Altyn-Emel – best places in 2 days

Tour description:

On this tour we will watch and hear the Singing Dune, which is famous for the fact that in dry weather its sands make a sound similar to an airplane engine.

We will find ourselves on another planet with the landscapes of the Aktau mountains. Also, the Aktau Cretaceous Mountains are one of the largest paleontological sites with deposits of the Cenozoic era.

And of course, we will visit the Katutau mountains to see the volcanic rocks formed at the bottom of the prehistoric ocean many millions of years ago.

In this tour, you will see:

  • Singing Barkhan (dune)
  • Seven Hundred Years Old Tree
  • Aktau Mountains
  • Katutau Lava
  • Tamgaly-Tas
  •  Oshaktas Steles

1st day

7:00 Departure from Almaty
11:30 Arrival in Baschi for lunch
14:30 Arrival at the Aktau Mountains
14:30-16:30 Exploring the surroundings of the Aktau Mountains (2-4km trekking)
17:00 Arrival in Katutau, 30-minute walk
18:30 Arrival at the hotel

2nd day

8:00 Breakfast
10:00 Arrival at Singing Dune or (singing Barkhan)
10:00-12:00 Ascend and descend from the Dune
13:00 Arrival at Baschi village for lunch
17:00 Arrival at Tanbaly-Tas
17:00-18:00 Walk and exploration of petroglyphs
20:00 Arrival in Almaty

To bring with you:

  • Comfortable footwear: Sneakers or boots will be a great help for walking in the mountains;  the footwear should be waterproof.
  • Comfortable clothing: Loose-fitting clothing that allows easy movement.
  • Sun protection: Sunglasses, a cap, and sunscreen will help you in sunny weather.
  • Insect Protection: When traveling, you may encounter ticks, mosquitoes, and midges, so insect protection is essential (repellent, ointment, etc.).


• 300,000 tenge for an individual trip for one traveler

The price includes:


✅comfortable SUV

✅accommodation in hotels

✅three meals a day

✅entrance tickets along the route

✅2 liters of drinking water per day