Altyn Emel National Park

Duration: 2 days

Pack more memories into two days than most people get in two weeks! Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an expert guide and learn the history and geology of each site. See the unique Singing Dunes, stunning Ak-tau & Katutau mountains, and immerse yourself in the rich flora & fauna of Altyn Emel. This is an unforgettable two-day adventure.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy a 2-day trip to the biggest natural park of Kazakhstan – Altyn Emel 

  • Discover the mystery of Singing Dunes

  • Hike in fantastic “lunar” Aktau mountains – 70 million years ago it was a bottom of an ancient  Tethys Ocean 

  • Take a rest under 700-year willow – the same as Genghis khan’s soldiers did

Day 1: SINGING DUNE

Get picked up from your hotel by air-conditioned  4WD vehicle with an experienced driver and meet your guide. Along the scenic drive, you will pass the little villages and farmers’ markets, artificial lake, and Kapchagai town – one of two places in Kazakhstan where gambling is officially allowed.

It usually takes 3-4 hours to reach a hotel at Altyn Emel National Park, where we stop for a lunch and rest break.

It’s time to see the first miracle of our trip – Singing Dunes, rising about 150 meters and stretching for a distance of approximately 2-3 km. Learn how is it possible that sand dunes are appeared in steppe vast area and, with luck, listen to the organ-like song of Singing Dunes. Never have climbed a dune before? Here we will have a lot of time for hiking, taking magnificent photos, and enjoy amazing panoramic view!

Coming back to the hotel, dinner, night at the hotel. 

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Day 2: AKTAU & KATUTAU MOUNTAINS

Early morning breakfast at hotel’s café

Departure to Aktau mountains – a museum of the earth’s distant past. Fantastically-shaped natural sculptures rise from the bottom of an ancient sea in all the colors of the rainbow, from the pale blue “Lunar landscape” to the “red mountains”. These mountains are 30 km long, 1.5-2 km deep – and 400 million years old. The way from the hotel to the mountains takes around 1.5 hours.

After arriving at the place it’s time to unpack your delicious lunch and enjoy it by the side of the Aktau mountains!

The next place we visit is the incredible Katutau mountains formed by lava and some associated volcanic rocks. Time, water, and the sun have created intricate rock rarities here. Snap photos as your guide explain the origin of such a fanciful landscape, and then continue the trip to see 700-year-old willow!

Take a rest under 700-year old willow – possibly the same as warriors of great Genghis khan did?  

Time to go back to the bustling city and to share your impressions and stunning photos with friends!

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What is included:

  • Transportation

  • Accommodation

  • Food – 2 lunches, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner.

  • Tour-guide

  • Water 1l per day per person

  • All fees & tickets

What to take:

  • Comfortable shoes 

  • Warm jacket

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

Photography from Slawomir Adamczak, Pawel Plocienniczak & Stephen Bridger

General Terms & Conditions

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All prices are in USD

Number of people in a group
Price per person, USD
1

550

2

330

3

250

4

220

5

210

YOUR TRIP ON A MAP