Charyn Canyon: Valley of Castles, Moon Valley & Bartogay Lake


Duration: 1 day

Charyn Canyon is one of the unique natural monuments of Kazakhstan. The canyon is about 12 million years old. It amazes with its vertical cliffs, calling to mind ancient castles created by wind, sun and rain. Travel from Almaty for a full-day tour to see Charyn Canyon, one of Kazakhstan's natural treasures. 

Two canyons instead of one and a beautiful lake – great plan for a day!

Read our short article about the Charyn Canyon.


  • See Valley of Castles, Moon Canyon & Bartogay lake;

  • Professional guide - your new friend in Almaty!

  • Full intensive day of sightseeing, hiking & enjoying beautiful panoramas;

  • Lunch is included;

  • Pick up & drop off from your hotel

  • List of coolest places-to-eat in Almaty for all our guests!

What you can expect:

Hotel pick up. Meet your English-speaking friendly guide, who will tell you a lot of interesting facts and stories about Almaty and Kazakhstan during your trip.

Driving to Charyn Canyon will take around 2.5 hours, on the way you will see how landscapes change from blooming gardens into flat steppes without a tree on a horizon. After drive it is time to get out from the car and discover one of the most beautiful canyons in Central Asia! We will walk down into the depths of the Valley of Castles and have a nice picnic on Charyn river bank

Our next destination is Moon Valley. See the hidden canyon that not many other travelers know about. Enjoy gorgeous view from the best point!

On the way back to the city enjoy the view of Bartogai lake - majestic artificial lake that is an ambitious Soviet project that still works and helps farmers to irrigate their crops every year. In the end of our long interesting day we will drop you off at the hotel. 


What is included:

  • Transportation

  • Food - picnic

  • Tour-guide

  • Water 1l per person

  • All fees & tickets

What to take:

  • Comfortable shoes

  • Hat

  • Sunscreen

General Terms & Conditions

All prices are in USD

Photography from Stephen Bridger:

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IG: @stephenbridger

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Definitely live up to their name! :-)

I would definitely recommend Friendly Tours! Easy to arrange and they picked us up/dropped us off where we were staying. My brother and I did the extended Charyn Canyon tour which included Moon Valley which was absolutely stunning (and nobody there!!!). Lunch was gorgeous (as was the homemade cake provided by our driver's mum!) Our driver and guide were incredibly knowledgeable. You are in safe hands with these guys. Thanks Friendly Tours! :-)

Emily, UK

During 2019 we did A LOT of beautiful trips and here is our own video about Charyn Canyon!

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