Tour to Charyn Canyon - Kolsai Lake - Kaindy Lake

with guest from Belgium

Tour was in Summer 2017, July 13

Tour Locations:

Charyn Canyon, Canyon "Bestamak", Lake Kolsai,  Lake Kolsai, Lake Kaindy, Black Canyon.

Introduction:

This Author's 3 Days Tour of Almaty region was organized for my Guests from Belgium.

Tour Locations: Charyn Canyon, Kolsai Lake, Kaindy Lake, Black Canyon, Yellow Canyon (Bestomak). Accommodation in a guest house in the village of Satty. Overnight in a campground in the Canyon. Organized meals, accommodation for the whole tour.

Day 1

I waited for this wonderful trip, pick up my guests at the airport and we went to our fascinating tour!
On the first day of our tour, we visited the
Canyon Charyn after we moved to another Canyon. Its name is "Bestomak" means 5 dishes. The territory of the Canyon is large and has 5 gorges.
On the way we stopped in the village of Baiseit, at a local market and bought fruit. Local sellers are very friendly and they have bright dresses.
Arrived on the Canyon, on the border paid entrance fees. Jeep was left in the parking lot and set out on a hike
There was an excursion for 2 hours and we passed along the bottom of the Canyon - 3,5 km. It was incredibly beautiful!
At the end of the Canyon, was a fast river, the water in the river is cold, were glad to have a little rest after a walk and were cooled by the river.
We looked at the Yurt house, which is located in the Eco Park Charyn. Unique construction - Kazakh yurt is easily assembled and disassembled. It keeps heat well, protects from wind, and in summer from heat.
For my guests, I made coffee and organized Lunch from local products with fresh fruit.
After lunch we went to the
Bestosmak Canyon,
This #Canyon is very large and wild, it is visited by a small number of tourists, and it's great!
We arrived in the Canyon, organized a camp and cooked a delicious dinner.

Photo history

"To do LIST" of the tour in Kazakhst
"To do LIST" of the tour in Kazakhst

My guests made "To do LIST" in front of our tour in Almaty region.

GuideBook about Kazakhstan
GuideBook about Kazakhstan

Prepared! They took with them a guide about Kazakhstan

The beginning of tour to Charyn
The beginning of tour to Charyn

I pick up my guests from the airport and we went to our fascinating tour to Charyn Canyon

Stop at the local Gas station
Stop at the local Gas station

Bought fuel

Local Woman in the Bazaar
Local Woman in the Bazaar

We stopped at a local bazaar in the village of Baiseit, buy some fresh fruit

Bazaar on the way to Canyon Charyn
Bazaar on the way to Canyon Charyn

Looking for the freshest fruit

Local seller at the bazaar
Local seller at the bazaar

This is how the local seller looks on the market in Almaty region.

Payment of entrance tickets
Payment of entrance tickets

We stopped, in front of the Eco Park border Charyn Canyon. We paid entrance fees. Cost of admission tickets is $ 2.5 per person

pointer - Eco Prach Charyn Canyon
pointer - Eco Prach Charyn Canyon

Descent Place in Charyn Canyon

 Day 2

After breakfast we went to explore other Canyons in the area of the Charyn Canyon. Our first stop was Black Canyon. It is with him that Charyn Canyon begins
The canyon up to 300m in depth consists of a black rock. At the bottom of the canyon is a fast river.

The day was fascinating! We often stopped, photographed.

The weather during the day was different. In the morning in Bestomak Canyon or even as it is called by the local herdsmans "Yellow Canyon" it was hot, about +30 degrees Celsius.

The Charyn River is one of the largest in the Almaty region. Its length is 427 km. Charyn takes his beginning in the highlands of the Ketmen ridge. In the upper reaches the river is called Shalkudylsu, on the average - Kegen. And only after the Moinak HPP the Charyn flows directly.

We left this region - a zone of desert and steppes
and went to a mountainous area, where coniferous forests grow and there are spills of rivers and beautiful Lakes.

In the mountainous region the air temperature was lower than in the steppe zone
It was +18 degrees Celsius.
It was raining, but it did not upset us, we enjoyed the beauty of the Tien Shan mountains.

During the day, we saw an incredible landscape and stopped in the village of Satty.
We settled in a comfortable guest house No. 1 "Temirkhan", a local family prepared tasty hot food for us. It was a perfect ending of the day ....

Photo history

Panorama of Charyn river
Panorama of Charyn river

On the way to the Kolsai Lakes we stopped here and Shoot beautiful photos

Panorama of the Black Canyon
Panorama of the Black Canyon

Short stop on the Black Canyon and shoot photo

Charyn river
Charyn river

Black Canyon with river

Our way to Satty village
Our way to Satty village

The rain on our way to the village of Satty near the Kolsai Lake

Satty village in Kolsai region
Satty village in Kolsai region

We stayed in the village of Satty in the guest house

Ordinary village
Ordinary village

We stopped in the outback in an ordinary small village

Guest house in Satty village
Guest house in Satty village

The guest house is very cozy and warm. We were very happy to stay at night in this house. We were met by a delicious dinner.

Local Lady
Local Lady

Woman wife of the owner of the guest house

Dinner from the National dishes
Dinner from the National dishes

In the guesthouse of the Satta we were warmly welcomed and we tried different kinds of national dishes....

Day 3

Morning breakfast, also was very delicious! Fresh Fried National Bread "Baursaki" jam, Porridge with Milk, A Real Breakfast of the Princely!
We got up early in the morning to catch 2 Lakes.
Kolsai Lake and Kaindy Lake. After breakfast we went to visit Lake Kolsai.Kolsai lakes (Kulsay) are a system of three lakes in the northern Tien Shan, in the Kolsai gorge, in a bridge connecting the Kungei-Alatau and Zailiisky Alatau ridges. The lakes are located in the territory of Raiymbek district of Almaty region of Kazakhstan and are at an altitude of 1000 m, 2500 m, 2700 m above sea level.
Lakes are called "the pearl of the Northern Tien Shan". The lakes of the Tien-Shan Spruce are surrounded by lakes. The depth of the lakes reaches 50 m. Among the fauna - rainbow trout

After breakfast we went to Kolsai Lake, gravel road of poor quality, Stopped at Eco Post, paid entrance fees ($ 3 per person) 10:00 We were at Lake Kolsai.
The lake is really amazing with its scale and beauty.

Photo history

Sunken forest, Kaindy Lake
Sunken forest, Kaindy Lake

For 100 years there was a strong earthquake and one rock fell and blocked the path of the water.

Kaindy Lake
Kaindy Lake

View of the lake from the mountain

Helicopter tour
Helicopter tour

Helicopter landed at the Lake

UAZ is a Russian jeep
UAZ is a Russian jeep

UAZ is a brand from Soviet Time, still working.

Stop in the steppe
Stop in the steppe

Steppe surprises with its spaces

River in the Black Canyon
River in the Black Canyon

Short stop on the route

Kolsai Lake General view
Kolsai Lake General view

Hiking around the lake

The lake surprises with its size, the length is 1000 meters. We went hiking on the lake.
After lunch, we visited another
UNIQUE Lake.
Kaindy Lake (Sunken Forest) is located in the next gorge.
The road is fascinating, they crossed the river 2 times, in places a narrow and  bumping road. We had a powerful car and it was even very interesting to experience the properties of a jeep!

Kaindy lake is not big, but it is impressive with its beauty.
This place connects me with my favorite business, I have been working as a guide for 8 years already and I often visit Kaindy Lake.
I want to tell you: this is a place where you want to stay longer and do not want to leave it! Very Peaceful Place.
But we have to move on.
After a delicious lunch, we went to Almaty city.
It was a very exciting tour!