Route: Almaty region (Kazakhstan)
Season: January - December
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Day 1. Almaty - Altyn Emel
Departure from Almaty at 07:00am. Arrival to Altyn Emel National Park at 10:00am. Sightseeing at Kyzylauyz petroglyphs. Picnic at nature.
Kyzylauyz Petroglyphs located in the gorge Taigak, where you can find five groups of inscriptions in Tibetan language, all are of the same content and read as "Om - Mani - Pad - Me - Hum". Also there are the images of generic characters, pictures of mountain goats and sheep, view of the collective hunt for goats and deer, images of musical instruments and a picture of the holiday, with multiple actors.
Sightseeing at Besshatyr burial mounds.
Besshatyr burial mounds - is the main sightseeing of the Altyn Emel National Park. Besshatyr" is translated as "five tents": probably because of the five biggest burial mounds on this territory, part of which has been excavated by the archaeologists in the middle of the past century. Besshatyr necropolis is considered to be the shrine of ancient Saks lived on territory of modern Kazakhstan in the 6th century BC. Altogether 18 royal burial mounds, having diameter from 8 to 70 meters and height from 2 to 20 meters, are concentrated at the territory of 2 sq.km.
Transfer to Altyn Emel hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Altyn Emel.
Day 2. Altyn Emel - Almaty
Breakfast at 07:30am. Sightseeing tour to the Singing Dune.
Singing Dune, reaching a height of 120 meters and a length of about 3 km, located in one of the corners of the Altyn-Emel National Park, a few kilometers from the Ili river between the mountains of Big and Small Kalkan. This sandy hill consists of very fine pure sand, which starts to "sing" in windy weather and its sound reminds the organ music. Before a sandy storm the dune sounds like a drum. From the top of the Dune you can observe the grand panorama of the surroundings. In the south - thin strip of the Ili River is visible as well as purple mountains of Sogety and Boguty, looking out from the white peaks of the Ketmen ridge. On the west the horizon is obstructed by the steep slope of the Big Kalkan, and the Small Kalkan – from the east. In the north - violet-blue ridge of Djungarian Alatau mountains, Chulak mountain, Matai and Altyn-Emel are visible. If the weather is dry and windy, the sand-dune will "sing" you its song, which could be heard as far as several kilometers...
Return to the hotel and lunch at 12:00 noon. Sightseeing tour to Katutau and Aktau mountains.
Katutau Mountains (Harsh Mountains) are very ancient ruined mountains with preserved volcanic outputs. The breed is very fragile and breaks down under the physical impact. Water, time and wind carved intricate shapes in the rock. Sedimentary rock of the bottom of the ancient Tethys Ocean is preserved there. From the effects of environmental factors it took the form of intricate figures and landscapes.
Aktau Mountains (White Mountains) are world-renowned paleontological field. In the layers of Paleogene lacustrine deposits well-preserved remains of ancient animals whose age is estimated at 25-30 million years have been found. Among the finds there are the remains the giant rhinos, crocodiles, turtles. Huge conical mountains remind the Egyptian pyramids and are a magical scene of the variety of shapes and colors.
Departure to Almaty approx. at 18:00. Arrival to Almaty approx. at 22:00.