Singing Dune and Aktau Mountains: Two-Day Express Tour



We kindly ask you to book a tour to Altyn-Emel in advance, at least a few days before the planned trip.

The Singing Dune and the Aktau mountains are the most remarkable natural phenomena in Altyn-Emel, places of pilgrimage for thousands of tourists from all over the world.

We offer you a 2-day express tour along the most popular routes of the Altyn-Emel National Park, to the singing sands of Aigaikum and the ancient mountains of Aktau.

Total distance: about 780 km

Duration: 2 days, 1 night

Excursion routes: Route 1 (Singing Dune), marked in yellow on the map, and Route 3 (Aktau mountains), marked in red

Number of tourists: any

Season: all (it can be hot in summer)

Tour Programme

Day 1:

Transfer from Almaty to the Basshi village - about 250 km (Almaty-Basshi road takes about 4 hours, excluding stops). The road passes through the city of Kapchagai (now Konaev), the Ili river in its widest place, where it flows from the Kapchagai reservoir, the village of Saryozek, the picturesque passes of Arkharly and Altyn-Emel.

Transfer 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.

Climbing the sand dune, photo shooting.

Stopping at Chokan Valikhanov's spring, "Dinosaur Trail".

Visiting the Oshaktas steles.

Return to Basshi. Accommodation in the guest house of the Caravansarai campsite.

Day 2:

Transfer to the Aktau mountains - about 70 km from the Basshi village. The road passes through the steppe, via the villages of Nurym and Aktobe, and the Zhagalbaily post.

Walking along the canyons of the Aktau mountains, photo shooting.

Transfer to the Katutau mountains - about 25 km from the Aktau mountains.

Walking around the lava gorge of Katutau, photo shooting.

Transfer to the 700-year-old willow in the Kosbastau oasis with a warm radon source - about 20 km from the Katutau mountains.

Walking, photo shooting.

Return to Almaty.

Places of Interest:

The Singing Dune and the Aktau cretaceous mountains are the main places that tourists usually want to see in the Altyn-Emel National Park. Visiting the Katutau volcanic mountains and the 700-year-old willow, which are off the main route, is optional, at the discretion of tourists, as the tour is short in time.

Singing DuneSinging Dune
Aktau MountainsAktau Mountains
Katutau MountainsKatutau Mountains
700-Year-Old Willow700-Year-Old Willow
Oshaktas StelesOshaktas Steles
Chokan Valikhanov's SpringChokan Valikhanov's Spring


Number of touristsPrice per person, KZT / Total price, KZT
1285800 / 285800
2149900 / 299800
3104600 / 313800
482000 / 328000
575500 / 377500
665200 / 391200
757900 / 405300

Prices are valid for 2024.

The cost of a 2-day express tour to the Singing Dune and Aktau mountains is shown for a 4-seater and a 7-seater car (for 1 tourist and the total number of tourists).


The prices result from serious difficulties in organizing car trips to the Altyn-Emel National Park.

Very difficult road conditions in Altyn-Emel lead to rapid wear and tear of vehicles. We maintain a fleet of rare vehicles that can withstand the rigors of off-road conditions and standby vehicles in the event of a breakdown.

Trips to the park from Almaty are also associated with a heavy burden on drivers who work 10 or more hours a day.

Our tours include the accommodation of tourists at the Caravansarai campsite in the national park, with all the amenities and the opportunity to relax after a tiring trip.

The price includes:

Meals are not included in the tour. You can order national meals in Basshi.

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Also, at the Caravansarai campsite, you can cook any meal at any time (the campsite is equipped with kitchens with all the equipment, there is a summer kitchen, outdoor grill). To do this, you need to bring food and drinks with you. There is a small shop on the campsite where you can buy basic foodstuff but it is better to buy food in Almaty.

In the city of Kapchagai (now Konaev) there is a cafe of national and European cuisine on the way.

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