from$ 175
Duration 2 Days
Category NATUREHIKING
Season Year-round

2 day trip to Altyn emel national park (singing dune, Aktau and Katutau mountains)


2 day trip to Altyn emel national park (singing dune, Aktau and Katutau mountains)

1 Day

Early breakfast at the hotel. 08:00 Tamgaly on Ily river (165 km from Almaty). Tamgaly tas – written cliffs, on the Ili river. Located 170 km from Almaty, natural boundary consists of huge cliffs. It was a place where beautiful images of Buddha and Burhans were found. Visit Bes Shatyr. Free time. Departure to Altyn Emel National Park. Arrival to "Basshy" village. Check-in at the guesthouse (DBL/Standard accommodation). 14:00 Lunch at Baschy village. 15:00 departure to so-called Singing sand (also called whistling sand or barking sand). The dune is composed of light-colored sand and has a length of about 3 km and a height of 150 m. In dry weather sands emit a sound similar an organ melody. Since ancient times this place was considered supernatural. The legends explained the sound by the activities of the desert spirits, mythical animals, the bells of buried towns, underground rivers etc. 19:00.Returning to the guesthouse. Dinner & night stay at the guesthouse.

2 Day

Breakfast at the guesthouse. Check out of the guesthouse. 09:00 early breakfast and trip to Aktau and Katutau mountain range. Aktau mountains are located 80 km from the village that takes approximately 1,5 hours to reach them. The Aktau hills look supernatural. You will observe rock layers of white, red and orange colors across the range, known as a unique paleontological deposit with an estimated age of 25-30 million years. Katutau hills are less spectacular, but certainly interesting since it’s a good place to see argali. Ancient willow visiting. 14:00 Return to the guesthouse and lunch at Altyn emel sanctuary. 17:00 departure to Almaty. 21:00 arrival to Almaty and transfer to the hotel

  • Accommodation at the guesthouse 1 night on twin/double sharing basis
  • Meals: day 1 - LD, day 2 - BL
  • English speaking guide-driver services
  • Transport
  • Water 1L per person per day
  • Entrance fees
  • Alcohol and beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any personal expenses and any services not included in the above itinerary

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