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Charyn Canyon

Charyn Canyon is one of the most unique places in Kazakhstan. In the rating of the best tours in Kazakhstan, its takes one of the first places!

The canyon is located 190 km away from Almaty and takes 3-4 hours drive from the city. It is a very amazing place on the Earth planet. It is similar to the world Grand Canyon Grand, which is located in the US, and has second place by size only, but its beauty of this fabulous place conquers the hearts of thousands of tourists who visit this place very year.

Charyn is a monument of nature, which is 12 million years old.

The Natural Park was established on February 23, 2004. The park area is 93150 hectares. It is located in Ili intermountain hollow. The canyon of the Charyn River is one of the most interesting and picturesque places in Kazakhstan. Water, wind and sun built here a quaint clay-stone city. Here is a unique monument of nature – a relic ash-tree grove, which age is about 5 million years. The fauna includes 24 species of mammals, 48 bird species, 3 species of amphibians, and 14 species of reptiles. In order to enjoy the beauty of these places fully you need to visit here by yourself.

The length of the canyon is 154 km. The depth is about 250-300m

The most attractive route is the Valley of the Castles, which makes up the total walking route about 2 km. And the width of 15-90 meters. The valley of the castles is a wide, dried canyon, adjacent to the main river bed. The river itself flows along a different path now, and millions of years ago this place was simply a gulf of a giant ancient sea, stretching from the modern lake Alakol to the Caspian Sea. This explains the rather mild structure of the walls of the canyon from stones, firmly pressed with clay, but easily changing their shape under the influence of wind and water. From this material the great sculptor is the nature that creates fantastic giant and very small sculptures.

Now this place is very popular in the movie industry. People here come to make the movies from different countries, both from neighboring states and far abroad.

At the top of the canyon are observation platforms, from which you can take a photo with good panorama. And from above and from below is an amazing beauty that must be seen with your own eyes.

It is possible to walk in the valley of the castles both on foot and on a bicycle.

Inside the castle valley there are cafes, yurts, bungalows. Where it is possible both to spend the night and taste national dishes.

Первый день:

07:00Departure from Almaty City
9:30Arrival to Baiseit village
which is 150 km away from Almaty
10:00departure to the Charyn Canyon
11:00прибытие на территорию парка.
11:30descending to the canyon valley of the castles
with a PHOTO session.
13:00lunch at the Charyn river
14:00Optional for additional fee – passing to the territory
of the Temirlik Canyon, right up to the panorama
where Charyn and Temirlik rivers are merges.
16:00departure back to Almaty city
20:00Arrival in the Almaty city