The Issyk Lake (7 hours)

The Issyk Lake (7 hours)

December 30, 2016
Sightseeing Tours in Almaty | Welcome to the Issyk Gorge - one of the most interesting places of Trans-Ili Alatau! During this tour you will know about archaeological monuments of the Saka culture and meet the fantastic beauty of the Issyk Lake...







The Issyk Lake Tour available daily from March to November. Tour departs at 11:00. Tour duration - 7 hours.

Tour Description:

The tour route to one of the most beautiful gorges of Trans-Ili Alatau - Issyk Gorge lies along the Kuldja tract, where hundreds of years ago the trade caravans travelled. On the way you will learn a lot about nature and history of this region and see the burial mounds of Saka period, where the famous "Golden Man" was found, which has become the state symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Also you will visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK”, where you will see the expositions dedicated to the history and culture of the Saka period, including a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment, as well as the model of Saka burial mound.

Then the tour route will take you to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level, to the beautiful mountain lake Issyk, located in the valley with the same name. The lake was formed about 10,000 years ago due to colossal landslide, resulted in formation of the natural dam of 300 meters in height. On the lake you will enjoy the majestic beauty of its turquoise water surface and the Issyk Gorge, as well as listen to the details of the natural disaster of 1963. Also at the lake you will have a picnic and free time for recreation at nature.

Kelly - Washington, USA

  • The tour to Issyk Lake was very nice. The tour guide was very informative and share facts about Almaty's history, nature, and culture. The traditional Kazakh picnic at the lake was a nice experience. The staff all very professional.
  • Date of visit: August 2016 year


  • Good suggestion from the guide. The lake was amazing as well as the food. Driver is perfect and the guide really know the stories of her country and can share a lot with me. I'm very happy and great hospitality! Don't loose your genuine kindness.
  • Date of visit: June 2016 year

Hatem - SYRIA

  • The tour was quite picturesque and our guide quite knoledgeable and eager to explain about the sites, culture and history. It was time well spent and good value for money.
  • Date of visit: May 2016 year

Private Tour Rates for 2017:  

185 USD for one person 
204 USD for group of 2 persons traveling together 
264 USD for group of 3 persons traveling together

* Tour rates include hotel pick-up/drop-off, picnic at the lake, all environmental and admission fees and tickets

Tour Reservation:

Tour reservation should be done at least 48 hours before the tour and requires 50% advance payment of the total tour price


Total tour price should be paid no later than 24 hours before the tour. Accepted methods of payment: cash, wire transfer, bank card

50% of the total tour price is not refundable in case of tour cancellation less than 24 hours before the tour

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