Charyn canyon UNESCO, Jeep tour

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Tour Cost from: 37,5 USD
1 Day SUV tour, 6 locations in canyons

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

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 during a trip.

White saxaul is in the valley of the castles, Vladislav Purtov


The canyon of The Charyn river is located in Raiymbek district of Almaty oblast in 200 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. 

On July 25, 2018, by the decision of the International Coordinating Council of MAB UNESCO, the Charyn National Park was included in the international network of biosphere reserves.

The Valley of the Castles, sunset time, Deonisiy Mit'

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 and the viewing platforms. Regular bus tour includes a visit to A Valley of Castles only, whereas our Jeep tour has at least four more places 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.).

Toraigyr mountains, the begininng of canyons, Azamat Mukhametzhanov


The road to canyons lies along the picturesque road along agriculture fields, pastures for animals. The guide-driver tells the story of the creation of Almaty region, there are some short stops for photographing of the foothills.

Our guests from Netherlands, Vladislav Purtov

Panoramic sites # 1,2 - Valley of Castles (Qyzylsay) at Charyn canyon and panoramic site

We leave the cars 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 cars (1 hour since it is uphill). Ten-minutes break beside the cars and then leaving towards left bank of the Charyn river.

The left bank of Sharyn river, Azamat Mukhametzhanov

Panoramic site # 3 - Lunar (Zhabyr, Uzunbulak) Canyon View

After 30 minutes of ride there is a stop at the panoramic view on the Lunar Canyon. A photo shoot for 15 minutes and leaving in the direction of the panoramic area # 4.

Lunar canyon view, Yuliya Kim

Panoramic site # 4 - view on the Charyn river (Stone Shelf)

The stone shelf is a unique place in the Sharyn Gorge. The majestic view suddenly opens to visitors, capturing the spirit. Visitors should observe precautions when visiting a stone shelf, the height of the wall reaches 250 meters. The landscape of the stone shelf resembles the landscapes of mountain belts, which are located at an altitude of 3 500 meters, but in fact tourists are at an altitude of 900 meters above sea level. 

Unforgettable, stunning views of the river and the mountain gorge Charyn. A lunch break. 

The Stone Shelf, Azamat Mukhametzhanov

Panoramic sites # 5, 6 - view on the Valley of Castles (Napoleon) and the Austrian spot

The next place to visit in Sharyn canyon is called "Napoleon". In fact, we go around the Sharyn River and return to the first location, where you can see the valley of the castles from the right bank of the Sharyn River. 

Scale landscape, castles of the red canyon in the form of Greek amphitheatres will remain forever in the memory of tourists.

Napoleon, Alan Shafigulin

After 30 minutes ride there is a stop at the site. There is a view on the Valley of Castles. Photo shoot for 15 minutes, going to the last location of the route - the Austrian spot. Way back to Almaty.


37,5 USD per person in a group of 6 without English-speaking guide (Toyota Sequoia SUV), total 225 USD.
42,5 USD per person in a group of 5 without English-speaking guide (Toyota Sequoia SUV), total 210 USD.
47,5 USD per person in a group of 4, total 190 USD.
60 USD per person in a group of 3, total 180 USD.
85 USD per person in a group of 2, total 170 USD.
165 USD for an individual tour.

The price includes:
- transport, 
- services of English/German speaking or Russian-speaking guide, 
- eco-fees, 
- 1.5 litres of drinking water

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

Price excludes:

- rent of personal clothes, shoes
- telephone calls, personal expenses
- meal

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

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

Average travel time: 8 hours by road two-way.

The total route length is 520 km by car and 6 km of trekking.

Annika van Beek, 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 clicking "Book A Tour", 
by calling Outfitter KZ team's telephone number: +77771611929 (Azamat). 
What'sApp, Telegram is available also on +77771611929.
or by email: (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.


 awarded "Traveler's Choice" nomination to the Outfitter KZ team twice in 2020, 2021 as a local business with consistently positive traveler reviews.

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.

The detailed review by Nathan Cooper about trip to Charyn with us.

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Tour Cost from: 37,5 USD
1 Day SUV tour, 6 locations in canyons

04 March 2017       13570 views


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