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Tour route - Turgen Gorge - "Bearicsh" waterfall - Оbservatory - Plateau Assy - petroglyphs Duration 3 - 1 day
Author of tour: Konstantin Kosov   

This route is described for 3 days. This is one of the most beautiful and contrasting routes in the Almaty region. You will see the Mountain Valley Turgen' - plateau Assy - steppe mountains Sogety - steppe plateau Sogety - Charyn Canyon.
   You can see the description of the 2 days and 1 day tour at the bottom page.

1 day. Almaty - Turgen gorge - "bearish" waterfall - guesthouse. 

Transfer Almaty to Turgen Gorge ( 2h ) . Coffeebreak in the guesthouse .
Hike to "Bearicsh" waterfall, about 1h. Return to the guesthouse .
In the guesthouse we will have dinner and rest. For a nice evening we prepare mulled wine or beer. After dinner we will have a "Russian bath" and drink tea with mountain honey. Overnight in the guesthouse.

 
  driving time - 4 hours
   walk - 1 h
   total time of the tour - about 6 hours
   main road - 110km.
    overnight in guesthouse
 
          
road in Turgen gorge
                
 
 
waterfall "bearish" - length 30 m
 
guest house
      
   
 
                    
 
 
      
 
2 day. Observatory - Plateau Assy - petroglyphs - red rocks. ,
  Breakfast . After breakfast we continue to move up the Turgen Gorge . The road is very picturesque. The road goes along the mountain river Turgen' . Slopes are covered with Tien Shan spruce.

   Our first goal is the Assy pass ( 2,750 meters above sea level) where we find the observatory. And where we can enjoy a wonderful view of the Assy plateau. This plateau has a length of about 40km. It is a traditional place where nomads let their cattle graze. If our tour will take place from June to August we will also be able to see dozens of yurts. As well as hundreds of sheep and horses. This is a traditional activity of Kazakhs .
    After half an hour drive, we come to the place where ancient petroglyphs are inscribed in rocks . Here we will have lunch. This little-known place is a treasure for scientists and tourists .
   After lunch we will continue wandering on the plateau for about 1.5 hours. Trying the traditional drink of the nomads - koumiss (fermented mare's milk) should not be missed.
    Where the plateau Assy ends, begin the steppe mountains of Toraigyr . A serpentine road descends between rocky gorges. We will stop at a beautiful location next to the river. There is a remarkable "geological outcrop" - a red rock. Here we will have dinner. And camp for the night. In the evening, you can build a fire and enjoy a wonderful time. I think this is one of the most pleasant and beautiful camping sites in our area.

If you do not like to have a night in a tent. We can stay in the guest yurts on the plateau (an additional 30 euros / $ 43 per person)


   driving time - 5 hours
   walk - 1 h
   total time of the tour - about 8 hours
   main road - 15km.
   
off-road - 60km.
   overnight in tent or guesthouse

 
ascent to the plateau Assy
       
Assy pass - 2,750 meters above sea level. Observatory on the Assy plateau. Since 1976, observations are made here.
 
         
Yurt traditional nomadic dwelling - modern nomads also use every summer yurt. Yurt traditional nomadic dwelling - modern nomads also use yurt every summer. They prefer modern tents - yurts. Because yurt better conserves heat in cold weather. And cool on hot days.
On the plateau are thousands of sheep and horses
      
 
 
 
     
                               
      
 
 
 
             
 
 
 
 
 
      
Petroglyphs Assy plateau
 
 
  
 

3 day.

   Breakfast. A descent from the plateau to the Bortagay reservoir in some 2 hours. We'll move from the steppe mountains to the steppe plateau, and canyons farther away.
    Lunch in the cafe at the Kokpek pass. Transfer to Charyn Canyon - 1h. Walking through the canyon. Lunch. Return to Almaty. Dinner at a road cafe.

   driving time - 7hours
   walk - 1,5 h
   total time of the tour - about 9 hours
   main road - 260km.
   
off-road - 30km.


 

 
 
 
               
program for 1 day


We recommend you to take 3 days for a tour on the Assy plato. But if you can not take 3 or 2 days for this tour. You can cut the program to one days.

1 day. Almaty - Turgen gorge - "bearish" waterfall - Оbservatory - Plateau Assy . Main road - 160km., off-road - 50km.,

 Moving Almaty - Turgen gorge. (2h). Coffeebreak in the guest house.
Walk to "bearish" waterfall - 1hour.
    We continue to move up the Turgen Gorge. The road is very picturesque. The road goes along the mountain river Turgen'. "The slopes are covered Tien Shan spruce.
    Our goal Assy pass (2,750 meters above sea level). Here we see the observatory. And a wonderful view of the plateau Assy. This plateau length of 40 km. Here nomads herding cattle.
The descent from the plateau 1hour. Dinner at the guesthouse. Moving to Almaty 2 hours.

   driving time - 7h
   walk - 1h
   total time of the tour - about 10h

   main road - 180km.
   of-road - 50km.


program for 2 days
 

1 day. Almaty - Lake Issyk - Turgen gorge - "bearish" waterfall - guest house.
  
 Moving Almaty - Lake Issyk (1.5h). Walk near the lake.
Moving to Turgenskoye Gorge ( 1h ) . Coffeebreak in the guest house .
Hike to "Bearicsh" waterfall about 1h. Return to the guest house .
The guest house we will have dinner and rest. For a nice evening we prepared mulled wine or beer. Аfter dinner we will have a "Russian bath" and drink tea with mountain honey. Overnight in guest house.

   driving time - 4 hours
   walk - 1 h
   total time of the tour - about 6 hours
   main road - 110km.

  2 day. Оbservatory - Plateau Assy - petroglyphs - red rocks.,

  
Breakfast . After breakfast we continue to move up the Turgen Gorge. The road is very picturesque. The road goes along the mountain river Turgen' . Slopes are covered Tien Shan spruce.

   Our goal Assy pass ( 2,750 meters above sea level). Here we see the observatory. And a wonderful view of the plateau Assy . This plateau length of about 40km . It is the traditional place where grazed cattle nomads . If our tour will take place from June to August we will also be able to see dozens of yurts . As well as hundreds of sheep and horses. This is a traditional activity of Kazakhs .
    After half an hour drive, we come to the place where the petroglyphs inscribed on the rocks . Here we will have lunch. This little-known place for scientists and tourists. After lunch return to Almaty. Dinner at the cafe over the road.

   driving time - 7 hours
   walk - 1 h
   total time of the tour - about 9 hours
   main road - 100km.
   of-road - 50km.


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