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Trip to park Altyn-Emel.

Ecological tours in national park Altyn-Emel.

From Almaty, оnе takes the road to Taldykorgan till оnе comes to the village of Shengeldy, and from there over а 50 kilometer long field road which can only be taken if the weather is dry to the dunes.
The Altyn Emel National Park, founded in 1996 and covering 5,200 square kilometres, stretches along the northeastern side of the Карshagay Reservoir and the north bank of the lie River before it flows into the reservoir.
The name “Altyn Emel” has the Mongolian background, and by translation it means a gold saddle. It is corroborated brightly by the national legend: in summer of 1219 army of Chingiz khan moved through this valley to win the Central Asia.
When the great commander saw at sunset mountains covered with the yellowed grass, he exclaimed, “Gold saddle!” As it is known, nomads drew first geographical maps in the past based on associations. Probably since then these mountains has assumed the name “Altyn Emel”. If to stare, the pass reminds externally very much a saddle.
Standing on the pass of the last mountain ridge before entering the lie Plain, and observing the territory that he was about to conquer, he reputedly said that he felt as if he were in a golden saddle (Altyn Emel actually means "Golden Saddle").

The brief description of a route of a trip to national park the Park Altyn-Emel:

Almaty – town of Kapshagay - river Ili - settlement Shengeldy - settlement Saryozek - pass Park Altyn-Emel - settlement Baschi – (National Park Altyn-Emel) - the Singing barchan - burial mounds Besshatyr – petroglyphs in gorge Terekty - mountains Katu-Tau - mountains Aktau - Almaty.

Extension of a route: 935 km. 
Seasonality: from April till October, 1st.
The Best time for travel: April - May.
The size of group: no more than 8 person.

4 days and 3 night.

The detailed program of travel in national park the Park Altyn-Emel:

Day 1. Almaty - town of Kapchagay - settlement Shengeldy - settlement Sary-Ozek - pass Altyn-Emel of 1890 meters above sea level - settlement Basschi (417 km).
Transfer to settlement Baschi (255 km). On a way we pass the bridge through the river Ili in vicinities Kapshagay of a water basin and further our way leaves on the east. We pass the second railway station after Almaty and from here our way turns on a southeast in a valley which lasts along east coast of the river Ili. A following interesting place of our way will be Altyn-Emel pass. A stop on pass Altyn-Emel, short walk in vicinities.
Arrival in settlement Baschi, official registration of papers on visiting of national park Altyn-Emel.
Transfer: settlement Baschi - cordon Shagan - cordon Mynbulak - the Singing Barchan (48 km). Walk in vicinities of the Singing barchan, at desire an ascention on sand on top of mountain from sand.
Transfer: the Singing barchan - spring Valikhanov (2 km), descent to a spring, on a legend at a spring stopped Kazakh traveller Shokan Valikhanov, walk in vicinities.
Transfer: spring Valikhanov - stones Oshaktas (8 km). Walk in vicinities stone Oshaktas.
Transfer: Oshaktas - cordon Mynbulak (2 km). On cordon Mynbulak it is possible to visit a small pond in which the small family of sazans and other fishes live. Ancient willows, with semicentenial age, also will draw your attention, in a shadow of willows it is possible to have a rest after visiting the Singing barchan and to get drunk cold water from a spring.
The further transfer: Mynbulak - settlement Basshi (37 km). Arrival in settlement Basshi, a dinner, and overnight.    
Day 2. Settlement Basshi - burial mound Besshatyr - gorge Terekty (176 km).
Breakfast. Transfer: Basshi village – burial mound Besshastyr (55 km). Ancient barrows Besshatyr, concern to an epoch of the early Iron Age (VII - VI в.в. Up B.C). Here there are ancient burial places, barrows Besshatyr consist of more than thirty barrows greater and small, in the biggest barrow - Imperial, the leader саков has been buried.
Transfer: burial mound Besshatyr - gorge Terekty (33 km). In this natural boundary are petroglyphs with images of stages of hunting and wild animals. Walk to petroglyphs to figures. Lunch.
Transfer: gorge Terekty - settlement Basshi (88 km). Arrival in Basshi, a dinner and overnight in the guest house.  
Day. Settlement Basshi - settlement Nurum - settlement Aktobe - mountains Aktau - gorge Katu-Tau - natural boundary Kosbastau (153 km).
Breakfast. Transfer: Basshi - mountains Aktau (71 km). After settlement Basshi our way is passed two small settlements Nurum and Aktobe after them lays on the east between mountains Aktau and the river Ili. Gradually the country road deduces us to mountains Aktau and the further way passes along southern slopes of mountains Katu-Tau and Aktau. Arrival on multi-coloured mountains Aktau, walk upwards on gorge in vicinities of mountains Aktau.
Transfer: Актау - gorge Katu-Tau (26 km). Arrival on rocky file Katu-Tau, walks in vicinities. Lunch.
Transfer: Katu-Tau - cordon-natural boundary Kosbastau (27 km). On cordon Kosbastau there is a small artificial pond and some centenary willows, one of which more than 700 years. Walk in vicinities of natural boundary.
Transfer: Kosbastau - settlement Basshi (29 km). Arrival in Basshi. A dinner and overnight in the guest house.
Day 4. Settlement Basshi - Almaty (255 km).
Breakfast. Transfer to Almaty.

Aktau mountains.Petroglyphs in the gorge Terekty in Altyn-Emel national park.Katu-Tau mountains in Altyn-Emel national park.(Cictanche salsa). Sictanhe Salzasolonchakovay in Altyn-Emel national park.Singing dune in Altyn-Emel national park.Asiatic wild ass in Altyn-Emel national park.Lizard (Agama) in Altyn-Emel national park.Besshatyr burial mounds in Altyn-Emel national park.Aktau mountains in Altyn-Emel national park.Katu-Tau mountains in Altyn-Emel national park.Singing dune in Altyn-Emel national park.Besshatyr burial mounds in Altyn-Emel national park.Petroglyphs in the gorge Terekty in Altyn-Emel national park.Katu-Tau mountains in Altyn-Emel national park.

The note:
 The Program is Alexander Petrov's author's program. Copying and use of a material - from the sanction of the author petrovsra@mail.ru

Photos
 Alexander Petrov.