Winter Frozen Waterfalls: gorelnik


Duration: 1 day

Visiting the spectacular waterfall at winter time is a truly amazing experience.  It is a stunning and solid tribute to winter, able to slow even the most powerful forces of nature. You will explore one of the frozen waterfalls as you trek through the ravines of the majestic Ili Alatau National Park located at the foothills of Tian Shan Mountains. 


  • Enjoy active winter hiking at Small Almaty gorge, hiking is not very complicated, it takes around 5-6 hours both ways

  • See what happens when mother nature takes a snapshot of its most moving creations

  • Take a look at the Medeo - legendary Soviet ice-skating rink where 123 world records have been set

  • Savor cosy winter picnic with hot tea and homemade food

What you can expect:

In the morning, meet your guide and driver at your hotel lobby to drive to Medeo gorge, where you can see the biggest high altitude skating rink. On the way back we can have some time ice skating there.

The beginning of the route is a bit complicated. We start our escalation with the staircase, which has more than 800 stairs. Once we are on the top, the route will get easier. The length of the route is 7km both ways. Take a short break to recharge yourself with light lunch. After some time at the waterfall, its time to the starting point. If you still have energy spend some time at the skating rink. Drive back to the hotel.

What is included:

  • Transfer

  • Guide

  • Picnic with hot tea

What’s not included:

  • Personal expenses

  • Skates renting

  • Entrance to Medeo ice skating rink

All prices are in USD

1  day

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