5-day trip to the largest natural reserve in Kazakhstan – Altyn Emel National Park. Having an area of 460 000 hectares it is intended to preserve the rare species of animals and plants at the western spurs of the Dzhungarian Alatau ridge.
The landscape diversity of the Charyn canyon determines the diversity of flora and fauna. Here grows more than 1500 plant species, 17 of which are listed in the Red Data Book of Kazakhstan and 62 species of mammals, 103 species of breeding birds, 25
You will find yourself high in the mountains, in the jumper, which connects the mountain ranges of the Zailiysky Alatau and Kungey-Alatau, between these overgrown slopes of the Kolsay gorge are hidden these natural treasures - wonderful lakes. Each of them has its own unique charm. Each in its own way beautiful.
- Altyn Emel National Park (Singing Barkhan, Aktau Mountains, Kututau Mountains)
- Zharkent town
- Visiting the 4 Canyons
- Lake Kolsay, Lake Kaindy
In this inspiring journey, you can spend the night in a tent camp in a beautiful place and touch the wild primeval soil in the middle of the Canyons and rivers. You can eat food cooked on the fire, ride a horse, swim on a boat, Fish in the Lakes and Rivers!
In the morning at 7:00 departure from Almaty to the Altyn Emel National Park. Basshi village. (The distance of 260 km is 4 hours).
In Bashshi in the central office of the Park we buy a pass to enter the territory of the park.
Lunch at the hotel "Aygay Kum" it is in the same village.
12:00 we go on Singing Dunes
Singing Dune, reaching a h of 120 meters and a length of about 3 km, located in one of the corners of the Altyn-Emel National Park, a few kilometres 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…
The distance is 50 km one way,
Road * off-road, the journey time is 1.5 hours.
Along the way, we can observe different wild animals such as gazelles, hares, horses, wild birds of prey.
Arrival to the Dunes 1: 30 pm
An excursion of 1-2 hours depends on the weather conditions.
Then back to the village of Basshi.
Along the way, we can stop in a small oasis with spring water in the middle of the steppe.
A little enjoy the coolness and go further.
At 6:00 pm Arrival in the village of Basshi at the guest house.
Or At the request of a tourist (discussed before traveling with a tourist) to spend the night in a tent camp!
At 7:00 pm dinner.
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.
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.