Golden Ring of Zhetysu from Almaty, 5 days, Private tour

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This tour gives a unique opportunity to visit the most beautiful places of Kazakhstan for 5 days. You will visit the steppes, semi-deserts, mountains and lakes, with the opportunity to see a wild nature, locals and nomads live. Throughout the road you are waiting for unreal beauty landscapes. This tour it is a great place for a dialog with Nature. Powerful and comfortable SUV will ideal option to travel long off-road and 5 days daily roads. This tour is aimed at people who loves hiking in the mountains, be alone with nature, wildlife and an active lifestyle. Visit all this places with SUVtours. If you respect a safely driving, comfort, and love the nature, this tour for you.
ItineraryDay 1: Almaty-Altyn Emel National Park-Aktau Mountains-Katutau Mountains-Basshy VillageStop At: Altyn Emel National Park, Almaty RegionThe road from Almaty to the Altyn Emel National Park, one of such wonderful places and the biggest national natural park in Kazakhstan, takes about 4 hours in total. You will arrive to the Basshy village around 11 am, where you check in to a hotel and have lunch. After lunch, you will go to The chalk mountains Aktau, the traces of extinct subtropical plants, petrified bones of ancient animals, giant rhinoceros inhabited the Earth 20-50 millions years ago were found in the clefts. In the mountains, you can hike one of three roads of varying difficulty; your guide will select the most convenient option for you. Next you have a snack and go to the Katutau Mountains are the most arid, empty and dark, they differ by their steep slopes and numerous gorges. After dry and hot steppe, you will stop at Seven-hundred years old willow. Five persons joining hands can encompass this tree. The wollow's branches have been bowed down with their own weight, and resemble thick trunks. Where also located a spring in order to wash your face in the shade and go to your hotel, where you will have a dinner.​Road length: 440 km ​Program, approximately time:07-00 departure from your hotel in Almaty11-00 arrival to Basshy village in Altyn Emel National Park (lunch)12-00 departure from Basshy village13-30 arrival to Ak-Tau mountains in Altyn Emel National Park (walking inside canyon) 16-00 departure from Ak-Tau mountains16-30 arrival to Katu-Tau mountains in Altyn Emel National Park (photo shot)17-00 departure from Katu-Tau mountains18-00 arrival to 700-year-old willow in Altyn Emel National Park (Lunch)18-30 departure from 700-year-old willow19-00 arrival to Basshy village (dinner)Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Basshy village hotel Day 2: Basshy village-Singing Dune-Zarkent city-Hot Springs Chundja regionStop At: Altyn Emel National Park, Almaty RegionYour second day start with a hearty breakfast. After you will go to Singing Dune, the state landscape nature monument and favorite tourist's sight, off-road for about one hour. At the Singing Dune, your guide will tell you the history of Dune and the legends associated with it. You will can to climb the peak of the Dune to see the sunset with a stunning view of the Ili River and the endless steppe. Then you can slide to the bottom to hear the Dune song. Upon returning to the hotel you will be waited for a delicious dinner and road to Zharkent city. In Zharkent you will visit the museum of the Chinese mosque and go to the Hot Springs. In the second part of day you visit the Hot Springs in Chundja region, a great place to relax and pleasures. There you will stay overnight at hotel with open area swimming pools. This is really a mini oasis in the middle of the steppe!It's nice to sit in a warm outdoor jacuzzi in the open air after two days in dry desert. This area you will spend a rest of your day.Road length: 360 km Program, approximately time:07-00 Breakfast08-00 departure from Basshy village09-00 arrival to Singing Dune in Altyn Emel National Park (hiking to the pick of Singing Dune)11-00 departure from Singing Dune12-00 arrival to Basshy village (lunch) 13-00 departure from Basshy village14-30 arrival to Zharkent city (visiting museum)15-30 departure from Zharkent city17-30 arrival to Hot Springs Chundja region (Hotel check in, dinner, free time)Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hot Springs Hotel with open swimming poolsDay 3: Hot Springs-Charyn Canyon-Kaindy Lake-Saty villageStop At: Charyn Canyon, Almaty RegionYour second third day start with a breakfast. After you will go to the Charyn canyon, road will take approximately 1,5 hours. Throughout the road you will see picturesque landscapes. In the Canyon, your guide will show you the best view points and take you deep into the Charyn Canyon. After 3 km walk you can relax near the Charyn River and have lunch. Returning back to parking you will go to the Kaindy Lake.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Lake Kaindy, South Kazakhstan ProvinceNext you visit the youngest and mysterious lake in Kazakhstan. Road from Charyn Canyon will take approximately 3 hours, via stop in Saty village for the lunch. Kaindy Lake enchants with its appearance and color of the water, the flooded forest looks impressive from a panorama. To reach the lake, you will need to walk through the Tien Shan coniferous forest about 30 minutes, where you will be filled with fresh air and will be able to pick berries. Your guide will take you to the lake and tell the story of the origin of this natural wonder of nature.After Kaindy Lake, you will take about 40 minutes along the mountain road to the Saty village, where you will check in to the guest house and can enjoy a traditional homemade dinner at the house of local residents. Also you can see the life of local residents.Road length: 600 km Program, approximate schedule:08-00 breakfast09-00 departure from Hot Springs11-00 arrival to Charyn canyon (walking inside canyon,)14-30 departure Charyn canyon16-30 arrival to Kaindy lake (walking near the lake, lunch)18-00 departure from Kaindy lake19-00 arrival to local home residence in Saty village 12 km from Kolsay lake (traditional homemade dinner)Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Local Guest House with Traditional homemade foodDay 4: Saty village-Kolsay Lake 1-Kolsay Lake 2-Saty villageStop At: Kolsai Lakes, AlmatyYour fourth day start with a breakfast in the guest house. After eating breakfast, you will go to Lake Kolsai 1, where you will start the walk to Lake Kolsay 2. The length of the road is 7 kilometers in one direction (you can also take a horse ride to Lake Kolsay 2, paid additionally) You will have about 3 hours walk among coniferous forest trees, Alpine meadows, along a mountain river and wildlife. At Lake Kolsay 2, you can take a lunch with an unforgettable view of the mountain lake and spend your free time. You will be given lunch boxes, please prepare backpacks to carry them with you. After enjoying the lake you will return to the parking and go to the Guest House.Road length: 25 km Program, approximate schedule:07-00 breakfast08-00 departure from Saty village09-00 arrival to Kolsay Lake (walking/horse riding to Lake Kolsay 2, lunch boxes)18-00 departure from Kolsay Lake18-30 arrival to Saty village (dinner)Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Local Guest House with Traditional homemade foodDay 5: Saty village-Bartogai Lake-Assy Plateau-Turgen waterfall-AlmatyStop At: Bartogai Lake, Almaty RegionYour fifth day will start with a breakfast in the guest house. After breakfast you will go to Bartoigai Lake approximate 2 hours. You will stop near the Lake and can take a small walking. Next you will go to the Assy plateau, 70 kilometers off-road. Throughout the road you will see picturesque landscapes, steppes, cliffs, mountains rivers, nomads yurts, high mountains picks. On the way you will stop for lunch near the river and beautiful red cliffs, where you can relax after the road with a scenic gorges view.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Plateau Assy, Batan, Almaty RegionNext you will go to the Assy plateau, 70 kilometers off-road. Throughout the road you will see picturesque landscapes, steppes, cliffs, mountains rivers, nomads yurts, high mountains picks. On the way you will stop for lunch near the river and beautiful red cliffs, where you can relax after the road with a scenic gorges view. Then you will continue off-road adventure to the Assy Observatory on the Assy plateau through mountain pastures Zhaylau with hundreds of horses and rams.Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Turgen Waterfalls, Turgen, Almaty RegionThe road from Lake Bartogai to the Turgen waterfall will take about 6 hours. Your journey will end with a visit to the Turgen waterfall, after which you will go to Almaty.Road length: 285 km Approximate schedule:07-00 breakfast08-00 departure from Saty village10-00 arrival to Bartogai Lake (walking)11-30 lunch stop near Red Cliffs12-30 departure from Red Cliffs16-00 arrival to Assy Plateau17-30 arrival to Turgen waterfall (hiking 30 minutes one way)19-00 departure from Turgen waterfall21-00 arrival to AlmatyDuration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 4x Breakfast
  • 4x Dinner
  • 5x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 4 nights
  • National Park fees
  • Bottled water 1.5L per person per day
  • Overnight twin accommodation in a hotels or guest houses
  • Professional guide/driver
  • Transport by air-conditioned private SUV or minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (centrally located accommodations)
  • Entry/Admission - Altyn Emel National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Altyn Emel National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Charyn Canyon
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Kaindy
  • Entry/Admission - Kolsai Lakes
  • Entry/Admission - Plateau Assy
  • Entry/Admission - Turgen Waterfalls

What’s not included

  • Surcharge for single accommodation, if required
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Itinerary

Day 1: Almaty-Altyn Emel National Park-Aktau Mountains-Katutau Mountains-Basshy Village Stop At: Altyn Emel National Park, Almaty Region The road from Almaty to the Altyn Emel National Park, one of such wonderful places and the biggest national natural park in Kazakhstan, takes about 4 hours in total. You will arrive to the Basshy village around 11 am, where you check in to a hotel and have lunch. After lunch, you will go to The chalk mountains Aktau, the traces of extinct subtropical plants, petrified bones of ancient animals, giant rhinoceros inhabited the Earth 20-50 millions years ago were found in the clefts. In the mountains, you can hike one of three roads of varying difficulty; your guide will select the most convenient option for you. Next you have a snack and go to the Katutau Mountains are the most arid, empty and dark, they differ by their steep slopes and numerous gorges. After dry and hot steppe, you will stop at Seven-hundred years old willow. Five persons joining hands can encompass this tree. The wollow's branches have been bowed down with their own weight, and resemble thick trunks. Where also located a spring in order to wash your face in the shade and go to your hotel, where you will have a dinner. ​ Road length: 440 km ​ Program, approximately time: 07-00 departure from your hotel in Almaty 11-00 arrival to Basshy village in Altyn Emel National Park (lunch) 12-00 departure from Basshy village 13-30 arrival to Ak-Tau mountains in Altyn Emel National Park (walking inside canyon) 16-00 departure from Ak-Tau mountains 16-30 arrival to Katu-Tau mountains in Altyn Emel National Park (photo shot) 17-00 departure from Katu-Tau mountains 18-00 arrival to 700-year-old willow in Altyn Emel National Park (Lunch) 18-30 departure from 700-year-old willow 19-00 arrival to Basshy village (dinner) Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Basshy village hotel
Day 2: Basshy village-Singing Dune-Zarkent city-Hot Springs Chundja region Stop At: Altyn Emel National Park, Almaty Region Your second day start with a hearty breakfast. After you will go to Singing Dune, the state landscape nature monument and favorite tourist's sight, off-road for about one hour. At the Singing Dune, your guide will tell you the history of Dune and the legends associated with it. You will can to climb the peak of the Dune to see the sunset with a stunning view of the Ili River and the endless steppe. Then you can slide to the bottom to hear the Dune song. Upon returning to the hotel you will be waited for a delicious dinner and road to Zharkent city. In Zharkent you will visit the museum of the Chinese mosque and go to the Hot Springs. In the second part of day you visit the Hot Springs in Chundja region, a great place to relax and pleasures. There you will stay overnight at hotel with open area swimming pools. This is really a mini oasis in the middle of the steppe! It's nice to sit in a warm outdoor jacuzzi in the open air after two days in dry desert. This area you will spend a rest of your day. Road length: 360 km Program, approximately time: 07-00 Breakfast 08-00 departure from Basshy village 09-00 arrival to Singing Dune in Altyn Emel National Park (hiking to the pick of Singing Dune) 11-00 departure from Singing Dune 12-00 arrival to Basshy village (lunch) 13-00 departure from Basshy village 14-30 arrival to Zharkent city (visiting museum) 15-30 departure from Zharkent city 17-30 arrival to Hot Springs Chundja region (Hotel check in, dinner, free time) Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Hot Springs Hotel with open swimming pools
Day 3: Hot Springs-Charyn Canyon-Kaindy Lake-Saty village Stop At: Charyn Canyon, Almaty Region Your second third day start with a breakfast. After you will go to the Charyn canyon, road will take approximately 1,5 hours. Throughout the road you will see picturesque landscapes. In the Canyon, your guide will show you the best view points and take you deep into the Charyn Canyon. After 3 km walk you can relax near the Charyn River and have lunch. Returning back to parking you will go to the Kaindy Lake. Duration: 3 hours Stop At: Lake Kaindy, South Kazakhstan Province Next you visit the youngest and mysterious lake in Kazakhstan. Road from Charyn Canyon will take approximately 3 hours, via stop in Saty village for the lunch. Kaindy Lake enchants with its appearance and color of the water, the flooded forest looks impressive from a panorama. To reach the lake, you will need to walk through the Tien Shan coniferous forest about 30 minutes, where you will be filled with fresh air and will be able to pick berries. Your guide will take you to the lake and tell the story of the origin of this natural wonder of nature. After Kaindy Lake, you will take about 40 minutes along the mountain road to the Saty village, where you will check in to the guest house and can enjoy a traditional homemade dinner at the house of local residents. Also you can see the life of local residents. Road length: 600 km Program, approximate schedule: 08-00 breakfast 09-00 departure from Hot Springs 11-00 arrival to Charyn canyon (walking inside canyon,) 14-30 departure Charyn canyon 16-30 arrival to Kaindy lake (walking near the lake, lunch) 18-00 departure from Kaindy lake 19-00 arrival to local home residence in Saty village 12 km from Kolsay lake (traditional homemade dinner) Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Local Guest House with Traditional homemade food
Day 4: Saty village-Kolsay Lake 1-Kolsay Lake 2-Saty village Stop At: Kolsai Lakes, Almaty Your fourth day start with a breakfast in the guest house. After eating breakfast, you will go to Lake Kolsai 1, where you will start the walk to Lake Kolsay 2. The length of the road is 7 kilometers in one direction (you can also take a horse ride to Lake Kolsay 2, paid additionally) You will have about 3 hours walk among coniferous forest trees, Alpine meadows, along a mountain river and wildlife. At Lake Kolsay 2, you can take a lunch with an unforgettable view of the mountain lake and spend your free time. You will be given lunch boxes, please prepare backpacks to carry them with you. After enjoying the lake you will return to the parking and go to the Guest House. Road length: 25 km Program, approximate schedule: 07-00 breakfast 08-00 departure from Saty village 09-00 arrival to Kolsay Lake (walking/horse riding to Lake Kolsay 2, lunch boxes) 18-00 departure from Kolsay Lake 18-30 arrival to Saty village (dinner) Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Local Guest House with Traditional homemade food
Day 5: Saty village-Bartogai Lake-Assy Plateau-Turgen waterfall-Almaty Stop At: Bartogai Lake, Almaty Region Your fifth day will start with a breakfast in the guest house. After breakfast you will go to Bartoigai Lake approximate 2 hours. You will stop near the Lake and can take a small walking. Next you will go to the Assy plateau, 70 kilometers off-road. Throughout the road you will see picturesque landscapes, steppes, cliffs, mountains rivers, nomads yurts, high mountains picks. On the way you will stop for lunch near the river and beautiful red cliffs, where you can relax after the road with a scenic gorges view. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Plateau Assy, Batan, Almaty Region Next you will go to the Assy plateau, 70 kilometers off-road. Throughout the road you will see picturesque landscapes, steppes, cliffs, mountains rivers, nomads yurts, high mountains picks. On the way you will stop for lunch near the river and beautiful red cliffs, where you can relax after the road with a scenic gorges view. Then you will continue off-road adventure to the Assy Observatory on the Assy plateau through mountain pastures Zhaylau with hundreds of horses and rams. Duration: 5 hours Stop At: Turgen Waterfalls, Turgen, Almaty Region The road from Lake Bartogai to the Turgen waterfall will take about 6 hours. Your journey will end with a visit to the Turgen waterfall, after which you will go to Almaty. Road length: 285 km Approximate schedule: 07-00 breakfast 08-00 departure from Saty village 10-00 arrival to Bartogai Lake (walking) 11-30 lunch stop near Red Cliffs 12-30 departure from Red Cliffs 16-00 arrival to Assy Plateau 17-30 arrival to Turgen waterfall (hiking 30 minutes one way) 19-00 departure from Turgen waterfall 21-00 arrival to Almaty Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch No accommodation included on this day.
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