Tour|Altyn-Emel Ak Tau & Katu Tau Sand Dune

You will enjoy beautiful and diverse views of the largest Kazakhstan Natural reserve - Altyn-Emel, stroll through the Chalk mountains of Ak Tau and listen to the song Singing Dunes (song) - a unique phenomenon of nature that has many related legends. In these beautiful places, the Great Khan the conqueror, the founder of the Mongol Empire, Genghis Khan, stayed with his army.

Singing Dune (barkhan), reaching a h of 120 meters and a length of about 3 km, is a few kilometers from the Ili River between the Big and Small Kalkan mountains. This sandy mountain consists of the smallest pure sand, which, with the gusts of wind, begins to "sing", and its sound resembles the sounds of an organ. Before the beginning of sandstorms the barkhan produces a sound similar to a drumbeat. From the top of the barkhan a grand panorama of the surrounding countryside opens. In the south, there is a thin strip of the Ili River, the purple mountains of Sogety and Boguty, beyond which the ridges of Ketmen look out over the white peaks. At their foot stretches a foothill valley, riddled with thin strips of dry channels of rainwater. If the weather is dry and windy, then the barkhan will "sing" to you his song, which is spread over several kilometers ...

The Ak Tau Mountains (White Mountains) are a world famous paleontological deposit located in the natural park of Altyn-Emel. In the layers of Paleogene lacustrine sediments, well-preserved remains of ancient animals are found whose age is estimated at 25-30 million years. Among the finds are the remains of giant rhinoceroses, crocodiles and turtles. The mountains of Ak Tau represent an enchanting spectacle of the variety of shapes and shades. In the mountains of KatuTau (Harsh mountains), there are several extinct volcanoes, where the most original forms of volcanic formations (frozen lava) have been preserved. There are also diverse outcrops and coloring (yellow, red, violet, etc.) rock outcrops and variegated clays that give a unique look to the landscape of the mountains. The mountains of KatuTau are the most waterless, steep and gloomy, characterized by steep slopes and numerous gorges. There is the largest number of argali and mountain goats.


In this unique tour

- Accommodation in the camp under the open starry sky
- Cooking food at the stake
- Photographing and watching animals
- Hike

Positive emotions and exceptional photos in the style of selfie are guaranteed!

Tour Locations:
Altyn Emel National Park
Singing sand dunes,
Chalk mountains Ak-Tau,
Katu Tau- red Mountains, Volcanic mountains

Day 1
Departure from Almaty to the Altyn Emel National Park.
11:00am Arrival in the village of Bassi.
In the village there is the Central Office of Altyn Emel of the National Park.
In the central office of the park your guide will take a pass.
12:30 Lunch at the source of Chokan Valikhanov. (This water source is named after the geographer-scientist, who made a great contribution to the country.
13:30 Arrival at the Dune's singing.
Hike 1-3 hours (Depends on weather conditions and guest's fitness)

Overnight guest house
Overnight Mini Hotel
OverNight in Tent
is discussed with the guest before the trip individually

Day 2
Altyn Emel National Park (Ak-Tau Minor Mountains, red mountains, Katu-Tau volcanic mountains)
7:00 Breakfast in the guest house or in the Camping
9:30 Arrival to the mountains of Aktau.
Hiking 1-3 hours depends on the physical preparation of the guest.
11:30 Transfer to the mountains of Katu Tau
12:20 Arrival in the mountains of Katu Tau
Walk on the volcanic mountains.
1-2 Hiking 1-3 hours depends on the physical preparation of the guest.
16:00 Departure to Almaty
20:30 Arrival to Almaty

This is the standard program!

Of course, We can discuss any scenario of the tour!

The price includes: SUV + fuel + Professional English-speaking Guide + Beverages + camping equipment

Single Travel person 500$
In the group 2 people cost 250$ per person
In the group 3 people cost 170$ per person
In group 4 people cost 150$ per person
In group 5 people cost 114$ per person

The price does not include:
Accommodation-meals-entrance tickets-alcoholic drinks!

Number of days: 2
Covered regions:
East Kazakhstan
North Kazakhstan
South Kazakhstan
West Kazakhstan
Included services:
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
Not included: Meals, accommodation, Entrance fees.
What to bring: In winter, warm clothes, sunglasses. In the summer: Hat or cap, shirt with long sleeves, sunscreen!
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
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Short tours
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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.