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PHOTO TOUR: KENSU LAKES (10 DAYS)
Tour duration
10 DAYS
Tour route
Almaty Region (Kazakhstan)

A fascinating photo tour to unexplored corners of the Kyungei Alatoo Range that offers not only breathtaking natural sceneries but an opportunity to bring home the best pictures you have taken.

Route: Almaty Region (Kazakhstan)

Season: June to October

Recommended period: July to August

Kensu Gorge lies on the eastern slope of the  Kyungei Alatoo Range. It begins at 3300 m above sea level and stretches for as long as 45 km. The Kensu River on its bottom meets the Sharyn River at 1600 m above sea level. Small spruce forests grow on the northern slopes in the middle of the gorge. Its southern slopes in the alpine meadow area are smothered in Asian juniper. The heads of the Kensu River lie in a large circus of eight moraine-dammed lakes. The lakes are located on old moraines and are indicative of ancient glacier degradation in the area. One of the lakes is heart-shaped. The gorge hardly attracts any tourists because it is not described in tourist literature. 

TOUR SUMMARY

Day 1. Almaty—Kensu Gorge

Group gathering at 08:00 a.m. Departure from Almaty. Lunch on the way at a cafe at the Kokpek Pass. Arrival at Kensu Gorge. Putting up a Camp. A walk in the nearby. Sunset photo shooting. Returning to the camp for dinner and a short briefing on the programme for the next day. Free time. An overnight stay in a tent camp located in Kensu Gorge at about 3200 m above sea level.  

Day 2. Kensu Gorge

Early rise at 04:30 to take sunrise photos. Returning to the camp. Breakfast, free time, and a walk in the nearby. Lunch. Walks to the lakes and sunset photo shooting. Returning to the camp, preparing for the next day. Dinner. An overnight stay in a tent camp located in Kensu Gorge. 

Day 3. Kensu Gorge

Early rise at 03:30 a.m. Hiking to the peak to take sunrise photos. Returning to the camp for rest. Breakfast and free time. After lunch we move to the next peak to take photos. Returning to the camp, preparing for the next day. Dinner. Optional night sky photo shooting. An overnight stay in a tent camp located in Kensu Gorge.  

Days 4 to 5. Kensu Gorge

Early rise at 04:30 to take sunrise photos. Returning to the camp for rest. Breakfast, free time, and a walk in the nearby. After lunch, a walk to the lakes to wait for the sunset. Photo shooting and returning to the camp. Preparing for the next day and dinner. An overnight stay in a tent camp located in Kensu Gorge.  

Day 6. Kensu Gorge—Sarytau Mountains

Rise at 09:00 a.m. and breakfast. Packing. Departing from Kensu Gorge to the Sarytau Mountains. Lunch on the way. Arriving in the Sarytau Mountains about 6 p.m. and putting up a camp. A walk in the nearby. Sunset photo shooting. Dinner and a short briefing on the programme for the next day. An overnight stay in a tent camp by the Asa River at about 2000 m above sea level.

Day 7. The Sarytau Mountains

Rise at 04:30. Meeting the sunrise and photo shooting. Breakfast, free time, and lunch. Walks in the nearby and sunset photo shooting in the afternoon. Returning to the camp for dinner and a short briefing on the programme for the next day. An overnight stay in a tent camp by the Asa River.

 Day 8. Sarytau Mountains—Asy Plateau—Boikadyntau Mountains

Early rise at 04:30 to take sunrise photos. Breakfast, packing, and preparation for departure. Moving to the Boikadyntau Mountains (about 2 hours). Putting up a camp, walks in the nearby, and sunset photo shooting. Returning to the camp for dinner and a short briefing on the programme for the next day. An overnight stay in a tent camp in the Boikadyntau Mountains.

Day 9. The Boikadyntau Mountains

Early rise at 06:00 to take sunrise photos. Breakfast and free time. Lunch. Walks in the nearby and sunset photo shooting in the afternoon. Returning to the camp. Dinner. An overnight stay in a tent camp in the Boikadyntau Mountains.

Day 10. Boikadyntau Mountains—Almaty

Early rise at 06:00 to take sunrise photos. Breakfast. Packing and preparing for departure. Moving to Almaty. Arriving in Almaty about 6 p.m. 

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