Springs in Altyn-Emel

Several springs are known in the Altyn-Emel National Park, which are of interest both from a touristic and scientific point of view.

Chokan Valikhanov's Spring

Chokan Valikhanov's spring is located in the Kokbastau oasis at the foot of the Kishi (Small) Kalkan Mountains, at a distance of 2 km from the Singing Dune.

This spring is a historical landmark of the Altyn-Emel National Park. In 1856, the great Kazakh scientist, educator and traveler Chokan Valikhanov made his famous and most dangerous expedition from Russia to Kashgaria through the territory of Altyn-Emel. The expedition stopped at the spring to rest, and the scientist drank water from it. Since then, local people have considered the spring to be sacred, with healing water and curing many diseases.

Afterwards, in his writings, Chokan Valikhanov described these places ("Sketches of Dzhungaria", 1860). Turanga (Asiatic poplar), saxaul, barberry, reeds growing here make up a real oasis contrasting to the arid desert of Altyn-Emel. During the hot season, the spring dries up.

Chokan Valikhanov, the Kazakh Scientist
Chokan Valikhanov's Spring in Altyn-Emel

Kosbastau Spring

In the Kosbastau oasis to the east of the Big Kalkan mountains there are hot radon springs flowing from the earth all year round.

Researches determined the properties and useful elements in the composition of the water. It has been proven that it is medicinal, has a beneficial effect on the gastrointestinal tract and is in no way inferior to the famous Saryagash water in the south of Kazakhstan (which is not surprising, if to think about the age of the trees in this area).

A pipe with a year-round natural source is installed next to the Kosbastau post, and everyone can take a warm radon shower. However, despite its tourist potential, this place, unique for the desert, is not yet equipped for swimming.

Altyn-Emel Warm Springs
Kosbastau Spring

Naizatapkan Spring

The Naizatapkan spring is located near the borders of the Altyn-Emel National Park at the foot of Ulkentau Mountain, 35 km north of the village of Basshi. The place is revered by Muslims as sacred; men and women are advised to visit it at different hours.

Among the springs of Naizatapkan, gushing out of the ground, there are two large springs with healing and tasty water.

Naizatapkan Spring
Naizatapkan Spring
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