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2-Days Tour Of Altyn Emel National Park From Almaty
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Nature, Trekking, Wildlife

  • Duration

    2 Days

  • Activity Level


  • Language

    English, Russian


Sign up for a special two-day tour and visit the Altyn Emel National park in Kazakhstan to relish its unique landscape. Enjoy a veritable musical performance at the Singing Barkhan, where the movement of the sand to the gusts of wind make the sound of flutes. See the chalk mountains of Aktau that are amazing in their beauty and preserves world-famous paleontological deposits dating back to 25-30 million years. Marvel at Katutau, another special mountain in Altyn-Emel National Park, where you can discover several extinct volcanoes. 

  • Admire the unique landscape of Altyn Emel National Park
  • Listen to the musical flutes of Singing Barkhan at night 
  • Find the remains of ancient animals in the Aktau Mountains
  • See manifold of extinct frozen lava in Katutau Mountains
  • Day 1: Almaty - Altyn Emel National Park expand_more
    • Depart from Almaty city for Altyn Emel National Park at 0700 hours

    • Arrive at the Bassi village where registration of tourists will be done at the central office of the park at 1100 hours

    • Commence the excursion to the Singing Barkhan, located a few kilometres from the Ili River between the big and small Kalkan mountains. This sandy mountain consists of the smallest pure sand, which, with the gusts of wind, begins to "sing", and its sound resembles a flute. Before the beginning of sandstorms, the Barkhan produces a sound similar to that of a drumbeat. From the top of the Barkhan, admire a grand panorama of the surrounding countryside. Towards the south, there is a thin strip of the Ili River, the purple mountains of Sogety and Boguty, beyond which the ridges of Ketmen look out over the white peaks. At their foot stretches a foothill valley, riddled with thin strips of dry channels of rainwater. If the weather is dry and windy, the Barkhan will "sing" to you his song, spread over several kilometres.

    Return to the hotel or accommodation in tents

  • Day 2: Aktau - Katutau - Singing Dunes expand_more
    • After breakfast, begin the excursion to the mountains of Ak-Tau and Katu Tau at 0800 hours.

    • Marvel at Aktau Mountains (White Mountains), which are world-famous paleontological deposits located in the natural park of Altyn-Emel. In the layers of Paleogene lacustrine sediments, well-preserved remains of ancient animals are found whose age is estimated at 25-30 million years. Among the finds are the remains of giant Rhinoceroses, Crocodiles and Turtles.

    • See the mountains of Katutau (Harsh mountains) and spot several extinct volcanoes. Find the most original forms of volcanic formations (frozen lava) that have been preserved here. There are also diverse outcrops coloured in yellow, red, violet, and variegated clays that give a unique look to the landscape of the mountains. The mountains of Katutau are the most waterless, steep and gloomy, characterised by steep slopes and numerous gorges. 

    Departure to Almaty at 1500 hours. Arrival in Almaty at 2000 hours

What's Included
  • Jeep

  • Experienced English-speaking (Kazakhstani) guide 

  • Driver 

  • Meals

  • Entrance tickets to parks

  • All camping equipment

What's Excluded
  • Insurance

  • Accommodation in a guest house

  • Alcoholic drinks

  • Food in the restaurant

  • Accommodation in Almaty city

What to bring
  • Passport

  • Comfortable hiking shoes

  • Backpack from 5-35 litres volume

  • Jacket

  • Cap

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

Know before you go
  • The tour program is flexible because it is an individual tour, and our team is pleased to offer the best scenario of the tour, taking into account all your wishes. We can change the program depending on the weather.


  • December-January (the whole all year)

Tour Sights:

  • Singing Sand Dunes

  • Cretaceous Aktau Mountains

  • Katutau Volcanic Mountains

  • Willow 700 age

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Price Details
The group size and price
1 To 1USD 445 Per Group
2 To 2USD 520 Per Group
3 To 3USD 565 Per Group
4 To 4USD 650 Per Group
5 To 5USD 720 Per Group

This is a private tour

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USD 445 / group

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