Tour from China to Singing Dunes, Altyn Emel national park, Almaty region
Journey to the Singing Dune in the Altyn-Emel reserve. We invite you on a tour from China to Kazakhstan for travelers from China (citizens of China) and travelers who travel from China to Kazakhstan in transit. The singing dune or Akkum Kalkan is a mountain of sand 160 meters high and 3 kilometers long, the singing dune is located in the Altyn-Emel park, 183 kilometers from the city of Almaty in the Almaty region. The place is very popular, the sand dune is famous for the fact that when a strong wind blows here, the dune makes a sound from the sand rubbing against each other. Sand appears here and is blown by the wind from the Ili River, which is located nearby. The place is magical and unusual, there are many versions and legends why the sound appears from the most fantastic versions to the official ones. The sound is very weak and reaches a very loud sound similar to an organ. We invite you to listen to this sound yourself and visit this place and at the same time see the Altyn-Emel nature reserve, also along the way we will see the sights of the Almaty region and travel here.
- Distance of the route:
- Season time:
May – September all season
- Best time:
July - September
- Group size:
not more 12 person
- Days & nights:
3 days - 2 nights
Transfer: Khorgos check point – Jarkent city – Koktal village – Baschi village (145 km).
Meeting at the Khorgos check point, border formalities, border crossing, continue tour to Jarkent city 32 km, visiting Dungan mosque which was built in 1895, by the legend the master who build the mosque was executed in Beijing, because of the mosque beautiful, and more beautiful than another building in all China. Visiting Christian church in Jarkent city which was built in 1882. Lunch at the Jarkent city, continue tour to Baschi village 113 km. Accomodation at the Baschi guest house. Dinner and overnight at the guest house.
Transfer: Baschi village – Shagan check point – Katu Tau mountains – Aktau mountains – Manbulak check point – Singing Dunes – Jantogai gorgre and tract – Baschi village (201 km)
To Katu Tau mountains 55 km., walking around Katu Tau mountains, after continue tour to White Mountains (Aktau Mountains) 28 km, lunch on the way, after lunch continue tour to Singing Dunes (73 km). Hiking to the Dune and fast running down to make the sand moving and you will hear the sound of Dunes. Back to Baschi village 45 km. Dinner and overnight at the guest house.
Transfer: Baschi village – Beshatir kurgans – Terekti gorge – Check point – Shengeldy village – Almaty city (290 km).
By the way visiting Besshatir kurgans (VII-VI cen) Complex consist of 31 kurgans, and one of the big is the leader of Saks. From Beshatir we continue tour to Terekti gorge and tract 63 km. Visiting here rock drawing, painting, rock carving. Lunch on the way. Continue tour to Almaty 158 km. Arriving in Almaty, hotel accommodation, END of program