Trekking in Ile Alatau national park /9 days/

Short description

Highlights of this 11-day tour program including a trekking from Almaty:
– the unspoilt Northern Tien Shan Mountains, where the trekking takes place
– the excellent facilities in the Turgen Basecamp
– cosmopolitan Almaty

Starting in Almaty you will move to a basecamp in the Turgen Valley on day two. En route visiting a new history museum about the Golden Man, a famous warrior of the Sakh period excavated in this region.
Before the actual four-day trekking you will visit by 4WD the Assy Plateau, where semi-nomads dwell in summer. Returning to basecamp the actual trek will start, and after four pretty strenuous days and one more night in the basecamp.

Tour itinerary
Day 1
Almaty city

You arrive in Almaty, will be awaited at the aiport and accommodated in a hotel. In the afternoon you will acquaint yourself with Almaty by means of a 3-hour guided city excursion, visiting Park Panfilov, the Central State Museum a.o.
Located against the backdrop of the high mountains with eternal snow, Almaty is situated wonderfully!

Day 2
Turgen valley, Ile Alatau national park

By car or minibus you will be transferd to a basecamp in the Turgen Valley (at 1,600 meters altitude) at some 90 kms from Almaty.

On the way you’ll visit the Golden Man Museum. In the basecamp you get to know the staff for the next days, explore the surroundings, and have dinner.

Day 3
Ile Alatau national park

A varying day is awaiting you. After breakfast you will climb up the gorge by 4WD to reach the Assy Plateau. These are vast, high altitude grasslands where in summer the Kazakh nomads live in their yurts with their familys and graze their cattle. You will visit them, as well as enjoy excursions to places with ancient rock carvings, burial mounds from the Sakh Period and even a ‘modern’ Soviet Space Observatorium! Afterwards the 4WD brings you back to the Turgen basecamp for dinner and the overnight.

Day 4
Ile Alatau national park

The first of four trekking days. The start seems modest with a 3.5 hours trek. However, from experience we can tell you that trekkings in countries of the former Sovjetunion are never to be taken lightly!
On the way you will enjoy the 70 meter high Kairak waterfalls. Camp for the night at 2,100 meters altitude.

Day 5
Ile Alatau national park

After breakfast and breaking up the campsite you will continue to trek upwards, to the origin of the Temir-Tas river. On the way you can enjoy lovely views of high altitude grasslands and the snow-capped mountains of the Zailiskiy Alatau mountains range. In addition, in this remote area, you’ll wittness untouched (!) ancient burial mounds from the mystical Sakh period (approx. 600 B.C).
Dinner and overnight in tents at the foot of the Glaciological Glacier at 3,200 meters.

Day 6
Ile Alatau national park

Again a say of serious trekking, first across a pass-without-name, then onwards the origin of the Turgen river. You’ll have good views at one of the biggest glaciers of this mountain range and at many peaks from 4,000 meter and up.

Campsite at 3,100 meters.

Day 7
Ile Alatau national park

Today, at the last trekking day, you will be rewarded for the ‘gained altitude’ with a long descend to the Turgen Basecamp, along the river Turgen until the congruence with the river Kishi Turgen. In the basecamp you’ll enjoy dinner and spend a last night.

Day 8
Almaty city

In the morning you’ll be transfered back to Almaty, to your hotel, and can enjoy leisure time for the rest of the day in the city.

Day 9
Almaty city, Medeo sports arena

The Medeo skating rink is situated at half an hour drive from Almaty Center, at an altitude of almost 1,700 meter. With a guide you’ll visit the rink and surroundings, during a half-day excursion.

Day 10
Home sweet Home

Free day and transfer to the Airport. Breakfast is included in the price.

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Tour route
Day 1
Almaty city

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Day 2 - 7
Ile Alatau national park trekking

Distance: 20km to 25km per day, Time: 4 to 5 hours per day

Day 8, 9
Almaty city

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Day 10
Home sweet Home

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