Kazakhstan: Birdwatching in reserves Aksu-Zhabagly and Korgaldzhino YZ02

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Come to Kazakhstan and join us on a fascinating birdwatching tour. This land has manay nature reserves and undeveloped land and hence has a huge selection of birdlife in particular.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Private or Small Group
Start Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan
End Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Period: Spring, Summer and Autumn
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

About The Operator

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Years In Business: 22


A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

- Accommodation with breakfast
- All transfers and transport
- English speaking guide and bird expert
- Entry fees and activities

- Flights
- Some meals
- Personal expenses eg visa, tips, drinks, insurance.

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Day 01. Arrival in Almaty. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation at the hotel “Kazzhol”. Rest. Breakfast. City sightseeing: visit to the 28 Panfilov's guardsmen park, Cathedral, Museum of National musical instruments, National museum, Medeo gorge, Republic square). Seeing off at the railway station (Almaty -2). Transfer by train “Otrar” Almaty – Tulkubas station (720 km). Night in train.
Day 02. Arrival in Tyulkubas at 6.30. Transfer to Dzhabagly village, accommodation in the guest house. Short rest. Breakfast. Transfer: village Dzhabagly – Berkara tract (150 km). Valleyed ash - treed forest, birds of tugai complex. Birdwatching near Chushkakol, Belikol, Tuzkol lakes. Valley of Berkara gorge is overgrown by ash – treed forest with birds, which took fancy these tugai growth. Birdwatching. Return to the Dzhabagly village. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 03. Breakfast. Transfer: Dzhabagly village – Chushkakol lake (145 km). Birdwatching near Kamenny and Darbaza lakes. Back to t Dzhabagly village. Overnight in guest house.
Day 04. Breakfast. Aksu-Dzhabagly reserve . Horseriding to base camp “Ulken – Kaindy”. Horseriding: Dzhabagly village – Ulken–Kaindy gorge (10 km). Birdwatching in Archa forest. In the afternoon we arrive to base camp in Ulken – Kaindy gorge, where we will have some days for birdwatching. Overnight in summer house of reserve.
Day 05. Breakfast. Aksu – Dzhabagly reserve. Horseriding: to Ulken – Kaindy pass (5 km). From Ulken - Kaindy pass we can see the plain on the North and panorama of the Zhusali river. Birdwatching. Back to base camp. Overnight in summer house of reserve
Day 06. Breakfast. Aksu – Dzhabagly reserve. Horseriding: to Kishy – Kaindy pass (5 km). Birdwatching. Back to base camp. Overnight in summer house of reserve.
Day 07. Breakfast. Aksu – Dzhabagly reserve. Horseriding: to the top of Kaskabulak mountain (6 km). Today we'll visit valley of petrogliphs. Birdwatching. Also we'll see arched forest and alpine meadows. Back to base camp. Overnight in summer house of reserve.
Day 08. Breakfast. Aksu – Dzhabagly reserve. Horseriding: base camp Ulken – Kaindy – Dzhabagly village (10 km). On the way birdwatching. Accommodation in the guest house. Overnight.
Day 09. Breakfast. Aksu – Dzhabagly reserve. Trip to the Aksu canyon. Transfer: Dzhabagly village – Raevka village – hunter cordon‘' Dadabay'' (H - 1620) (24 km , 1,5 hour). Descent to the canyon takes 20 –30 minutes, ascent – 1 - 1,5 hour. Birdwatching. Canyon of Aksu river is very beautiful and picturesque. After canyon visit, in the afternoon transfer to Tulkubas station (35 km). Transfer by train: Tulkubas – Almaty. Overnight on the train.
Day 10. Arrival in Almaty at 9.50. Seeing off in railway station ‘'Almaty- II''. Transfer to Astana at 11.50 by train (1100 km, 20 hours). Overnight on the train.
Day 11. Arrival in city Astana at 9.00. Breakfast in a local cafe. Transfer: Astana – Karazhar - ornithological base of Kurgaldzhin reserve (165 km). Accommodation in guest house. Excursion at Sultan-Keldy lake environs. Overnight in the guest house.
Day 12. Breakfast. Kurgaldzhinsky reserve. Transfer: ornithological base Karazhar – small gulf of Tengiz lake – north dam of Tengiz lake – west dam of Shegatay (90 km). Wild steppes with feather grass. Colonies of flamingo. Birdwatching. Back to Karazhar. Overnight.
Day 13. Breakfast. Kurgaldzhinskyi reserve. Trip to Zhumay lake (20 km), Sholak salt lake, Esey lake, Sultan Keldy lake, hunter cordon and Tuz lake. Tuz lake is sedimentary lake and in July it is covered by 20 sm of salt. Birdwatching. Back to Karazhar. Overnight.
Day 14. Breakfast. Transfer: Karazhar – Astana (165 km). Transfer to Almaty (dep. At 11.50) by train (1100 km , 20 hours). Overnight on the train.
Day 15. Arrival in Almaty at 9.00. Breakfast at local cafe. Transfer: Almaty – Kapchaghay – Kapchaghaisky reservoir (80 km). Birdwatching near Kapchagaysky reservoir. On back way to Almaty stops for birdwatching in Moiynkum desert. Arrival in Almaty. Accomodation in the hotel “Kazzhol”, overnight.
Day 16. Transfer to airport. Departure from Almaty.