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4 Day Extreme Horse Riding Tour in Ketmen and Dardamty Gorge, Kazakhstan
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Ketmen Ridge, Ketpen, Uygur District, Almaty Region, Kazakhstan

Far Away from Civilization Horse Riding Tour in Kazakhstan

Explore the picturesque locations and cultural sights in Kazakhstan with Ecotour Kazakhstan! Your trip will begin with a visit to the Charyn Canyon, a unique natural complex of Kazakhstan, and will continue at the campsite where you will ride along the Ketmen Ridge, visit the Sakha cave, and try the national food at a Kazakh family house. With the 20-year experience in Kazakhstan tourism, Ecotour Kazakhstan will guarantee you an unforgettable holiday.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit 100 kg
  • Horse height range 1.50m-1.60m
  • Horse breed: Kazakh breed Zhaby


  • Ride towards the Dardamty Gorge
  • Enjoy early morning photography safari in Ketmen
  • Excursion to the beautiful Charyn Canyon and Saka cave
  • Visit a Kazakh family and try the national dishes
  • Cook and English speaking guide service
  • Transport during the tour duration
  • Daily meals and mineral water
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin), German, Kyrgyz, Russian
Group size: Maximum of 30 participants
Airport transfer included: Almaty International Airport
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You will be accommodated in a guesthouse for two nights and in a single tent for one night.


Day 1: Almaty - Charyn Canyon - Tourist Base in the Ketmen Gorge

There will be a meeting with a guide in Almaty and transfer to the campsite (about 335 kilometers from Almaty). You will depart from Almaty with a stop in Charyn (220 kilometers from Almaty). Charyn Canyon is sometimes called the "little brother" of the Grand Canyon. Little it can be called only because of the size, but it can be offset by the stunning beauty of the natural complex. The canyon is 154 kilometers long and 300 meters deep.

While visiting the Charyn Canyon, you can enjoy a stunning view of the huge gorge with rocks of different colors. The canyon is part of the territory of the Charyn National Park and you will have the opportunity to see the valley of castles with rocks like towers. Despite the long journey, the beauty of the canyon will make you forget it. Also, in the lower reaches of the Charyn River, in the foothills of the desert, where the banks of the canyon are much lower and diverge to the sides, there is a living monument of nature; the ash-tree grove.

The grove covers an area of 4,855 hectares and its length along the riverbank is 25 kilometers. In the territory of the grove, mainly grows Ash Sogdiana, whose forest massif is the only one of its kind in Kazakhstan. Scientists have proved that it is the same age as a mammoth. Each tree under favorable conditions can live almost four hundred years and reaches a height of 50 - 70 meters. By the way, the grove itself resembles a fairy-tale forest and it is the only one in the steppe regions of Kazakhstan, another similar grove exists only in North America. In 1964, the grove was declared a monument of nature, therefore cutting of trees is strictly prohibited. Ash Sogdiana is a tree about ten meters high, the thickness of the trunks can reach 10 "girths".

After the excursion, you will be moving to the base (185 kilometers, two and a half hours). At 18:00, you will arrive at the base. Accommodation will be in a guest house where you will have your lunch. After that, it is free time for a walk. In the evening, you can visit the Russian sauna. The hostel in the Ketmen Gorge is located on the slopes of the Ketmen Ridge among the northern spurs of the Tien Shan. Its territory is 20,000 hectares and it covers foothills, mixed forest, high-mountain spruce zone, and alpine meadows. On the territory of the grounds, there is a log house with a bath.

  • Meals: lunch and dinner

Day 2: Ketmen - Dardamty

You will have an early observation of animals with binoculars since they are most active at this time of the day. In the afternoon, they hide from predators, potentially dangerous animals, and heat; especially the hares. You will have a photography safari followed by breakfast. You will then depart on horseback for an extreme tour of the surroundings towards the Dardamty Gorge.

The path will pass along the northern side of the Ketmen Ridge. Surrounded by firs of Shrenka, you will enjoy the indescribable beauty of nature, mountain landscapes, untouched by human hand. During the route, you will be able to see such species of animals as the maral, Siberian roe deer, Siberian ibex, wild boar, wolf, fox, badger, hare, some birds, black grouse, as well as cactus.

Despite its relatively close location to Almaty, the Ketmen mountains are rarely visited by tourists, adventurers, and just fans of outdoor activities. Perhaps, that is why this corner of nature has preserved its pristine purity, all around grows alpine vegetation. A lot of rivulets with icy crystal water in hard-to-reach gorges are thrown down by small, but spectacular waterfalls, giving the tired travelers coolness. It is said that here at an altitude of 3,300 meters located a deposit of coal that functioned in the pre-war years. After that, you will have lunch and rest on the river bank. Overnight stay will be in tents at an altitude of 3,000 - 3,300 meters above sea level. On request, a two-day overnight stay in tents is possible.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Dardamty

After breakfast, you will be taking things and equipment for the continuation of the horse riding tour. The weather in the Ketmen mountains is changing rapidly, from cold rain and then hot heat. The trees can blossom in the foothills and on the shady slopes and peaks, even in summer will be snow. But the temperature drops cannot prevent anyone who wants to enjoy the silence and walk along the animal trails of these mountains. After the tour, you will arrive in the guesthouse in Dardamty Gorge to rest and have a dinner. You can visit a sauna here.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Dardamty - Chilik - Almaty

You will enjoy breakfast at 08:00. After collecting the things, you will say goodbye to the horses and drive by car to Almaty (310 kilometers, five hours). The first stop will be at the Saka cave (home of the ancient people) where on the rocks, two marals with horns are depicted. You will walk to the cave along the mountain path and the scree slope (200 meters). You can take pictures of the cave and the surrounding area.

Further along the road, you will visit the Kazakh family of Berkutchi and try the national dishes, including the national drink kymyz (from mare's milk). You will have a unique opportunity to see the golden eagle alive and take a picture with him. In the autumn time, a golden eagle show with a demonstration performance is possible. At 20:00, you will arrive in Almaty.

  • Meal: breakfast and lunch

Please book one month before arrival, since in the most places Ecotour Kazakhstan needs to make border passes for foreigners.


This tour will take you to Ketmen Ridge and Dardamty Gorge in Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is a unique region in the world because of its history, geographical position, and size. Being the world’s ninth largest country and located in the center of Eurasia, it is also the largest landlocked country in the world. These resulted in a specific climate and a peculiar natural system of the country which seems to absorb the brightest examples of the landscape of both continents. In addition, complicated history of Kazakh people and constant interaction of nomadic lifestyle with settled people in South Kazakhstani ancient cities, have lead to a unique and authentic culture of Kazakhstan.

These peculiarities have created an opportunity to develop various and diverse offers in Kazakhstan travel and tourism industry, which include authentic cultural tourism, nature-based activities, including ecotourism, birdwatching, etc. in national parks and protected areas, skiing or trekking in mountains, water sports, sunbathing and swimming in lakes and rivers of Kazakhstan, and many others.


This tour includes three breakfasts, four lunches, and three dinners. Kazakh cuisine, Central Asian, Russian cuisines, as well as Italian, Turkish, and Korean restaurants are popular in Kazakhstan. Organic and naturally grown ingredients are usually used to prepare meals which give them an exceptionally rich taste.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Near the Dardamty guesthouse, there is a Russian sauna which you can visit during the day upon request.

What's included

  • Horseback riding towards the Dardamty Gorge
  • Excursion to Charyn Canyon and Saka cave
  • An early morning photography safari in Ketmen
  • Visiting Kazakh family
  • Golden eagle show in autumn
  • English speaking guide service
  • Cook service
  • Transport service
  • Entrance fee to the tourist attractions
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Mineral water per day
  • 3 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Visa support (45 USD per person)
  • Accommodation at a hotel in Almaty
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Other services

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Almaty International Airport Airport transfer included: Almaty International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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