Canyons: Charyn (Valley of castles), Temerlik, Bestamak, Clay

Route length: 650 km

Travel time: 4-5 hours to the Valley of Castles

Seasonality: all year round

The best time to travel: April, May, September, October.

Tour duration: 2 days.

Charyn canyon is located 195 km from Almaty, and this place is definitely worth a visit. The stunning beauty of the landscape will take you into the atmosphere of the wild West, because the Charyn canyon, without a doubt, can be put on a par with the famous Grand canyon in the United States of America.

Some facts about the canyon:

• the length of the canyon is 154 km along the Charyn river;

• it is a natural monument composed of sedimentary rocks that are about 12 million years old;

• is actually the bottom of the Tethys proto-ocean;

• the height of the steep mountains of the canyon reaches 150-300 meters;

• the most beautiful place is considered to be the valley of Castles, its length is about 3 km, width-20-80 m.

Temerlik canyon or an oasis in the hot desert.

The canyon stretches along the Temerlik river, which flows into the Charyn from the East 10 km North of the valley of castles.

A huge advantage of this canyon over others is the presence of dense green poplar bushes that create a comfortable microclimate at the bottom of the canyon. Along the river Sogdian ash, poplar and barberry create shade and coolness. There are not many people here either, it is very comfortable to stay here for the night.

The Canyon Bestamak.

It is also called small, because the composition of the rocks and the similarity of the terrain resemble the Charyn canyon in miniature. And the canyon has a name — Yellow, because  this color prevails in the landscape.

A few facts about it:

* located on the right Bank of the Charyn river;

• it is a natural channel for rain;

• there are seven types of vegetation: steppe, desert, shrub, forest, tugai, meadow and swamp;

* interesting fossils of extinct flora and fauna are still found in the canyon.

Clay or moon canyon.

It is located between the Kuluktau mountains and the Charyn river. It has an interesting landscape that resembles large clay stalagmites.

Accommodation for the night will depend on your preferences – tent camp, Yurt.

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