Trekking Club guidebook contains actual information on the most popular destinations around Almaty city. In the description of below locations you will find the maps, weather and geographical features, roads/trails data as well as few “ready-to-go” options for each spot. Some info on accommodation facilities, infrastructure and risks is provided in each profile. We hope that this guidebook will help with your travel planning by Almaty region.
ALTYN EMEL NATIONAL PARK
Singing Dune, Aktau colorful mountains, Katutau volcano, Bes Shatyr burials and dolmens, Taygak rock carvings, wildlife: djeirans (gazelles), kulans etc.
KOLSAY AND KAINDY LAKES
Famous cascade of three Kolsay Lakes, Kungei Alatau spruce forests, Kaindy underwater forest
Multicolor side canyons of Charyn River: Valley of Castles, Red Canyon (Bestamak), Yellow Canyon (Zhabyr), Temirlik
Deep wild spruce forests, alpine meadows, rivers with glacier water and famous waterfalls
GLACIERS AROUND ALMATY
Snow and ice covered peaks over 4.000m above sea level, deep moraine lakes and glaciers
ASY HIGHLAND PLATEAU
Stunning mountains views from the 3.000m, nomads and white yurta, wildlife, Scythe ruins and rock carvings
Pictorial, easily reachable gorge near Almaty: provides great hiking, climbing, biking opportunities
TAMGALY TAS, ILI RIVER
Amazing rock bastions, wide Ili River and ancient Buddhist monastery ruins
Kok Zhailau is a name of a highland plateau (foothills of Zailisky Alatau ridge) located between the Maloalmatinsky and Big Almaty gorges, at 1600m-2200m ASL.
TUZKOL LAKE AND KOMIRSHI GORGE
Unique salt lake at 1950m ASL, fed by underground sources. Central Tien Shan views with its 7-thousanders Khan Tengri and Pobeda peaks. Deep Komirshi gorge and fossils.