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Altyn Emel National Park 2-Day Group Tour, Inclusive of Meals & Accommodation

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Day 1: Almaty - Altyn Emel National Park

Stop At: Tamgaly Tas, Kapchagay Kazakhstan
Having arrived to the Meeting Point no later than 10 minutes before the tour departure time, you will meet your guide and board a comfortable vehicle to start your trip to Altyn Emel National Park. Before the tour, we provide 1.5L of bottled water and you are welcome to bring your personal snack, tea or coffee in a container with a lid on it. 

While driving over an hour on a highway, you will pass by artificial Kapshagai water reservoir, the biggest in Almaty region, with the casinos of "Kazakh Las-Vegas" on its bank. Upon arrival to Tamgaly-Tas, the first destination on the bank of Ili river, you will see images of Buddha and texts in Tibetan, Kalmyk and other languages. On the opposite side of the river you will see the scenery in the style of medieval Kazakhstan that were built for the filming “The Nomad” movie.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan
Another couple of driving hours and you are at Basshi village, which is located at the territory of the national park. There you will have a lunch before your trip to Singing Dune. The Singing Dune is perfect to admire at sunset when nature is getting calmer and shades are longer. If you are lucky enough, you can hear how the Dune sings, and literally feel the trembling while touching the sand.

After hiking up to the 150-meter dune, you will return to the village for dinner and overnight in one of the villagers' guest houses or cozy local hotel.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in a guest house or local hotel

Day 2: Altyn Emel National Park - Almaty

Stop At: Aktau Mountains, State National Park Altyn-Emel Kazakhstan
After breakfast at 8:00am, you will be driving on unpaved park roads over 80 km (approx. 2 hours) to the Aktau mountains. A walk on Martian landscape requires nothing special from you, except being attentive on a soft sandy surface, carrying some water with you, and adding some fantasy listening to the guide's stories about inhabitants of an ancient ocean.
Return to Basshi village for lunch.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Zharkent Mosque, Zharkent Kazakhstan
After lunch, transfer to Zharkent town (97 km) and visit to mosque-museum. A wooden mosque-pagoda, built without a single nail, delights with its architecture! The bright patterned roofs and towers designed by Chinese architect Hon Pik, the walls inside the unique structure, artfully decorated with national ornaments of different nations cultures, openwork carvings and flowers drawings evoke particular interest in history and invite you to lose yourself in time for a moment. Having mentally and spiritually recharged by two-days outdoor trip you will drive back to the original Meeting Point in Almaty with estimated arrival time around 7:00pm.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast at a guest house or local hotel
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Baitursynov St 113, Almaty 050022, Kazakhstan

Traveler pickup is offered
If option with return hotel transfer is selected, please advise your hotel details at time of booking. Hotel transfer is available for hotels in central Almaty only.
Departure Time
8:00 AM
2 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 1x Breakfast
  • 1x Dinner
  • 2x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 1 night
  • Bottled water 1.5L per person per day
  • Professional guide
  • Return hotel transfer to the Meeting Point (if this option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Altyn Emel National Park
  • Surcharge for single accommodation, if required
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Return hotel transfer to the Meeting Point (if this option not selected)
  • Gratuities (optional)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children and youth must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for child aged 3 and under
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking (traditional local cuisine includes mostly lamb or beef, dough, milk products)
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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