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Almaty is Kazakhstan’s main transport hub and a place many travellers pass through. Stay a few days and you’ll find that it is a sophisticated place – one for enjoying green parks and excellent museums, shops and markets, and for eating, drinking and partying in Central Asia’s best selection of restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs. And great mountain hiking and skiing are right on the doorstep.


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$543 Outdoor Activities

Extreme horseback riding tour at the Ketmen ridge

Day 1 Almaty-Charyn Canyon-Tourist Base in the Ketmen GorgeMeeting with a guide in Almaty and transfer to the campsite (about 335 km from Almaty).Departure from Almaty with a stop in Charyn (~ 220 km from Almaty).After the excursion, moving to the base (185km, 2.5 hours)18.00 Arrival to the base. Accommodation in a guest house, lunch. Free time for a walk. In the evening, guests can visit the Russian sauna.Day 2 Ketmen – Dardamty Breakfast. Departure on horseback for an extreme tour of the surroundings towards the Dardamty gorge.Lunch and rest on the river bank. Overnight in tents at an altitude of 3000-3300 meters above sea level.At the request of tourists, a 2-days overnight stay in tents is possible.Day 3. DardamtyBreakfast. Taking things and equipment. Continuation of horseriding tour.Arrival to the guesthouse in the Dardamty gorge. Rest, dinner. You can visit sauna here.Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinnerDay 4. Dardamty-Chilik-Almaty08.00 Breakfast. After collecting the things, you will say goodbye to the horses and drive by car to Almaty (310 km, 5 hours)Further along the road you will visit the Kazakh family of berkutchi, try the national dishes, including the national drink kymyz (from mare's milk). You will have a unique opportunity to see the Golden Eagle alive and take a picture with him. In the autumn time, a Golden Eagle show with a demonstration performance is possible.20.00 Arrival to Almaty.Meal: breakfast, lunch

$9.42 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: Almaty Airport

Just as you arrive to Almaty International Airport, your driver will greet you with a name plate and transfer to your hotel in the Almaty city. This is a private transfer which means that you will not share a car with anyone apart from your booking. The cars used for this service are less than 5 years old. Private transfers can make your stay much more simple and enjoyable.  Don't go through all the stress of taking a taxi or facing long shuttle queues and make the best of your journey from the moment you arrive on Almaty Airport. The driver is well trained and will make sure that you have a smooth ride from door to door. Please bear in mind, that drivers might not speak English fluently.

$82 Day Trips & Excursions

Charyn Canyon Scheduled Group Day Tour

Having arrived to the meeting point no later than 10 minutes before the tour departure time, you will board a comfortable car or minivan to start your unforgettable journey to Charyn Canyon.Before the tour, we provide 1,5L of bottled water and a snack to enjoy along the tour. You are welcome to bring your personal snack, tea or coffee in a container with a lid on it.   It will take about 3 hours to reach the canyon. Meanwhile, your guide will tell you interesting facts about the history and nature of the region, about Kazakh people, their life and traditions. On the way you will have an opportunity to stop in a village to feel the atmosphere of a local market.Upon arrival to Charyn Canyon, you will admire the grand panorama and go down the stairs to the bottom of the canyon, then walk around 2 km through the maze of the Castles Valley with its walls of bizarre shapes overhanging you. The bottom of the Canyon has slight descend to the end of the walk, where you will get to the fresh oasis on the bank of icy cold Charyn river, and where also located eco-park with several yurts (traditional dwellings) and a small open air café, working in the summer time. After some rest, walking back the same path to the stairs, then car transfer to one of the observation points for another breathtaking panoramic view.After 3 hours spent in the canyon you will have your back ride to Almaty. The average time of arrival at the original meeting point is between 18:00 and 19:00.

$390 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Kolsai Lakes 3-Day Group Tour

Day 1. Almaty - Saty Settlement - Kaindy LakeThis day you will cross over 300 km from Almaty to Saty settlement (5-6 hours). On the way you will have an opportunity to stop in a village to feel the atmosphere of a local market. Upon arrival to Saty, you will check-in at the guest house, where you will spend next two nights. After lunch, you will change the vehicle to one of AWD local cars, such as "UAZ" or "PAZ" (Russian car models), as they are fully capable to cover uneven mountain road (12 km) to Kaindy Lake. After walking around the lake you will return to Saty settlement to take a shower, have dinner and rest. Meals: L, DDay 2. Saty Settlement - Kolsay Lakes - Saty Settlement This day starts with breakfast and departure to Kolsai Lakes at 8:00am. For the day you will be provided with bottled water and lunch-boxes. Please take care of your own backpack to carry the lunch.Having arrived to Kolsay-1 Lake and got a brief instruction, you will start the trekking. The route lies on the bank of the lake and continues with the path through the pine forest, alpine meadows along pure mountain river flowing all the way down from Kolsai-2 Lake. The total walking distance between two lakes is about 7 km and usually takes 3-3,5 hours one way. An altitude rises up more than 400 m, from 1818 m above sea level at the first lake to 2250 m at the second lake. There is no category of difficulty and route is available for healthy, average-trained people.Enjoying your lunch in front of the cold and pure-clean lake - home for the rainbow trout-fishes, in surroundings of magnificent mountain peaks is priceless after active trekking. Afternoon walk back to Kolsai-1 and driving back to Saty settlement. Arrival to the village between 6:00 and 7:00pm. Evening dinner and rest in the guest house.Meals: B, L, DDay 3. Saty Settlement - Charyn Canyon - AlmatyThis day you departs from Saty to Charyn Canyon at 8:00am. It will take about 2 hours to reach the canyon. Upon arrival, you will admire the grand panorama and go down stairs to the bottom of the canyon, then walk around 2 km through the maze of the Castles Valley with its walls of bizarre shapes overhanging you. The bottom of the Canyon has slight descend to the end of the walk, where you will get to the fresh oasis on the bank of icy cold Charyn River, where also located eco-park with several yurts (traditional dwellings) and a small open air café, working in the summer time. After some rest walking back and driving to one of the observation points for another breathtaking panoramic view. After 3-4 hours spent in the canyon you will depart to Almaty. The lunch will be served in a local café in a village in 1-hour driving distance after the canyon. Approximate arrival to Almaty is between 6:00 and 7:00pm.Meals: B, L

$36 Private & Custom Tours

Almaty Private Tour with Green Bazaar

The tour will start with hotel pickup from your accommodation and drive to the oldest of Almaty parks - Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen, where one of the most beautiful wooden building in the world - Zenkov Cathedral is located. In the park you will also visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, listen to the stories of the guide and admire the beauty of the Museum of Musical Instruments. A leisurely walk under the crowns of old trees will take about 40 minutes.Next point of interest is a popular place for townspeople - the Green Bazaar, where it is impossible to refrain from shopping. It is the great chance to experience an atmosphere of the real eastern market, its colors, smells and crowds. There you can obtain famous oriental sweets, dried fruits, buy local products and souvenirs, but don't forget to bargain. In the market they accept cash in tenge (local currency), so it would be good to have some with you or there is an exchange point just nearby to the market area. After the bazaar, the tour will continue at the Kok-Tobe hill where the tallest TV tower in the world is located (if to count from the sea level) and where you will get by the picturesque winding mountain road on the park eco-cars. In Kok-Tobe Park you can stroll along the winding paths of the park, admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the special observation deck, throw a coin in the "apple" fountain and visit the shop of national souvenirs. The tour ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway and the dropping you off to your accommodation.

$36 Private & Custom Tours

Almaty Private Tour with Medeo Gorge

The tour will start with hotel pickup from your accommodation and drive to the oldest of Almaty parks - Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen, where one of the most beautiful wooden building in the world - Zenkov Cathedral is located. In the park you will also visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, listen to the stories of the guide and admire the beauty of Museum of Musical Instruments. A leisurely walk under the crowns of old trees will take about 40 minutes.Then, after the park, you will get to the Medeo Gorge (1690 meters above sea level), well known due to the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam, protecting the city from dangerous mudflow. Brief walk around with a chance to take your mountain-view pictures and breath the fresh pine-tree air, then driving back to the downtown. On the way you will be told an interesting story why Almaty is actually called «the Apple city».Next destination of the tour is the Kok-Tobe hill where the tallest TV tower in the world is located (if to count from the sea level) and where you will get by the picturesque winding mountain road on the park eco-cars. In Kok-Tobe Park you can stroll along the winding paths of the park, admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the special observation deck, throw a coin in the "apple" fountain and visit the shop of national souvenirs. The tour ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway and the dropping you off to your accommodation.