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Kolsai Lake in Kazakhstan

SUV trip to the Kolsai Lakes

The tour is very exciting, you will visit the ALMATY region one of the most beautiful places in Kazakhstan, the most beautiful nature, coniferous forests, birch groves, mountains. Kolsai Lake is an ideal place for hiking, horse riding, for a camp in the mountains.
Our Team will be glad to organize a great trip with a professional Guide.

Tour Highlights:

Tour duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Tour Format:  Road Trip / Mileage on SUV: 850 km

Tour itinerary: 3 Canyons of the Charyn River * Valley of Castles - *Lunar Canyon - *Temirlik Canyon (Iron) - Zhalanash Valley - Kolsai Lake - Kaindy Lake (Flooded Forest)

level Easy / optional / customize the program
Trekking: 5-12 km per day overnight in the canyon in a tent / campground Comfort +

Overnight in Kazakh Yurt / optional /

Boat rental / cruise

Horseback riding: optional


Pleasant moments of adventure
Why is it worth going on a private individual Tour for 3 days?

What will we get in 3 days on a private individual Tour?

This tour is exciting and full of amazing photo stops, we will see a lot of beautiful landscapes.

Day  One
We are provide a Comfortable SUV with an experienced English-speaking guide who will meet you like the best friends. We will visit the Bartogay reservoir, from the Kazakh language it means "here is the forest". In fact, this amazing place is a Lake in the middle of carbon Rocks, the view of the landscape resembles the plot of Mad Max. Stop on the shore of the reservoir and the guide will prepare ground coffee in a coffee maker and prepare tea with mountain herbs.

Charyn Canyon - The most beautiful canyon in Kazakhstan. We will visit the national park as VIP guests, our experienced guide knows the most breathtaking locations that others do not know about. We will visit all the TOP locations for photography, without crowds of tourists. We will arrange for you the coolest trekking you have ever had. The guide knows many legends and stories that the Canyon keeps. It will be amazing!

An overnight stay in one of the 3 Canyons is an unforgettable atmosphere between untouched nature and travelers. We will stop for the night in tents - this will be our hotel 1001 *, we will organize a campfire, cook our favorite dish on a fire, admire 1000 stars.

Day Second
Canyon safari on powerful off-road vehicles. We will visit Lunar Canyon, take apalecpic pictures, trekking in the canyon gorge. The guide organizes a BBQ picnic in nature with the best view and cold beer. In the evening we will find ourselves in the middle of mountains with coniferous forest. The local resident will meet us at the guest house as best friends.

Day Three
Kolsai Lakes - one of the wonders of Kazakhstan we call (KAZAKH SWITZERLAND). The peculiarity of these places is that untouched nature, you can meet wild animals. We will visit Nizhny Kolsai, rent a boat and make a cruise.
Lake Kaindy (flooded forest) - The most unique location and attraction of our tour. It is not easy to get to the lake, 12 km in an SUV crossing the river 2 times. The road through the mountains is very beautiful. Trekking to the Lake is full of intrigue...


Day 1
7:00 AM or 7:30 AM  The Best Time to start the tour
9:00 Stop aul Baiseit - a village where the Uighurs who came in 1960 from China 
10:00 Coffee break / Bartogay reservoir
11:30 Trekking in the Charyn canyon
14:00 The best picnic of your life
15:00 Descent to Temirlik Canyon (*iron)
16:00 Setting up tents 17:30 Trekking / watching the sunset
20:00 Dinner / Сampfire / scary stories
Day 2
7:30 Breakfast
8:30 Packing camp
9:30 departure to Lunar Canyon
10:30 Arrival / trekking 2-3km
13:00 BBQ lunch by the river/ local wine
15:00 Departure to Saty village
17:00 Arrival at the guest house
18:00 master class how Baursaks are baked
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Campfire
Day 3
7:30 Breakfast
8:30 Arrival to Lake Kolsai
9:00 Boat rental / cruise
10:30 Trekking to the observation point / walk around
12:00 Departure to Lake Kaindy (flooded forest)
13:00 Trekking 3km 14:00 Arrival to the Lake / walk
15:00 Arrival at the guest house / lunch
16:00 Departure to the city of Almaty
20:00 Arrival at the Hotel

The tour program is flexible, because, first of all it is an individual tour, we can change the program depending on the weather conditions.

We are looking forward to meeting you on this amazing tour!
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Charyn Canyon (kaz. Sharyn Shatkaly) is a canyon stretching for 154 km along the Charyn River in Kazakhstan. The canyon is located 195 km east of the city of Almaty, near the border with China. It is located on the territory of three districts of the Almaty region: Uigur, Raiymbek, Enbekshikazakh. The canyon is part of the territory of the Charyn National Park, formed on February 23, 2004.

The Charyn Canyon is a natural monument made up of sedimentary rocks, whose age is about 12 million years. The height of the steep mountains of the canyon reaches 150-300 m.

In the bosom of the canyon, a grove of a relic species of ash that survived the era of glaciation, the Sogdian ash, has been preserved. Another similar grove exists only in North America. Since 1964 Ash Grove has been declared a natural monument. Also of great interest is the turanga grove - a grove of Asian poplar.

Kaindy (kayyndy in Kazakh) is a lake in the Almaty region of Kazakhstan, a popular tourist destination in one of the Kungei Alatau gorges. The main attraction of the lake is the fir trees rising straight from the water.
The lake was formed as a result of the Kemin earthquake in January 1911. In the late 1980s, the area of the lake decreased after the passage of mudflows. In February 2007, a decree was adopted on the creation of a national park, the territory of which also includes Lake Kaindy.

Kolsai lakes (kaz. Kolsai kölderi) is a system of three lakes in the northern Tien Shan, in the Kolsai gorge, in a bridge connecting the Kungei-Alatau and Zailiysky Alatau ridges. The lakes are located on the territory of the Kegen district of the Almaty region of Kazakhstan and are located 10 km north of the border with Kyrgyzstan, 330 km southeast of Alma-Ata at an altitude of about 1000 m, 2500 m, 2700 m above sea level.

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