We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Charyn Canyon

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Open today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Book In Advance
All photos (663)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good14%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“the river”(36 reviews)
“day trip”(17 reviews)
Open Now
Hours Today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
See all hours
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Charyn National Park, Charyn River, Kazakhstan
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience Charyn Canyon
Reviews (236)
Filter reviews
93 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews the river day trip rock formations hour drive dirt road eco park beautiful place walked down three hours stay overnight sun cream take photos visiting almaty normal car great view nice walk toilet facilities
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 93 reviews
Reviewed February 9, 2019 via mobile

The Charyn Canyon is located in the Charyn National Park about 215km east of Almaty and approximately a 3 hour drive via the A 351 and A 352. The Canyon has been described as the Grand Canyon’s little brother. This is not to detract from...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sverustravel
Reviewed November 11, 2018

We visited a part of the canyon called valley of castles. It is a small but beautiful stretch. Many places for a quick photoshoot. Make sure that you have full day light when you visit there.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Sukadeb
Reviewed September 30, 2018

If you haven't got a chance to visit Grand Canyon in USA, this might be your option to see the magnificent view of canyon in Almaty, 3 hours ride from the city. You may need to walk about 5km to get to Charyn River, and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank raychukk
Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

We visited the canyon on a private tour, which is the more expensive option but it was a working day and the cheaper group visits are at weekends or on public holidays. The ride to the site from Almaty lasts almost three hours for 250...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank georgesW7839VG
Reviewed August 25, 2018

it is very far away take more than 3 hrs one way means more than 6 hrs travel time.this canyon is 2nd in the world visitor to go one side by foot but to be return via taxi available there.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Asha G
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Beautiful canyon not yet discovered by mass tourism. Eco Park offers food and drinks so worth staying in the canyon for one night.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank pawelek777
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Having seen the real grand canyon in Nevada, I did not know what to expect for this one but I must say that it was simply mind blowing. Highly recommendable place to visit. Takes around 1 hour to walk through the canyon to the eco-lodge.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank JeLundgren
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

This was definitely worth the time it took to travel there. The walk through the canyon was relatively easy down to the river and the Eco park guys will drive you back up to the start for a fee. Thank the stars for digital photography,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Tony D
Reviewed July 23, 2018

I visited with an organized tour group, coming from Almaty. There are stairs that descend down to the gravel path that takes one along the Valley of Castles. This path is about 2-3 kilometers and ends at the river. The landscape is reminiscent of the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank CCC_wanderlust
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed our stay at Eco Park in Charyn canyon. The most welcoming host, the freshest air, gorgeous views, delicious barbecue...

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Oksana Z
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 16 nearby hotels
48 reviews
4.14 miles away
Royal Park
5 reviews
5.52 miles away
36 reviews
5.53 miles away
Grand Hotel Erbil
17 reviews
5.61 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 142 nearby restaurants
Babushkin Bufet
2 reviews
.96 miles away
Antidepressant Bar 8 Shnurkov
.96 miles away
1 review
.98 miles away
Vostochnaya Skazka
1.19 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 222 nearby attractions
Monument to Raiymbek Batyr
24 reviews
3.33 miles away
Temple of the Holy Martyr Paraskeva
11 reviews
4.89 miles away
Artishok Theatre
9 reviews
4.01 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Eleonora G
October 8, 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from tazhieva2017 | Reviewed this property |
Hello. We have visit Charyn canyon. It is interesting excursion. Guide was Gulmira. Please call her or write some questions by whatsapp +77051234285.
Google Translation
May 2, 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from aigul s |
Food and drinks are on you. Make sure to have comfortable shoes, enough to drink and eat. 11km to Charyn river and back to bus station. For info: 1) if you decide to go with the private tour you might choose any day of the... More
Google Translation
October 9, 2017|
Response from oldwhisky | Reviewed this property |
Good afternoon. As already mentioned, there is such a company Kazakhstan Travel Agency in Alma-Ata. The guys will help with the excursion and accommodation. The company has its own transport (prepared by Land Cruiser Prado... More
Google Translation