Charyn Canyons and Bartogai Reservoir


A tour to Charyn Canyon and Bartogai Reservoir from Almaty is a fantastic way to experience some of Kazakhstan’s most stunning natural landscapes. Here’s a detailed outline for such a tour:

Full-Day Tour: Charyn Canyon and Bartogai Reservoir


  1. Departure from Almaty:

    • Time: 7:00 AM
    • Pickup Location: Your hotel or a central meeting point in Almaty
    • Duration: Approximately 3 hours drive to Charyn Canyon
  2. Charyn Canyon Exploration:

    • Arrival Time: 10:00 AM
    • Activities:
      • Visit the «Valley of Castles,» the most famous part of Charyn Canyon.
      • Guided hike along the canyon trails, offering spectacular views and photo opportunities.
      • Learn about the geology, flora, and fauna of the canyon from your guide.
    • Duration: 2.5 hours
  3. Lunch Break:

    • Time: 12:30 PM
    • Details: Enjoy a packed lunch or a meal at a local café (depending on tour package).
  4. Drive to Bartogai Reservoir:

    • Time: 1:30 PM
    • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours drive
  5. Bartogai Reservoir Visit:

    • Arrival Time: 3:00 PM
    • Activities:
      • Enjoy the serene environment and breathtaking views of the reservoir surrounded by mountains.
      • Option for fishing (if equipment is available) or a leisurely walk along the shore.
      • Relax and take in the natural beauty, with opportunities for bird watching and photography.
    • Duration: 1.5 hours
  6. Return to Almaty:

    • Departure Time: 4:30 PM
    • Arrival Time: 7:00 PM
    • Details: Drop-off at your hotel or the original pickup location.


  • Transportation in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Professional English-speaking guide.
  • Entry fees to Charyn Canyon.
  • Packed lunch or meal at a local café.
  • Bottled water and snacks.
  • Basic first aid kit.

What to Bring:

  • Comfortable hiking shoes.
  • Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
  • Camera or smartphone for photos.
  • Water bottle (refills provided).
  • Light jacket or layers (weather can vary).
  • Personal medications (if any).


Tips for the Tour:

  • Book in Advance: Especially during peak tourist seasons.
  • Ask Questions: Ensure you understand what is included in the tour package.
  • Health & Safety: Inform the guide of any health issues or dietary restrictions.

This tour offers a fantastic combination of adventure, natural beauty, and relaxation, making it a perfect day trip from Almaty.


Price per person from 60$ ( group of 10 people)

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