The younger brother of the canyon in Colorado
It is often compared to the American Grand Canyon, to which Charyn is only slightly inferior in size and not at all in beauty. The total length of the canyon is 154 kilometers, and its age is about 12 million years. The river of the same name Charyn flows at the bottom of the canyon, the total length of which exceeds 360 kilometers.
Nature has created this unique place in the Paleogene era, more than thirty million years ago, as a result of a giant fracture of the earth’s crust.
Feel like a martian
The beauty of the canyon brings forth thoughts about Martian landscapes. If you want to feel like you’re on another planet, make sure to come to the space Charyn! Thousands of tourists visit this magical place annually, taking unforgettable impressions, delightful emotions and beautiful photos of the wild, unbridled beauty of Kazakhstan’s nature with them.
Castles, witches and dragons
The «Valley of Castles» is one of the most beautiful canyon gorges. Its steep, vertical cliffs truly resemble the walls of royal houses. You can walk through the valley for 1.5 hours, completing a walk at a crystal-clear mountain river. Also there are other places that are of great interest for tourists, like the «Witch Gorge», «Dragon Gorge» and many other scenic parts of this natural wonder.
Flora and fauna
Scientists from all over the world come here to study the diversity of flora and fauna, as well as the origin of different species. Charyn canyon became home to 62 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and 103 species of nesting birds. There are 1500 species of plants, 17 of which are listed in the Red book. It will take 3-3.5 hours to get to the canyon from Almaty city. Many companies offer packages and sightseeing tours to the canyon. There are many options, depending on the budget, from helicopter tours to Hiking.