Kolsai and Kaindy Lakes or Charyn Canyon: Almaty Region's Top Natural Sights in a Day
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Experience the natural beauty of Almaty region with a day trip to Kolsai and Kaindy Lakes or Charyn Canyon. Choose two stunning sights and enjoy a comfortable tour with a delicious lunch included.
Duration: 15 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Kolsai Lake - Big pristine mountain lake, which is located in 300 km from Almaty. Kolsai Lake area and cinematic serpentine road to it allows you to observe impressive panoramic views of Alatau Mountains. Kazakh yurts, horses, snowy peaks and mountain rivers - that is what you will see on the way.

There are nice walking trails with evergreen trees around the lake. You can take a boat ride and enjoy the lake from the water surface. Or you can also take a ride on a horse and explore few interesting spots nearby.

  • Lake Kaindy - This Lake is a unique natural phenomenon. The second name for the lake is actually ‘The Sunken Forest’. The reason for that are few dozens of spruce trees which emerge from the water surface of the lake.

Those are the witnesses of the earthquake which took place in this area back in the days. It formed a hollow with fir-tree forest in it. Soon the local mountain river started to fill it up until the lake was formed.

There is a great walking trail around the lake with few different view spots. The whole area of the Kaindy Lake is just a piece of pristine nature.

  • Charyn National Park - Charyn Canyon is a natural formation of 2.5 million years old. The whole canyon is stretched for 154 kilometers from the foothills of Alatau Mountains to Ili River.

We will visit the most spectacular part of the Canyon - ‘The Valley of Castles’. The ‘Castles’ are the different shape beautiful rock formations. You will have an opportunity to take a walk by the bottom of the canyon up to Charyn River. And observe few panoramic views from the top as well.

  • Charyn Canyon Viewpoint - Another part of Charyn Canyon called Black Canyon. We will make a short stop to enjoy the panoramic view of the Canyon on the way to the Lakes.
What's Included
  • Private transportation
  • Bottled water
  • Professional guide service
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • In-vehicle air conditioning
  • All fees and/or taxes
What's Not Included
  • Lunch
Additional Information

This trip option provides you an opportunity to explore the most captivating natural attractions of the Almaty region in a single day. The Kolsai and Kaindy Lakes area is renowned for its varied nature, boasting towering mountains, rugged rivers, lush forests, and unspoiled lakes. The awe-inspiring Charyn Canyon is another must-visit spot, located en route to the lakes.

For this day-long excursion, you can select two out of the three sites (Kolsai Lake, Kaindy Lake, Charyn Canyon). The choices could be Kolsai + Kaindy, Kolsai + Charyn, or Kaindy + Charyn. You’ll have ample time to leisurely appreciate both locations and then return to the city.

A delightful lunch at a local guest house is included.

To experience all three attractions, please review our 2-day tour that includes an overnight stay at the guest house.

Kolsai Lake
Cancellation Policy

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

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Aug 28, 2023
Amazing Tour! - Bakhtiar was an incredible guide who was really personal and took the tour the extra mile for us. It was an incredible day jampacked with personalized stops and views. We learned so much about Almaty, the surrounding region, and Kazakhstan as a whole, and we got incredible views of diverse and gorgeous scenery in the canyons, steppes, and lakes around the area. It was truly worth every minute and we would recommend it to anyone!
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May 28, 2023
Perfect day trip from Almaty - We chose Charyn Canyon and Kaindy Lake. Our guide Dimash was amazing, and his English was great! The weather in May was perfect in that it wasn't too cold, not too hot under the sun. The car ride is long, but we walked away feeling like we got enough time at each location. Better than trying to do all three!
Review provided by Viator
May 3, 2023
A great day at Kolsai and Kindy lakes - It was a great experience - very long day but it was totally worth it taking into consideration a limited number of days in Kazakhstan. Our guide Minara was very knowledgeable and friendly, told us many interesting facts about the tour and Kazakhstan in general. Nature and landscapes were very beautiful, if I had more days, I would go for a 2-day tour including Charyn canyon and overnight stay in the mountains. But 1-day tour is a great option for those short of time! Thank you
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Apr 3, 2023
Wow Amazing Tour!! - This was by far one of the best tours we have been on and a highlight of our trip to Kazakhstan!! So good we would rate it higher than 5* if we could. Nursultan was the perfect guide. Full of interesting facts and information on the history and culture of Kazakhstan. He allowed us to take our time, never rushing us and always being patient and accommodating to our needs. The sights were incredible and Nursultan knew all the best spots/viewpoints to take us to for photos. If we had longer we would have booked more tours with him.
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
April 2024