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2 day trip: Kolsay + Kaindy lakes


week-end trip Almaty
Almaty – Kokpek pass – Zhalanash – Saty village – Kolsay lake (first) – Kaindy lake – Chilik – Almaty
 May - October
 Duration of the tour
 2 days, 1 night
 hiking, wildlife and bird watching
 What's interesting  Kolsay National Park, Kaindy lake
    Day 1

Kolsay is a name for a cascade of three lakes in Kungey Alatau ridge. The lakes are dark blue in color and filled with pure glacial water. The area is a part of Kolsay Koldery National Park located 330 kilometers to the east from Almaty, so the way to the Park’s entrance may take up to 6 hours.
08.00 – 14.00 Drive Almaty – Kolsay. We stop on a way to take lunch.
14.00 – 16.00 Excursion around the first lake called “Saty” – the biggest and deepest one!
All three lakes are located in the same valley but at different altitudes. The first lake is at a height of about 1800m asl. It looks like a “stretched mirror” along the gorge and has approximately 2 km in length (80m deep). The second lake also known as “Mynzhylgy” is at a height of 2000m above sea level, and the last one (Third lake) is located at 2500m.
16.00 – 17.30 Drive back to Saty village, accommodation at guest house (homestay) or tent camping, depending on a season and availability.
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner

Overnight at a guest house/tents

    Day 2

09.30 – 11.00 Drive from Saty to Kaindy lake by the ground road that follows up Kaindy gorge.
Kaindy gorge, called after a small spring river that runs through in the depth, is located in the east of the village Saty (Kolsai National Park). If you drive along the gorge for 15 km, you will get to the lake Kaindy. This unique basin (length is 400m) lies at a height of about 1800m above sea level, in the zone of dense spruce forest. The lake was formed in 1911 after a huge earthquake that resulted in a big landslide from the eastern slope. The rockslide “place of origin” can still be seen today, because it has not been overgrown yet. The uniqueness of the lake is that after the rise of natural dam that blocked the gorge, water that filled a basin has formed a lake but has not destroyed the spruce that had been growing in this place along the river. The upper parts of the trees sticking out of the water lost lateral branches and bark, and the wood became white. Such a pattern will delight even the experienced travelers. The lower part of the “drowned” pines retained branches that were overgrown with algae under the water, thus created fantastic underwater landscape. Thus, the lake Kaindy is known as one of the best places for divers in North Tien Shan.
11.00 – 13.00 Contemplating the lake and wild nature around: excursion around and lunch at a lakeshore
13.00 – 19.00 Drive back to Almaty via Saty village and Chilik town


week-end trip Almaty Kaindy lake
Kolsay Kolsai camping

Group prices:

                           Number of persons in the group
  Price for the individual service
(1 person)
Price per person in a group of 2 Price per person in a group of 3 Price per person in a group of 4-5
Total cost of the tour per 1 person $685.00 $385.00 $310.00 $280.00
The price includes:

 - transport from Almaty to Kolsay, Kaindy and back, according to the program
 - National park entry fees and permissions
 - Accommodation at a guest house in Saty or tent camping (includes living tents, tables/chairs, kitchen gear and tableware, gas), 1 night
 - Foodstuff (full board) – 3 meals a day (on a way we serve lunch-boxes or eat in local cafe)
 - English-speaking guide for the tour

Price does not include: 

 - soft and alcohol drinks, snacks 
 - rent of personal clothes, shoes 
 - telephone calls, souvenirs, personal expenses
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