Assy plateau — Bartogay lake


2 days




450 km

total distance
длина велочасти

65 km

cycling distance

Route description

The route runs through picturesque areas of Ile-Alatau National Park. We will drive up the Turgen gorge to the top, i.e. Assy astronomical observatory. Here the cycling route starts. The cycling route passes through the high-mountain Assy plateau from west to east. Assy plateau reaches a height of up to 3,000 meters above sea level. It is famous for rich landscape, and photo enthusiasts can enlarge their collections with excellent shots! The plateau is steeped in history: we will see the ancient mounds, while eagle-eyed tourists might notice the rock paintings. In summer, the plateau is used by shepherds as a pasture for cattle. Here you can see a lot of nomads’ tents (yurts) and huge herds of domestic animals. The overnight stop will be in a small gorge hidden among the mountains on lawns along a small river. On the second day we will climb to a pass, from which there will be about 20 km of descent to the shore of the Bartogay lake, where the cycling route finishes.


Day one
Almaty — Turgen gorge — Assy plateau

On a bicycle: 40 km
Vertical climb: 500 meters
Descent: 1,400 meters
Terrain — plateau, one mountain crossing

06:00-09:00: Travel by car from Almaty to Assy astronomical observatory
09:00-11:00: Breakfast, preparation for the cycling route
11:00: Start of the cycling route, cycling along Assy plateau and high-mountain summer pasture
17:00: Approximate arrival time to the field camp
17:00-19:00: Installation of the field camp. Leisure activities
19:00-20:00: Dinner

Day two
Assy plateau — Bartogay lake

On a bicycle: 25 km
Vertical climb: 700 meters
Descent: 1,300 meters
Terrain — plateau, one mountain crossing

09:00-10:00: Breakfast
10:00-11:00: Decamp and preparation for the cycling route
11:00-14:00: Cycling route from the camp to Bartogay lake
14:00-15:00: Finishing at the Bartogay lake, break for a snack, loading of bicycles on cars
15:00-16:30: Driving to a cafe in Baiseit or Chilik village
16:30-18:00: Dinner in a cafe
18:00-20:00: Travel by cars to Almaty


  • Lead car

    970 €
    Mercedes-Benz Sprinter minibus (4 WD) with six seats in the passenger compartment, equipped with THULE bike racks
  • Additional car

    740 €
    Mitsubishi Delica minibus (4 WD) with seven seats in the passenger compartment, equipped with THULE bike racks


  • Transportation of participants and bicycles to the start of the cycling route and back to the city
  • Full car support along the route
  • Bicycle mechanic with an extended set of tools
  • Cycling guide accompanying the participants along the cycling part of the route
  • Cook’s services and meals along the route (except for cafes)
  • Environmental fees at the entrance to the national parks
  • General tourist equipment: tables, chairs, dishes, tent, canteen tent, washbasin, gas burners
  • Two-person tents (double occupancy), sleeping pads (to be placed in tents)
  • Accommodation in guest houses and recreation camps that are included in some routes
  • Meals in cafes during scheduled stops
  • Services not provided along the route, such as horseback riding, which is available at certain stops along the routes
  • Bike rent in case you do not have your own bike

You can rent a bike with us. You can also travel along the entire route in a minibus. It’s a bit more boring than on a bike, but you will see all the same places and landmarks.

Bike rental price:

  • Hardtail

    50 €
  • Full suspension

    80 €
  • Bicycle
  • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
  • Helmet, cycling gloves and other safety equipment if you like
  • Individual medical kit (if you have any diseases)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Cycling backpack
  • Windbreaker, raincoat
  • Clothes according to the weather for the active part of the route and for evening hours in the camp
  • Proper shoes for the active part of the route and another pair of shoes for the camp
  • Passport or other ID (you should always have one at hand, as many routes run across border areas, and there may be random checks)
  • Simple carbohydrates to consume while cycling