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Cycling tour of average complexity for those wishing to merge with nature, enjoy the clean air, and explore new places, natural beauty, historical and cultural attractions of Almaty region.

Route: Almaty Region (Kazakhstan)

Day 1. Almaty, Arrival

Arrival to Almaty, the Southern capital of Kazakhstan. Meeting and greeting at Almaty International airport. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 2. Almaty

Breakfast in the hotel. Almaty City Tour (3 hours) at 14:00.
The tour starts with sightseeing in the central part of Almaty. You will know more about history and development of the southern capital of Kazakhstan and see its major attractions: Central State Museum, Palace of President, Republic Square and Monument of Independence, Abai Opera and Ballet Theatre, Astana Square, Almaty Railway Station, Central Mosque, Green Bazaar, Panfilov Park, Abai Square and Palace of Republic.
After exploration of the sport, cultural and business areas of the city (Sport Palace, Central Stadium, Kazakh Circus, Wedding Palace, Auezov Drama Theatre, Almaty Towers, Nurlytau Business Center, Financial Center, Kok-Tobe Hill) the tour route will take you to the Medeo Gorge, where you will have a brief stop on the huge Medeo dam, which protects the city from destructive mudflows formed on the tops of the western Tien Shan. On the top of the dam, at the altitude of 1733 meters above sea level, you will enjoy an amazing panorama of the largest high mountain skating rink in the world – Medeo, surrounded by wonderful mountains of Trans-Ili Alatau.

After sightseeing – meeting with the tour leader, rent a bicycle, instruction. Return to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 3. Almaty – Turgen Gorge – Assy Plateau

Breakfast in the hotel. Depart from the hotel at 07:00 to the starting point of cycling route in the Turgen Gorge. Upon arrival – preparations to the start and starting the route.

Turgen Gorge located in the Ile-Alatau Natural Park, 90 km from Almaty and is famous for its coniferous and mixed forests, relict fir moss, which is creeps along the ground and forms a solid spruce carpet, alpine and subalpine meadows, lakes and springs, hot springs, medicinal plants and berries, as well as for its waterfalls. The most easily accessible one is Bear waterfall, having height of 28 meters. Even on a hot day water temperature does not exceed 12 degrees, that is why the waterfall mist refreshes and invigorates. The name of the waterfall is not accidental. Here, in zone of mixed forests, lots of places where Tien Shan white-claw bears find their food.

Stop for lunch upon arrival. Excursion to waterfalls. Continue cycling to Assy Plateau through Turgen Gorge. Setting a camp upon arrival. Dinner around the campfire. Overnight in tents.

Day 4. Assy Plateau – Bartogai Reservoir  

Breakfast. Disassembling of the camp and starting cycling route through picturesque Assy Plateau at 09:00.

Assy Plateau is a vast plain at an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level, surrounded by mountain ranges with height over 3000 meters. On the southwest side the valley is closed by snow-capped peaks, from which the glaciers “flow down”. Along the river the forests are stretching, consisting mainly of the Tien-Shan spruces. The plateau stretched for 40 km and a width in some places reaches 15 km. Assy Plateau – a traditional summer grazing since ancient times, now turned into a pasture of national importance. Along the river Assy there are ancient burial mounds and rock paintings, which are ones of the most high mountainous concentrations of petroglyphs in Kazakhstan. Besides, the well-known in Kazakhstan mountain observatory also located at Assy plateau. Transfers.

Stop for lunch. Continue cycling to Bartogai Reservoir.
Amazing in its beauty Bartogai Reservoir located in the gorge of the same name on the Chilik River, which is blocked by the rock-bulk dam, with height of 60 meters, length of 330 meters and with a set of culverts. The reservoir was created to store water in winter, and feed the fields in the summer along the channel of 160 km length. Release of water through the dam at the Chilik River takes place from June to September for irrigation. In this time the spillway capacity reaches 100 cubic meters per second, due to which the height of the fountain reaches more than one hundred meters. Streams of water under great pressure get out into the open, and breaking into small particles form a cloud of sprays glittering in the sun.

Setting a camp upon arrival. Dinner around the campfire. Overnight in tents.

Day 5. Bartogai Reservoir – Ash-tree Grove – Charyn Canyon – Kolsai Lakes

Breakfast. Disassembling of the camp and starting cycling route to relict Ash-tree grove on Temirlik river. Stop for picnic on the way. Sightseeing at the grove upon arrival.

In the lower reaches of the Charyn River and its tributary Temirlik there is a unique place, where relict species of Sogdian Ash-tree are growing. According to a legend, another 5 million years ago a wind blew a winged seed of Sogdian Ash-tree in this so-called “Valley of Yurts”. The millions of years have passed, mountains and climate have changed, the ancient era has sunk into oblivion and the mammoths have disappeared with it. But Ash-tree is still exist… In 1964 the Ash-tree Grove has been given the status of the monument of nature. The four trees of about the same age are fenced off in the grove. It is some kind of open-air museum. Botanists believe that these trees are over a thousand years old.

Continue cycling to Charyn Canyon. Lunch upon arrival and sightseeing.
Charyn Canyon is a natural complex, unique in its kind not only in Kazakhstan but also worldwide. It was formed during Paleogene and reminds the Grand Canyon of Colorado River in North America, although inferior to it in size. The height of the steep slopes of the canyon is up to 150-300 meters. Extraordinary dissection of the terrain is striking: the numerous ravines form a dense, chaotic network. Wind and water have created the beautiful “Valley of Castles”, where you are always surrounded by the fancy towers composed of sedimentary rocks. The length of the valley – more than 2 km, width – 20-80 meters. For millions of years the nature has been creating a unique architecture, erecting magnificent castles carefully and slowly. You can spend hours walking among the strange towers and columns, being surprised by the wild imagination of the nature.

Continue cycling to Black Canyon. Boarding the mini bus upon arrival. Transfer to Kolsai Lakes (Satty village). Accommodation in the guest house upon arrival. Sauna, dinner and overnight in the guest house.

Day 6. Kolsai Lakes

Breakfast in the guest house. Starting cycling route to the lake Kolsai-1 at 08:00.

Kolsai Lakes – “Pearls of the Northern Tien-Shan” – represent a cascade of three lakes. The largest lake is accessible for all visitors. It is the most beautiful lake, having a lack of civilization and the abundance of mushrooms. Horse lovers can order horseback tour to this place. The highest lake is small. It is located on the border of fir-wood and the alpine meadows and amazes by its harsh alpine beauty, as well as the rich flora and fauna. Vertical drop between the three lakes is about 700 meters. The lowest lake can be reached by car. But you should walk few kilometers along mountain trails to see the second and the third lake. Without doubts the tourists are expected to have a wonderful vacation in these places – berries, mushrooms and fishing. The water in the lakes is cold and clean and is home for the rainbow trout – a fish that lives only in the running or spring water. In the around mountains you can see Marals, mountain goats, wolves and even bears.

Lunch and rest upon arrival to the lake. Return to Saty village by bicycles. Dinner, rest and overnight in the guest house.

Day 7. Kolsai lakes

Breakfast and starting cycling route in picturesque environs of Kolsai Lakes at 08:00. Lunch. Return to Saty village. Dinner, rest and overnight in the guest house.

Day 8. Kolsai Lakes – Kaindy Lake – Almaty

Breakfast and starting cycling route to Kaindy Lake at 08:00. Photo shoot and rest upon arrival.

Kaindy Lake (birch lake) is situated among magnificent pine forest at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level and is famous for its origin. It was formed in 1911 due to the powerful earthquake that triggered the landslide blocked the alley by the natural dam, and the water has flooded the valley. The water of the lake is very cold, that is why the needles of the flooded trees are well preserved and clearly visible through the transparent surface of the water, and dry stems of fir trees overlook the water surface, like the masts of the submarine squadron. It is impossible to describe in words all this mystical splendor of the lake – it is necessary to go there and see everything with own eyes.

End of cycling route upon arrival to Saty village. Lunch and preparations to departure. Departure to Almaty. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation upon arrival. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 9. Almaty, Departure

Breakfast in the hotel. Check-out before noon. Transfer to the airport. Departure.

Tour Price Per Person: 1590 USD, provided 4 persons traveling together


  • 1. Airport transfers
  • 2. Twin/double accommodation in Almaty in 3* hotel
  • 3. Camping outfit for overnight in tents
  • 4. Accommodation in guest house in Saty village
  • 5. English-speaking guide service and sightseeing according to the program
  • 6. Transport support of cycling route
  • 7. Environmental fees
  • 8. Meals: standard hotel breakfasts, full board in Days 3-8


  • 1. Additional accommodation in Almaty before and/or after the tour
  • 2. Bicycle rental fee
  • 3. Meals not indicated in the program and/or not included into the tour price
  • 4. Visa support and registration on the territory of Kazakhstan, if required
  • 5. Personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program

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