Flexible and customizable route. Our first destination is this unique high-altitude moraine lake #6 (3600 masl) with a glacier hanging above. Being well controlled and drained on a daily basis it is still one of the main threats to the mountain city. Valley of the glaciers (3300 masl) is one of the must-visit places near Almaty. Surrounded by stone walls and several pulsating glaciers it will take your breath away. Camping there overnight on soft sandy beach. Titov' pass (3600 masl) is personally the awesomest place near Almaty given its hard-to-reach accessibity and MiddleEarth-ish landscapes. You will have to gain 400 meters of hard climb to the Titov' Pass but the view worth it! Then we roll down the quite steep trail (mind the part with actual -55 degrees slope with loose stones) to get to the circus' lakes (swimmable!). Return back to the road down by the beautiful Gorel'nik gorge with refreshing waterfall shower.
Fee: $260 (1 person), $400 (2 people) + $50 for each plus one. Includes camping meals (dinner and breakfast), accmdtn in tents. Be ready to carry a proportionate part of a load (porter services are available).
Single day hardcore hike to T1 & Titov' pass (excl. lake#6) is also available. Fee: $300 (group 1-3 people). Only for true adrenaline junkies. You're gonna regret it!
Profile of the full route
Distance: 27,5 km Elevation gain/loss: 2180m/2783m Difficulty: rather hard (mind the part of Titov' pass with actual -55 degrees slope with loose stones).
Almost on the Pass
Down the Gorel'nik gorge
Downhill from the Titov' Pass
Titov' circus from the Pass
Ermine (the most fierce predator of Zailisky Alatau)