2-day tour around Altyn-Emel National Park: Aktau Canyon, the Singing dune (Kazakhstan); Altyn-Emel National Park is the largest reserve in Kazakhstan and part of UNESCO’s world heritage (Ref: AKZ0010-6).
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2-day tour around Altyn-Emel National Park: Aktau Canyon, the Singing dune (Kazakhstan)
“2-day tour around Altyn-Emel National Park: Aktau Canyon, the Singing dune ” is organized by Lana transport company.
Lana Transport Company has been working on the market of Kazakhstan for more than 10 years. This company offers its services on the territory of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, which may be convenient for you if you are planning to explore both countries. The main services of the company are: transfers (meeting and seeing off at the airport), hourly car rental within the city and long distance travelling.
All drivers working in this company are professionals with more than 10 years of driving experience, so your trip will be safe with them. Due to their extensive experience, Lana company staff members perfectly know all the roads of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and all sites that are popular among the tourists. For this reason, your trip will be comfortable and safe with them.
- Itinerary: Almaty – Aktau canyon – the Singing dune – camel farm – Almaty
- Duration: 2 days
- The tour program includes: an off-road walk through the steppes of Altyn-Emel National Park, accommodation in a guest house, a visit to the UNESCO heritage site – the Singing Dune, Aktau canyon, a visit to a camel farm (optional), camel riding (optional) and picnic.
- Equipment:warm clothing, shoes, means of personal hygiene, medicines, personal utensils.
- Transport:SUV 4×4
- Tour season: all year around
Altyn-Emel National Natural Park was created in 1996 with the objective to preserve a natural park complex, as well as archaeological and historical monuments. It is the largest reserve in Kazakhstan and part of UNESCO’s world heritage. Its total area is about 520 000 hectares.
The Singing Dune (120 meters high and about 3 km long) is located in one of the corners of the Altyn-Emel National Park, a few kilometers from the Ili river between the mountains of Big and Small Kalkan. It consists of very fine sand, which produce the sound of an organ in windy weather.
From the top of the dune you can observe a grand panorama of the surroundings: the Ili river and purple mountains – Sogety and Boguty – in the south, the steep slope of the Big Kalkan and th Small Kalkan in the east and violet-blue ridge of Djungarian Alatau mountains, Chulak mountain, Matai and Altyn-Emel in the north. If the weather is dry and windy the sand dune will sing to you its song. Such weather is not rare in these places, from May to September it almost doesn’t rain
The huge conical Aktau Mountains (means “White Mountains” in Kazakh) resemble the Egyptian pyramids. The Cretaceous Mountains are a world-famous paleontological deposit. In the layers of Paleogene lacustrine deposits well-preserved remains of ancient animals whose age is estimated at 25-30 million years were found. Among them the remains of giant rhinos, crocodiles, mastodons, deer and turtles were dug out.
The Katutau Mountains are very ancient ruined mountains with preserved volcanic outputs. They have steep slopes and numerous canyons. The breed is very fragile and breaks down under the physical impact. Water, time and wind carved intricate shapes in the rock. Currently it is home to a large number of argali and mountain goats. Nevertheless, you can find ancient cave paintings here.
Day 1: Aktau canyon
- 8:30 – transfer from the hotel
- 13:00 – arrival in the CIS, registration, lunch.
- 14:00 – departure towards Aktau canyon
- 15:00 – walking at Aktau canyon
- 17:00 – departure to the hotel for overnight stay
- 19:00 – check-in at the hotel, dinner
Day 2: the Singing Dune
- 8:00 – breakfast
- 9:00 – trip to the singing dune
- 11:00 – walk through the dunes
- 13:00 – transfer to a camel farm, camel riding, lunch at the farm,
- 16:30 – departure to Almaty
- 21:30 – return to the hotel, Almaty
The price includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation (hotel/guesthouse), entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
The price does not include: optional activities – visit to the camel farm and camel riding
|Group size||Price (USD)|
500 USD per group
*250 USD per person
|more than 2 people||please, consult the service provider|
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