Tien Shan Pearl
Charyn Canyon, Kolsay and Kaindy lakes
Duration - 2 days
SUV tour
Departure from Almaty

The Lake Kolsay, Kaindy and the Charyn Canyon in 2 days

Personal SUV tour 2 days

This two-day tour gives you the opportunity to visit three places at once – the Charyn Canyon, Lake Kolsai and Lake Kaindy.

Charyn Canyon - the younger brother of the Grand Canyon, was formed in the Paleogene era, as a result of a break in the earth's crust. Located in the spurs of the Tien Shan, 240 km from the city of Almaty. The Charyn Canyon is over 12 million years old, its length is 154 km along the Charyn River, and the length of the river is 360 km. The most popular place among tourists is the valley of castles, its sheer cliffs, the height of which reaches from 150 to 300m, fascinate everyone who visits this place.

Kolsai lakes - includes 3 lakes Kolsai 1 (Saty) - 1000m, Kolsai 2 (Mynzhygly) - 2500m, Kolsai 3 (Upper Kolsai) -2700m above sea level. They are located in the Northern Tien Shan in the Kolsai gorge, which connects the Kungei Alatau and Zailiysky Alatau ridges. It is located 330 km from the city of Almaty and only 10 km north of the border with neighboring Kyrgyzstan. The lake is surrounded by mountains, which are covered with coniferous forests of the Tien Shan spruce. The depth in some places reaches 80m, the water temperature does not exceed 10 degrees in the hot season. Rainbow trout is found in Kolsai Lake.

Lake Kaindy - Not far from the lake there is a birch grove, in honor of which this lake is named Beryozov. Lake Kaindy was formed in 1911 after the Kemin earthquake, but it acquired its present appearance only at the end of the 80s of the last century, after a strong flood. The 400m long lake is located among the coniferous forest in one of the Kungei Alatau gorges at an altitude of 1667m above sea level. The depth of the lake reaches 30m. A feature of Lake Kaindy is the flooded fir trees, and the low water temperature in the lake gives the fir trees the opportunity to retain their original appearance to our time.

During this tour you will see:

  • Charyn Canyon
  • Kaindy Lake
  • Kolsai Lake
  • Black Canyon

This 2 day tour includes:

First day
Departure from Almaty - Charyn Canyon (trekking) - Saty village (Lunch) - Lake Kaindy (trekking) - Saty village (dinner, overnight)

- Departure from Almaty (in the morning), to the Charyn Canyon (220 km, driving for 3 hours)
- Arrival to Charyn Canyon, trekking part (3-5 km, 2.5 hours)
- Departure to the village of Saty (guest house) (100 km, approximately 1.5 hours), lunch
- Departure to Lake Kaindy (15 km, about 40 minutes), trekking part 2-4 km (3 hours)
- Departure to Saty village (15 km, about 40 minutes), dinner time

Length: 350 km, Total time: 6 hours
Second day
Saty village (Breakfast) - Lake Kolsai - Saty village (Lunch) – the Black canyon - Return to Almaty

- Breakfast in Saty (guest house)
- Departure to Kolsai lake (15 km about 20 minutes)
- Arrival to Kolsai lake, trekking part (2-6 km, 3 hours)
- Departure to the village of Saty (guest house) (15 km, about 20 minutes), lunch
- Departure to the Black Canyon observation spot (60 km, approximately 50 minutes)
- Departure to Almaty (220 km approximately 3 hours), the driver will leave you at the appointed address

Length: 315 km, total time: 7 hours

Season: all year (best time April-October)

The route can be changed or supplemented according to your desire; If you want to see an attraction that is not listed in this program, please contact us - we will definitely try to resolve this and tell you about all the possible options.

Options: On the 1st day, you can watch, in addition to or instead of the Valley of castles, other canyons such as the Moon Canyon, Bestamak, Temerlik. On the 2nd day, you can go to the second Kolsai lake riding a horse (extra fee) or by foot. Instead of a guest house, you can stay overnight in tents or a hotel near Lake Kolsai.

Price for an SUV with a driver (regardless of the number of people, 6 people max)

Price includes
✅comfortable SUV

1traveler - 520$ per person
2traveler - 300$ per person
3traveler - 220$ per person
4traveler - 185 $ per person
5traveler - 160$ per person

Price includes:
✅comfortable SUV
✅accommodation in a guest house
✅national parks entrance tickets
✅drinking water

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