Altyn Emel National Park
The national park is located in the Ili Bolsom. According to the natural physiographic zoning, it is part of the Ili semi-desert region, the Ili-Balkhash-Alakol desert depression. The northern boundary of the “Altyn-Emel” State National Part runs along the south-western spurs of the Altyn-Emel ridge. These are mountain ranges (from southwest to northeast):the Sholak, the Degeres, the Matai, the Altyn-Emel. In the west, the borders of the park pass along the Sholak foothills and the floodplain of the Ili River. The eastern border runs along the flood plain of the Kokterek River, which flows into the Ili River. The southern boundary of the park is formed by a part of the shore of the Kapchagai reservoir and a part of the floodplain of the Ili River with a water area. The flora of the “Altyn-Emel” State National Part is represented by 29 species of flowering plants listed in the Red Book of Kazakhstan (1981). In addition to rare and endangered species, endemic plants are characteristic of only the territory of the national park and the area of its location. The fauna is very diverse. The park’s territory is inhabited by 67 species of mammals, 260 species of birds, 25 species of reptiles, 4 species of amphibians, 26 species of fish. Out of rare animals, there are only 44 species, including 11 species of mammals, 28 species of birds, 1 species of reptiles, 2 amphibians and 2 species of fish. About 2000 invertebrates inhabit the park, but the exact number of invertebrates in the State National Park has not yet been established. Popular places of interest: Singing Dune, 600-year-old willow, spring named after ChokanValikhanov, the Aktau Mountains, Katutau’s magmatic mountains, Besshatyr mounds.
Duration: 60 hours
Pickup time: 07.00-08.00 am
Persons: 1-4 pax
Features: spectacular views, wildlife, hiking, must-see photo spots, “Mars-like” landscapes, sand dunes, overnight in tents or hotel.
*Price is average and depends of quantiy of persons, overnight accomodation and meal options.