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Breathtaking nature of Charyn Canyon

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What to Expect
Early morning departure to Charyn canyon. The road to the canyon takes 4 hours. While driving, the guide-driver will tell the story of the creation of the Charyn canyon, there will be some short stops for photographing of the opening landscapes of the Tian-Shan mountains . Just upon the arrival to the Charyn canyon we can also make a stopover at a small bazaar and buy some freshly baked lepeska (bread) and some fruits. Although we still have our lunchboxes with us.

Our first stop is Valley of Castles to which we will actually descend and then walk approximately 2km enjoying the views of this “Medieval castles”. But in order to know for sure that these fantastical walls accept you we will pass through stone gates. Then continuing our route and taking photos at the Charyn river, it is here while listening to the birds signing you get an idea of eternity. During this tour, our Guide will tell you lots’ of legends associated with the canyon.

We continue our route by driving to the Yellow canyon. We will stop at the panoramic site of the Yellow canyon where you will understand why it is also called the “Canyon of yurts”. We will trek at the Yellow canyon for another hour while taking photos (definitely amazing) and then continue our route back to the Valley of Castles.

We will arrive to the Valley of Castles but from the right bank of the Charyn river. And right here, we will hike for a final batch of photos of amazing red towers, nature made 100m walls. While standing on top of the rock stone and below you is a landscape of the Valley of Castles, you will feel that you might be the only person on this planet.

Departure to Almaty (~212 km).
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Important Information
Departure Point
Hotel lobby
Departure Time
9:00 AM
  • National Park fees
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch (lunchbox)
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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My husband and I are very grateful for the genuine hospitality provided by our guide by the name of Aydana and the driver. Both of them took care of us well during this tour cause we encountered steep slopes. She even extend her service and offer to help us with a cheaper taxi
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Response from Turan A, Manager at Breathtaking nature of Charyn Canyon
Responded 17 Jul 2019
Dear Nory, Hello! Thank you very much for sharing your feedback with us. Also thanks for mentioning our guide Aydana. You are right she is always nice with people. Looking forward to assist you again!
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Key Details
  • Turan Asia
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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