Beautiful lakes of Zhetysu – exploring by horse

4 days/ 3 nights

May - October

During this tour you will visit the magnificent lakes Kolsai and Kaiyndy, an amazing waterfall in the Turgen gorge and one of the largest zhaylau (summer pasture) Assy plateau.

Day 1 Almaty - Saty village - Lake Kaiyndy - Saty village
08.00 Meeting with the guide in Almaty. Transfer to the excursion to Lake Kaiyndy (290 km, 4 hours).
12.00 Arrival at the guest house in the village of Saty.
13.00 Lunch
14.00 After a short rest and lunch transfer to Lake Kaiyndy (12 km, 30 minutes).
This is a very young lake, which appeared only at the beginning of the last century as a result of the 1911 earthquake. This fantastic place is popular among tourists because of the firs and pines that grow from the lake. The water depth is 21 meters, the length of the pond is about four meters. Horseback riding experience near the lake
17.00 Return to the guest house
18.00 Dinner and overnight in a guest house.
Meals: lunch, dinner

Day 2 Saty village - Lake Kolsai 1 - Kolsai 2 - Saty village
08.00 Breakfast
09.00 Transfer to the lake Kolsay 1 (15 km, 30 minutes).
09.30 Arrival at the lake Kolsay 1. Walk around the neighborhood.
11.00 Horseback riding to the lake Kolsai 2 (8 km one way, 3 hours).
Such beauty cannot be found anywhere else. The Kolsai Lakes are 3 alpine lakes, which are located between the heights of 1700 - 2650 m. The 3 lakes are extremely transparent and located in an idyllic place surrounded by massive rocks and mountains with snow caps and wooded slopes. These lakes are located in the eastern part of the picturesque Kungei Tau gorge, 300 km from Almaty. You will see all the beauty of nature, breathe in the fresh mountain air, enjoy the peace and quiet, admire the light clouds reflected on the surface of the lakes and a charming panorama of the mountain landscape.
13.00 Lunch break during the tour.
15.00 Return to the lake Kolsai - 1.
18.00 Dinner and overnight in a guest house.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Saty village - Assy plateau
08.00 Breakfast
09.00 Transfer to Assy plateau (260 km, 4 hours).
The plateau is located at an altitude of 2800-3200 meters. You will be surprised by the magnificent view when you reach the Assy Pass: an incredibly huge green valley with pearls of white yurts and remote herds of sheep and horses. Since ancient times, it is used as pasture. Scientists have found here the remains of ancient people who lived more than 5,000 years ago.
Another attraction of Assy is the astronomical observatory, one of the largest in Kazakhstan, from every point of the valley its huge dome is visible.
13.00 Arrival at the Assy plateau. Dinner
14.00 Walk around the neighborhood, meeting with local residents.
18.00 Dinner and overnight in tents.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Assy Plateau - Turgen Gorge - Bear Falls - Almaty
08.00 Breakfast.
09.00 Transfer to Turgen gorge (20 km, 30 minutes)
Turgen Gorge in the Ili-Alatau National Park is an ideal place to enjoy the beauty of nature. In the gorge you can visit the waterfalls, trout farms. Rafting on the river (3-4 km) is also available, horse riding is possible.
10.00 Trekking to the Bear Falls (1.2 km, 20 minutes one way). Photographing.
13.00 Lunch at a local cafe.
14.00 Return to Almaty.
Meals: breakfast, lunch

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