Tour Charyn Canyon

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Charyn Canyon (The Valley of Castles)

Charyn Canyon (The Valley of Castles) is located in Kazakhstan, Charyn National Park, approximately 215 km east of Almaty. The canyon is often called the Grand Canyon of the East!

The canyon spans a distance of 150km and can reach depths of 300m. The canyon’s formation began as the surrounding area rose over a period of 3 million years. The geological shift caused an existing lake to begin to drain and slowly erode the canyon. This phenomenon, paired with the erosion caused by the Charyn River left us with the towering columns and deep valley we can explore today.

Charyn Canyon is approximately a 2,5-hour drive (one-way) from Almaty. Once we arrive at the canyon we will follow a hiking trail that leads into the base of the canyon. The hiking trail is approximately 3km each way. Please note that this tour is a full-day tour and typically lasts for 11-12 hours.
Tour Details

🍴 Food on-site – bring a snack or picnic (guide will provide lunch extra payment).

🕒 Approx. – 9 hours. Distance 400 km both way / 1,5 h walking (level- easy).

🌞 Weather is seasonal, and a temperature range from +45°С to -15°С. We suggest wearing layers.

💲 Tour Price – Standard tour (vehicle 6 seats/guide; fees, water) – 170$

✔ Any tour can be changed according to your wishes.

08:00
08:00
Departure from Almaty.
Guide/driver will pick you up from your hotel. On the way, you will know about the city and the country in general. An extra stopover is included.
11.30
11.30
Arriving in Charyn Canyon
The guide will show you the best spots in the canyon. You will look at panorama views and walk down in the canyon. Don’t forget to take some snacks, lunch will be next to the river.
18.00
18.00
Drive back to Almaty and return to Almaty
After excursion road back will take 2.5 hours to your hotel.
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