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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

$1033 Tours & Sightseeing

Photo tour of the wild nature of Zhongar Alatau

Day 1. Almaty - Altyn-Emel07.00 Meeting with a guide in Almaty, transfer to Altyn-Emel National Park. (270 km, 5 hours).12.00 Arrival to the park, accommodation at the guest house, lunch.After lunch, go to excursion at Signing Dunes.18.00 Return to the guesthouse. Dinner and overnight.Meal: lunch, dinner Day 2. Altyn-Emel05.30 Early rise for the shooting of the dawn on the dune. Return to the guest house, breakfast.10.00 departure for excursion to the mountains Aktau-Katytau.Lunch-boxes.Next stop is a 700-year-old willow tree.18.00 Return to the guest house. Dinner and overnight.Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner Day 3. Altyn-Emel - Alakol06.00 Early risen. After breakfast, drive to Lake Alakol, the Akchi village (520 km, 8 hours)15.00 Arrival to the Alakol lake. Accommodation in guest houses, lunch. Free time. Walk along the beach. Dinner and overnight.Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinnerDay 4. Alakol - the Tastau gorge09.00 Breakfast. Departure by car towards the Tastau gorge (140km, 5 hours)15.00 Arrival to the base. Accommodation at a guest house, lunch. Free time for a walk. In the evening, guests can visit the Russian sauna.Here, while in the guesthouse, you can watch Siberian mountain goats and some species of birds of prey with binoculars. It’s the place where animals don’t afraid of people, that means that this place is really untouched by human.Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner Day 5. Tastau08.00 Breakfast, collecting things and equipment. After breakfast with guide you will go on a horseback tour of the surroundings.You will walk through the green fields with flowering flowers and crystal mountain springs in search of animalsMeal: breakfast, lunch, dinner Day 6. Tastau08.00 Breakfast, collecting things and equipment. After breakfast, continue the tour of the surrounding area in search of wild animals. Wherever you look, there are boundless expanses of alpine meadows and quaint granite rocks, and in the distance, you can see the peaks of Zhongar Alatau.Lunch near river. After a little rest return to the base. Dinner and overnight in the house.Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner Day 7. Tastau - Almaty07.00 Breakfast, departure to Almaty (about 15 hours, 740 km). Stop for lunch at the transshipment point Usharal (210 km, 6 hours). Then stop for a snack in Taldykorgan.22.00 Arrival to Almaty.Meal: breakfast, lunch

$1115 Outdoor Activities

Wildlife tour: Far away from civilization

Day 1. Almaty - Tekeli - SarkandDeparture from Almaty at 08:00.12.00 Arrival to the Tekeli village (295 km, 4 hours). Here you will have a lunch in a Kazakh family, try national dishes. The locals are descendants of Berkutchi, and you will have a unique opportunity to see the Golden Eagle show, and even take a picture with them. After lunch transfer to Sarkand (190 km, 2 hours). Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Day 2. Sarkand - the ancient settlement of Kayalyk - Kokzhar09.00 Breakfast. Departure by car to the Kayalyk town.For the first time the Europeans has known about this settlement in the 50's. of the XIII century, thanks to the book of the French monk Guillaume Rubrik - "Journey to Eastern countries." In those days, Kayalyk was the capital of the Karluks jag.Lunch in a cafe and departure to the Kokzhar village for a rest. Here you can admire the beauty of nature, and also if you are lucky enough see the Red Book black stork. In this area located the largest number of apple trees remained in Kazakhstan (49%), incl. apple tree of Sivers, which is the progenitor of all the apple trees on Earth. Overnight in tents.Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner Day 3. Kokzhar- tour base Atapkan08.00 Breakfast. After breakfast, departure to Atapkan. Despite the fact that there are only 100 km between these two points on the map, it takes almost a whole day to drive by car. The road is very extreme, like a serpentine ribbon.Lunch will be on the bank of the river Tentek.18.00 Arrival to Atapkan, which is located on the territory of Zhongar-Alatau National Park. Accommodation in a guest house, dinner. Free time for a walk.Day 4. Atapkan camp site08.00 Breakfast. After breakfast, walk around the guest house. Observation with binoculars for animals: maral, ibex, roe deer and bear.After lunch, relax in the sauna.Day 5. Atapkan camp - the lake Gluhoe gorge09.00 Breakfast in the guest house. Walking (about 4 km, at the request of tourists, you can walk with the use of pack horses, or ride a horse) from the guest house to the bivouac glade located on the bank of the Glukhoe Gorge. Rest, dinner. Overnight in tents near the lake.Day 6. Lake Glukhoe gorge - Atapkan07.00 Early rise, breakfast and camp gathering. Return to the base. Departure to the Lepsinsk city for a rest. Visit to the local history museum of Lepsinsk.Dinner and overnight in a guest house of local people.Day 7. Lepsinsk - Ekiasha - AlmatyBreakfast. Departure from Lepsinsk at 07:00.On the way to Almaty, visit the attractions of Aulie Tas.Lunch on the way to Taldykorgan. Arrival in Almaty approx. 21:00 hours.

$9.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Almaty city tour on Eco Bus

Route 1: Medeo Collection point: State circus parking.The start of the tour is 9:00.Stop on the square of Astana (Old Square) - 15 min.Stop at Republic Square (New Square) —15 min.Stop on the rink Medeo - 1 hour.The end of the tour - 13:00.Final Stop: State Circus Parking.Medeu is the world's largest alpine complex for winter sports with the largest area of an artificial ice field - 10.5 thousand m². The high mountains and the purest mountain water for pouring ice contribute to the achievement of high results in speed skating, for all the time there have been set over 200 world records at all distances among men and women. The Almaty skating rink was nicknamed the “factory of records”. It is a state monument of urban planning and architecture of republican significance. Route 2: Handicraft Center (Olympic Village, Almaty Arena) Collection point: State Circus ParkingTour starts - 14:00Stop on the square of Astana (Old Square) - 15 min.Stop on the Republic Square (New Square) -15 min.Stop at the Crafts Center (Olympic Village, Almaty Arena) - 1 hourThe end of the tour - 18:00The ultimate: State Circus Parking.Crafts Center - This is a whole complex from a shopping gallery, workshops, a multimedia center of traditional music and a restaurant of national cuisine. A building with a pyramidal dome of 800 square meters in the Olympic village will surprise even the most sophisticated. The center employs the best artisans of Almaty and its environs. Souvenirs from natural materials are created right here in front of visitors.

$9.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Almaty city tour on Eco Bus

Route 1: Medeo Collection point: State circus parking.The start of the tour is 9:00.Stop on the square of Astana (Old Square) - 15 min.Stop at Republic Square (New Square) —15 min.Stop on the rink Medeo - 1 hour.The end of the tour - 13:00.Final Stop: State Circus Parking.Medeu is the world's largest alpine complex for winter sports with the largest area of an artificial ice field - 10.5 thousand m². The high mountains and the purest mountain water for pouring ice contribute to the achievement of high results in speed skating, for all the time there have been set over 200 world records at all distances among men and women. The Almaty skating rink was nicknamed the “factory of records”. It is a state monument of urban planning and architecture of republican significance.  Route 2: Handicraft Center (Olympic Village, Almaty Arena)  Collection point: State Circus ParkingTour starts - 14:00Stop on the square of Astana (Old Square) - 15 min.Stop on the Republic Square (New Square) -15 min.Stop at the Crafts Center (Olympic Village, Almaty Arena) - 1 hourThe end of the tour - 18:00The ultimate: State Circus Parking.Crafts Center - This is a whole complex from a shopping gallery, workshops, a multimedia center of traditional music and a restaurant of national cuisine. A building with a pyramidal dome of 800 square meters in the Olympic village will surprise even the most sophisticated. The center employs the best artisans of Almaty and its environs. Souvenirs from natural materials are created right here in front of visitors.

$957 Cultural & Theme Tours

Festival of eagle hunters in Astana Oct, 21

Festival will make a show/tricks and contest on hunting or demonstration of hunting, communication and photographing with eagle owners will also be available. Hunted animals list depends on their presence in given location. Most often those are hares and foxes, more rarely, wolfs. If no animals are present, hunting goes in sports mode - using a fox skin dragged behind by a horseman. Interviewing, photographing is very welcome. It is also a good chance for tourist companies to establish good ties with local people for future business. Cost includes transfer there and back, and guide service. Departure point is entrance of Radisson hotel. I will send car description upon booking via WhatsApp or Telegram messengers, I am at +7 701 788 3579. Duration is 4 to 6 hours, including both transfers (about 40 minutes one way). Traditional kazakh lunch is plannned but will be highly dependent on number of visitors. Food may take too long timie or be short, which is not a big problem. You may bring a minor snack, which saves time.