ALTYN EMEL NATIONAL PARK
2 day tour
There are multiple trips for Kazakhstan
Head out of the city on an exciting 2-day adventure! Feel at one with your surroundings while you take in the spectacular views and vistas.
It is said that the name ‘Altyn Emel’, which means ‘golden saddle’, was given to the hills by Genghis Khan when he passed this way in 1219 and saw them covered with sun-yellowed grass.
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Travel Style: Active
Some hiking is involved although ideal for different experience levels.
Service Level: Standard
A standard local vehicle will be used for transportation. Accommodation is basic yet comfortable.
Physical Rating: 3
A decent level of fitness is best for this trip. Please make sure to wear comfortable shoes with a good outsole.
Trip Type: Small Group or Private
This is a private trip or can be booked as a small group trip.
Age requirement: 18+
This trip is suitable for adults only.
Under recent Covid regulations entrants from most countries need to apply for a visa. Double check with your local embassy.
Valid until 30/8/2022
You will be picked up from your hotel and met by our friendly English-speaking guide and experienced driver.
Day 1: Singing Dunes
On the way, we will discuss more about the country, culture, people, and the history of this vast country. The singing sand dunes are an unusual natural miracle, stating boldly at 150 meters above the steppes between the Kalkan mountains. Between these mountains, there is the famous Singing Barkhan, also called the Singing Sand Dune, the gem of Altyn-Emel.
Day 2: Katutau and Aktau mountains
Firstly we will visit the ancient ruined Katutau (Harsh Mountains). The mountains are formed by ancient volcanic lava. In the mountain area, there are some interesting dikes (a dike is when the earth splits and is filled with magma. The split is formed by the earth’s movements like earthquakes or volcano eruptions.) Some dikes are 8 kilometres long. In the northern part of the Katutau and Aktau, there are some sedimentary bedrocks of the ancient ocean Tethys. Impacted by the above-mentioned natural factors the rocks formed some spectacular shapes.
The adventure comes to an end today as we drive you back to your hotel so you can enjoy the rest of your evening.
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2 lunches, 1 breakfast and 1 dinner
Water 1l per day per person
(please message us if you prefer vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free options)
Pick up and drop off at your hotel or Airbnb flat