Turgen Gorge Day Tour

Duration: 1 day

Turgen Gorge is an amazing part of Almaty region filled with spruce trees, mountain rivers, waterfalls, lakes and emerald green hills. The gorge is located not far from the city that makes it an ideal destination for a full one-day trip. Enjoy unforgettable views of the northern part of majestic Tian Shan mountains with your knowledgeable guide and highly experienced driver. They will share with you stories about vibrant Kazakh culture and the epic historical legacy of nomads barely known to the rest of the world.

In Dostar Trips we treat each our guest as a friend whom we just didn’t meet yet (“dostar” means friends from Kazakh). If you take a trip with us – you can rely on our friendly support during all your stay, we will always be happy to help you with anything you wish – advise the best place to eat, buy a train ticket, meet locals. Check out what our previous guests are saying about us on TripAdvisor. Let’s be friends!  


  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel or Airbnb flat;
  • Lunch is included (please message us if you prefer vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free options);
  • Friendly English-speaking guide and experienced driver or guide-driver;
  • Two amazing locations during a one-day trip to the Turgen Gorge: Issyk lake and Bear waterfall;
  • A full intensive day of sightseeing, walking, and enjoying great vistas.


We will pick you up right from your hotel, you’ll be met by our friendly English-speaking guide and super-experienced driver. Let’s set off from Almaty and follow old Kuldja tract, where hundreds of years ago the trade caravans passed through. On the way to the Turgen gorge, we will talk about the country, culture, people, and the history of Kazakhstan. 

During our day tour, you will observe mysterious coniferous forests, lakes with the dark history, fast mountains rivers, waterfalls and beautiful alpine flowers.

Our first stop will be at the altitude of 1,756 meters above sea level, next to the postcard-perfect Lake Issyk, located in the valley with the same name. The gorge is evocative and visually striking. The peaceful appearance of the lake hides dark history: in 1963 huge mudflow took place here and destroyed the lake and the whole area around it. However it led to the unbelievable historical discoveries! 

Picnic at the lake.

As a final touch to the beautiful day we included a visit to the famous and accessible Bear waterfall, located in a deep rocky niche, on the southern slope of the Karash Ridge. The height of the waterfall is 29 meters (95 ft). The waterfall got its name because as locals say a family of bears lives here.  

The adventure comes to an end today as we drive you back to your hotel in time for relaxation time.

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What is included:

  • Transportation

  • Food – picnic

  • Tour-guide

  • Water 1l per person

  • All fees & tickets

What to take:

  • Comfortable shoes

  • Hat

  • Sunscreen

Photography from Slawomir Adamczak, Pawel Plocienniczak & Stephen Bridger

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