Big Almaty peak and Tourist peak are maybe the most accessible ascents in the area (even in winter time) due to possible transportation up to the Космостанция (Tyan-Shan astronomic observatory) on the Zhusaly-Kezen' Pass (3336m).
Includes Big Almaty Lake.
Ascent category 1A (easy). Perfect for mountaineers familiar with this altitude. All year round.
Day 1. Car trip and (or) hiking to the Космостанция. WARNING: car ride to the Pass implies fast car ascent by more than 2300 meters and may cause mountain sickness. Not recommended for preconditioned people and recently arrived (not yet acclimatized in the area). Depending on your needs we can arrange hiking option#2 (+8 km/850m gain, extra charge) from the lake (2500masl).
Short lunch stop at the Pass and accomodation in the guesthouse.
Easy hike to the Big Almaty peak – the perfect triangle-shaped mountain visible from each corner of the city. It dominates the skyline with the height of 3682 meters and serves as solid vantage point covering whole the area north to Zailisky Alatau.
Night in the guesthouse (sleeping bags, spartan style shelter, outhouse, don't expect much, yet beautiful sunset included).
Day 2. Ascent to Tourist peak (3954masl). We just gotta climb these 600 (elevation gain) meters to get to the summit and enjoy the view.
IMPORTANT!!! The area is interstate borderline so bring your valid IDs (subject to examination by border patrol).
Fee: $320 (1 person), $450 (2 people) + $100 for each plus one. Extended option (start from the lake) +$100/group.
All inclusive: 4WD transport from door/to door, entry permits to the National park, full guidance of fluent English speaking guide, meals, sleeping bags, trekking poles, microspikes, rainponchos, snow gaiters.