Altyn-Emel National Park


Golden Saddle and Singing Dune

Dzhungarian Mountains


Petroglyphs and Necropolis 1000 BC

Jetysu Valley


Multicolored Mountains and Ancient Volcano Remains

Welcome toAltyn-Emel National Park

thousand hectares of wild area
kilometers from the Almaty city
species of rare animals
species of rare plants

Unique Landscape

Desert in Altyn-Emel Park

Most of the Altyn-Emel National Park territory is occupied by desert and semi-desert areas interspersed with green oases >>>

Ili River in Altyn-Emel

The hot and dry desert of Altyn-Emel neighbors the green floodplain of the Ili river, which flows into the Kapchagai reservoir >>>

Dzhungarian Alatau in Altyn-Emel

The desert climate of Altyn-Emel is formed by the spurs of Dzhungarian Alatau, which frame the park from the north and west >>>

The Altyn-Emel National Park is located in the very heart of Jetysu, in the Ili depression, between the Ili River and the mountains of Dzhungarian Alatau >>>

Altyn-Emel logoThe Altyn-Emel State National Natural Park ranks third among the national parks in the republic by territory (13 in total), and the second - in the Almaty region (after the Zhongar-Alatau National Park).

UNESCOIn 2017, the Altyn-Emel National Park was awarded the international status of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, to preserve the unique nature and rare animals >>>

Snow Leopard in Dzhungarian Alatau Mountains

Diverse Fauna and Flora

Gazelle in Altyn-Emel

Gazelles, argali, kulans, Przewalski's horse and other animals listed in the Red Book of Kazakhstan found shelter and protection in the Altyn-Emel Park >>>

Tulipa Alberti in Altyn-Emel

Many representatives of the local flora (Albert's Tulip, Kolpakovsky's Iridodictium, Vitaly's Columbine) are rare and endemic species >>>

Great Monuments of Nature and Culture

Aktau Mountains Kazakhstan

The Singing Dune, the multi-coloured Aktau mountains, and the Katutau ancient volcano are real wonders of nature, the main landmarks of the Altyn-Emel National Park >>>

Balbal in Altyn-Emel

These historical artifacts are the evidence of the Bronze Age and the era of the powerful Saka nomadic tribes which inhabited the territory of Altyn-Emel in the 1st millennium BC >>>

How to get to Altyn-Emel?

The Almaty-Kapchagai-Saryozek highway leads to the Altyn-Emel National Park, then turn towards the village of Basshi, where the central office of the national park is located. Learn more >>>

Operating Hours and Seasons

The Altyn-Emel National Park is normally open year round, daily from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, unless otherwise provided by relevant regulations.

Fees and Park Regulations

Per person - KZT 1090 per day, youth 6 and under are admitted free. Per vehicle - KZT 200 per day. The Altyn-Emel National Park is a protected natural area. Learn more >>>

Lodging & Dining

There are several lodging and dining facilities in the Altyn-Emel National Park, as well as camping places. Learn more >>>

Travel Advisory

Mind the things to take, outfit to wear, and security measures to get ready for your trip to Altyn-Emel. Learn more >>>

Excursion Tours

Singing Dune

Legends of Genghis Khan

Besshatyr Necropolis

Trail of Saka Nomads

Aktau Mountains

Ancient Ocean Bottom
Places To See in Altyn-Emel

All the sights of the Altyn-Emel National Park that are worth seeing >>>

Motorbike Tours in Altyn-Emel

ATV, motorcycle tours, camping and guided caravanning in Altyn-Emel >>>

Altyn-Emel Tours

4WD tourist buses, legendary military vehicles Pinzgauer 4WD and 6WD >>>

Visit Altyn-Emel, the Wild Area of Kazakhstan
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