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Off-Road Tour: Kolsai Lakes (3 days)

January 1, 2018

Off-Road Tours | All Tours | Off-road tour to the mystical in its splendor Kaindy lake, amazing in its beauty Kolsai lakes and Charyn canyon - the unique creation of nature.
Route: Almaty Region (Kazakhstan)
Season: January-December
 
 
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
 
Day 1. Almaty - Kaindy Lake 
 
Departure from Almaty at 07:00. Arrival to Kaindy lake at approx. 13:00, setting a camp, lunch. A walk on the lake shore in the afternoon.
Kaindy Lake (birch lake) is situated among magnificent pine forest at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level and is famous for its origin. It was formed in 1911 due to the powerful earthquake that triggered the landslide blocked the valley by the natural dam, and the water has flooded the valley. The water of the lake is very cold, that is why the needles of the flooded trees are well preserved and clearly visible through the transparent surface of the water, and dry stems of fir trees overlook the water surface, like the masts of the submarine squadron. It is impossible to describe in words all this mystical splendor of the lake – it is necessary to go there and see everything with own eyes.  
Return to the camp, dinner around a campfire, free time. Overnight in the tent camp near the lake (in winter time, overnight in a guest house in Saty settlement)
 
Day 2. Kaindy Lake - Kolsai Lakes
 
Wake up at 06:00, breakfast and disassembling of the camp. Transfer to the lower Kolsai lake. Further, trekking to the middle Kolsai lake, lunch at the lake shore. 
Kolsai Lakes - "Pearls of the Northern Tien-Shan" - represent a cascade of three lakes. The largest lake is accessible for all visitors. It is the most beautiful lake, having a lack of civilization and the abundance of mushrooms. Horse lovers can order horseback tour to this place. The highest lake is small. It is located on the border of fir-wood and the alpine meadows and amazes by its harsh alpine beauty, as well as the rich flora and fauna. Vertical drop between the three lakes is about 700 meters. The lowest lake can be reached by car. But you should walk few kilometers along mountain trails to see the second and the third lake. Without doubts the tourists are expected to have a wonderful vacation in these places - berries, mushrooms and fishing. The water in the lakes is cold and clean and is home for the rainbow trout - a fish that lives only in the running or spring water. In the around mountains you can see Marals, mountain goats, wolves and even bears.    
Return to the lower Kolsai lake. Transfer to Saty settlement. Accommodation in a guest house, dinner and rest. Overnight at the guest house. 
 
Day 3. Kolsai Lakes - Charyn Canyon - Almaty
 
Breakfast at the guest house. Departure to Charyn Canyon at 09:00. On arrival, sightseeing at the Valley of Castles.  
Charyn Canyon is a natural complex, unique in its kind not only in Kazakhstan but also worldwide. It was formed during Paleogene and reminds the Grand Canyon of Colorado River in North America, although inferior to it in size. The height of the steep slopes of the canyon is up to 150-300 meters. Extraordinary dissection of the terrain is striking: the numerous ravines form a dense, chaotic network. Wind and water have created the beautiful "Valley of Castles", where you are always surrounded by the fancy towers composed of sedimentary rocks. The length of the valley - more than 2 km, width - 20-80 meters. For millions of years the nature has been creating a unique architecture, erecting magnificent castles carefully and slowly. You can spend hours walking among the strange towers and columns, being surprised by the wild imagination of the nature.  
Lunch in the canyon at the bank of Charyn river, then departure to Almaty. Arrival to Almaty at approx. 19:00.

Private Tour Price: 699 USD Per Person, provided 2 persons traveling together

Group discounts available

Tour Price INCLUSIONS:

1. Transportation in comfortable off-road vehicles
2. Sightseeing according to the program
3. Environmental and entry fees
4. Meals: lunch and dinner in Day 1, full board in Day 2, breakfast and lunch in Day 3
5. Camping equipment for common use (camping tent, table, chairs, cooking utensils)
6. Accommodation at the guest house in Saty settlement
7. English-speaking guide service

Tour Price EXCLUSIONS:

1. Accommodation in Almaty before/after the tour, if required
2. Airport transfer, if required
3. Meals not indicated in the program and/or not included into the tour price
4. Rent of personal camping outfit (tent, sleeping bag, сaremat, personal utensils, etc.)
5. Visa support and registration on the territory of Kazakhstan, if required
6. Personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program

RECOMMENDATIONS on clothing and equipment:

Taking into account that in the evenings and at night can be quite cold, be sure to take with you:
1. Waterproof membrane Gore-Tex jacket and pants
2. Warm fleece jacket or Polartec jacket
3. Windproof jacket
4. Several sets of underwear, several pairs of socks and a pair of warm socks
5. Several T-shirts with short sleeves, shorts
6. Appropriate hiking boots, shoes for camp (lightweight sneakers)
7. Sunglasses and sunscreen
8. Head torch with adjustable brightness and beam distance, several sets of batteries
9. Thermos for 1-1.5 liters, or other water container
10. Personal hygiene items, personal first aid kit (for chronic diseases is obligatory)
11. Anti acarid remedy
12. Tent, sleeping bag, caremat, utensils for personal use

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