Trip to the region of unique natural phenomena at the foot of the legendary Dzungarian Alatau


all year round



Tour description

Altyn-Emel is a national park in the valley of the Ili river on the territory of the Almaty region. The remains of unique archaeological, historical and cultural monuments stand on its scenic territory. In 3 km from the river bank Ili there lays the necropolis of the Saka nomadic elite from the 8-3rd centuries B.C., called Besshatyr — that is translated as “Five tents”.

Among the most known sights of the park which we will visit in this tour — “The Singing Sand-Dune ” which is 1,5 km long, the chalk mountain of Aktau, cut through by canyons, Katutau — the mountains set by volcanic minerals.

“The Singing Sand-Dune ” — a natural phenomenon, is located on the right bank of the Ili river. During dry weather the sand makes the sounds similar to sound of a musical instrument. Interesting fact: the sand-dune doesn’t move on the plain, despite the unsteadiness of sand and strong winds, and remained on one place throughout several millennia.


  •      The Singing Sand-Dune — organ sounds in steppe
  •      Walking through the Martian landscapes of red mountains of Ak Tau
  •      Burial mounds of Saka kings and prehistoric rock painting dated XVI-XIV centuries B.C.
  •      Excursion to the 700 year old willow, witness of Genghis Khan’s campaigns

Tour schedule


Day 1

with overnight accommodation in hotel

9:30—13:00 transfer Almaty– Basshy settlement

13:00—14:00 Lunch

14:00—15:30 Free time, attending of museum of the Altyn-Emel  national park

15:30—16:30 transfer to the Singing Sand-Dune

16:30—18:30 walk through the dune

18:30—20:00 transfer to the settlement (sunset on the way)

20:00—21:00 dinner

21:00—23:00 Home Theater


Day 2

with overnight accommodation in hotel

8:00—9:00 Breakfast

9:00—10:30 transfer to the Ak Tau mountains

10:30—12:30 walking tour

12:30—13:30 picnic-lunch

13:30—15:00 attending of the volcanic mountains Katutau and 700 year old willow

15:00—19:30 return to Almaty

What's included

  • Transport: offroader 3-5 seats – Toyota FJ, Hyundai Starex
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation in hotel
  • Meal: breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on the way
  • Photo shooting to be reserved and paid additionally