Alpine lake Issyk and Bear waterfall on a weekend tour in Kazakhstan

Private excursion on an off-road vehicle

Issyk lake and Bear waterfall

Lake Issyk, formed about 8000 years ago, is located in the Issyk gorge of the Zailiysky Alatau, about 70 km from the city of Almaty.

The lake is surrounded by mountains and has a very beautiful, turquoise color. Issyk Lake, like Bao, can change color several times a day, which attracts tourists to visit this mysterious place!

You can have a small picnic on the lake, or stop by a trout farm along the way, where you can go fishing and taste the fish you caught.

The Bear Waterfall is located in the Turgen Gorge, 70 km from the city of Almaty, in the Ile-Alatau National Park. The Turgen gorge has 7 waterfalls, but the most popular among tourists is the Bear waterfall, since the walking time to it is about half an hour. On the way to the waterfall, there is also something to see, a seething river, small wooden bridges, picnic lawns, majestic mountains. In the summer, this place is famous for its lush greenery, and a variety of herbs and flowers.

Optionally, we can visit an ostrich farm or a museum in the city of Issyk.

Excursion program

The ancient and picturesque lake Issyk is one of the most beautiful sights in Kazakhstan. Do you want to see its unusual azure waters, enjoy the healing high-mountain air, and spend one day surrounded by pristine nature? Then our vacation option in Kazakhstan will absolutely suit you!

Starting from Almaty
Departure from Almaty in the morning. Our driver will pick you up at the specified address and take you to Bear Waterfall. Travel time is about 2 hours (85 km)
Arrival at the Bear Falls
You will see one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Asia—Bear Waterfall. Here you will find trekking 2.5 km long (duration of the walk is 2 hours), during which you will be able to see picturesque landscapes, take beautiful photos and listen to the stories of our guide about the past and present of the Bear Falls.

Arrival to the Issyk lake
After a walk at the waterfall, you will move to Lake Issyk (40 minutes on the way). A walking tour around the lake will give you the opportunity to see it from all the most interesting angles, enjoy the silence and beauty of these places, and have a picnic on the shore.
Departure and arrival in Almaty
At the end of the tour, our driver will take you to Almaty at your address or drop you off in any part of the city. The return trip will take about 1.5 hours (70 km). You will return to Almaty with new baggage of impressions from the most beautiful tour in Kazakhstan.
Road length - 195 km

Total tour time - 9 hours

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

A one-day tour to Lake Issyk 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:
  • visit the ostrich farm,
  • visit a trout farm including fishing and tasting the catch,
  • a trip and a tour of the city of Issyk.

What to take on a one-day weekend tour in Kazakhstan

  • 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, beverages, and food with you to have a snack or have a picnic in one of the picturesque locations along the route.

Express tour price:

Economy mode

The price of renting a car with a driver in Almaty is $200 (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 café along the way or take food with you.

All-Inclusive Mode

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

1 tourist - $400 per person,

6 tourists - $115 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).

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