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Golden Ring of Zhetysu from Almaty, 5 days, Private tour

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Day 1: Almaty-Altyn Emel National Park-Aktau Mountains-Katutau Mountains-Basshy Village

Stop At: Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan
The road from Almaty to the Altyn Emel National Park, one of such wonderful places and the biggest national natural park in Kazakhstan, takes about 4 hours in total. You will arrive to the Basshy village around 11 am, where you check in to a hotel and have lunch. After lunch, you will go to The chalk mountains Aktau, the traces of extinct subtropical plants, petrified bones of ancient animals, giant rhinoceros inhabited the Earth 20-50 millions years ago were found in the clefts. In the mountains, you can hike one of three roads of varying difficulty; your guide will select the most convenient option for you. Next you have a snack and go to the Katutau Mountains are the most arid, empty and dark, they differ by their steep slopes and numerous gorges. After dry and hot steppe, you will stop at Seven-hundred years old willow. Five persons joining hands can encompass this tree. The wollow's branches have been bowed down with their own weight, and resemble thick trunks. Where also located a spring in order to wash your face in the shade and go to your hotel, where you will have a dinner.

Road length: 440 km

Program, approximately time:
07-00 departure from your hotel in Almaty
11-00 arrival to Basshy village in Altyn Emel National Park (lunch)
12-00 departure from Basshy village
13-30 arrival to Ak-Tau mountains in Altyn Emel National Park (walking inside canyon)
16-00 departure from Ak-Tau mountains
16-30 arrival to Katu-Tau mountains in Altyn Emel National Park (photo shot)
17-00 departure from Katu-Tau mountains
18-00 arrival to 700-year-old willow in Altyn Emel National Park (Lunch)
18-30 departure from 700-year-old willow
19-00 arrival to Basshy village (dinner)
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Basshy village hotel

Day 2: Basshy village-Singing Dune-Zarkent city-Hot Springs Chundja region

Stop At: Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan
Your second day start with a hearty breakfast. After you will go to Singing Dune, the state landscape nature monument and favorite tourist's sight, off-road for about one hour. At the Singing Dune, your guide will tell you the history of Dune and the legends associated with it. You will can to climb the peak of the Dune to see the sunset with a stunning view of the Ili River and the endless steppe. Then you can slide to the bottom to hear the Dune song. Upon returning to the hotel you will be waited for a delicious dinner and road to Zharkent city. In Zharkent you will visit the museum of the Chinese mosque and go to the Hot Springs. In the second part of day you visit the Hot Springs in Chundja region, a great place to relax and pleasures. There you will stay overnight at hotel with open area swimming pools. This is really a mini oasis in the middle of the steppe!
It's nice to sit in a warm outdoor jacuzzi in the open air after two days in dry desert. This area you will spend a rest of your day.
Road length: 360 km
Program, approximately time:
07-00 Breakfast
08-00 departure from Basshy village
09-00 arrival to Singing Dune in Altyn Emel National Park (hiking to the pick of Singing Dune)
11-00 departure from Singing Dune
12-00 arrival to Basshy village (lunch)
13-00 departure from Basshy village
14-30 arrival to Zharkent city (visiting museum)
15-30 departure from Zharkent city
17-30 arrival to Hot Springs Chundja region (Hotel check in, dinner, free time)

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Hot Springs Hotel with open swimming pools

Day 3: Hot Springs-Charyn Canyon-Kaindy Lake-Saty village

Stop At: Charyn Canyon, Charyn National Park, Charyn River Kazakhstan
Your second third day start with a breakfast. After you will go to the Charyn canyon, road will take approximately 1,5 hours. Throughout the road you will see picturesque landscapes.
In the Canyon, your guide will show you the best view points and take you deep into the Charyn Canyon. After 3 km walk you can relax near the Charyn River and have lunch.
Returning back to parking you will go to the Kaindy Lake.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Lake Kaindy, Saty Kazakhstan
Next you visit the youngest and mysterious lake in Kazakhstan. Road from Charyn Canyon will take approximately 3 hours, via stop in Saty village for the lunch. Kaindy Lake enchants with its appearance and color of the water, the flooded forest looks impressive from a panorama. To reach the lake, you will need to walk through the Tien Shan coniferous forest about 30 minutes, where you will be filled with fresh air and will be able to pick berries. Your guide will take you to the lake and tell the story of the origin of this natural wonder of nature.
After Kaindy Lake, you will take about 40 minutes along the mountain road to the Saty village, where you will check in to the guest house and can enjoy a traditional homemade dinner at the house of local residents. Also you can see the life of local residents.
Road length: 600 km
Program, approximate schedule:
08-00 breakfast
09-00 departure from Hot Springs
11-00 arrival to Charyn canyon (walking inside canyon,)
14-30 departure Charyn canyon
16-30 arrival to Kaindy lake (walking near the lake, lunch)
18-00 departure from Kaindy lake
19-00 arrival to local home residence in Saty village 12 km from Kolsay lake (traditional homemade dinner)

Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Local Guest House with Traditional homemade food

Day 4: Saty village-Kolsay Lake 1-Kolsay Lake 2-Saty village

Stop At: Kolsai Lake, Saty Kazakhstan
Your fourth day start with a breakfast in the guest house. After eating breakfast, you will go to Lake Kolsai 1, where you will start the walk to Lake Kolsay 2. The length of the road is 7 kilometers in one direction (you can also take a horse ride to Lake Kolsay 2, paid additionally) You will have about 3 hours walk among coniferous forest trees, Alpine meadows, along a mountain river and wildlife. At Lake Kolsay 2, you can take a lunch with an unforgettable view of the mountain lake and spend your free time. You will be given lunch boxes, please prepare backpacks to carry them with you. After enjoying the lake you will return to the parking and go to the Guest House.
Road length: 25 km
Program, approximate schedule:
07-00 breakfast
08-00 departure from Saty village
09-00 arrival to Kolsay Lake (walking/horse riding to Lake Kolsay 2, lunch boxes)
18-00 departure from Kolsay Lake
18-30 arrival to Saty village (dinner)
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Local Guest House with Traditional homemade food


Day 5: Saty village-Bartogai Lake-Assy Plateau-Turgen waterfall-Almaty

Stop At: Bartogai Lake, Kazakhstan
Your fifth day will start with a breakfast in the guest house. After breakfast you will go to Bartoigai Lake approximate 2 hours. You will stop near the Lake and can take a small walking. Next you will go to the Assy plateau, 70 kilometers off-road. Throughout the road you will see picturesque landscapes, steppes, cliffs, mountains rivers, nomads yurts, high mountains picks. On the way you will stop for lunch near the river and beautiful red cliffs, where you can relax after the road with a scenic gorges view.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Plateau Assy, Batan Kazakhstan
Next you will go to the Assy plateau, 70 kilometers off-road. Throughout the road you will see picturesque landscapes, steppes, cliffs, mountains rivers, nomads yurts, high mountains picks. On the way you will stop for lunch near the river and beautiful red cliffs, where you can relax after the road with a scenic gorges view. Then you will continue off-road adventure to the Assy Observatory on the Assy plateau through mountain pastures Zhaylau with hundreds of horses and rams.
Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: Turgen Waterfalls, Turgen Kazakhstan
The road from Lake Bartogai to the Turgen waterfall will take about 6 hours. Your journey will end with a visit to the Turgen waterfall, after which you will go to Almaty.
Road length: 285 km
Approximate schedule:
07-00 breakfast
08-00 departure from Saty village
10-00 arrival to Bartogai Lake (walking)
11-30 lunch stop near Red Cliffs
12-30 departure from Red Cliffs
16-00 arrival to Assy Plateau
17-30 arrival to Turgen waterfall (hiking 30 minutes one way)
19-00 departure from Turgen waterfall
21-00 arrival to Almaty
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The description of the tour on the web site is actually reliable. It has been perfectly organized to discover the region in only a few days. Our guide Kirill was always doing his best to provide the best service. Really all included with no extra...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Jean-Luc C
Reviewed June 30, 2019

We booked a 7 days trip around Almaty (golden circle) and visited the following places: Day 1: Tamgaly Tas petroglyphs Day 2: Ak-Tau and Katutau mountains, Singing dune overnight at hotel Hot Spring Day 3: Temerlik Canyon, Bestamak Canyon, Moon Canyon. Overnight at Charyn Canyon...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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nazarovkirillkaz, General Manager at SUVtours, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2019

Thank you so much for your review. Konstantin and our company had a pleasure travel with you. Regards Kirill

Reviewed June 26, 2019

We're back from our Khazakhastan adventure -- thank you for your thoughtful planning of the trip -- it was awesome! Everything worked out wonderfully. Ruslan, our driver and guide was wonderful - he was knowledgeable, humble, patient, affectionate and generous. His spoken English was quite...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 11, 2019

Our friends chose SUVtours after a lot of research on the various tour companies available in Almaty. It was a great choice, and I've already recommended SUVtours and our guide Tau to all of my friends! We did a 5-day tour as a group of...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 8, 2019 via mobile

We were a group of friends who had an excellent experience with SUVtours and our guide Tau! Right from the start, Kirill responded very promptly to all my enquiries and went the additional mile to advise on things we could do in Almaty as well...More

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