The nearby Sunkar Falcon Farm was founded to help preserve endangered falcons, and has been rescuing and breeding endangered birds in the area for decades. These birds have long been used by the traditionally nomadic Kazakhs for hunting, and their conservation is vital for both the country’s ecology and the perpetuation of Kazakh traditional culture.
The Big Almaty Lake Day Tour is a relaxing excursion to one of Kazakhstan’s most beloved lakes. Your guide and driver will take you to Big Almaty Lake, surrounded by forests that will capture your attention with their fresh green shades in summer and golden orange hues in autumn. After a short hike and picnic lunch, learn about the region’s fauna during a tour and presentation at a falcon farm, sure to fill you with admiration of these amazing birds that have been central to Kazakh culture for centuries.
You will be met by your guide and driver at 11:00 at your hotel in Almaty to start your tour of Big Almaty Lake.
On the way out of town drive down Al Farabi Avenue to catch a glimpse of Nur-Mubarak Mosque and Egyptian University of Islamic Culture, founded jointly by the presidents of Kazakhstan and Egypt in 2001.
Continue on towards Big Almaty Lake and Big Almaty Gorge (30km, 50min), located in the Alata –Eliy National Park. The road winds through gorgeous mountain passes near clusters of fir trees and coniferous forests. On the way your guide will provide general information on Zaliskiy Alatau mountain range and the 35-meter-deep Big Almaty Lake, helping you to get acquainted with the region’s nature and history.
Upon arrival, have a rest near Big Almaty Lake. Take a short hike up the gorge, admiring the amazing views of the lake and snowy peaks before enjoying a relaxing picnic lunch.
Drive to Sunkar Falcon Farm (17km,35min; closed on Mondays). Take a tour of the farm, learning about the falcons, hawks and hunting dogs rescued from the wild. Watch a spectacular show that displays the full splendor of these specially trained hawks.
Drive back to Almaty for drop-off at the hotel. End of Big Almaty Lake Day Tour.
Tour Duration: approximately 7 hours
- Private English-speaking guide;
- Entrance fees to falcon farm and national park;
- Picnic lunch;
- Transportation throughout the tour.
Note: This tour is available from mid-March to October