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Trekking in Aksu-Zhabagly nature reserve (2 days)

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  • Day Trip
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  • 48 hr

Aksu-Zhabagly nature reserve – is the oldest and most famous nature reserve in Central Asia. Year of the establishment is 1926. Its aim was to preserve endangered wild animals and abundant flora and fauna of the reserve. The nature reserve is located in the spurs of the Western Tien Shan at an altitude of 1000 to 4280 meters above sea level. In 2016 the nature reserve was included in the UNESCO list of the World Biosphere Reserves. The highest peak is Sairam Peak, its height is 4238 meters.The Aksu canyon, carved by the mighty Aksu river, is one the deepest canyons in Central Asia. A large number of birds live here. There are 11 species of birds such as Golden eagle and Harrier Eagle also 11 species of reptiles live in the reserve. One of them is the Yellow Legless Lizard listed in the Red Book. The emblem of the reserve is the Greig's tulip, whose petals of a rare crimson color reach to the length of 15 sm.

Itinerary Details

Day 1. Kishi-Kayindy gorge
Early in the morning at 8:00 am our Guide will pick you up from Shymkent (or Tyulkubas station) and drive to Aksu-Zhabagly nature reserve. After 1,5 hours you will arrive to Aksu-Zhabagly nature reserve from where you will start our trekking in Kshi-Kayindy gorge.Overnight in a guest house

Day 2. Aksu canyon
Breakfast in guest house. After breakfast, our guide will take you to Aksu canyon. We will drive out to see one of the deepest canyon in Central Asia. Fissure creates an unforgettable impression. This area is interesting for observing predatory birds: the golden eagle, the snake-eagle, the eagle-dwarf, the mound, the vulture, the sip, the griffon, the bearded man, the kestrel and others. We will observe the canyon from location, which takes approximately 1 hour 40 minutes to get to.
Packed lunch during excursion. Dinner in the guest house.
There are two options to arrive to Aksu-Zhabagly reserve:
*from Almaty boarding on the evening train that will arrive at Tyulkubas station located in 20 km from the Aksu-Zhabagly nature reserve.
*from Almaty or Astana fly to Shymkent city and from Shymkent driving 1 hour (100 km) to the Aksu-Zhabagly nature reserve