Weekend tours in Kazakhstan on an SUV: Charyn Canyon and Bartogay Reservoir

We invite you to the Charyn Canyon, a 1-day excursion from Almaty

The program of a one-day tour to the Charyn Canyon includes:

Departure from Almaty in the morning. Our driver will pick you up at the specified address and take you to the Charyn Canyon (the famous Valley of Castles). The journey takes approximately 3 hours (220 km). During the transfer to the Charyn Canyon, a stop is provided in Baiseit to replenish water supplies and have a snack.
In the Charyn Canyon, the tour starts directly from the parking lot. A three-hour walk along the canyon (approximately 3 km) awaits you, during which you will admire the beauty of the views of the Red Canyon, the remains of the Charyn River, and the Valley of Castles. Here you can relax, have a picnic, and wait out the heat. If necessary, the way back along the canyon can be covered by eco-taxi.
After a trip to the Charyn Canyon, our driver will take you to the shores of the picturesque lake Bartogay. The drive lasts about 1 hour, and then you will have a walk along the reservoir, famous for its beautiful landscapes
An excursion to the Charyn Canyon would not be complete without Kolsai Lake! Therefore, after lunch, a surprise from Silk Travel awaits you—a visit to the lower Kolsai Lake, where you can walk along its shores, rent a boat or a catamaran and see the famous miracle lake from the most favorable points.
After that, you return to Almaty, rested and full of new experiences.
 Route length—460 km

Tour time—6 hours

Total tour time—10 hours

Seasonality: all year round, the best months to visit are from April to October

Excursion to the Charyn Canyon and lakes Kolsai, Bartogay is carried out at the request of customers, both in the mode of group tours and as an individual tour in Kazakhstan. When ordering a tour, you can additionally make changes to the route for a fee. Additionally, you can include in the tour:
  • Lake
  • Issyk,

Express tour price:

Economy mode

The price of renting a car with a driver in Almaty is $290 (6 seats)

The price includes:

comfortable SUV,

services of a driver-guide.

Meals are not included in the tour, you can order lunch at the cafe along the way or take food with you.

The price for the car & driver - 200$ (6 adults)

All-Inclusive mode

The price of the tour depends on the number of travelers:

1 tourist—$380 per person,

4 tourists—$120 per person.

The price includes:

comfortable SUV,

services of a driver-guide,

lunch, tea and coffee on the way,

entrance tickets for the route,

drinking water (1 liter per person).

What to Take on a Trip to the Charyn Canyon

  • Comfortable walking shoes

    Tracking boots, sneakers or comfortable hiking shoes are the best solution.

  • Comfortable and warm clothes
    During a holiday in the mountains of Almaty, the temperature can fluctuate significantly, and it is better to grab warm clothes that do not hinder movement.
  • Sunscreens and repellents
    Cosmetics with a UV filter, repellent creams, a hat, and sunglasses will definitely come in handy while walking.
  • Food and drinks
    If you have chosen the economy format of a weekend tour in Kazakhstan, you can take water, beverages, and food with you to have a snack or have a picnic in one of the picturesque locations along the route.

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The most spectacular Almaty tourist places

Lake Kolsai is one of the most famous sights of Almaty, located in the mountains of Kungei-Alatau.

Lake Kaindy is a mystical place for pilgrimage tours in Kazakhstan, mysterious and picturesque.
Charyn Canyon is a unique rock complex that boggles the imagination.
The Singing Dune is the most interesting natural attraction that can be seen during our bus tour of Kazakhstan.
Asy Plateau is picturesque meadows and proximity to the stars in the most beautiful location near Almaty.
Tekes waterfall is a great option for outdoor activities in Kazakhstan. Beauty and extreme in one location.
Lake Issyk is a high-mountain landmark of Kazakhstan.

Tamgaly Tas tract—mysterious petroglyph sites and secrets of the past in a beautiful natural location north of Almaty.

Charyn Canyon Tour

Our company regularly organizes and conducts fascinating individual tours to the Charyn Canyon at the highest professional level. The most beautiful, unique places, demonstrating all the beauty of the national nature, will not leave anyone indifferent. And not only every resident of the republic should visit here at least once, but also a guest of Kazakhstan making a business or tourist trip.

General information

An excursion to the Charyn Canyon from Almaty provides a visit to a beautiful natural formation stretching along the bed of the river of the same name for more than 100 km. Obviously, it will not be possible to walk along the entire route quickly, the journey will take several days. Therefore, we organize trips to the Charyn Canyon by car, especially since the distance from Almaty to the starting point of the route is only 180 km. This method allows you to make an exciting, unforgettable excursion to the Charyn Canyon in one day, to see the most beautiful natural places, the formation of which lasted millions of years!

Summary of the route

The valley of castles opens the Charyn Canyon – the most beautiful natural formation of sedimentary rocks, whose age is more than 12 million years. The length of the valley is 3 km., and the width in different places is from 20 to 80 m. There are many beautiful, unique plants in the canyon, some of them survived the ice Age.

The best offer

Our travel agency "SilkTravel" organizes and conducts excursions from Almaty at the highest professional level, the price of which is the most profitable and affordable. For organized groups and some other categories of travelers, when traveling to the Charyn Canyon, the cost may be reduced. Please check the details by phone.

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