All of these popular tourist destinations are located in one area so it makes perfect sense to bundle them together.
Departure at 7am. Coffee stop outside the city.
Almaty – Charyn canyon (3hrs ride). Easy circuit hiking, panoramic views, photo shootings, lunch on the go.
Charyn – Kaindy lake (2 hrs) Overnight in guesthouse in Saty village with in-door hot shower/restroom, wifi, home-made meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Saty – Kolsai lakes (20 min ride). Hiking to the 2nd lake (6,5 km one-way, 600 meters elevation gain). Grab some flipflops for river crossing. Back to Almaty (5 hrs ride).
Fee: $500 (1-3 people), $650 (4-6 people).
Season: Apr-Oct. Optional return via plateau Assy during summer months (+1 overnight in tents).
Possible to bundle together with Altyn Emel and 4 canyons tour (grand circuit Zhetysy Golden ring tour).
IMPORTANT!!! The lakes area is interstate borderline so bring your valid IDs (subject to examination by border patrol).