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. 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. 

Day 1st: Singing Dunes

The singing sand dunes are a 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 2nd: 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 kilometers 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 and landscapes.


Image by Akmaral Khudaikulova

Pick Up & Drop Off

Relax knowing that you don't have to fuss or worry about the little details. 

Image by Dmitry Sumskoy

Mesmerising Sights

The trip includes seeing the stunning sights of Charyn Canyon: Valley of Castles, Moon Canyon, and Bartogay Lake.

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Connect With Nature

Enjoy soaking in the views of vistas while hiking and getting your sweat on!


  • Transportation

  • Accommodation

  • Food – 2 lunches, 1 breakfast and 1 dinner

  • Water 1l per day per person

  • All fees & tickets

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel or Airbnb flat;

  • Lunch is included (please message us if you prefer vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free options);

  • Friendly English-speaking guide and experienced driver;.

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