Medeo skating ring and dam and Shymbulak Ski resort are located in small Almaty valley 10 km to the south-east of Almaty city center. In less than an hour you can go up from the city to Medeo and find yourself among the beauty of mountains. Medeo skating ring was one of the highest skating rings in the world. The use of clean mountain water and special engineering system allowed to prepare perfect ice helping to establish many world speed records in the history of Medeo. Medeo dam is one of the biggest city protection structures from mudslides enforced in 1973. Try to walk up on the top through 800 steps. Shymbulak is the biggest ski resort in Central Asia. The highest point you can reach with cable car is Talgar ridge (3200m). It opens a great view on the city and valley and serves good start point for many trails. Although Medeo and Shymbulak are more related to winter time spending, there are a lot of local citizens and guest coming to visit these places all year round.
Preferable season for Medeo-Shymbulak visit: ALL YEAR ROUND. Trip time: 3-5 hours.
See the interactive map of the tour and most interesing places in Small Almatinka Valley below. The basic program description of the tour is provided below, but is fully customed based your preferences. Most coming guest are free to go there on their own using the guides on this site.
Interactive map tips: Use button on the up-left corner to customize visible layers. Click on any icon on the map to get more information about the place – linked to google maps.
Weather in mountains can change rapidly, so check weather conditions in advance to take appropriate clothes and shoes. Temperature is usually 5-10°C lower than in the city. General recommendations for comfortable and safe journey:
For a company of less than 4 adult people (+2 kids) the tour guidance will cost 10000 tenge. For larger group you need to contact in advance for price information.
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