One of nature's marvels, the Charyn Canyon is over 56 miles (90 km) in length with beauty and majesty reminiscent of the US Grand Canyon. Located only 2 hours from Almaty, it is easy to visit.
Experience stunning unspoiled natural beauty and tranquility here. Even the wild animals do not fear humans.
The Dzungarian Gate, the most popular area in this region for visitors, is a mountain pass between Birliktau and Militau, and formerly part of the great Silk Road trading route.
Have you ever heard sand dunes sing?
This truly amazing site, sight and sound occurs when winds blow over the ridges of the sand dunes when they are dry, causing the sand to shift and make a unique type of sound. They are located north-east of Almaty, in the country's largeset national park, Altyn-Emel.
A fascinating tour to the southern bank of Lake Balkhash and across the desert where fragments of the ancient civilizations have survived.
Route: Almaty Region (Kazakhstan)
Season: January to December
Recommended period: March to April and October to November
Day 1. Moving to Karamergen
In the morning we start for Almaty. We arrive at the ancient hillfort at about 6:30 p.m. An overnight stay in a camp.
Day 2. A tour around Karamergen and to the Valley of a Thousand Lakes
You are welcome to meet the rising sun in the ruins of an ancient city. You can take unique and mysterious photos here. After breakfast we move to the valley to take more photos. We put up tents and have dinner.
Day 3. The Valley of a Thousand Lakes
Sunrise shooting on by the lakes. You have a whole day of free time.
Day 4. A trip to Lake Balkhash
Taking sunrise photos near a barkhan. A trip along the bank of Lake Balkhash. Putting up a camp near the backwater.
Day 5. The backwater. A trip to Ar Zhar Barkhan
Taking sunrise photos on the bank. A trip along Lake Balkhash to the foot of the barkhan. Free time for photo shooting.
Day 6. Moving to the bank of Lake Balkhash
Early photo shooting on the barkhan. Breakfast and a tour along the bank. Arriving at the black backwater. Preparing for an overnight stay in the camp.
Day 7. To the Karatal River
Sunrise photo shooting, breakfast, and departure for Lepsi settlement. A trip to the Karatal bank after lunch. An overnight stay in a camp. You can go fishing if you want.
Day 8. The Karatal River and departure for Almaty
Sunrise shooting on by the Karatal River. Going back to Almaty with a lunch on the way. Arriving in the city at about 8 p.m.