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Almaty: Kolsai Lake, Kaindy Lake, and Charyn Canyon Tour

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Discover the most famous and popular places of the Almaty Region in one day on a tour to Charyn Canyon, Kolsai Lake, and Kaindy Lake. Enjoy lunch in Saty and optional horseback riding activities.


  • Spend a day immersed in the incredible natural beauty of the Almaty Region
  • Visit scenic green mountains with blue lakes and an arid canyon all in one day
  • Discover Kazakh national cuisine and hospitality during a stop in Saty village
  • Experience the unique landscape of Charyn Canyon's Valley of the Castles
  • Explore lakes and the nature scenery on foot or optionally by horseback


This tour is the best way to explore the most popular natural places of the Almaty Region in one day. Reconnect with nature at Charyn Canyon National Park, Kolsai Lake, and Kaindy Lake. Enjoy a short hike, optional horseback riding, and lunch at a guesthouse in the village of Saty. Departing Almaty, make a short stop for coffee (costs not included) before arriving at the Black Canyon. Make a quick stop to enjoy a viewpoint, then arrive in Saty village. Drive to Kaindy Lake for a short hike and more views. Take a break during lunch at a guesthouse in the village, then move on to Lower Kolsai Lake. Walk, explore several scenic spots, and enjoy an optional horseback ride (costs not included). Leaving Kolsai Lakes National Park, head to Charyn Canyon. Arrive at the canyon and go to the Valley of the Castles. Walk along the bottom of the canyon and explore, then depart to Almaty, Make one more coffee stop (costs not included) before returning to the meeting point. The itinerary is designed so that you can enjoy views at the best time of the day with the best lighting conditions. Your tour guide will show you the best photo spots and tell you insider information about the places you explore.


Transportation by minivan/minibus Tour guide Hearty lunch of local cuisine (vegetarian option is available) Bottled water Transfer to Kaindy Lake on the Soviet van UAZ-452 National park entry fees

Important Information

  • The difficulty level of this activity is average The tour takes place in the border area. Border guards can fine you and not let you go to the lakes if you are without a passport

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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