour with treking elements in the canyon of The Charyn river.


The canyon of The Charyn river is located in Raiymbek district of Almaty oblast in 180 km distance from Almaty. The canyon is more than 100 km. There is a different varieties of relict trees in it, such as Sogdian ash-tree, a survivor of the Ice Age, and turanga.

The route is designed for year-round visits (free of dirt, long duration of the warm season). The most comfortable months for tourists are April / May and September / October. At the same time the snow canyons also have their own unique appeal.


Departure from Almaty is at 07:00.

We collect participants from a single point, which is convenient for customers.

Why is it so early? It allows maximum coverage of both canyons. Regular bus tour includes a visit to A Valley of Castles only, whereas our minibus tour has at least one more place that capture your imagination in the canyons.

Also, the heat kicks in after 11 am in the canyons, so you need to go through the Valley of Castles at least while it is still cool.

We return to Almaty by 19:00.

All participants get off at a single convenient point in the city (hostel, hotel, etc.).

Trips are carried out daily during the period from April 1 to October 15 (note: provided that at least six guests are recruited for the trip).




Valley of Castles (Qyzylsay) at Charyn canyon.

We leave the minibus in the parking lot at the descent into the canyon valley of castles. Having taken the drinking water, we walk down into the gorge. It is a leisurely trek with some stops (50 minutes) to the EcoPark village (2 km one way). The guide tells you about the differences of Charyn canyon. 

A short stop (15 minutes) at the Charyn river is in the shade of trees, you can photograph there and then we return to the minibus (1 hour since it is uphill). 

A photo shoot for 15 minutes and leaving in the direction of Almaty.



A small video about a trip to the Charyn canyons.



A trip on the comfortable minibus (Toyota Hiace, 2017 y.p) - 30 USD per guest (note: provided that at least six guests are recruited for the trip).

The program includes: 
- transportation, 
- English-speaking guide, 
- sightseeing tour according to the program, 
- ecological fees in accordance with the program,
- mineral water ARZU, 1,5 L/person

The program excludes:
- food, 
- personal expenses.


Route map


Route Difficulty is standard, suitable for people with average physical training.

Precautions: a mandatory sun hat, sunglasses.

Average travel time: 7 hours by road two-way.

The total route length is 500 km by car and 5 km of trekking.


We use photographs of the famous Kazakhstan photographer Deonisy Mit' in the promotion of our tours.

Annika van Beek, a Dutch Travel Journalist visited Almaty region in the fall of 2019. We were pleased to help organize a trip with a visit to Charyn Canyon, Kolsay and Kaindy Lakes. An article on visiting canyons and mountain lakes can be found here (in Dutch).

Order tour by fiiling a form - https://forms.gle/VdGTgJsDKAqD...

by calling Outfitter KZ company's telephone numbers: 

+77086237951 Natalya, member of OUTKZ team

What'sApp is available also on +77086237951 (Natalya).

or by email: tour2@nomadoutfitters.kz (Natalya). 

A few words about Outfitter KZ team.

Lonely Planet marked us as TOP outdoor provider in Almaty city. Our team became a member of Kazakhstan Tourist Association in December 2018.





The international tourist platform Indy Guide, in partnership with the national company Kazakh Tourism, awarded Outfitter KZ to SuperHost status.

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12 March 2018       2822 views


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