Tour to the petroglyphs of Tamgaly Tas (Buddha) and the castle of Nomads

Tamgaly Tas - petroglyphs Buddha and Castle Nomad

The most interesting and mysterious location near Almaty is the rock carvings of Buddha on the banks of the Ili River. The petroglyphs are thin carved images of Buddha Bodhisattvas and Burkhans, as well as Tibetan inscriptions.

There are several legends about their appearance, our guide will tell you them, but scientists have not yet come to an unambiguous conclusion. The Tamgaly Tas tract is a Buddhist sanctuary.

The second bright location of the tour is the Nomads' Castle. It was built in 2004 for the filming of the feature film "Nomad". It was decided to leave the scene and now it is a tourist place for thematic photoshoots and enjoying the historical way of the Kazakhs.

Tour Details

🍴 Food on-site – Bring a snack (guide can provide lunch box for extra payment).

🕒 Approx. – 8/9 hours. Distance 270 km both way / 1.5 h walking (level – easy).

🌞 Weather is seasonal, and temperature range from + 45˚C to – 15 ˚C. We suggest wearing layers.

💲 Tour Price – Standard tour (vehicle 6 seats/guide; water) – 175$

💲Entrance tickets are paid additionally

✔ Any tour can be changed according to your wishes

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. Distance to the first place will take 100 km. In the Nomad Castle (movie decoration) we walk around 1 h.
Departure to Tamgaly Tas
In Tamgaly we organize lunch on the nature next to the river Ili. Free time 2 hours.
Return back to Almaty
After hiking, we start to drive back to Almaty. A guide will drive you back to the hotel.
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