1 day tour
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The perfect day trip from Almaty for those that want to experience some stunning views and landscapes while learning about some Kazakh history and culture.
This trip can be booked as a private tour or we can add you to a group if there is availability.
This day trip doesn't include accommodation but if you want to add on more experiences we can create a custom itinerary to include all the sights you want to see in Kazakhstan.
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Travel Style: Active
Some light hiking is involved although ideal for different experience levels.
Service Level: Standard
A standard local vehicle will be used for transportation.
Physical Rating: 2
People of most fitness levels can partake on this day trip.
Trip Type: Small Group or Private
This is a private trip or can be booked as a small group trip.
Age requirement: 12+
All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Under recent Covid regulations entrants from most countries need to apply for a visa. Double check with your local embassy.
Valid until 30/8/2022
You will be picked up from your hotel and met by our friendly English-speaking guide and experienced driver. We'll set off from Almaty and follow the New Silk Road of our time – Khorgos-Almaty highway.
On the way to the canyon, we will discuss more about the country, culture, people, and the history of this vast country. The driving time to Charyn Canyon from Almaty will take around 2.5 hours with stops on the way.
Take in The Sights
During our road trip, you will take in the variety of landscapes, including lush green fields to the endless steppe. On the way, we will have a stop at a charming Uighur village with a bustling market and smell of grilled meat and tandyr samsa (meat-filled savoury pastry baked in a tandyr oven!)
Try new food while being entranced while observing the diverse landscape of mysterious Bartogay lake and the impressive Charyn Canyon. There will be a gentle descent at the Valley of Castles so you can enjoy a picnic at the shore of the Charyn river that carved the canyon 12 million years ago, and then ascend up back to the surface with a short scramble up at the end.
So please make sure to wear comfortable shoes with a good outsole. We will also visit Charyn Canyon’s most secluded part – Moon Canyon with Pliocene clays that date back 5 million years!
The adventure comes to an end today as we drive you back to your hotel so you can enjoy the rest of your evening.
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Water 1l per person
A picnic lunch is included (please message us if you prefer vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free options)
Pick up and drop off at your hotel or Airbnb flat