State National Natural Park "Altyn-Emel"
Altyn-Emel State National Nature Park is sprawled in the heart of Central Asia, in the valley of the Ili River, about 150 kilometres away from Almaty. The park was established in 1996 to preserve the unique natural complex of this region.
Mystery of the Singing Sands
The Signing Sands is a popular attraction in Altyn-Emel. The size of the Dune is enormous: its length is about two-three kilometres, with the 120 metres height.
What is unique about the Dune is that in dry weather it produces melody-like sounds, which is the very reason of calling it Singing Dune. The song of the Dune can be heard even several kilometres away from its location. The reason of singing might be that the sound is produced when very small grains of sand rub against one another: a gust of wind gives easily audible squeak and strong gusts - a more intense and expressive sounds, which resemble sounds of an organ. However, even in calm weather one can hear music of the Dune.
Yet another mystery about the Dune is that despite the unfixed sand, it does not travel and remains in the territory of Altyn-Emel for about several thousand years.
Legend among the local people says the great Genghis Khan and his faithful warriors are buried under these sands. So the Dune signs when the soul of the Khan, exhausted by the spiritual unrest, tells his descendants about his victories.
Duration: 13 hours.
Tour distance by car: 180 km
08:00AM – departure
13:00AM – arrival, walk around
14:00PM – free time
15:30PM – visit to the Chokan Valikhanov rill
16:00PM – departure for the city
The tour price includes:
1. Сar, minivan or bus rental (depending on the group size)
2. Driver’s service
3. Professional guide’s service
4. Natural park entrance fees
The price - 9500 tg. per person.
Do not forget to bring with you: - a raincoat, sun glasses, a hat, a camera, a snack, clothes for the weather, an identity card.
Contact +7 (727)327 63 65 and mob.number 87018510758 Madina