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THE GOLDEN RING OF ZHETYSU (9 DAYS)
Tour duration
9 DAYS
Tour route
Almaty Region (Kazakhstan)

In order to feel the culture and history of the Kazakh people, we invite you to the Golden Ring Tour with a visit to the nature park, the majestic canyon and the most beautiful lakes.

Route: Almaty Region (Kazakhstan)

Season: January to December

TOUR SUMMARY

Day 1. From Almaty to Altyn-Emel

We arrive at the nature reserve at about 10 AM. You will have a trip to the rock paintings and a picnic.

The walls of the Taygak Gorge are covered with petroglyphs – Tibetan inscriptions and drawings – that many tourists are eager to see.

One of the main places that is worth visiting is the royal tombs site named Besshatyr, which means the "place of five tents". This is the ancient sanctuary of the Sakas, who lived here in the 6th century BCE.

Return to the hotel.

Day 2. Visit to Altyn-Emel  

After an early breakfast, you will have a trip to the Singing Barkhan. The name of this natural wonder is not accidental – the gusts of wind make the huge mountain of the tiniest sand produces sounds very similar to organ music. Scientists tried to explain this unique feature, but did not come to unanimous opinion. When the storm is approaching, you will hear the drumbeat, and when a light breeze blows over the barkhan, a barely noticeable haze rises over it.

After climbing to the top, you can admire the magnificent picture that opens onto the Boguty and Sogety, onto peaks and ridges, which surround from all sides. The valley is spread out at the very bottom.

Departure to the hotel. After lunch, you will have a tour to the White and the Harsh Mountains. The word "Aktau" is translated as "snow-white". This is a well-known site of paleontology, where the remains of ancient animals and plants have been found. The waterless Katutau Mountains bear such a name for a reason – they are of volcanic origin, and are known for their steep slopes and deep gorges with rock paintings on their walls.

Day 3. To the Charyn Canyon and the Kolsay Lakes

On this busy day, you will visit the canyon, walk through the Valley of Castles and ascend to the most beautiful lakes.

After breakfast we move to the Canyon, which resembles the US Grand Canyon. Many people are thrilled by such beauty and the greatness of nature. You need to see the Valley of Castles, created by the wind. The sight of unusual ornate towers will take your breath away.

Transfer to the Kolsay Lakes. Overnight accommodation.

Day 4. The magnificent Kolsay Lakes

A cascade of lakes is the most beautiful place in the Tien Shan. First we move to the first Kolsay lake and then hike to the second lake. The 7 km trip takes about 3.5 hours. The neighborhood is rich in berries and mushrooms, has a beautiful nature, and here you can meet mountain goats and maral deer.

Return back to the village of Saty, overnight accommodation.

Day 5. Visiting Lake Kaindy

Excursion to Lake Kaindy or the "Birch Lake", spread out in the middle of coniferous forests. This is a young lake that formed in the early 20th century. During a severe earthquake, there was a landslide that blocked the gorge, which, in its turn, become overflooded. Today this place looks fantastic: trunks of flooded trees appear from the water, creating unusual mystical view.

Picnic. Return to the village for overnight stay. 

Day 6. Visit to Lake Issyk and departure to Almaty  

Morning transfer to the city of Issyk. Dinner. Tour to the Issyk Gorge. The road rises to a height of 1,756 thousand meters and leads us to a beautiful lake, hidden in the gorge. On the way back, the guide will acquaint you with the history of these places; you will see the royal tombs of the Sakas.

Arrival in Almaty at about 7 PM.

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