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Four-day trip to Altyn Emel, Kolsai and Kaiyndy Lakes
Highlights: beautiful hiking spot, horse riding, enjoying the lake view, birdwatching, sliding down the sand hill, lava mountains, 1000 year old tree
Season: April — November
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
If you are the one who likes everything at once you will duly appreciate the chance to reach the three greatest destination of Almaty Region during one trip. The pressure is on! What could be more romantic than watching stars in the middle of the Great Steppe? Maybe listening to sand singing its song? We have a special guest for this show that is famous Singing Dune (so honored one that it was even in a short list of New 7 Wonders of Nature contest). Let’s break the rules! We invite you to join us in sliding down the sand hill on snow saucers! The next point is the Mountains of Aktau and Katytau. The first ones (made of clay) were creatively and brightly colored by nature in all hints of orange and yellow. If you are lucky you can even find some ancient animals’ bones here. And the second ones are made of… lava. The glowing lava left incredible Martian forms here. So let’s make cool photos for your social webs! Come on, we have just started! Let’s leave these deserted lands for virgin forests of the Kolsai Lakes. You can turn off the music for meditation in your headphones cause everything is here — birds are singing, fir trees are whispering and water is babbling. Just seat calm and breath deeper. The next «star» of our show is Kaiyndy Lake. What is the deal? Let’s ask divers who come here to watch the hidden underwater world with trees growing just from the water and villages hidden there after a huge earthquake. Oh, yes, we are going to reach it on a horse’s back. Have you ever tried this surrounded by pure wild nature of Central Asian mountains?
Departure: 8 a. m.
Lunch stop at a local canteen at noon.
This day we will visit Singing Dunes and slide down the sand hill on snow saucers.
Overnight stay in the guesthouse.
This day starts with breakfast after which we will visit Aktau and Katutau mountains and the 1000 years old tree.
After a good local meal in the local canteen around 5 p. m. we will arrive to Saty village where you'll have homemade dinner.
This day we will be on the way to the Kolsai Lakes. You can hike to the second lake if you feel so. Alternatively you can rent a horse for a ride there.
After we come back to the village we will get hot meal and stay in the guesthouse.
This morning we will have a transfer to Kaiyndy Lake. Here you we will hop on horses to get a short ride down to the lake.
Around 5 p. m. yankee go home.
Back to Almaty around 10 p. m.
What’s included: pick up from your hotel, transfers, driver, guide, national park tickets, coffee and snacks, stay in yurts or guesthouse, food in the guesthouse.
What’s not included: food in the canteens (you pay what you eat), renting hiking quip, personal stuff, horse to the Kaiyndy Lake.
+ You can ask for a telescope before a trip (we have a portable one) to watch stars and Moon.
Number of persons/price
1 — 900$
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