Shymbulak-Medeu Private Cable Car Tour: Exploring Almaty's Landscapes and History
2 Ratings
Experience the breathtaking landscapes and rich history of Almaty on a private cable car tour. See the highest mountain skating ring, learn about mud protection systems, and enjoy panoramic views of the city and steppes. Marvel at the glaciers and explore the history of Tian-Shan. End the tour with a traditional drink in a yurta-café or dine at a restaurant in Shymbulak ski resort.
Duration: 4 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort - will see from above the highest mountain skating ring in the world and will speak of its history

  • will discuss the mud protection systems on the rivers near Almaty with the view of the first dam of this kind that saved the city in 1973 from a tremendous mud flow that was ready to ruin it.

  • if the weather is clear (and its often clear in Almaty) we will get panoramic view of the whole city and far away steppes that start right behind Almaty

  • Left Talgar Gorge - We will take a cable car ride to the Talgar pass
    We will have time to take photos
    Enjoy tea drinking in the traditional yurta cafe

  • Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort - cable car ride back to Medeu
    back to the hotel in Almaty

What's Included
  • In-vehicle air conditioning
  • Professional guide services
What's Not Included
  • Cable car fee 9 USD p.p for 1 way
  • Medeu fee 3 USD p.p
Additional Information
  • will observe the world’s highest mountain ice rink from above and delve into its historical background
  • will examine the river mud defences near Almaty, including the first dam of its type that prevented a devastating mudslide from destroying the city in 1973
  • should the weather permit (which it often does in Almaty), a panoramic view of the entire city and the expansive steppes that stretch out from Almaty will be available
  • Eventually, we’ll reach an altitude of 3200 m above sea level and marvel at the majestic glaciers that appear within reach from the top of the inclined elevator. We’ll learn about Tian-Shan’s exploration history and the unique aspects of this magnificent mountain range.
  • Should you desire, we can enjoy a cup of tea or another traditional beverage in an authentic yurt-café overlooking the Talgar gorge, or if you prefer a more Western setting, numerous eateries are available at the second cable car stop – the Shymbulak ski resort
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort
Gornaya St., 465, Medeu Valley
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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Jul 10, 2023
Glaciers at your feet - I came to Almaty for a business trip and I didn’t really expect anything special from these few days, but as I saw the mountains as soon as my plane landed so I decided to see them closer when I got a half day break and that was the best decision! My partners helped me to book the tour so I’m very thankful. I was picked up from my hotel by a charming tour guide, the way by car took us about 30 min but she managed to use this time to tell me about the city (I didn’t even know that Almaty has such an interesting history!!). The mountains themselves are just stunning! By the modern cable road we easily got to the altitude of 3200m right to the very glaciers! The view and the air was absolutely unbelievable! Maria (the guide) was very attentive, friendly and her knowledge about history and culture of the region was absolutely great ! We even got a chance to drink horse milk in traditional tent of the nomads called Yurta with the Mountain View! I’ve got to know a lot about the traditions and life of this wonderful country. So it happened to be one of the best tours I’ve ever had. Highly recommended !!
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up to 7 guests
1 Adult
May 2024