Altyn-Emel is a National preserve, located in the valley of the Ili River. The park was founded on April 10, 1996 in order to preserve the natural complex, historical, cultural and archaeological sites, rare and endangered species of plants and animals. The total area of the park is more than one million hectares. Altyn-Emel was included to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2017.
There are natural and historical sites of importance In the park: the most famous of them is a unique natural phenomenon called Singing Dunes. It is 1.5 km long and 120 m high. The dune has an unusual half-moon shape.
When there is a strong wind, driving the sands, the feeling is that as if the plane takes off. There is a tangible buzz and the dune vibrates! Until now, this phenomenon remains a mystery of nature.
You can also enjoy the natural scenery of Aktau mountains, which not without a reason are called “lunar” because of their unusual color. Aktau are chalk mountains that are more than 400 million years of age. Mountains are basically white, but there are also blue and pink, red and green slopes. Only from a bird’s-eye view or by detailed tracking you can see the extraordinary beauty of the place.
Departure from Almaty. The car will take you within the city. We are going to the village Basshi, the headquarters of the national park Altyn-Emel.
We settle in guest houses, having an early lunch and depart to the Singing Dune (Aygaykum).
7:00 am – Departure from Almaty.
12:00 – accommodation in a guest house, checking in, lunch, taking the guide of the National Park, we leave to the Singing dunes.
14:00 – visiting Shokan Valikhanov’s spring
14:30 – The Singing Dune – a walk, hike, climb to the top
16:00 – Oshaktas Stella visit.
If you’re lucky, we will see the animals, which live only in the National Park – kulan, Przewalski’s horse and so on.
8:00 – Breakfast, workout.
9:00 – departure to the foot of Aktau mountains.
10:30 – visiting a 700-year-old willow, a photo shoot.
12:00 – a walk in the valley of Aktau mountains overlooking the beautiful scenery of Cretaceous mountains.
17:00 – a return to the guest house, early dinner, departing to Almaty.
- 180 USD p/p in a group of 3 (165$ without English-speaking guide)
- 260 USD p/p in a group of 2 (240$ w/o English)
- 515 USD for an individual tour (475$ w/o English)
- English-speaking guide-driver
- sightseeing tour according to the program
- ecological fees in accordance with the program
- mineral water 1,5L p/p daily
- lunch, dinner of the first day. Breakfast, lunch of the second day
- accommodation in the guest house, overnight
Price does not include:
- alcohol drinks, snacks
- rent of personal clothes, shoes
- telephone calls, personal expenses