Shepherd Family Stay

New
days 3 days nights 2 nights
Kazakhstan
Difficulty
Moderate
Comfort
Basic+

Experience the life of modern nomads and horseback riding as a shepherd for three days. Explore Charyn Canyon, Kolsay, and Kaindy Lakes. 

Charyn Canyon, 154 km long and situated 195 km east of Almaty near China's border, is part of Charyn National Park. It boasts steep mountains up to 300 m tall, notably the Valley of Castles, featuring a unique grove of Sogdian ash, a relic species. Kolsay Lakes, nestled at 2250 and 2700 meters, offer a stunning natural landscape with rare flora and fauna, while Lake Kaindy, formed in 1911 after an earthquake, is known for its cold temperatures and birch trees submerged due to a landslide-formed dam.

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*only the 3rd day is spent on a horse back

from US$ 670
per tourist for 3 days
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Number of tourists
up to 10 tourists over 10 years old
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Photo Indira K.
Indira K. is the organizer of this trip
The organizer speaks: English
We are pleased to offer you unforgettable journey to Kazakhstan with high quality services along your trip. You can discover unique landscapes, mountain chains, lakes, steppes and forests during our tours carefully selected and organized by our team. Together with us you will go back into the centuries into the time of Great Silk Way, the main trade artery connecting Asia and Europe, you will visit the ancient towns and pass through the history of Great Steppe, from the tribes of nomads, Kazakh Khanate, the Soviet heritage to the sovereign Kazakhstan. You will feel the spirit of young and developing country observing the city life; you will visit museums, theaters, concerts, craft fairs and festivals. Imagine yourself a proud warrior or freedom loving princess of Scythians. Try famous silver jewelry of Turks. You will feel the warmth and generous hospitality of nomads, once you visit Kazakhstan you would like to stay here for as long as possible

Tour highlights

Enjoy Beautiful Nature
Spend time surrounded but breathtaking landscapes
Experience the Local Hospitality
Become a part of a shepherd family for a weekend

Route details

Day 1
Charyn Canyon

08:00 early breakfast at the hotel and departure. Trip to Charyn canyon. 12:00 arrival. The canyon has been described as the Grand canyon’s little brother and is considered to be the floor of the ancient ocean Tethys. The erosion made by the river Charyn below and the elements created a dramatic and impressive landscape. Lunch. Valley of castles and canyon exploring. Hiking. Free time. 17:00 arrival to Karabulak village. Karabulak is a small village settled just 25 km from Kolsay lake and 20 km from Kaindy lake. You will stay at a cozy local family owned guesthouse. 18:00 dinner: homemade traditional cuisine. You will also learn how to make dough for Baursak. Baursak is a certain type of bread typical for Turk people; it looks like a small deep-fried donut. The Baursak can be served as the dessert or accompany the main course. Free time. Night stay at the guesthouse.

Day 2
Kolsai Kolderi National Park
Day 3
Trail Ride
Difficulty
Moderate

Accommodation

Comfort
Basic+
Guest House
2 nights
2 nights
Guest house

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place

Charyn canyon

Tour conditions

Included

  • accommodation in guesthouse on TWIN / DBL sharing basis (2 nights);
  • meals: day 1 LD, day 2 BLD, day 3 BLD;
  • english-speaking guide-driver services;
  • horseback riding on day 3;
  • transport with professional driver;
  • water – 1L per person per day;
  • entrance fees for all mentioned national parks (except photo and video charges).

Extras

  • alcohol and beverages;
  • tips and gratuities;
  • medical insurance;
  • any personal expenses and any services not included in the above itinerary.

Group size

up to 10 tourists

Duration

3 days
2 nights

It's important to know

Cancellation of booking
In case of booking cancellation the next policy applies: Tourists will receive a full amount they paid for the reservation in case they cancel more than 35 days in advance of the tour start date In the event of cancellation within the period of 34 to 16 days before the tour start date - they are entitled to receive 50% of the booking amount Cancelations made within 15 days before the tour starts will not be entitled to a refund.

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