Undiscovered Zhetysu from desert to snow peaks of Tien Shan

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Explore Undiscovered Zhetysu – from desert to snow peaks of Tien Shan. During this tour you will visit Altyn emel national park, Charyn canyon and Kolsay and Kaindy lakes and moraine lakes (Akkol and Karakol)
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Itinerary

Day 1: Altyn emel National park

Stop At: Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan
Almaty – Altyn Emel national Park KAZAKHSTAN
Early breakfast at the hotel. Departure.
08:00 Tamgaly on Ily river (165 km from Almaty). Tamgaly tas – written cliffs, on the Ili river. Located 170 km from Almaty, natural boundary consists of huge cliffs. It was a place where beautiful images of Buddha and Burhans were found. Visit Bes Shatyr. Free time. Departure to Altyn Emel National Park. Arrival to "Basshy" village. Check-in at the guesthouse (DBL/Standard accommodation).
14:00 Lunch at Baschy village.
15:00 departure to so-called Singing sand (also called whistling sand or barking sand). The dune is composed of light-colored sand and has a length of about 3 km and a height of 150 m. In dry weather sands emit a sound similar an organ melody. Since ancient times this place was considered supernatural. The legends...
Itinerary

Day 1: Altyn emel National park

Stop At: Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan
Almaty – Altyn Emel national Park KAZAKHSTAN
Early breakfast at the hotel. Departure.
08:00 Tamgaly on Ily river (165 km from Almaty). Tamgaly tas – written cliffs, on the Ili river. Located 170 km from Almaty, natural boundary consists of huge cliffs. It was a place where beautiful images of Buddha and Burhans were found. Visit Bes Shatyr. Free time. Departure to Altyn Emel National Park. Arrival to "Basshy" village. Check-in at the guesthouse (DBL/Standard accommodation).
14:00 Lunch at Baschy village.
15:00 departure to so-called Singing sand (also called whistling sand or barking sand). The dune is composed of light-colored sand and has a length of about 3 km and a height of 150 m. In dry weather sands emit a sound similar an organ melody. Since ancient times this place was considered supernatural. The legends explained the sound by the activities of the desert spirits, mythical animals, the bells of buried towns, underground rivers etc.
19:00.Returning to the guesthouse. Dinner & night stay at the guesthouse (Baschy)
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at the guesthouse

Day 2: Altyn emel National park

Stop At: Shonzhy, Shonzhy, Almaty Region
Altyn Emel national Park – Chundzha Hot Springs KAZAKHSTAN
Breakfast at the guesthouse. Check out of the guesthouse.
09:00 early breakfast and trip to Aktau and Katutau mountain range. Aktau mountains are located 80 km from the village that takes approximately 1,5 hours to reach them. The Aktau hills look supernatural. You will observe rock layers of white, red and orange colors across the range, known as a unique paleontological deposit with an estimated age of 25-30 million years. Katutau hills are less spectacular, but certainly interesting since it’s a good place to see argali. Ancient willow visiting.
14:00 Return to the guesthouse and lunch.
15:00 departure to Chundzha hot springs (250 km).
After exploration of Altyn Emel National Park you will visit famous radon hot springs in Chundzha to have a pleasant bath and swim in natural thermal water. Chundzha Hot Springs are well known for their healing water. Bathing and swimming in our thermal pools contribute to the process of self-regulation of the whole body, which in turn increases its resistance to various diseases.
18:00 arrival. Check-in the guesthouse (DBL/Standard accommodation).
Dinner & night at the guesthouse (Chundzha)
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at the guesthouse

Day 3: Charyn canyon national park

Stop At: Shonzhy, Shonzhy, Almaty Region
Chundzha Hot Springs – Narynkol KAZAKHSTAN
Breakfast at the guesthouse. Check out of the guesthouse. Departure to Narynkol town. After reaching frontier post and checking the documents we will stop at the small place during the Soviet time used to be camp for climbers located at the bottom of Khan Tengri (2300 m above the sea level). After lunch we go trekking along the Akkol river, along the forest scenic zone to the moraine lake Akkol, where the height is 3080 m above the sea level. Return, dinner & night at the camp.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at the guesthouse

Day 4: Narynkol

Stop At: Narynkol, Kazakhstan
Narynkol KAZAKHSTAN
Breakfast at the guesthouse.
This entire day dedicated to another moraine lake - Karakol. After breakfast we move along the gorge to Karakol lake. Here you can see all the diversity and beauty of The Tien Shan. You can see famous Khan Tengri peak – the highest mountain in Kazakhstan located on the Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan – China border and belongs to Tien Shan mountain range, it is 7010 m (23000 ft) high. A lot of brave men attempt to ascend Khan Tengri, despite the dangerous rock and almost vertical slopes.
During this tour you will see how the landscape changes at different altitudes, how conifer forests and alpine meadows pass to tundra and to a zone of permanent snow
Return, dinner & night at the camp.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at the guesthouse

Day 5: Narynkol

Stop At: Narynkol, Kazakhstan
Narynkol – Kolsai kolderi national park KAZAKHSTAN
Breakfast at the guesthouse
10:00 Departure to the Saty village
13:00 Arrival and Check-in the guesthouse (DBL/Standard accommodation). Lunch.
14:30 Transfer to Kaindy lake (11 km off road). Kayndy lake was formed in 1911 after a huge earthquake that resulted in a big landslide from the eastern slope. The rockslide “place of origin” can still be seen today, because it has not been overgrown yet. The uniqueness of the lake is that after the rise of natural dam that blocked the gorge, water that filled a basin has formed a lake but has not destroyed the spruce that had been growing in this place along the river.
19:00 dinner. Night stay at the guesthouse (Saty village).
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at the guesthouse

Day 6: Kolsay kolderi National park

Stop At: Kolsai Lake, Saty Kazakhstan
Kolsai kolderi national park KAZAKHSTAN
Breakfast at the guesthouse
10:00 transfer to Kolsay lake1. Kolsay Lakes – one of the most beautiful places in Kazakhstan. These lakes are located at heights 2250 and 2700 meters above sea level. They are distinguished by the unique mountain watershed consisting of three natural zones and amazing variety of rare plants and animals. Free time.
13:00 lunch (outdoor picnic). Hiking to Kolsay lake 2 (or horse riding – not included into the cost, horse riding price around 40 USD per person). Hike back.
19:00 Dinner. Night stay at the yurt (Saty village).
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at the guesthouse

Day 7: Kolsay kolderi National park

Stop At: Charyn Canyon, Charyn National Park, Charyn River Kazakhstan
Charyn canyon – Almaty KAZAKHSTAN
09:00 Breakfast at the guesthouse and departure to Charyn canyon. The canyon has been described as the Grand canyon’s little brother and is considered to be the floor of the ancient ocean Tethys. The erosion made by the river Charyn below and the elements created a dramatic and impressive landscape. The Charyn canyon itself is approximately 150 km and in some places up to 300 m deep. Free time
14:00 departure to Almaty.
15:00 late lunch on the way back to Almaty in Baiseit village.
19:00 arrival and transfer to the hotel. End of services
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Important Details

Included
  • 7x Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Altyn Emel National Park
  • 6x Breakfast
  • Entry/Admission - Kolsai Lake
  • 6x Dinner
  • Entry/Admission - Charyn Canyon
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
Not Included
  • Gratuities
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Traveler pickup is offered

8:00 AM
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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