June 28 – July 6

Route details

The route passes through the most beautiful places of the Almaty region of Kazakhstan: the celestial mountain ranges of the Tien Shan and its emerald lakes, where between the mountain ranges on the sandy and steppe valley, slowly moving the largest river in the Semirechye — Ili. Its tributaries as life-giving vessels penetrate the desert plain, wriggling along the canyon, with lunar and Martian landscapes, and the mountain plain — Jailau. It is here that you will feel as if you have visited different parts of the world at the same time, as this route is unique for its extremely diverse landscapes.

Almaty Region Adventure Tour is also a historical and informative tour, as the beginning of the tour takes place along one of the ancient trade arteries, the Great Silk Road. We will visit the places where the Saky tribes of the first millennium BC lived and where the great conqueror of the world Genghis Khan with his mighty army took place in the XIII century. On the way we will meet abandoned places of ancient settlements, many mounds, ancient rock petroglyphs and places where archeological excavations were carried out.

Route specification

9 days


1200 km

total length

300 km

bicycle length

874 €


Main route points

Обсерватория Ассы

Assa plateau

High mountain plateau, the height reaches 3000 m. In spring and summer, it acquires striking shades and a lot of colors, as the Assachs are home to a huge number of plants. The purest river Assa flows along the plateau, the cycling route becomes more rapid, and in the middle of the cycling route with emotions we will cross this river. Mesmerizing landscapes of the moment will replenish the memory of your photo and video gadgets.

Bartogay Reservoir

The Bartogaiskoye reservoir surprises with its beauty. If a small lake is found in a rocky mountainous area on Mars, it will look like such a mystical view as Bartogay. And around, on the hills, there are a lot of mounds of Saka and Türkic times.

Charyn Canyon

Charyn Canyons — called the «Valley of Castles», a unique canyon of its kind, very similar, but inferior in size to the famous Grand Canyon in Colorado, USA. The height of the canyons reaches 200 meters. And in the depths of the canyons flows a stormy river Charyn, where we go down by bicycle.

Озеро Кольсай

Kolsay Lake

Kolsay Lake is called «the pearl of the Northern Tien Shan». The lake is located at an altitude of 1800 m in the mountains of the eastern part of the Kungei Alatau ridge in one amazingly beautiful mountain gorge. The lake is surrounded by coniferous forest from the Tien Shan spruce and birches, and the wind carries their flavor. There is a rainbow trout among the fauna.

Озеро Каинды

Lake Kaindy

The lake was formed as a result of an earthquake in January 1911, when a landslide blocked the river. The river eventually flooded a gorge with coniferous forest, forming a fairy-tale transparent lake with protruding trunks that look like the masts of sunken sailing ships. Lakes are often called «dead» because there are no fish in the lake.

Долина реки Текес

Tekes River valley

The Tekes River is one of the two rivers (along with the Kunges) that make up the Ili River. The length is 438 km, of which about 100 km fall on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, including 40 km within the territory of Kazakhstan and about 60 km along the border of Kazakhstan and China. The place is small tourism, which allowed to preserve the virgin beauty of nature! In the depth of the gorge there is a bowl-shaped waterfall. It is not very high, but thanks to its shape it is very interesting!

Озеро Тузколь

Tuzkol Lake

Bitter-saline mountain lake in Kazakhstan is located on the left bank of the upper reaches of the Charyn River. This lake can be compared with the famous dead sea by its water composition! In clear weather from Tuzkol right in the south one can see the majestic peaks of Tien Shan: the pyramidal peak of Khan-Tengri (7010 m) and a little more right trapeze of Victory Peak (7439 m).

Перевал 3100 м

The pass is 3100 meters

The final chords of cycling will be a vast valley in the depths of the country, as well as overcoming the harsh pass in the border with China! We will approach the border with China at a distance of less than 30 km. There are also a lot of pastures for cattle and many national yurts in this region. It is also very difficult to meet a tourist in these parts!

Bicycle tour program

Bicycle tour program

Meeting guests at the airport.
Transfer to the hotel.
11:00 — General meeting of participants. Acquaintance with the team and participants, briefing. Lunch in a cafe with a national flavor. There will be an opportunity to taste the national cuisine of Central Asia.
Then we are going to move by car in the direction of alpine ice rink «Medeo». From there we take the funicular to the Chimbulak ski resort. Walk in the mountains. We will go up to a height of 3200 meters above sea level, from where you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city.
In the afternoon we go down to the city. A few hours of free time, you can walk around the city.
20:00 — Dinner at the National Cuisine Café of Central Asia.
22:00 — Return to the hotel.

Bicycle part 40 km
Automotive part: 100 km
Altitude climb: 500 meters
Loss of height: 1400 meters

06:00 — In the morning early collection and loading of things, bicycles on a car.
06:30 — Departure by car from Almaty.
06:30...10:00 — We drive through the beautiful Turgen Gorge to Assy Plateau.
10:00 — Arriving at the Assy observatory.
10:00...11:30 — Breakfast. Pre-start briefing.
11:30 — Start of the bicycle part.
11:30...17:00 — Active bicycle part. On the way we will make a stop for lunchtime snack lunchbox.
17:00 — We arrive in a beautiful place of overnight stay at the red mountains.
17:00...20:00 — Installation of the field camp for the overnight stay. Free time.
20:00 — Dinner.

Bicycle section: 30 km
Automotive part: 150 km
Altitude climb: 700 meters
Loss of height: 1300 meters

07:00...10:00 — Early morning rise, breakfast. Collection of the field camp.
10:00 — Start of the bicycle part. We overcome a serious pass — unprepared cyclists will walk most of the time or you can go up to the pass by car and then 15 km of technical high-speed descent to the Bartogay reservoir.
13:00...15:30 — Arriving at the Bartogayskoye reservoir — lunchbox snack, loaded into cars and drive to Charyn Canyon.
15:30...17:00 — We go down the canyon by bicycles. A short walk. And back up to the cars. Lunch.
17:00...19:30 — By car we go to Saty village. There we move to the guest house.
20:30 — Dinner. Opportunity to take a shower.

Bicycle section: 30 km
Automotive part: 0 km
Altitude climb: 750 meters
Loss of height: 750 meters

08:00...10:00 — Wake up, breakfast.
10:00...12:00 — Cycling part towards Lake Kainda.
12:00...13:00 — Tracking in the vicinity of the lake.
13:00...14:00 — Lunchbox snack.
14:00...15:30 — Cycling descent to Saty village.
15:30...19:00 — Free time. Walk along the river Chilik. There will be an opportunity to rent horses and go horseback riding along the river Chilik. (Application must be left in advance).
17:00...19:00 — Visit Bathhouse.
19:00 — Dinner. Overnight stay at the guest house.

Bicycle part 30 km
Automotive part: 170 km
Altitude climb: 500 meters
Loss of height: 500 meters

07:00...08:00 — Early morning rise, breakfast.
08:00...08:30 — We are going up to Kolsay Lake 1 — 15 km by car.
08:30...10:00 — Walk along the lake.
10:00...12:00 — Cycling descent to Saty village.
12:00...13:00 — Lunch at the guest house. Collection and departure on the way.
13:00...18:00 — Car part towards overnight in the valley of the river Tekes.
18:00...19:00 — In the evening we arrive at the overnight stay. Installation of the camp.
20:00 — Dinner. Overnight stay in tents.

Bicycle part: up to 40 km
Automotive part: 40 km
Altitude climb: 200 meters
Loss of height: 900 meters

07:00...09:00 — Early rise. Breakfast.
09:00...11:00 — After breakfast we go to a small trekking to Tekes waterfall.
11:30...15:30 — Cycling along the valley of the river Tekes in the direction of the lake Tuzkol. The road will run along the plateau with the loss of height. On the way we will make a stop for a snack lunchbox.
15:00...17:00 — Near the village we load ourselves into escort cars and go by car to Lake Tuzkol, from which we have a magnificent view of the majestic peak Khan-Tengri, 7000 m high. It is the highest mountain in Kazakhstan. The mountain stands on the border of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and China. As a rule, the peak is visible only in good weather at dawn and dusk.
17:00...19:00 — Installation of a field camp. Free time.
20:00 — Dinner. Field night in tents.

Bicycle section up to 50 km
Automotive part: 0 km
Altitude climb: 800 meters
Loss of height: 200 meters

08:00...10:00 — Early morning climb. Breakfast.
10:00 a.m. — Cycling along the Shalkodes valley. On the way we will make a little rest for lunchtime snack lunchbox.
17:00...19:00 — By the evening we arrive at the foot of the pass, which we will overcome the next day. We are camping in the field.
20:00 — Dinner. Field night.

Bicycle part: up to 50 km
Automotive part: 0 km
Altitude climb: 400 meters
Loss of height: 2500 meters

08:00...10:00 — Early rise, breakfast.
10:00...15:00 — The cycling part begins with the ascent to the pass. About 8-10 km we go up. Then we go down to 40 km from the pass with big loss of height. On the way we have lunchbox snack.
15:30...19:00 — Overnight accommodation in a hotel complex with a natural hot spring. Here you can relax, swim in the pool, take a shower — the active part of the tour is completed.
19:00 — Dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.

0900 hours — Wake up, breakfast. We rest for a couple of hours, swim in swimming pools.
12:00 — By lunchtime we go back to Almaty.
14:00...15:00 — On the way to the cafe for lunch in the village of Chilik.
15:00...17:00 — We will be in the city around 5 pm.
Check-in at the hotel. Dinner in the evening in an ethnic restaurant.

What's included in the price

  • Meet and greet guests at the airport
  • Accommodation in a hotel (standard 2-bed room, one day before the beginning and one after the active part of the tour. Plan your arrival on the dates recommended by the organizers.
  • Accommodation in guest house and hotel according to the program
  • Lunch and dinner on day 0. Dinner on the last day.
  • A guided tour to the Chimbulak ski resort
  • Full car support during the active part of the bicycle tour
  • Drinking water and cycling meals
  • Environmental posts, national park entry fees
  • Registration of passes to the border area
  • Veloguide
  • Cycle mechanic's support on the route
  • Cycling kit: keys, pump, patches, chain lubricants, high-pressure pump, brake repair kit and other tools, spare parts
  • Cycling instructor training and assistance
  • First aid kit: bandages, peroxide, painkillers, etc. A small first aid kit is located near the velogiste, a large extended first aid kit in the escort car.
  • Common camping equipment: tent, field kitchen tent, tables, chairs, refrigerator, dishes, washbasin, field toilet, 220V, etc.
  • Health insurance (not allowed to cycle tours without insurance)

What to take with you

  • Bicycle (if you don't have your own, you can rent it by appointment)
  • Tent, sleeping bag, karemat (if you don't have your own, we'll give you one - you'll have to leave a preliminary application)
  • Helmet, bicycle gloves and other protection as required
  • Individual first-aid kit (in case of diseases)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water flask
  • Backpack, where you can put the things you need during the active part
  • Windbreaker, raincoat
  • Weather clothes for the active part and warm clothes for the evening in the camp
  • Comfortable shoes for the active part, as well as exchangeable shoes
  • Identity document (it is necessary to have it with you, because part of the route passes through the border area and can be checked)

Additional services

  • MTB Hardtail bicycle: Cube, Giant and others with equipment above average

    36 €
    price in 9 days
  • MTB double suspension bike with equipment above average

    54 €
    price in 9 days
  • A tent and karemate

    Double tents and a mat are provided free of charge upon prior request (limited number)