CHARYN CANYON

Location and uniqueness of the Charyn Canyon

One of the unusual natural attractions of Kazakhstan, involving tourists from all over the world, is Charyn canyon. It has become famous for its amazing landscape and the spectacular mountain scenery that opens up around it.

Geographical characteristics

Everyone who decided to go on the Kazakhstan Charyn canyon tour is interested in where the national park is located. You can book a jeep tour to visit it from us. Tourists will be taken to a distance of 195 km from Almaty in comfortable vehicles. There is a Charyn canyon location near the border with China. The rock complex has a length of 154 km along the river of the same name. Canyon Charyn Kazakhstan is a natural monument, which is composed of the oldest sedimentary rocks. Their age, according to archaeologists, is 12 million years old. The height of the steep cliffs of Charyn canyon reaches 150-300 m.

Charyn ash grove

Going to Almaty Charyn canyon tour, you will be able to see the only place in Kazakhstan where relict ash trees grow. An interesting fact is that the trees were able to preserve their original appearance for 2 million years. They have a long life expectancy – on average it exceeds 300 years. The height of the trunks directly depends on the age of the ash tree. In young trees, the trunk reaches 10-20 m in height, in older trees this value is 30 meters. This type of ash tree can be seen on the territory of Charyn canyon national park.

The length of the grove is 5,000 hectares, but the ash trees themselves occupy about 800 hectares. The forest zone stretches for 22 km. The Charyn River with its tributaries cuts through the forest thicket. It creates a fabulous landscape. The green oasis has been preserved in perfect condition thanks to the protection of the steep cliffs of the canyon Charyn Kazakhstan.

Charyn canyon "Valley of Castles"

The most impressive part of National Park is considered to be the Charyn canyon valley of castles. It stretches for 2-3 km in length and has a width of 20 to 80 m. In this place, the sheer cliffs resemble huge columns, exquisite arches and towers of fairy-tale castles. The rock structures look like human heads and have bizarre shapes. Strong impressions remain at dawn or sunset, when the sun gives the rocks a scarlet, pink, orange tone.

Some parts of Charyn canyon in Kazakhstan have received local names. Among them, the most famous are the Devil's Gorge, the Witches' Tract, the Moon Canyon, and the Stone Bag. These rock structures are given special importance because it is believed that spirits live in these places. People have put together many different legends about the valley of castles. For a long time, this area has been considered a place of power, so travelers can recharge with positive energy here.

Seasonality

The optimal period for visiting eco park Charyn canyon is considered to be the spring months from April to May and the autumn period from September to October. It's not too cold at this time, but it's not hot either.

Interesting facts

Charyn canyon Almaty is much smaller than the American Grand Canyon, but it is no worse in terms of picturesqueness. There are about 1,500 species of plants growing here. 17 of them are rare, listed in the Red Book of Kazakhstan. There are 62 species of different mammals, 103 species of nesting birds, 25 species of reptiles (there are no crocodiles) in these parts. We are organizing the Charyn canyon group tour. Please contact us for help if you have any questions.

If you are interested in multi-day tours to Charyn Canyon

TOUR PACKAGE 2.3

2 days

Charyn Canyon / Kolsai lake / Saty village / Black canyon / Baiseit / Kaindy lake / Moon Valley / Kokpek gorge

$
722
$
980

TOUR PACKAGE 2.4

2 days

Charyn Canyon / Kolsai lake / Saty village / Black canyon / Bisect / Kaindy lake / Moon Valley / Shymbulak

$
804
$
920

TOUR PACKAGE 2.5

2 days

Charyn Canyon / Baiseit village / Saty village / Black canyon / Kolsai lake / Kaindy lake / Issyk lake / Bartogai

$
856
$
960

TOUR PACKAGE 2.6

2 days

Bashi village / Singing Dune / Aktau mountains / Charyn Canyon

$
896
$
970

TOUR PACKAGE 3.2

3 days

Charyn Canyon / Kolsai lake / Saty village / Black canyon / City tour / Kaindy lake / Moon Valley / Shymbulak / Assy / Turgen / Trout farm

$
1204
$
1380

TOUR PACKAGE 4.1

4 days

Bashi village / Singing Dune / Aktau mountains / Katutau / Tiger mountains / Zharkent Mosque / Charyn Canyon / Moon Valley / Yellow Canyon / Black canyon / Saty village / Kolsai lake / Kaindy lake / Kokpek gorge / Almaty city / Green Bazar / 28 park Panfilov / Cathedral / Kok Tobe

$
1600
$
1800

TOUR PACKAGE 4.2

4 days

Bashi village / Tiger mountains / Saty village / Black canyon / Singing Dune / Charyn Canyon / Kolsai lake 1 / Kolsai lake 2 / Aktau mountains / Kokpek gorge / Kaindy lake / Baiseit

$
1667
$
1850

TOUR PACKAGE 4.3

4 days

Charyn Canyon / Moon Valley / Yellow Canyon / Black canyon / Saty village / Kolsai lake / Kaindy lake / Karkara / Karakol / Issyk kul / Zhety oguz / Barskoon gorge / Aksai canyon / Fairy Tale canyon / Burana tower / Bishkek / Kordai / Kordai pass

$
1578
$
1645

TOUR PACKAGE 5.2

5 days

Bashi village / Tiger mountains / Saty village / Black canyon / Singing Dune / Charyn Canyon / Kolsai lake 1 / Kolsai lake 2 / Aktau mountains / Kokpek gorge / Kaindy lake / Baiseit

$
2093
$
2200

TOUR PACKAGE 5.3

5 days

Charyn Canyon / Moon Valley / Yellow Canyon / Black canyon / Saty village / Kolsai lake / Kaindy lake / Karkara / Karakol / Issyk kul / Zhety oguz / Barskoon gorge / Arabel / Aksai canyon / Fairy Tale canyon / Burana tower / Bishkek / Central mosque / Kordai / Kordai pass

$
2189
$
2295

TOUR PACKAGE 5.4

5 days

Shymbulak / Medeo / Old city centre / Kok tobe / Kolsai lake / Saty village / Zenkov cathedral / Charyn canyon / Baiseit village / Kaindy lake / Kokpek gorge

$
1400
$
1520

TOUR PACKAGE 6.1

6 days

Bashi village / Singing Dune / Aktau mountains / Katutau / Tiger mountains / Zharkent Mosque / Charyn Canyon / Moon Valley / Yellow Canyon / Black canyon / Saty village / Kolsai lake / Kaindy lake / Kokpek gorge / Assy or Issyk lake / Almaty city / Green Bazar / 28 park Panfilov / Cathedral / Kok Tobe

$
2556
$
2870

TOUR PACKAGE 6.3

6 days

Shymbulak / Medeo / Old city centre / Big Almaty lake / Besshatyr korgan / Kok tobe / Kolsai lake / Saty village / Assy plateau / Petroglyphs / Zenkov cathedral / Charyn canyon / Baiseit village / Golden man / Issyk Village / Green bazar / Kaindy lake / Kokpek gorge / Turgen gorge / Konaev city

$
1855
$
1930

TOUR PACKAGE 7.1

7 days

Charyn Canyon / Moon Valley / Yellow Canyon / Black canyon / Saty village / Kolsai lake / Kaindy lake / Karkara / Karakol / Issyk kul / Zhety oguz / Barskoon gorge / Arabel / Aksai canyon / Fairy Tale canyon / Burana tower / Bishkek / Central mosque / Kordai / Kordai pass

$
2900
$
3350

TOUR PACKAGE 8.1

8 days

Bashi village / Singing Dune / Aktau mountains / Katutau / Tiger mountains / Zharkent Mosque / Charyn Canyon / Moon Valley / Yellow Canyon / Black canyon / Saty village / Kolsai lake / Kaindy lake / Kokpek gorge / Assy or Issyk lake / Almaty city / Green Bazar / 28 park Panfilov / Cathedral / Kok Tobe

$
2767
$
2930

TOUR PACKAGE 8.3

8 days

Charyn Canyon / Moon Valley / Yellow Canyon / Black canyon / Saty village / Kolsai lake / Kaindy lake / Karkara / Karakol / Issyk kul / Zhety oguz / Barskoon gorge / Arabel / Aksai canyon / Fairy Tale canyon / Burana tower / Bishkek / Central mosque / Kordai / Kordai pass

$
3389
$
3675

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WHAT TO TAKE ON TOUR

Comfortable walking shoes
Trekking boots, sneakers or comfortable hiking shoes are the best solutions.
Sunscreens and repellents
Cosmetics with a UV filter, repellent creams, a hat and sunglasses will definitely come in handy while walking.
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.
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.
Food and drinks

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