Charyn National Park, 5 canyons in an express tour "all in 1 day"

The picturesque Charyn National Park will reveal its most picturesque places to you during this author's weekend tour in Kazakhstan. If you dreamed of visiting one of the most beautiful tours in Kazakhstan, the program of the trip "Unknown Charyn Canyon" is exactly what you need!

Charyn River Canyons Program

Starting from Almaty
Departure from Almaty in the morning. Our driver will pick you up at the specified address and take you to one of the most beautiful locations of the Charyn Canyon—the Lunar Canyon observation deck. Travel time is about 3 hours (220 km), and it is possible to stop in the village of Bayseit, where you can replenish water supplies and have a snack.
Arrival at the Lunar Canyon observation Deck
A walk along the Lunar Canyon—you can admire the dizzying views of the Charyn Canyon, take a photo and take a walk.
Arrival at the Stone Cliff observation deck
Moving to the observation deck “Stone Cliff”, where you will find no less picturesque views and a half-hour walk along the canyon.
Arrival at the observation deck of the Heart of the Canyon
Walk along the observation deck "the Heart of the Canyon": you will see the most beautiful landscapes of the national park and admire the famous Valley of Castles from above.
Arrival in the Bestamak Gorge
Trekking to the Bestamak Gorge: thanks to traveling in a comfortable off-road vehicle, we will be able to drive up to the gorge itself and then take a walk to the valley of the Charyn River (the length of the route is about 5 km). On the banks of the river, you can have a picnic and rest.
Return to the city
Return to Almaty. The journey will take approximately 3 hours (230 km), and by the evening you will be in the city, with a bunch of new experiences and incredible photos from the Charyn Canyon.
Route length - 460 km

Tour time - 7 hours

Total tour time - 12 hours

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

A one-day tour to the Charyn Canyon 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:
- sightseeing tour "Valley of Castles",
- a trip to Lake Bartogay.

Express tour price

Economy mode

The price of renting a car with a driver in Almaty is $350 (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.

All-Inclusive Mode

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

1 tourist - $470 per person,

6 tourists - $150 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 one-day tour to the Charyn Canyon

  • Comfortable walking shoes

    Trekking boots, sneakers or comfortable hiking shoes are the best solutions.
  • 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, drinks, 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.

Canyons of Almaty

Bestamak Canyon or Small Canyon refers to the territory of the National Park.park (you need to buy a pass to visit). Bestamak is a dried-up gorge 4 km long. The canyon is adjacent to the Charyn River. There is a descent in the gorge (only an SUV will pass). There is a trail along the bottom of the Bestamak Canyon, you can walk to the river and have a picnic. Bestamak is located between the canyons of Temerlik and Moon Valley.

Lunar Canyon (Uzynbulak) - wind and water erosion for many millions of years from clay has created amazing, spectacular shapes, clay small mountains resembling the landscape of the moon - from here the name Lunar Canyon. The most interesting and beautiful view of the Moon Valley opens from the observation deck. The Martian view will not leave any tourist indifferent.

Temerlik Canyon - a river with the same name Temerlik flows in the gorge. The river is a tributary of the Charyn River and belongs to the territory of the National Park.park (you need to buy a pass to visit). The gorge is 10 km long . The walls of the canyon consist of red clay, the height reaches 160m.

This place is very popular with tourists who want to spend the night on the canyon. Among all the canyons, it is considered an ideal place for camping. On the banks of the river there are huge thickets of Ash and Turanga forests, which create a shade under which it is comfortable to rest and set up tents in the summer, when the temperature can reach +40 degrees.

Black Canyon - most of about 40 km of Sharyn consists of dark igneous (volcanic) Basalt rock of dark color, so local people call it Black.

The canyon has many viewing platforms. The most famous site is located on the road to Kolsai, everyone who has rested on the Kolsai lakes has seen this place.

The Valley of Castles is the most popular location among the places of the Charyn Canyon. At the height of the season, there are a lot of tourists in this place, up to 3000 thousand people can visit in 1 light day, so you can visit other beautiful places on weekends. The length of the canyon is about 2.5 km, and the shapes of the "structures" resemble real castles!

The Valley of Castles has several viewing platforms, with a beautiful view. If you walk along the bottom of the canyon to the end, you can rest against the Charyn River, relax, sit on the bank of the river and take a lot of beautiful photos. If you do not have the strength to go back, an Eco-taxi runs through the gorge, where you can easily get to the beginning of the canyon.

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