Take an unforgettable day trip to Charyn Canyon, one of the unique natural monuments of Kazakhstan! It was formed during Paleogene and reminds the Grand Canyon of Colorado River in North America, although inferior to it in size. For millions of years the nature has been creating a unique architecture, erecting magnificent castles, strange towers and columns carefully and slowly. Driving to Charyn Canyon through the rural area and visiting the local handcrafts and arts museum will give a complete immersion in the culture of the Kazakh nation. The round-trip private transportation from Almaty hotels is included, as well as lunch and bottled water on the 10-hours tour.
You will be picked up from your accommodation in the city to start your journey to Charyn Canyon on a comfortable car or minivan. Scheduled departure time is 9:00am.
Before the tour, we provide 1,5L of bottled water. You are welcome to bring your personal snack, tea or coffee in a container with a lid on it.
It will take about 4 hours to reach the canyon. Meanwhile, your guide will tell you interesting facts about the history and nature of the region, about Kazakh people, their life and traditions. On the way to the canyon you will have an opportunity to visit the local museum of traditional decorative and applied arts and crafts. For a full immersion in the national flavor, you will also have a lunch at the local cafe an hour before arriving in the canyon.
Upon arrival to Charyn Canyon, you will admire the grand panorama and go down stairs to the bottom of the canyon, then walk around 2 km through the maze of the Castles Valley with its walls of bizarre shapes overhanging you. The bottom of the Canyon has slight descend to the end of the walk, where you will get to the fresh oasis on the bank of icy cold Charyn river, where also located eco-park with several yurts (traditional dwellings) and a small open air café, working in the summer time. After some rest, walking back the same path to the stairs, then car transfer to one of the observation points for another breathtaking panoramic view.
After 3 hours spent in the canyon you will have your back ride to Almaty. The average time of arrival to your accommodation is between 7:00 and 8:00pm.