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Butakovka Waterfall Hiking Tour (1 day)

November 1, 2019

Private Day Tours & Activities in Almaty | Trekking & Hiking | Trekking tour to the small but picturesque Butakovka Gorge, located in Trans-Ili Alatau Mountains near Almaty. One of the main attractions of the Butakovka Gorge - its waterfalls. The picturesque valley views, clean air and coolness, attract tourists to this gorge for a long time already...
Tour Route: Almaty (Kazakhstan)
Season: January-December
Best Period: July-November
Route Complexity: Easy Trekking
Trekking Duration: 6 Hours
Height Difference: 1600-2300 m a.s.l.
Among all gorges of Trans-Ili Alatau, the Small Almaty Gorge is the most branchy and consists from the numerous gaps, cracks and ravines, each of them are rather large and deep gorges with steep and gentle slopes, peculiar wild and cultural landscape. All of them belong to the basin of the Small Almaty River or directly adjacent to it. The main axis of the gorge runs through the world known sports complex Medeo, where this trekking route to Butakovka Gorge starts.

Road to Butakovka gorge lies through Kim-Asar gorge, more known as «Commissar» gorge. One of the theories of such name it is translation from the Kazakh language the word «kimasar» - "who will pass." It is quite possible, that in the years after the October revolution, in the days of intense work and promotion of Lenin’s ideas, Red commissars, led by Furmanov, loved to relax here with vodka and caviar. No wonder that the most tourist popular peak in the gorge, with the height of 2850 m has the name of a politician - Furmanov. The walking route is mostly runs along the Kimasar River and leads to the destination - Butakovka Gorge, which picturesque views, clean air, coolness in in hot summer days, attract tourists to this gorge for a long time already. On the slopes of the gorge rises Tien Shan spruce, aspen, ash and barberry. There are also pine and birch trees. The banks of the small Butakovka River are covered with thickets of willow and Tien Shan birch.

The main attraction of Butakovka Gorge - its waterfalls. There are two of them: the lower one of 15 meters in height is the most popular among tourists. The upper waterfall is smaller than the lower one and located at a distance of two kilometers higher in the gorge. The left branch of the Butakovka Gorge quickly ends with a steep rise of almost vertical rock outcrops. Butakovka Waterfall. For thousands of years a small stream has divided the broad rock almost into two halves, cut the crack of 30 meters in depth and smoothed its edges with fancy ledges, eaves and vents. The width of the waterfall at the bottom is more than 15 meters. Splashes and water mist cover a huge area, and on sunny days almost constant rainbow rises in height or descends to the ground. At the waterfall you can make beautiful pictures or stand under an icy shower in the hot summer days - even not trained tourists couldn't refrain from this temptation. And if you are a climber, Butakovka waterfall provides you with excellent rocky massif with numerous routes.

Private Tour Rates:  

187 USD for one person 
220 USD for group of 2 persons traveling together 
260 USD for group of 3 persons traveling together

Tour Rates INCLUSIONS:  

1. Hotel pick-up/drop-off 
2. Professional guide service 
3. All admission and environmental fees 
4. Lunch (picnic) at nature

Total tour price should be paid no later than 24 hours before the tour. Accepted methods of payment: cash in local currency, wire transfer, bank card.
50% of the tour price is not refundable in case of tour cancellation less than 24 hours before the tour departure time
Recommendations for Clothing:
For comfortable trekking you need clothing that will not restrict movement - pants and jacket. The shoes should be without high heels: tourist trekking boots or similar, with a good sole and high lacing or sneakers. It is also desirable to bring warm clothes, warmer than you normally wear; during the cold season - a hat and gloves. Water container, or thermos with hot tea. Don't forget sunglasses!

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