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Grand Charyn Canyon – Hot Springs – Issyk lake

Grand Charyn Canyon – Hot Springs – Issyk lake

Category: Road trips, National Parks

Price for 1 person: $300 / 1 person; $200 / 2 persons; $170 / 3 persons

Season: spring, outumn, winter

Duration: 2 days, 1 night

Accommodation: in the hotel (guest house)

District: Uygur district of Almaty region (Chundzha)

Route: Almaty – Grand Charyn Canyon – Hot Springs – Issyk Lake – Almaty

Total distance: 600-700 km

The Charyn Canyon is 200 kms to the east from Almaty. Unique forms of the landscape washout and weathering transfer a person in the fantastic world of freakish sculptures of yellow-red sandy rocks. Let’s listen to the names: The Castle Valley, The Gorge of a Dragon, The Whitch’s Gorge, etc. The steep slopes, nature-made columns, palaces and arches reach the height of 150-300 m.

The Charyn river, with its sources Kegen and Karkara have general leght over 360 kms. At the upper part the river is blocked by hydroelectric dams. The dam forms a Bestobe reservoir, which length is about 16 kms and a width is 500 m. Famous Charyn Canyon, coming along the river from the north-east to south-west, starts in Zhalanash valley and stretches for 154 kms, to ash trees. In the Charyn river valley you can come upon really rare relic plants. They are natural monuments and under the state protection.

Interestingly, the kazakh name Charyn river originates from the turkic “ball”, “heat” – to destroy, split with the end of “Un” in the sense of “destroying”, or “splitting into two parts”. But in uighur same name means ash. Both could not have more suitable for this area: the mighty river, cutting through the gorge of the mountains, reaching the plain, and calmed down, carries its waters through the green ash trees.

Hot Springs in Chundzha: Recently, hot springs located far from Almaty have been very popular among residents of the city and among tourists. The popularity of sources is primarily due to medicinal properties. Thermal water in the springs has poor mineralization, and its healing properties are confirmed by a chemical and balneological conclusion. According to him, mineral waters are therapeutic table alkalescent nitrogenous waters of complex composition, which have a beneficial effect not only on the digestive organs, but also on the organism as a whole.

Lake Issyk: Located slightly below the BAO at an altitude of 1800 m, where just deciduous trees are replaced by conifers. However, in 1963, this lake suffered a sad fate. Powerful mudflow almost completely destroyed it, demolished natural dam. Now the lake is partially restored. Previously, it was 3 times more. But the flow of tourists here still does not dry out. Everyone who comes to Almaty wants to go here and capture himself against his background. The lake acquires a special color in the autumn period. Juicy turquoise color, will not leave indifferent any lover of beauty.

Having visited the Charyn Canyon on its first day with its fascinating gaze of natural architecture, we will go further to the Hot Springs. We will spend the evening and night in a good hotel with all the comforts and excellent food, including traditional national dishes. The next day, having a full breakfast and buying in pools with medicinal water until 12 o’clock, we leave back to the city. On the way we visit the beautiful Issyk lake and spend about an hour there. In the evening we return to the city.

* It is better to book this route in advance, in the season and holidays it is difficult to find free places in hotels on the Hot Springs.

Tour program:

1 day

2 hours (8: 00-10: 00) Moving Almaty city – Baiseit.

30 min. (10: 00-10: 30) Stop at the market, purchase products

1.5 hours (10: 30-12: 00). Moving to Charyn Canyon

3 hours (12: 00-15: 00) Walk in the national park, lunch

2 hours (15: 00-17: 00) Transfer to the Hot Springs, check-in at the hotel

Free time, dinner, swimming in the Hot Springs

2 day

1 hour (8: 00-9: 00) Breakfast

3 h (9: 00-12: 00) Free time, swimming in the springs.

3.5 hours (12: 00-15: 30) Transfer to Issyk Lake, lunch on the way to the cafe.

1 h (15: 30-16: 30) Walk near the Issyk Lake

2.5 hrs (16: 30-19: 00) Return to Almaty

The price includes:

  • transportation and guide services all the way
  • hotel accommodation
  • Food
  • Permit on National Park

Services are designed for 1-3 people. With a group of more than three people – the cost is calculated individually.

Personal equipment and things:

  • backpack of 20-30 l
  • tracking shoes
  • karemat foam
  • headdress
  • Sunglasses and cream
  • water bottle (1 l)
  • personal first-aid kit (allergy, etc.)
  • personal hygiene (brush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Clothes for the weather
  • windbreaker or jacket
  • Bathrobe and towel for the pool at the sources * slates (slippers)
  • slates (slippers)

Documents (ID or passport).

* Warm bathrobe can be rented at the Sources, is charged separately

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