Availability: January-December, daily at 09:00
You will be picked up from your accommodation in the city to start your journey to Charyn Canyon on a comfortable car or minivan. Before the tour, we provide you with bottled water and you are welcome to bring your personal snack, tea or coffee in a container with a lid on it.
It will take about 4 hours to reach the canyon. Meanwhile, your guide will tell you interesting facts about the history and nature of the region, about Kazakh people, their life and traditions. On the way to the canyon you will have an opportunity to visit the local museum of traditional decorative and applied arts and crafts. For a full immersion in the national flavor, you will also have a lunch at the local cafe an hour before arriving in the canyon.
Upon arrival to Charyn Canyon, you will admire the grand panorama and go down stairs to the bottom of the canyon, then walk around 2 km through the maze of the Castles Valley with its walls of bizarre shapes overhanging you. The bottom of the Canyon has slight descend to the end of the walk, where you will get to the fresh oasis on the bank of icy cold Charyn river, where also located eco-park with several yurts (traditional dwellings) and a small open air café, working in the summer time. After some rest, walking back the same path to the stairs, then car transfer to one of the observation points for another breathtaking panoramic view.
After 3 hours spent in the canyon you will have your back ride to Almaty. The average time of arrival to your accommodation is between 7:00 and 8:00pm.