1-Day Self-Drive Trip to Singing Dune

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The Singing Dune is the main landmark of the Altyn-Emel National Park, a natural monument of republican significance and one of the 7 wonders of Kazakhstan.

A trip to the Singing Dune is a fascinating journey to the very heart of Altyn-Emel. You can climb the famous dune Aigaikum and hear its unusual sound, which has become the basis for many legends.

Route

Tourist Route 1 (Singing Dune), marked in yellow on the map.

Basshi village → 6 km → Shygan post → 30 km – Mynbulak post → 10.5 km → Singing Dune → 2 km → Chokan Valikhanov's spring → 7 km → Oshaktas steles → 37.5 km – Basshi village.

Distance

Distance from Almaty to the beginning of the route: about 250 km one way.

Distance inside the park: about 50 km one way.

Duration of the trip: 1 day (only during daylight hours).

Passes

A pass is issued remotely through a phone call to the national park, payment is to be made via Kaspi Bank mobile application. Also, you can buy a pass in the national park office in the Basshi village.

Online Cashier (permit issue):

+77079390039, +77778019670

There is almost no mobile phone service and Internet in the park. In the Basshi village, there is good mobile communication and 4G Internet from Beeline and Tele2.

Route 1 (Singing Dune) is open to visitors only in the daytime, during daylight hours.

Passage through the park to the Besshatyr mounds is prohibited.

Road

The road from Almaty to the Basshi village takes about 3 hours (250 km). The main part of the road is a toll highway.

Before Saryozek you need to turn right towards the Zharkent road and drive to the Altyn-Emel mountain pass, then to the turn towards the village of Basshi. There is the central office of the national park, where you can buy a pass.

The road along Route 1 is unpaved, causing strong vibration. It is recommended to have a strong and reliable SUV or crossover. The road is dusty.

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Gas Stations

There are several gas stations in the town of Saryozek.

Near the village of Basshi, there is one gas station, which sometimes does not have fuel, and prices are too high there. There is also a gas station on the road towards the village of Kogaly.

Places to See

On the way:

You will pass through the city of Kapchagai (now Konaev), the Ili river in its widest place, where it flows into the Kapchagai reservoir, the town of Saryozek, the picturesque passes of Arkharly and Altyn-Emel.

In the park:

The road to the Singing Dune - about 50 km from the village of Basshi. The road passes through the steppe, surrounded by the Dzhungarian mountains, the mountains of Katutau and Kalkans, via the Shygan and Mynbulak posts.

You can stop on the way at Chokan Valikhanov's spring, the Oshaktas steles, "dinosaurs' trail" (infoboards).

The Singing Dune “sings” only in dry weather, when dry sand moves from the wind or under your feet. From the top of the dune there is a view of the mountains on all sides and the Ili river. The climb is not difficult.

The most commonly seen animals are gazelles and camels. At the Shygan post, you can ask for permission to see the Przewalski’s horses.

Places of Interest:

The Singing Dune is a natural place. Also, there are two historical places on the way, the Shokan Valikhanov's spring (mid-19th century) and the Oshaktas stone steles, a monument of the Genghis Khan's era (13th century).

Singing DuneSinging Dune
Chokan Valikhanov's SpringChokan Valikhanov's Spring
Oshaktas StelesOshaktas Steles

Lodging & Dining

Overnight stays and camping near the Singing Dune are prohibited. The nearest camping site is the Mynbulak post, 10 km from the dune.

You can stop for the night in the village of Basshi, on the day of your trip to the park or the day before, if you do not want to get overtired.

There is no cafe in the village of Basshi; tourists usually take food with them from the city. Or they have food at the hotel where they stay overnight.

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Helpful Information

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1-Day Self-Guided Tour to the Besshatyr Mounds >>>

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Follow the link to view the schedule of bus tours from Basshi to the Singing Dune and the Aktau Mountains (dates, times, prices and availability):

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