Kolsai & Kaindy Lakes + Charyn Canyon early Oct?

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Kolsai & Kaindy Lakes + Charyn Canyon early Oct?

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I know it's not very likely, but: are there any people interested in forming a small group to go on a 2-day tour to the Kolsai & Kaindy Lakes + Charyn Canyon who would happen to be in Almaty while I'm there, which is 5 to 8/9 Oct (in my current planning)?
I'm thinking of something like this - but I'm not willing to pay for a solo trip:
https://www.viator.com/tours/Almaty/Kol ... -154923P12
Prices are most interesting for 3 people, or from 5 people upwards.
I'm also happy to join another tour, of course, but I wouldn't like to rush to Charyn Canyon and back in a day...
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Re: Kolsai & Kaindy Lakes + Charyn Canyon early Oct?

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Hi, I'd recommend checking out steppe spirit, a local agency from Almaty. I think there is also campit.kz as an alternative. These agencies have waaay better prices, viator is a bit of a rip off. Been with SteppeSpirit on 2 separate tours for Charyn and the lakes and had a great time with them. Cheers!
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Re: Kolsai & Kaindy Lakes + Charyn Canyon early Oct?

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Thanks - will do! That link was just an example to let people know what I'm looking for. Were the steppe spirit tours you joined in Russian? My Russian is probably just about good enough to join a group - but I'd probably miss out on a few things. ;-)
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Re: Kolsai & Kaindy Lakes + Charyn Canyon early Oct?

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sebhoff wrote:
Tue Aug 09, 2022 2:52 pm
Thanks - will do! That link was just an example to let people know what I'm looking for. Were the steppe spirit tours you joined in Russian? My Russian is probably just about good enough to join a group - but I'd probably miss out on a few things. ;-)
Sebastian
The guide I was with could speak English very decently, although 90% of the talking is in Russian (almost all other tourists were Kazakh, Russian, etc).
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Re: Kolsai & Kaindy Lakes + Charyn Canyon early Oct?

Post by justtino »

Hey!

I'll be in almaty from the 5th to the 8th of October as well and was also hoping to visit the canyon and kolsai/kaindy lakes.
I'm also a solo traveller btw, maybe we could look for a tour together?

With best regards
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Re: Kolsai & Kaindy Lakes + Charyn Canyon early Oct?

Post by edu »

Hi!

I'm interested in this! I'm also a solo traveller, currently in Kyrgyzstan in Issyk Kul and planning to cross to Kazakhstan through the Karakara border crossing and check out the canyon and lakes!

I was planning on crossing the border on the 2nd, so starting the tour on the 5th would be a little late for me if I don't find anything else to do in between, but I can try and find something and I'm overall flexible. I wouldn't want to do it later than the 5th, as I'd like to be in Almaty by the 6th to see the city and then go to Bishkek on the 8th.

I'll PM you my number so we can discuss further!

Best,

Edu
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Re: Kolsai & Kaindy Lakes + Charyn Canyon early Oct?

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Thanks for the responses! My plans had to change and I’ll now only be in Almaty from 7-10 October. So there won’t be time for a 2 or 3-day tour. I might sign up to one of the day tours on the weekend only to Charyn…
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