2 days
Duration
Whole year
Season

Pure nature of Altyn Emel

During Altyn Emel tour you are going to be inspired by a variety of Kazakhstan national heritage of local nature. There are majestic canyons, atmospheric dunes, alien looking landscape and more to see and explore.

Besshatyr is a complex of Saco mounds, which is a historical monument (the 12th -11th centuries BC). This heritage left by great nomads of Central Asian steppes. There are 18 royal burrows from 8 to 70 meters in diameter. From 2 to 20 meters in height concentrated in the area of 2 sq.km. A chain of 45 immovable stone fences lies to the West of the royal tombs from North to South. There are carved drawings of animals.

Charyn is known as a little brother of the Grand Canyon because they look very similar. However, Charyn is smaller in comparison – 154 km long and 300 m deep. During the visiting Charyn canyon you will enjoy a stunning view of a huge gorge with cliffs and rocks of various colors. The canyon is a part of the Charyn National Park territory. And you will have an opportunity to see the old ash-tree grove, the Castle Valley, one part of 154-meter canyon with cliffs resembling towers. Despite a long way to go, the beauty of the Canyon will make you forget long hours of drive and this sight of nature in Kazakhstan will stay long in your memories.

Duration 2 days/1 night
Season Whole year
Location Altyn Emel national park, ~170 km from Almaty
Accomodation guesthouse in Basshi
1

Day 1

Meeting with guide in Almaty and transfer for tour at Altyn Emel (about 260 km from Almaty).

At first, we will arrive to Besshatyr (~170 km from Almaty) through Shengeldi. Besshatyr is a complex of Saco mounds, which is a historical monument (the 12th -11th centuries BC). This heritage left by great nomads of Central Asian steppes. In total, there are 18 royal burrows from 8 to 70 meters in diameter, and from 2 to 20 meters in height concentrated in the area of 2 sq.km. A chain of 45 immovable stone fences lies to the West of the royal tombs from North to South, on which drawings of animals are carved.

Lunchboxes during excursion.

After lunch we are going to see wonderful picture of the nature – Signing Barkhan Dune. This barkhan lasts for 1.5 km long and 120 m high. While the wind is blowing from the West dispersing the sands, one has a feeling that the pipe organ is playing in the heart of the desert (~40 km from Besshatyr).

Transfer to Basshi (~45km from Barchan).

Dinner and overnight in guesthouse.

2

Day 2

Breakfast.

Start  excursion at Aktau-Katytau (~80km from Basshi).

We will drive to see red and white colored mountains called Aktau-Katytau mountains. These  mountains are famous for its unique appearance. This was probably created by small volcanoes, erupted and immediately cooled down several thousand years ago.

Lunchboxes during excursion.

Departure to Almaty with a small stop in Charyn (~155 km from Basshi).

Charyn is known as a little brother of the Grand Canyon because they look very similar. However, Charyn is smaller in comparison – 154 km long and 300 m deep. During the visiting Charyn canyon you will enjoy a stunning view of a huge gorge with cliffs and rocks of various colors. The canyon is a part of the Charyn National Park territory. And you will have an opportunity to see the old ash-tree grove, the Castle Valley, one part of 154-meter canyon with cliffs resembling towers. Despite a long way to go, the beauty of the Canyon will make you forget long hours of drive and this sight of nature in Kazakhstan will stay long in your memories.

Departure to city (~225 km).

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