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Singing Dune, Ak Tau, Altyn Emel,Charyn Canyon (3day)

Aktau  mountains -national park Altyn Emel (Almaty region)

Geological museum under the sky, limestone mountains Aktau. This is one of the most interesting and spectacular objects of tourism in the State National Natural Park "Altyn-Emel".

Millions of years ago in these places splashed a huge lake. Frequent rains and mudflows washed the land of the surrounding mountains into it. Here it was deposited on the bottom with red, white, yellow clays. Over time, the lake dried up, the bottom sediments began to wash off with water, blow off winds. As a result of erosion, low mountains were formed. The thickness of the lake sediments exceeds 1800 m, the water washed in them hollows and deep gorges, and the wind helped the water transform the landscape.

In the course of time, the mountains formed began to be called Aktau. In Kazakh it means the White Mountains. White mountains seem only from afar. In the canyons of the mountains one can find naked multi-colored dome rocks, towers composed of colored layers alternate with dry canyons, filled with calcite crystals. Landscapes change constantly - bastions, towers, small towns, inaccessible castles and canyons, there is no end to them.

Singing dune -national park Altyn Emel (Almaty region)

Singing dune in the territory of the reserve Altyn-Emel is one of the most unique phenomena of nature. There are many legends and legends connected with it. For a long time, scientists did not understand this phenomenon. And in the Middle Ages, people who heard the singing of a dune, believed that it was howling the devil's devil.

This phenomenon of nature is located on the right bank of the Ili River, 182 km from Almaty. In length the dune reaches almost 3 km, and in height 150 m. This is the largest known dune. It stretches for several kilometers perpendicular to the ranges Big and Small Kalkan. From the dune a beautiful view of the surrounding area opens: the Ili River and the mountains, as well as the Altyn-Emel nature reserve.

 

However, the uniqueness of a dune is not only that it "sings". It is also rare that the dune were formed in the area among the stone mountains. The reason for blowing sand from the banks of the Ili River during strong winds, which raise sand dust from the river banks. At the Big and Small Kalkans, standing at a slight angle to each other, the sand, driven by the winds, hits the stone ridge and, settling, forms stratifications. For many centuries, a huge sandy mountain has grown, which has been without movement for several millennia.

Charyn Canyon -Eco-park (Almaty region)

Canyon Charyn is located on the territory of the Charyn National Park, created with the purpose of preserving natural and geological objects. The National Park was established on February 23, 2004. On the territory of the park there is a large number of rare and endangered species of animals listed in the Red Book.The most famous attraction of the park is Canyon Charyn. It is a picturesque natural place, which strikes with its unearthly landscapes. The depth of the canyon is 200 m. The height of the sheer mountains of the canyon reaches 150-300 m. The canyon itself is a natural monument, built of sedimentary rocks, the age of which reaches 12 million years. The landscapes here are truly amazing. At sunset, when the sun goes beyond the horizon, the canyon Charyn is painted in scarlet, pink and orange colors. Around the silence and only from below you can hear how the violent streams of the Charyn river beat against the steep cliffs. This spectacle will not leave anyone indifferent.

One of the sights of the canyon is the so-called Valley of Castles - these rock formations resemble the shape of towers, which were as if created by unknown giants. The valley of the castles is more than 2 km long, and the width in different places reaches from 20 to 80 m.

 

For tourists in the national park all conditions for a pleasant stay are created. Employees of the park will show the most beautiful places, as well as will tell in detail the history of the canyon.

"All inclusive"

  • 1 person – 164 200тг. (510$)

(the price for 1 person in the minimum number of 2 people)

  • 2 person – 328 400 тг. (1020$)
  • 3 person – 368 700 тг. (1145$)
  • 4 person – 407 300 тг. (1265$)
  • 5 person – 447 600 тг. (1390$)
  • 6 person – 484 600 тг. (1505$)

Route: Almaty - Singing dune - Ak-Tau (White Mountains) - Katu-Tau-Charyn Canyon - Almaty

 

Tour program:

The first day:

  • Departure
  • Lunch at the guest house in the village of Basshi
  • Departure to the Singing Dune
  • Walking on the Singing Dune for 2-3 hours
  • Dinner and overnight in the village of Basshi in the guest house

Second day:

  • Breakfast
  • Departure to Aktau-Kututau
  • Lunch (lunch box)
  • Walking 3-4 hours by Aktau
  • Dinner and overnight in the village of Basshi in the guest house

Day Three:    

  • Breakfast
  • Departure to Charyn Canyon
  • Return to Almaty

 

Number of days: 3
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
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