Golden Ring Of Kazakhstan

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1,200 (incl. VAT) / per person

  • Tour duration 8 days
  • Combined countries
  • Min number of people 7
  • Max number of people 14
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This holiday is ideal for those who are looking for an active and authentic discovery of Kazakhstan. Physical activities such as walking in the canyons, to Lake Kolsay and to the Burgundian waterfall, but also visiting the cultural and historical heritage of the country and participating in the building of a yurt.

During this trip we will cross the land of Jeti Suu (Seven Rivers), since ancient times considered the cradle of the Kazakh population. The place where the Kazakh Khanate was born. Since ancient times, people have lived on these fertile lands and have left behind monuments to their culture: rock carvings, grave memorials, Turkish tombstones, etc. The people of Kazakhstan have been living on these fertile lands for centuries.

On the territory there are rivers and lakes, desert steppes, the colorful mountains of Tien Shan, alpine meadows and the park Altyn Emel that serves as a nature reserve for animals.

You will discover Kazakhstan by immersing yourself in the traditions and daily life of Nomadic culture.

Locations you will visit

  • Almaty
  • Altyn Emel
  • Zharkent
  • Kolsay Lakes
  • Kaindy
  • Tourgen gorge

Included

  • TWIN/DBL room in 3* hotels/tent camp/comfortable guesthouse
  • Full board
  • Accompanying English speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets to the sites, listed in the program
  • Transport (depends on the number of travellers) and driver services
  • Yurt building
  • Folklore evening

Not included

  • International air tickets
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Surcharge for special requests on meals and services
  • Entrance fees, transport service, permits and guide service during free time
  • Rental of personal equipment (sleeping bag, water bottle, flashlight, etc.)
  • Travel Insurances
  • Tips (always optional, always appreciated)
  • Visas (if applicable) & any other administrative costs
  • Surcharge for public holidays
  • Fees for video and photo shooting

Your Itinerary – in Brief:

Day 1. Arrival in Almaty
Day 2. Altyn Emel National Park – Aktau Mountains (420 km)
Day 3. Singing Dune and Jarkent City (250 km)
Day 4. Sharyn Canyon – Saty village (100 km)
Day 5. The lakes of Kolsay (15 km)
Day 6. Kaindy Lake – Tourgen Gorge (225 km)
Day 7. The Tourgen Gorge – Assy Plateau – Almaty City (170 km)
Day 8. Almaty – Departure (15 km)

Day 1Arrival in Almaty

Arrival in Almaty. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Timetable:
• 12:00 meeting at the hotel with the guide for briefing and a welcome meal.
• Visit to the centre of Almaty: Panfilov Park, city museum, Medeu ice rink and the
monuments on the republic square
Dinner in a restaurant in the city

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 2Altyn Emel National Park - Aktau Mountains (420 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Meeting at 8 a.m. before departure
• Drive to Altyn Emel National Park (3h)
Lunch in the village of Baschi
• After lunch we go to the mountains of Aktau (1h), a limestone mountain of more
than 400 million years old, mostly white, but there are also blue, pink, red and
green slopes that give the Aktau mountains a unique beauty.

Dinner and overnight stay in the guesthouse with rooms from 2 to 4 beds.

Day 3Singing Dune and Jarkent City (250 km)

Breakfast at the guesthouse.

Timetable:
• Early departure to see the animals grazing in the park at sunrise.
• We drive to the dune (1h) and climb the Barkhane (1h).
Lunch in a café on the way
• Drive to the town of Jarkent, just 20 km from the border with China, which is
mainly inhabited by Uighurs.
• Transfer to the hotel
• Visit to the wooden mosque with unusual Chinese architecture
• In this village there is also an orthodox church built in the late nineteenth century
after the annexation of Kazakhstan by the Russian empire.
Dinner in a café in the city

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 4Sharyn Canyon - Saty village (100 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• In the morning we drive to Charyn National Park (2h) with its ancient Sogdian
forests and near the old burial mounds (kurgans). The main attraction is the
Charyn Canyon with its supernatural landscapes. The canyon itself is a natural
monument, consisting of sedimentary rocks, whose age reaches 12 million years.
• Walk to the river (40min)
Picnic by the river
• Then we drive to the Saty village (2h)
• Transfer to the guesthouse in Juldyz
• Yurt construction activity
Dinner with folkloric musical accompaniment

Overnight stay in the guesthouse with rooms from 2 to 4 beds.

Day 5The lakes of Kolsay (15 km)

Breakfast at the guesthouse.

Timetable:
• Visit to the first lake that is 1818 m high (30 min) – possibility to take a boat on the
lake.
Picnic by the lake
• Climbing to the second lake at 2252 m altitude (3h walk). It is the largest and
most picturesque of the three lakes.
Barbecue for dinner

Overnight stay in tents (2 persons).

Optional: Horseback riding USD 4/hour *
* Appointments to make with the guide the day before

Day 6Kaindy Lake - Tourgen Gorge (225 km)

Breakfast in the tent camp.

Timetable:
• Walk to the first lake from where we drive to the lake of Kaindy, which is 1667 m
above sea level and was formed in 1911 after a strong earthquake that caused a
landslide that blocked the gorge, causing the water to flood the forest valley.
Picnic by the lake
• Drive to the Burgundy Gorge (225 km)
• On the way we visit the Bartogay reserve at 1010 meters above sea level

Dinner and overnight stay in the guesthouse (2 persons).

Day 7The Tourgen Gorge - Assy Plateau - Almaty City (170 km)

Breakfast at the guesthouse.

Timetable:
• Visit to the museum Altyn Adam (golden man) in the village Issyk.
• Walk to the Medvejyi waterfall (1h), 1559 m above sea level and is 30 m high.
Lunch at a fish farm
• After lunch we drive to the high plateau of Assy (1h) a beautiful place and a huge
summer pasture (2500 m)
• After reaching the plateau we visit the observatory
• Return to Almaty in the evening
Farewell dinner in a restaurant

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 8Almaty - Departure (15 km)

Departure. The local partner will take you to the airport.

Central Asia stretches from the Caspian Sea in the west to China in the east and from Afghanistan in the south to Russia in the north. The region consists of the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. It is also colloquially referred to as "the stans" as the countries generally considered to be within the region all have names ending with the Persian suffix "-stan", meaning "land of". In pre-Islamic and early Islamic times, Central Asia was predominantly Iranian,[4][5] populated by Eastern Iranian-speaking Bactrians, Sogdians, Chorasmians and the semi-nomadic Scythians and Dahae. After expansion by Turkic peoples, Central Asia also became the homeland for the Kazakhs, Uzbeks, Tatars, Turkmen, Kyrgyz, and Uyghurs; Turkic languages largely replaced the Iranian languages spoken in the area. Central Asia has historically been closely tied to its nomadic peoples and the Silk Road. It has acted as a crossroads for the movement of people, goods, and ideas between Europe, Western Asia, South Asia, and East Asia. The Silk Road connected Muslim lands with the people of Europe, India, and China. This crossroads position has intensified the conflict between tribalism and traditionalism and modernization. From the mid-19th century until almost the end of the 20th century, most of Central Asia was part of the Russian Empire and later the Soviet Union, both Slavic-majority countries, and the five former Soviet "-stans" are still home to about 7 million ethnic Russians and 500,000 Ukrainians. Central Asia (2019) has a population of about 72 million, consisting of five republics: Kazakhstan (pop. 18 million), Kyrgyzstan (6 million), Tajikistan (9 million), Turkmenistan (6 million), and Uzbekistan (33 million). Afghanistan (pop. 35 million), which is a part of South Asia, is also sometimes included in Central Asia. The Caucasus is an area situated between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea and mainly occupied by Georgia, with small parts of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia in the vicinity. It is home to the Caucasus Mountains, including the Greater Caucasus mountain range, which has historically been considered a natural barrier between Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Europe's highest mountain, Mount Elbrus, at 5,642 metres (18,510 ft) is located in the west part of the Greater Caucasus mountain range. On the southern side, the Lesser Caucasus includes the Javakheti Plateau and grows into the Armenian highlands, part of which is located in Turkey The Caucasus region is separated into northern and southern parts – the North Caucasus (Ciscaucasus) and Transcaucasus (South Caucasus), respectively. The Greater Caucasus mountain range in the north lies in Georgia, sharing a border with Russia, as well as the northernmost parts of Azerbaijan. The Lesser Caucasus mountain range in the south is occupied by several countries, namely, mostly by Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, but also extending to parts of northwestern Turkey. The region is known for its linguistic diversity, the most prominent of which is the Kartvelian, spoken only by the Georgian people. The region also includes some Indo-European and Turkic. The Northwest Caucasian, and Northeast Caucasian families are indigenous to the area. The region has many different languages and language families. There are more than 50 ethnic groups living in the region. No fewer than three language families are unique to the area. In addition, Indo-European languages, such as Armenian and Ossetian, and Turkic languages, such as Azerbaijani, Kumyk language and Karachay–Balkar, are spoken in the area. Russian is used as a lingua franca most notably in the North Caucasus. Caucasus (2019) has a population of about 16,7 million, consisting of five republics: Armenia (pop. 3 million), Azerbaijan (10 million and Georgia (3.7 million).
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