Altyn-Emel National Park, which is located in the Almaty region of Kazakhstan, is a unique and amazing place, one of the bright pearls of Semirichye.
Many have heard about the Singing Dune which located on the territory of the National Park, but not everybody knows that in those parts it is possible and necessary to see the picturesque and unusual mountains of Aktau and Volcanic Katutau.
On the way we can see farm animals horses, sheeps, cows. Wild animals and birds like golden eagles, jerboa, partridge, kulans, and etc.
To the tour we can include another place with a cosmic views Charyn canyon. It is one of the most picturesque places and best trips in Almaty region. A lot of visitors of Charyn then sayed that they saw in Kazakhstan small copy of the Grand Canyon.
On the way to the Saty village near of the Kolsay & Kaindy lakes there will be an amazing change of landscapes. First, at the foot of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains there are juicy and green meadows, fields, gardens and forests. And moving away to the east it will be replaced by the dry mountains and the valley of the Charyn river. And then again plunge near the Saty village into a riot of vegetation and rivers.
Movement along the gorge directly to the lake passes along a gravel road, where we cross the river twice by car. On the way there is a lot of sea buckthorn, barberry, raspberry. And also we pass the famous birch grove of Russian birch trees.
On the beautiful Kolsay lake you can go boating and try to swim in a cold mountain water.
I offer you 3 dayes tour :
First day: leave the Almaty at 8 am and arrive to Altyn Emel park. Have lunch in guesthouse in village. You should be ready that roads in Altyn Emel park are really off-road.
Visit Aktay and Katytau mountains. It takes near of 1.5 hours to get to the Aktau. Overnight in guests house in Bashy village.
Second day: start at 9am and get to The Singing Dune. Then way 2 hours to the Charyn canyon via Ash-tree grove. In evening get to homestay in Saty village for overnight. Hot dinner and sauna.
Third day: start at 8 am and get first to Kolsay lake1, walking round. Then way to the Kaindy Lake. Hiking to the lake near of 2 hours. Back to the Saty village for a lunch. After way to almAlm city near of 4 hours.
Price 510$ for the group 1-2 persons
Price 550$ for the group 3-6 persons