Visit Guide to Charyn Canon National Park

Charyn Canyon is a mesmerising natural wonder located in south-eastern Kazakhstan. Travellers can expect stunning rock formations, deep gorges, and unique geological features. Located near the Charyn river, the canyon offers breathtaking panoramic views and opportunities for hiking, photography, and camping. The Charyn area also offers opportunities for rafting and off-road jeep touring, and simply enjoying beautiful nature.

Getting There

You do not need a four-wheel drive for the Valley of Castles, but all other canyons are best visited with a four-wheel drive. There is a small entrance fee at the entrance of the Valley of Castles. Other canyons are free and usually deserted.

What to Expect

Stunning Scenery: Prepare to be awestruck by the breathtaking beauty of Charyn Canyon. Marvel at the towering rock formations, intricate erosion patterns, and changing colours throughout the day on the canvas of the canyon walls. It’s a photographer’s paradise.

Hiking and Exploration: Lace up your hiking boots and embark on scenic trails that wind through the canyon. Enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings as you traverse the rugged terrain and discover hidden corners of Charyn Canyon. There are trails suitable for all levels, offering opportunities for both leisurely strolls and more challenging hikes.

Camping and Picnicking: Spend a night under the starry sky. Alternatively, bring a picnic and find a picturesque spot to relax and soak in the breathtaking views.

River Excursions: Take a refreshing dip in the Charyn river that meanders through the canyon. You can also opt for river rafting or canoeing activities for an adventurous experience.

Wildlife Spotting: Charyn Canyon is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. The various canyons offer a great habitat for a variety of rare steppe birds, making Charyn a favourite for bird-watchers in particular.


  • Limited WC facilities are available
  • There is a small restaurant on site