Golden Ring of Zhetysu from Almaty

4 days tour


This tour gives a unique opportunity to visit the most beautiful places of Kazakhstan for 4 days. You will visit the steppes, semi-deserts, mountains and lakes, with the opportunity to see a wild nature, locals and nomads live. Throughout the road you are waiting for unreal beauty landscapes. This tour it is a great place for a dialog with Nature. Powerful and comfortable SUV will ideal option to travel long off-road and 4 days daily roads. This tour is aimed at people who loves hiking in the mountains, be alone with nature, wildlife and an active lifestyle. Visit all this places with SUVtours. If you respect a safely driving, comfort, and love the nature, this tour for you.

Season: all year round (May-October the best time)

Highlights of the tour: visit a road market in Baiseit village, local home residence and traditional food in Saty village, hiking in Kolsai Lake, amazing view in Kaindy Lake, walk inside the Charyn canyon, barbecue in open air, Altyn Emel National park (ascent to the peak of singing dune, hiking and walking in Ak-Tau and Katu-Tau mountains, relaxation after off-road near 700-year-old willow, local life in Bashi village, relax in Hot Springs open area swimming pools


Day 1 : Almaty-Altyn Emel National Park-Aktau Mountains-Katutau Mountains-Basshy Village

Your adventure will start in Almaty in your hotel. After meeting with your guide you will go to Altyn Emel National Park. The road from Almaty to the Altyn Emel National Park, one of such wonderful places and the biggest national natural park in Kazakhstan, takes about 4 hours in total. You will arrive to the Basshy village around 11 am, where you check in to a hotel and have lunch. After lunch, you will go to The chalk mountains Aktau, the traces of extinct subtropical plants, petrified bones of ancient animals, giant rhinoceros inhabited the Earth 20-50 millions years ago were found in the clefts. In the mountains, you can hike one of three roads of varying difficulty; your guide will select the most convenient option for you. Next you have a snack and go to the Katutau Mountains are the most arid, empty and dark, they differ by their steep slopes and numerous gorges. After dry and hot steppe, you will stop at Seven-hundred years old willow. Five persons joining hands can encompass this tree. The wollow's branches have been bowed down with their own weight, and resemble thick trunks. Where also located a spring in order to wash your face in the shade and go to your hotel, where you will have a dinner.

Road length: 440 km 

Approximate schedule:
07-00 departure from your hotel in Almaty
11-00 arrival to Basshy village in Altyn Emel National Park (lunch)
12-00 departure from Basshy village
13-30 arrival to Ak-Tau mountains in Altyn Emel National Park (walking inside canyon) 
16-00 departure from Ak-Tau mountains
16-30 arrival to Katu-Tau mountains in Altyn Emel National Park (photo shot)
17-00 departure from Katu-Tau mountains
18-00 arrival to 700-year-old willow in Altyn Emel National Park (Lunch)
18-30 departure from 700-year-old willow
19-00 arrival to Basshy village (dinner) Overnight at Basshy village hotel

Day 2 : Basshy village-Singing Dune-Zarkent city-Hot Springs Chundja region

Your second day start with a hearty breakfast. After you will go to Singing Dune, the state landscape nature monument and favorite tourist's sight, off-road for about one hour. At the Singing Dune, your guide will tell you the history of Dune and the legends associated with it. You will can to climb the peak of the Dune to see the sunset with a stunning view of the Ili River and the endless steppe. Then you can slide to the bottom to hear the Dune song. Upon returning to the hotel you will be waited for a delicious dinner and road to Zharkent city. In Zharkent you will visit the museum of the Chinese mosque and go to the Hot Springs. In the second part of day you visit the Hot Springs in Chundja region, a great place to relax and pleasures. There you will stay overnight at hotel with open area swimming pools. This is really a mini oasis in the middle of the steppe!
It's nice to sit in a warm outdoor jacuzzi in the open air after two days in dry desert. This area you will spend a rest of your day.

Road length: 360 km 

Approximate schedule:
07-00 Breakfast
08-00 departure from Basshy village
09-00 arrival to Singing Dune in Altyn Emel National Park (hiking to the pick of Singing Dune)
11-00 departure from Singing Dune
12-00 arrival to Basshy village (lunch) 
13-00 departure from Basshy village
14-30 arrival to Zharkent city (visiting museum)
15-30 departure from Zharkent city
17-30 arrival to Hot Springs Chundja region (Hotel check in, dinner, free time) Overnight at Hot Springs Hotel with open swimming pools


Day 3 : Hot Springs-Charyn Canyon-Kaindy Lake-Saty village
Your second third day start with a breakfast. After you will go to the Charyn canyon, road will take approximately 1,5 hours. Throughout the road you will see picturesque landscapes. 
In the Canyon, your guide will show you the best view points and take you deep into the Charyn Canyon. After 3 km walk you can relax near the Charyn River and have lunch.  Returning back to parking you will go to the Kaindy Lake. Next you visit the youngest and mysterious lake in Kazakhstan. Road from Charyn Canyon will take approximately 3 hours, via stop in Saty village for the lunch. Kaindy Lake enchants with its appearance and color of the water, the flooded forest looks impressive from a panorama. To reach the lake, you will need to walk through the Tien Shan coniferous forest about 30 minutes, where you will be filled with fresh air and will be able to pick berries. Your guide will take you to the lake and tell the story of the origin of this natural wonder of nature. After Kaindy Lake, you will take about 40 minutes along the mountain road to the Saty village, where you will check in to the guest house and can enjoy a traditional homemade dinner at the house of local residents. Also you can see the life of local residents.


Road length: 220 km 

Approximate schedule:
08-00 breakfast
09-00 departure from Hot Springs
11-00 arrival to Charyn canyon (walking inside canyon,)
14-30 departure Charyn canyon
16-30 arrival to Kaindy lake (walking near the lake, lunch)
18-00 departure from Kaindy lake
19-00 arrival to local home residence in Saty village 12 km from Kolsai lake (traditional homemade dinner) Overnight at Local Guest House with Traditional homemade food

Day 4 : Saty village-Kolsai Lake 1-Kolsai Lake 2-Almaty

Your fourth day start with a breakfast in the guest house. After eating breakfast, you will go to Lake Kolsai 1, where you will start the walk to Lake Kolsai 2. The length of the road is 7 kilometers in one direction (you can also take a horse ride to Lake Kolsai 2, paid additionally) You will have about 3 hours walk among coniferous forest trees, Alpine meadows, along a mountain river and wildlife. At Lake Kolsai 2, you can take a lunch with an unforgettable view of the mountain lake and spend your free time. You will be given lunch boxes, please prepare backpacks to carry them with you. After enjoying the lake you will return to the parking and go to Almaty.

Road length: 325 km 

Approximate schedule:
07-00 breakfast
08-00 departure from Saty village
09-00 arrival to Kolsai Lake (walking/horse riding to Lake Kolsai 2, lunch boxes)
18-00 departure from Kolsai Lake

21-00 arrival to Almaty

Program can be changed or supplemented according to your desire.



Price per car (max. 6 travelers): 699 USD

Including: car, fuel, driver


  •  1 Traveler -  1169 USD

  •  2 Travelers - 649 USD

  •  3 Travelers - 477 USD

  •  4 Travelers - 391 USD

  •  5 Travelers - 339 USD


Including: SUV, fuel, English speaking guide, accommodations, meals, tickets to the National Parks, 1.5L of bottled water per person per day

15B Temiriazev St. 050060 Almaty  

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