Asy Plateau 2 days
Sights of Almaty region
A trip from Almaty to the Bartogai reservoir through the Asy plateau
The route according to the program: Almaty – Issyk village – Turgen gorge – Batan forestry – Shenturgen River – Asa plateau – Assi Pass (2510 meters above sea level) – Asa-Turgen Observatory – Asa farm – Zhaman-Uy tract (clay remains near the Asa River) - Alabayta Mountains – Bartogai reservoir – Kokpek village – Charyn Canyon - Valley of Castles - Kokpek village – Kokpek Gorge – Bayseit village – Chilik village – Almaty
Asy is a high-altitude plateau, a landmark of the Almaty region is located in the Enbekshi district above the Turgen mountain gorge at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. There is a mountain road along the Asa plateau that goes to the Bartogai reservoir, it is possible to drive here only by 4x4 jeep. The Asa Plateau is very popular among the local population and visitors from abroad.
On the Asa plateau there is a high-altitude observatory for stargazing, here you can look at the stars with a telescope if you decide to spend the night on the plateau. A small and very picturesque river Asa flows along the plateau. The Asa Plateau is part of the Ile-Alatau National Natural Park, the entire territory is protected, fishing and hunting are prohibited here. Also, on the Asa plateau, it is necessary to observe the rules of visiting not to litter, clean up the garbage, do not make bonfires.
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The excursion to the Asa plateau includes visits to such sights and places as: Issyk Mounds, Issyk Museum, Turgen Mountain gorge, Batan mountain tract, Ile-Alatau Nature Reserve. On the Asa plateau we will stop for a walk and take pictures, here we will see how the nomads live with their herds of animals, horses, goats and sheep. On the way we will pass a high-altitude astronomical observatory, which is located on a plateau. Lunch on the Asa plateau. Then we will go along the Asa plateau along the mountain road to the Zhaman-Uy tract, which means "bad house" in Kazakh, here we will stop for the night. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Tomorrow in the camp: a walk in the Zhaman-Uy tract, here we will take photos of the tract, take a walk along the tract, the tract is red in color, which gives it an unusual appearance. Next we go to the Bartogai reservoir. Stop at the artesian water source. A walk to the Bartogai reservoir, photographing. Then we go to Charyn Canyon, descent to the valley of castles, walk along Charyn Canyon. Lunch at Charyn Canyon. Next, we will drive to the panoramic points of the Charyn Canyon to take photos. Return to the city of Almaty.
1. If desired, you can visit the rock carvings on the left bank of the Asa River.
2. For an additional fee, visit the Berkutchi Museum in the village of Nura.