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Altyn Emel — Charyn canyon / all year around

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Journey to the ancient mystical places

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Altyn-Emel is a national park in the valley of the Ili river on the territory of 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.


Charyn Canyon is a natural monument composed of sedimentary rocks, the age of which is about 12 million years. The height of the steep mountains of the canyon is about 150-300 m. The most interesting spot is the picturesque Valley of Castles. The area where unique plants grow and rare birds live from the list of the Red Book. Walking part of the tour in the canyon takes about 3 hrs. Walk along the bottom of the canyon observing its bizarre forms. The walk ends at the Charyn river’s bank. Take a tour through the eco park and go back.



  • Trekking to the lava mountains Katutau
  • Excursion to the church of the XIX century and the Zharkent mosque, similar to a Buddhist temple
  • Walk among the alien landscapes of Charyn and the mountains of Aktau
What’s included in this tour?
  • Off road vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Food: soft drinks and snacks on the way, breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • National parks admission fees
What’s not included in this tour?
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa support (by request)
  • Health insurance
  • Photoshooting (by request)
  1. Day 1 Baschi village - Signing dunes

    9:30—13:00 transfer Almaty– Baschy village

    13:00—14:00 lunch

    14:00—15:30 free time, Altyn-Emel state park museum visit

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

    16:30—18:30 walk around and ascent to the top of the dune

    18:30—20:00 transfer back to the village (sunset tea on the way)

    20:00—21:00 dinner

  2. Day 2 Aktau, Katutau Mountains, 700 y.o. willow tree

    8:00—9:00 breakfast

    9:00—10:30 transfer to Aktau mountains

    10:30—12:30 hike in the mountains

    12:30—13:30 picnic-lunch

    13:30—16:00 Katutau lava mountains and 700 year old willow tree photo stops

    16:00—17:00 transfer to the village

    17:00—19:00 free time

    19:00—20:00 dinner

    22:00—23:00 star gazing in the steppes

  3. Day 3 Zharkent - Charyn canyon

    8:00—9:00 breakfast

    9:00—11:00 transfer to Zharkent town

    11:00—12:30 excursion to the museum-mosque and ancient Russian orthodox church

    12:30—13:30 lunch

    13:30—15:30 transfer to Charyn canyon

    15:30—16:30 walking through the canyon

    16:30 – 20:00 transfer to Almaty