We represent the most popular tourist route in Almaty region. The combination of simple tracking, visiting of many natural places, absolutely different landscapes makes the route unforgettable and completely reveals the wild nature of Almaty region!

Ile-Alatau mountains, Deonisiy Mit'

According the program of a five-day trip, guests visit the main attractions of Altyn-Emel National Park: the Saki barrows of BesShatyr, Singing Dune and Aktau mountains. 

Inside Aktau gorge, Azamat Mukhametzhanov

Further the route follows to several canyons of Charyn and Temirlik rivers – Red Canyon (the Valley of the Castles), Lunar Canyon, Katu mountains, panoramic sites. Our tour is the most intensive trip to canyons. You may compare itineraries of local guides, 99% of tourists visits only the Valley of the Castles. We visit six locations inside canyons. 

A brilliant in the route’s crown is a visit to the mountain lakes Saty and Mynzhylky (Kolsay Lakes), Kaindy Lake.

Small canyon, Aktau mountains, Altyn-Emel, Deonisiy Mit'

Duration of the route is 5 days. The distance of the jeep-tour is 1 410 km, the. trekking – 36 km. We will visit three national parks of Kazakhstan – Altyn-Emel, Charyn, Kolsay lakes.

Tour map


Day 1. Bes Shatyr petroglyphs 
08:00. Breakfast at the Hotel. Loading of the luggage. Departure by SUVs to ancient petroglyphs.
12:00. Walk to the Taygak Gorge to see the petroglyphs on the nearby mountains. Departure to Scythian tombs “BesShatyr”.
Walking around, taking photo, having lunch (lunch boxes).
15:00. Departure to Basshi
17:30. Check-in at reception office of Altyn-Emel national park, accommodation at the guesthouse. Rest and dinner. Overnight.

Day 2. Altyn Emel – Aktau mountains
08:00. Breakfast at the guest house. Departure to Singing Dune (AygayKum).
12:30. Return to the guest house. Lunch.
14:00. Visiting a 700 year’s old willow on the way to Aktau and taking photo. Departure to the root of Aktau mountains.
16:00. Three hours trekking inside Aktau mountains.
19:00. Way back to the guesthouse. Dinner. Overnight.

Singing Dune, Azamat Mukhametzhanov

Day 3. Charyn Canyon

07:30. Breakfast at the guesthouse. Loading of the luggage. Departure to Sharyn National Park (240 km).

12:00. Arrival and descent to the “Valley of the Castles” (Qyzylsay). Lunch.
14:00. Next visit is a panoramic site with a view from top of the Valley of Castles.
15:00. Departure to Lunar canyon panoramic site.
16:00. Transfer to Stone Shelf.
16:45. Departure to the Valley of the Castles viewpoint (Napoleon), the Austrian spot. Making a photo, departure to Saty village (Kolsay lakes).
19:00. Arrival to Saty village. Accommodation at the guesthouse. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 4. Kolsay Lakes

08:00. Breakfast at the guest house. Departure to Saty lake (1st Kolsay).
Trekking to Mynzhylky lake (8 kilometers, 3 hours of trekking).
13:00. Arrival to Mynzhylky lake (2nd Kolsay). Lunch (lunch boxes).
14:00. Return to Saty lake (8 kilometers, 3 hours of trekking).
17:00. Departure to Saty village. Dinner. Rest.

Day 5. Kaindy Lake

08:00. Breakfast at the guest house. Loading of the luggage. Departure to Kaindy lake. We visit three different locations around Kaindy lake.
13:00. Lunch at the guest house. Departure to Almaty.
18:00. Arrival to Almaty.

- 425 USD per guest in a group of 4, total 1 700 USD (362.5 USD without English-speaking guide)
- 500 USD per guest in a group of 3, total 1 500 USD (420 USD without English-speaking guide)
- 632.5 USD per guest in a group of 2, total 1 265 USD (512.5 USD without English-speaking guide)
- 1 140 USD for an individual tour (900 USD without English-speaking guide)

Price includes:
- transportation by SUV
- English/German -speaking guide-driver
- 2 night’s accommodation in the guest house, Altyn-Emel, overnight
- 2 night’s accommodation in the guest house, Saty, overnight
- sightseeing tour according to the program
- ecological fees in accordance with the program
- mineral water 1,5L p/p daily
- Full board: BLD

Wenn Sie eine deutschsprachige Reiseleitung benötigen, teilen Sie uns das einfach mit, wir haben in unserem Team deutschsprachige Gästeführer!

Price does not include:
- soft and alcohol drinks, snacks
- rent of personal clothes, shoes
- telephone calls, personal expenses
- breakfast of the first day, dinner of the last day

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

Please, be informed, trekking between Saty lake (Kolsay 1st) and Mynzhylky lake (Kolsay 2nd) and inside AkTau (White) mountains) is not a simple walk. It's available for people with average physical form and children over 7 years old. We would like to recommend the use of trekking sticks during trekking.

Precautions: a mandatory sun hat, sunglasses, anti-bug repellents (spring period).

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).

We prepared new video about the Golden Ring of Zhatysu trip, hope you will like it.

Order tour by clicking "Book A Tour", 

by calling Outfitter KZ company's telephone numbers: 

+77772062828 Azamat, member of OUTKZ team

What'sApp is available also on +77772062828.

or by email: outfitter.kz@gmail.com (Azamat). 


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.

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

Sharyn, Kaindy, Zhalanash, Sogety, Basshi, Konyrolen, Koktal, Zharkent, Sogdian ash tree

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Tour Cost from: 425 USD
The most popular multi-day tour (5 days)

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