The Great Silk Road - Just thinking about it, caravans of camels loaded with silks, jewels, and oriental spices begin to pop in front of our eyes; the thousands of herds of horses and sheep driven by the herdsmen to the bargaining centers move in the dust clouds like in the living sea. By immersing yourself in its atmosphere, you will taste real aromatic oriental pilaf, and other local cuisine’s dishes! And the immense horizons of the Great Silk Road will open to you the beauty of the local mountains abundantly covered with emerald meadows, and the noisily bubbling spring waters of rivers and streams, the freshness of which you will enjoy. The Great Silk Road invites you to its vast expanses, as the dearest guests, and reveals to you its friendly embrace. Adventures begin!
Early breakfast, way to the hot springs in Chunja, were radon baths have a powerful healing effect, improve blood circulation, reduce pain, tone up the nervous system, improve adrenal and heart function, increase immunity, normalize cholesterol, insulin and sugar in the blood. The impact of radon water has a beneficial effect on the skin, nervous and cardiovascular systems.
Upon arrival, you will accommodate at the hotel, relax, take wellness baths, and have fun. At dinner, a friendly evening awaits you where branded T-shirts and baseball caps will be awarded.
Lunch and dinner at the hotel, continue to relax and enjoy the taking radon baths, have fun, and gain strength! Late evening, we will leave the room, and begin the fascinating travels to the northern Tien Shan Mountains, where on arrival we are settled in the guest house where the bathhouse waits for us, and a hearty supper.
Waking up and seeing the sunrise against the backdrop of the majestic mountain peaks off the banks of the noisy Chilik River. We will have breakfast, get in jeeps, and go to the shore of the Lower Kolsay Lake, from where we will make a walk (or a horse ride - if you wish) in the mountains to Lake Kolsay - the second of the system of three lakes: Lower Kolsay - Kolsay - Upper Kolsay. The Kolsay lakes are located in the Kolsay Gorge of the Northern Tien Shan, in a jumper connecting the Kungei-Alatau and Zailiisky Alatau ridges. For the unique view of these lakes, tourists come here from all over the world.
Kolsay lakes are called "the pearl of the Northern Tien Shan". The Lower Kolsay Lake is at an altitude of 1818 m, its length is 1 km, the width is 400 m, and the depth is 80 m. The Mynzhylgy Middle Lake is at an altitude of 2252, it is the largest of the three lakes, and its depth is 50 m. The Upper Kolsay Lake is located at an altitude of 2850 m. Lakes are surrounded by coniferous forest, in their upper reaches Kolsay takes its source, which in turn flows into each of the lakes. The water in the Kolsay lakes is fresh, from fish there is rainbow trout, listed in the Red Book.
Upon return from the hiking to the lakes, we return to the guest house, steamin the bathhouse, have dinner and rest, prepare for the next day's hiking.
Early in the morning we will have breakfast, return the keys, load our luggage, we are comfortably accommodated in cars, and we leave on the way to the following natural and cultural sites. The first of these is the Kaindy Lake, the main feature of which is spruce, rising directly from the water, and remaining due to the low temperature of the water. We will take a walk along the shore of the lake, rest a bit, and go to the next place of our trip - to the Charyn Canyon.
The first stone gorges begin long before the main and famous canyon. Here you can find numerous bunkers built in the sixties of the last century after the famous events on the Zhalanashkol and Damanskoe Lake. The most interesting place to visit at the Charyn Canyon is the "Valley of Castles", which is located ten kilometers away, its length is about 2 km, and the height of the rocks reaches 150-300 m. This amazing natural monument is composed of sedimentary rocks, the age of which is about 12 million years.
After a long walk up the paths of the Charyn Canyon, we will have a tasty and satisfying lunch, then go to get acquainted with Berkutchi, with one of the oldest traditions of Kazakhs - hunting with hunting birds. After that, we will have a short transfer to the hiking recreation center on the bank of the Chilik River, where we will stop for rest and overnight.
Breakfast and lunch on this day will be held on the basis of rafting, where we are waiting for classes with instructors to develop rafting skills, swimming in the river, and rest on the background of snow-capped mountain peaks.
After lunch, we will continue our journey, and we will go to the authentic Kazakh ethnic aul where you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the life of nomads, learn more about the customs of the Kazakh people, and taste delicious dishes of national cuisine, and spend the night in the yurts - the national dwellings of nomads.
In the morning we will have breakfast, leave the ethnic aul, and we leave for Almaty, where fascinating excursions are waiting for you, during which you can visit the famous local sights:
- Medeo high-mountain skating rink is the world-famous ice rink, erected in 1972, located at an altitude of 1691.2 meters above sea level. The ice surface occupies 10.5 thousand square meters, which allows holding competitions in speed skating, hockey and figure skating.
- Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen is the park was officially named in memory of the heroes of the Panfilov division, who stopped the attack of fascist tanks near Moscow in the Great Patriotic War.
- Big Almaty Lake is a high-altitude reservoir, located in Zailiysky Alatau at an altitude of 2511 m above sea level. Like the vast majority of Tien-Shan lakes, it arose as a result of earthquakes.
- Chimbulak is a popular ski resort in the picturesque gorge of Zailiysky Alatau at an altitude of 2260 m above sea level, surrounded by majestic mountains, with snowy slopes and evergreen Tien Shan firs.
Today ends your journey through the expanses of sunny and hospitable Kazakhstan - a country where you will always be welcome! You say goodbye to the vast expanses of the Great Silk Road, go to Almaty airport, and return home! As they say in Kazakhstan – Қош келдіңіз! What is translated from Kazakh as Welcome! And we tell you – to our next meetings, friends!
*Planning another route of returning home from Almaty - inform us in advance about this!
- Transport along the route of the expedition.
- All excursion programs, with a guide and a driver. The entrance fee to the excursion facilities and to the territory of the Nature Reserves and National Parks. In places where the photo and video are paid for, they are paid by the tourist separately.
- Accommodation along the entire route of the expedition.
- Meals along the whole route of the expedition.
- Transfers from Almaty airport and back.