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The miracles of Northern Tien Shan

The miracles of Northern Tien Shan

The Name of tour: The miracles of Northern Tien Shan 

Duration: 6 days 

Visiting landmarks: Almaty, Kaindy Lake, Saty.

Day 1: Almaty – Kaindy Lake – Saty
Upon arrival you will have amazing trip to Kolsai Lakes. During the tour you will explore the local market in the village. In the second part of the tour you will change to cars that are more suitable for mountain roads. It will be one of AWD cars such as “UAZ” or “PAZ” (Russian model of car). This day you will travel about 12 km to the lake. Back in 1911, on January 4, a strong earthquake occurred in the Kungei Alatau Mountains. A huge landslide created a dam and blocked a mountain river. The gorge and the ancient Tangshan fir trees growing on its slopes were flooded with water. So nature created this beautiful lake at an altitude of 1 800 meters above sea level.The surrounding nature is indescribable. Here, on a calm day, despite the singing of birds and the faint breath of wind, comes the realization of what are real silence, harmony, peace and tranquility. It seems that Kaindy communicates on a subconscious level with everyone who came to see this majestic lake. This night you will rest in the hotel.

Day 2: Kolsai Lakes – Saty
This day you will have a breakfast will be in the guesthouse. You are going to explore the charm of Kolsai Lakes. During the tour you will see that it is cascade of three lakes is also known as “the Pearls of the Northern Tien-Shan”. Reservoirs are unimaginably beautiful, and the surrounding nature impresses with its grandeur. The water in the lakes is clear and transparent. It is dark blue in color, reflecting the changing sky and the tall evergreen pines and firs. The gorge in which the Kolsai lakes are located consists of light rocks, which emphasizes their unusual color. It is so beautiful that it is difficult to describe in words. That is why you should go and see for yourself and see for yourself everything with your own eyes. Translated from the Kazakh language, ”kolsai "means" lake in the gorge”, because all three lakes are located in the most picturesque gorge of the eastern part of the Kungei Alatau range, which is 300 km from Almaty. The Kolsai River originates from glaciers located on the Kungei-Alatau mountain ranges. Then you will transfer back to Kolsai-3 and then to Saty village. You are going to rest the night in the guesthouse.

Day 3: Saty - Charyn Canyon –Almaty
This day you will travel about 2 hours way to the famous Charyn canyon. Along the way you will have a chance to explore the local museum of traditional decorative and applied arts and crafts. Upon arrival to Charyn Canyon, you will enchanted by magnificence of nature. This day you will have a chance to observe the fabulous beauty and stroll around 2 km through the “Castles Valley”. In the tour you will be able to explore that Charyn Canyon is the younger brother of the Grand Canyon from America and enjoy its views. It is not inferior to it in beauty, because it appeared about 12 million years ago and its height is about 150-300 meters. The canyon itself was formed with the help of wind, sun and rain, Mother Nature. Do not miss the opportunity to explore the beautiful nature here and enjoy the views, learn interesting history, and take photos. After that you will come back to the cars and drive to another observational point, where you can take pictures of spectacular view. This night you will rest in the hotel.

Day 4: Almaty - Issyk lake– Almaty
This day you will transfer to the one of the most enchanting gorges of Trans-Ili Alatau – Issyk Gorge. This day you will travel along the Kuldja tract, where centuries ago the caravans of the Great Silk Road passed. This day you will also discover the history and culture of Saka period in the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK”. It stores such exhibits includes a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment and the model of Saka burial mound. Then you will continue to the wonderful mountain lake Issyk. It is located at an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level. The enchanting beauty of the mountain slopes, picturesque rocks with snow caps on the tops, dense coniferous forests and the mirror beauty of the lake, which is compared to a mysterious emerald and diamond in a granite setting. According to geologists, it was formed about 1800-2000 years ago as a result of an extensive mountain collapse, which created a natural 300-meter dam and dammed the valley. After arrival you will explore the nature around and enjoy the virgin nature of this place. In addition, your guide will tell you how the natural disaster of 1963 changed the lake. Then you will transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Day 5: Almaty
This day you will have a wonderful highlight tour and discover the interesting sites in Almaty city. This day you will discover the history of the southern capital of Kazakhstan in Almaty Museum. After that you will explore the fabulous landmark Abai Opera and ballet Theatre that is very popular due to its history and amazing architecture. Further you will transfer to the oldest park of the city – Panfilov park. Here you will walk and discover the memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame and the fascinating building of Zenkov Cathedral. Then you will observe the gorgeous architectureof the Museum of Musical Instruments. Another interesting site of Almaty is the Green Bazaar. Here guests of the country will discover the interesting market place where people are selling and buying a big variety of souvenirs. Then you will travel to Medeo Gorge, which is situated at an altitude of 1690 meters above sea level.  There you will have a chance to discover the world’s highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam that protects the city from a mudflow. Then you will continue the tour with transferring Shymbulak ski resort area (2260m a.s.l.) by a cable car. The way will take about 20-25 minutes. Then you will travel back by cable car. After that you will have a chance to discover the highest (above sea level) TV tower in the world. You are going to see the top of Kok-Tobe hill. This day you will transfer along the beautiful winding mountain road on the park eco-cars. Then you will finish the tour with riding the city center by the famous Almaty cableway. It is not available on Tuesdays, but we can use park eco-cars instead. This night you will spend in the hotel.

Day 6: Flight
After breakfast in a hotel you will be taken to the airport. 

02 pax – Sedan
04 pax – Minivan
06-10 pax – Mercedes Sprinter

Price per person:
02 pax – 980 $
04 pax – 715 $
06 pax – 530 $
08 pax – 445 $
10 pax – 410 $
Single – 130 $

Early check-in – 40 $
Single early check-in – 65 $

Half board – 130 $
Full board – 230 $ 

English speaking guide – 675 $ per group


Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
      Saty village – Home stays
      Almaty – “Kazakhstan” Hotel 3*
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour           

Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide

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