Kolsai lakes represent a cascade of three mountain lakes located at 1000, 2250 and 2700 meters above sea level. Anyone who at least once in the lifetime has seen these treasures of nature, will never forget their splendor, dark blue water, peace and calmness around.
Route: Almaty region (Kazakhstan)
Day 1. Almaty – Kolsai Lakes
Departure from Almaty at 07:00am. Arrival to Saty Settlement at 12:00. Lunch. Transfer to Kaindy Lake. Sightseeing.
Kaindy Lake (birch lake) is situated among magnificent pine forest at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level and is famous for its origin. It was formed in 1911 due to the powerful earthquake that triggered the landslide blocked the alley by the natural dam, and the water has flooded the valley. The water of the lake is very cold, that is why the needles of the flooded trees are well preserved and clearly visible through the transparent surface of the water, and dry stems of fir trees overlook the water surface, like the masts of the submarine squadron. It is impossible to describe in words all this mystical splendor of the lake – it is necessary to go there and see everything with own eyes.
Return to Saty Settlement, accommodation in the guest house. Dinner and sauna. Overnight in guest house.
Day 2. Kolsai Lakes
Wake up at 07:00am, breakfast. Transfer to the lake Kolsai-1. Trekking to the lake Kolsai-2. Lunch on the way.
Kolsai Lakes – “Pearls of the Northern Tien-Shan” – represent a cascade of three lakes. The largest lake is accessible for all visitors. It is the most beautiful lake, having a lack of civilization and the abundance of mushrooms. Horse lovers can order horseback tour to this place. The highest lake is small. It is located on the border of fir-wood and the alpine meadows and amazes by its harsh alpine beauty, as well as the rich flora and fauna. Vertical drop between the three lakes is about 700 meters. The lowest lake can be reached by car. But you should walk few kilometers along mountain trails to see the second and the third lake. Without doubts the tourists are expected to have a wonderful vacation in these places – berries, mushrooms and fishing. The water in the lakes is cold and clean and is home for the rainbow trout – a fish that lives only in the running or spring water. In the around mountains you can see Marals, mountain goats, wolves and even bears.
Return to the guest house. Dinner and sauna. Overnight in guest house.
Day 3. Kolsai Lakes – Almaty
Breakfast. Departure to Almaty at 09:00am. Sightseeing at the Moon Valley and Bestamak Canyon on the way.
“Moon Valley” is a canyon, consisting of yellow clay. It is distinguished by the unique roundness of landscape and the lack of a single acute angle, that is why it is incredibly similar to the lunar surface, characterized by an exceptional streamlined forms. There is almost no rainfall in this area, but when the snow melts in the spring, the water appears for some time in sufficient amounts to soften the clay. As a result, the valley bottom is white and flat and the edges are formed by diffuse array of white color. When you go to the bottom of the “lunar” crater, you feel yourself the first astronaut to set foot on the Moon and your insignificance in comparison with the large space object. Only Haloxylon indicates terrestrial origin of this place.
Arrival to Almaty at 19:00.
Tour Price Per Person in 2017: 390 USD
Private Tour Price – 599 USD Per Person, provided 2 persons traveling together
Schedule of group tours in 2017:
April – May June July
- 17.04 – 19.04.2017 05.06 – 07.06.2017 10.07 – 12.07.2017
- 08.05 – 10.05.2017 19.06 – 21.06.2017 24.07 – 26.07.2017
- 22.05 – 24.05.2017
August September October
- 07.08 – 09.08.2017 04.09 – 06.09.2017 02 – 04.10.2017
- 21.08 – 23.08.2017 18.09 – 20.09.2017 16 – 18.10.2017
Tour Price INCLUSIONS:
1. Transportation according to the program in comfortable minivan
2. Accommodation in the guest houses at Kolsai Lakes
3. Sightseeing according to the program with English speaking guide
4. All environmental fees during the tour
5. Meals: lunch and dinner in Day 1; breakfast, lunch and dinner in Day 2; breakfast and lunch in Day 3
Tour Price EXCLUSIONS:
1. Accommodation in Almaty, if required
2. Meals not indicated in the program and/or not included into the tour price
3. Visa support and registration on the territory of Kazakhstan, if required
4. Personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program
If you have any questions, please contact us via booking form. Thank you!