Cycling in Kazakhstan

Starts: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Finishes: Almaty, Kazakhstan

Visit: Almaty, Charyn Canyon, Algabas, Aktasty, Lake Tuzkol, Altyn Emel National Park, Basshiy, Almaty

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Road Cycling


This varied and exciting Central Asian mountain biking holiday is focused on the south-eastern corner of Kazakhstan, close to the borders with both China and Kirghizstan and overlooked by the 7000 metre-high snow peaks of the Tien Shan. Access to this fascinating region is through the city of Almaty, founded on the site of an old Silk Road oasis in 1854 and now a prosperous and sophisticated place with leafy parks, cosmopolitan cafes, excellent museums, shops and restaurants.

It has a long history of running mountain biking holidays in Kazakhstan (first trip in 2004), but this latest version is a little bit different. We have reduced the difficulty whilst expanding the range of the territory that we cover. We start out with a week in the northern foothills of the Tien Shan, cycling on a mix of surfaced and gravel roads that cut through the open grassland or steppe of several picturesque valleys. There are isolated farming villages in this area and also scattered camps of nomadic Kazakh shepherds who come to these upland valleys in summer with their flocks of sheep and herds of horses. Riding cross-country between riverside camps, well have the chance to take tea at the yurt encampments of these charming people. An early highlight of the holiday is our night at a yurt camp in the spectacular Charyn Canyon where we can do some exploring and experience the magic of sunrise on the canyons striking rock formations. Then, following a route that dates back to the Silk Road, we cycle up onto the Kegen Plateau and spend a night beside Lake Tuzkol where the views extend to Kan Tengri (7010m) and the other central Tien Shan summits. Transferring into the Altyn-Emel National Park, we then have 2 days of exploration in a beautiful desert world, cycling between outrageously colourful sandstone formations and hiking to the top of the 120 metre high Singing Sand Dune. This is an outstanding Central Asian cycling holiday and a real adventure travel experience in a remote, seldom visited and culturally intriguing area.


    • Views of Khan Tengri (7010m) and the central Tien Shan peaks from Lake Tuzkol
    • Meet and take tea with nomadic Kazakh shepherds at their yurt encampments
    • Visit the Golden Man Museum, dedicated to a Scythian warrior from the 4th century BC
    • Hike to the top of the Singing Sand-Dune for far-reaching views

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 62392
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Finishes: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Duration: 11 days
Physical rating: Basic


  • An experienced English-speaking local cycling guide
  • Single timed Almaty Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 11 of the Land Only itinerary
  • Vehicle support and driver(s) and any other land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as detailed in the trip dossier
  • All meals throughout the trip
  • Full camping service including all equipment (excluding personal equipment)



Price person (sharing double) $2,465 ($224/day)


$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Kazakhstan Almaty, Chilik River, Charyn Canyon, Zhenishke Valley, Algabas, Aktasty, Lake Tuzkol, Temerlik Valley, Ak-Tau Mountains, Basshiy
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