The State National nature park Altyn-Yemel

The State National nature park Altyn-Yemel was created under the decision of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan from 10.04.1996. The area of it is 520 000 hectares. The State National nature park Altyn-Yemel is situated in the Ili hollow. In the north it is surrounded by mountains of Dzhungarian Alatau, in the south by the river Ili.

Singing barkhan is some kilometers from the river Ili between the mounts Bolshoy and Maly Kalkan. Its height is 120m, the length is about 3km. This sand hill consists of the smallest sand and wind gust make it sing. The sounds are similar to the sounds of organ. Sometimes the sounds are like drum strike. From the top of the Sandhill you can see river Ili, violet mounts Sagety and Boguty, behind them come Ketmen and Kungei Alatau. If the weather is dry and windy, the barkhan will sing its song that will be heard for many kilometers.

Big conic mountains Aktau (from Kazakh means White Mountains) resemble Egyptian pyramids. Cretaceous mountains are the world famous paleontological deposit of different animals and plants remains in the nature park Altyn-Yemel. The age of some animals is estimated up to 25-30 mln years. Among the finds there are remains of crocodiles, rhinoceros, tortoises, shell-fish and deer. Aktau Mountains impress with their various shapes and tints.

Katutau (Severe Mountains) are situated between river Ili and Altyn-Yemel gorge. There are volcanic mountains. In east and west parts of Katutau two paleovulcans are situated. Their eruption was powerful. Katutau Mountains are more waterless, they are notable for steep slopes and canyons. The mountains are inhabited by mount goats. The highest point of Katutau is 1720m.

In programme: driving off-road vehicle through steppe of National nature park Altyn-Yemel. Staying in a comfortable hotel, visiting the UNESCO heritage object – singing barkhan, Katutau Mountains, Aktau canyons. Meeting the relic Osier and bathing in hot spring. Open air lunch, national cuisine dishes.

A. Legend of the route by the hour:

1st day

8.30       transfer from the hotel

13.00     arrival to the State National nature park Altyn-Yemel, registration, lunch

14.00     driving to the singing barkhan

15.00 walking along the singing sand hill

17.00 driving to the hotel

19.00 checking-in, supper

2nd day

8.00       breakfast

9.00       driving to mountains Aktau

11.00     driving to Aktau

14.00     lunch in Aktau

15.00     driving to the relic Tree

16.30     meeting the history of the relic Tree

17.30     driving to Almaty city

21.30     returning to the hotel, supper

Number of days: 2
Covered regions:
Almaty
Astana
Akmola
Aktobe
Atyrau
East Kazakhstan
Karagandy
Kostanay
Kyzylorda
Mangystau
North Kazakhstan
Pavlodar
South Kazakhstan
West Kazakhstan
Zhambyl
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
What to bring: 1. Warm clothing, shoes; 2. Means of personal hygiene, medicines, and personal dishes; 3. Sunscreen cream, sun glasses.
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Tour categories:
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Cultural tours
Adventure tours
Offroad tours
Sightseeing tours
Winter tours
Special Event tours
Wildlife tours
Highlight tours
Photo tours
Hiking tours
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Circle tours
Short tours
Budget tours
Languages:
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German
French
Spanish
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Russian
Other
Payment Method

For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.