Weekend Tour - 32 Days | Altyn - Emel Park, Tamgaly Tas, singing barkhan (dune), Katutau and Aktau mountains

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Take a weekend trip to the Altyn-Emel National Nature Park located in the Ili River Valley. You will see the unique natural beauty of Kazakhstan – singing sand.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Almaty – Altyn-Emel
 
Departure from Almaty at 08:00. Transfer to the Tamgaly Tas, located on the Ili River.
Tamgaly Tas – the unique monument of distant past, where you will see images of Buddha’s and texts in Tibetan, Kalmyk and other languages which have basically a prayer meaning that are carved on the old rocks. It is unknown – when and how these drawings appeared and who was the author: scientists trying to unravel this mystery for over 150 years. Upon arrival in Tamgaly Tas, your guide will tell you a lot of interesting things about this amazing place, then you will be able to walk around and enjoy the beautiful views. Also on the opposite side of the river, you will see the set in the style of medieval Kazakhstan that were built for the filming “The Nomad” film.
After the end of the excursion, transfer to the village of Baschi, lunch at the hotel. After lunch, excursion in Altyn-Emel National Park to the Singing Dune.
Singing Dune, reaching a height of 120 meters and a length of about 3 km, located in one of the corners of the Altyn-Emel National Park, a few kilometers from the Ili river between the mountains of Big and Small Kalkan. This sandy hill consists of very fine pure sand, which starts to "sing" in windy weather and its sound reminds the organ music. Before a sandy storm the dune sounds like a drum. From the top of the Dune you can observe the grand panorama of the surroundings. In the south - thin strip of the Ili River is visible as well as purple mountains of Sogety and Boguty, looking out from the white peaks of the Ketmen ridge. On the west the horizon is obstructed by the steep slope of the Big Kalkan, and the Small Kalkan – from the east. In the north - violet-blue ridge of Djungarian Alatau mountains, Chulak mountain, Matai and Altyn-Emel are visible. If the weather is dry and windy, the sand-dune will "sing" you its song, which could be heard as far as several kilometers... Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Altyn-Emel – Almaty
 
Breakfast at 07:30. Sightseeing tour to the mountains of Aktau and Katutau. Lunch (picnic) during the excursion.
Katutau Mountains (Harsh Mountains) are very ancient ruined mountains with preserved volcanic outputs. The breed is very fragile and breaks down under the physical impact. Water, time and wind carved intricate shapes in the rock. Sedimentary rock of the bottom of the ancient Tethys Ocean is preserved there. From the effects of environmental factors it took the form of intricate figures and landscapes. Aktau Mountains (White Mountains) are world-renowned paleontological field. In the layers of Paleogene lacustrine deposits well-preserved remains of ancient animals whose age is estimated at 25-30 million years have been found. Among the finds there are the remains the giant rhinos, crocodiles, turtles. Huge conical mountains remind the Egyptian pyramids and are a magical scene of the variety of shapes and colors.
Departure to Almaty at 18:00. Arrival to Almaty approx. at 22:00.

 

  • Transport throughout the tour – 1-2 pax vehicle 4 WD, 3-5 – Starex 4 WD. For 6 pax – Sprinter 14 seats (according to the request);
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program with local English speaking guide;
  • Full board;
  • Environmental and entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  • Bottled water 1.5l per person a day.
  • Accommodation in Almaty;
  • Transfers and transportation in Almaty;
  • Consular fees for Kazakhstan tourist visa;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • Tips are not included, but would be appreciated;
  • Alcohol and soft drinks.

Accommodation:

Altyn-Emel - 1 night
Altyn-Emel

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