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Incredible, grand and not another soul in sight!

We visited this park as part of our 5 day 4WD tour in Almaty region covering several national... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2018
Amazing place. Feel the quiet power of Mother Nature.

We traveled through the National Park on our rental car (SUV) with our 7 y.o. son and this was the... read more

Reviewed June 11, 2018
Alex C
Kiev, Ukraine
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Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

I among many others is a typical backpacker who likes to do things without expensive tours. I visited Altyn-Emel for one night and then Kolsoi lakes for two nights. This is what I found out about Altyn-Emel: 1. There is no public transport AT ALL...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Rasmus C
Reviewed June 27, 2018

We visited this park as part of our 5 day 4WD tour in Almaty region covering several national parks. The drive from Almaty is long (around 4 hours) before you reach Basshi village which contains the park ticketing office. There are actually 3 designated sightseeing...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 11, 2018

We traveled through the National Park on our rental car (SUV) with our 7 y.o. son and this was the best part of our trip to Almaty region. It's not really complicated to get the permit to the park on your own (if you speak...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Alex C
Reviewed August 28, 2017

Superb place. Great landscapes, very impressive. Aktau Mts. are perfect. Name means "white" mts, but in reality they are so colourful, all those different colours rock strata makes the place simply gorgeous. Singing dune is also nice, as well as Katutau hills with the "modern...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 18, 2017 via mobile

This is a great national park not to be missed! Beautiful sand dunes and stunning white mountains are just two of its many more than worthy sights to explore. It can get pretty warm here in summertime.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Luciano065
Reviewed July 31, 2017 via mobile

Well worth seeing, the white mountains - they are actually cristal (!!) and the sand dunes. They do not often sing by them selves, but you can help them, and it's a lot of fun. Hire the local guides/rangers/gid, they really care for the many...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

The Altyn-Emel National Park is a must see if you're in Almaty. First stop: singing dune, 180m height, if you jump into it you can hear a deep sound. Next stop: incredible Aktau mountains, picturesque area with colorful mountains. If you take a walk up,...More

Date of experience: September 2016
5  Thank undiscovered_places
Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

I am originally came from Almaty, but I have visited this national park for the first time only now in July 2016. Here one can find unique views looking like Mars views, enjoy special singing dunes, meet rare animals like Przhevalsky horses. There are several...More

Date of experience: July 2016
3  Thank Amina M
Reviewed June 21, 2016

We were in Almaty and decided to do some sidetrips, to visit the countryside. Altyn Emel is only accessible by either guided tour, with a driver or if you have a car. The roads from the park entrance to the actual sights are pretty bad,...More

Date of experience: June 2016
6  Thank Pixxidix
Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

IT was an escape from usual kazakh cities. The place is not accessible easily. But managed somehow. Its like landing on mars. Its remote. But d views r stunning.

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Sandip K
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August 4, 2018|
Response from Alex C | Reviewed this property |
You can rent a car in Alamaty. Not sure there's one in the villages. We paid around 30 usd daily fee for an old Lexus 350 which we used to drive around the park (which was not allowed by the rental contract though).
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