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Altyn Emel national park.

 Tours in park Altyn-Emel.

“We know nothing at all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren. The real nature of things we shall never know” 

Albert Einstein.

Altyn Emel park hiking.

In the very heart of Central Asia, one hundred and fifty kilometers from Almaty (the largest city in Kazakhstan), south of the Dzhungarskiy Alatau ridge, there is the Altyn-Emel National Park, the largest in Kazakhstan.
The park has an interesting history of its formation. Altyn-Emel National Park is the largest and most famous nature conservation area in Kazakhstan, where the famous Singing Dune and Akkum-Kalkan mountaains, the majestic Saka burial mounds Besshatyr, the Big Kurgan Besshatyr, is the burial vault of the Eastern Scythians, or Sakas-tigrahauda, ​​who lived in this territory in the seventh-sixth centuries before ad.
Thirty mounds stretch along the mountains for almost two kilometers; the menhirs of Besshatyr are interesting. Against the background of a mountain range, in the distance, black caps of mounds, petroglyphs in the Terekty gorge, the mountains of Aktau and Katutau, stone steles of Oshaktas appear.
On the territory of the park there are mountains Kysty-Kalkan, Ulken-Kalkan, Sholak, Degeres, Matai, Altyn-Emel ridge It will be interesting to visit the Ungirtas cave in the Altyn-Emel park, the Valikhanov spring to see and get acquainted with the fauna of the Altyn-Emel park, the 700-year-old willow on the Kosbastau cordon, listen.
legends about the Singing Dune. Tourists are attracted to these places by the cleanest air, amazingly beautiful mountain landscapes and unique monuments of ancient cultures. Altyn-Emel Park occupies 523,053 hectares and is located in the Ili River valley, on the territory of the Almaty region.
It received a conservation status in 1996 and since then has been open to fans of ecological tourism. The State National Natural Park Altyn-Emel was created on April 10, 1996 by a decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan to preserve the unique natural complex of the right bank of the Ili River and rare species of animals and flora of the park.
Natural National Park "Altyn-Emel" - the total area of ​​the park is 600 sq. Km. Located in the east and 175 km. From Almaty. There are 634 species of higher plants, 231 species of birds, 26 species of fish in the Ili River.
The park is inhabited by: snow leopard, stone marten, wolf, fox, steppe cat, manual, kulans, gazelles, argali. At the beginning of 2000, the park numbered: about 7000 gazelles, 3000 teke goats, 700 kulans, 200 argali, 200 wild boars, 200 roe deer, several dozen Przewalski's horses, which were brought here from Germany.
Turanga tree up to 30 meters high and up to 1 meter. The Great Silk Road ran through this territory; more than 190 archaeological sites were found here. The climate in this area is sharply continental. Winter is characterized by low temperatures and clear weather (the number of clear days in winter is twenty-four).
The average temperature in winter is minus ten. Summers are very hot, the average temperature in July reaches twenty degrees. The wettest month is June (twenty-nine percent of the annual rainfall). On average, there are sixty-five rainy days per year.
Geographic coordinates of the Altyn-Emel Natural National Park: N43 ° 57'03.26 "E78 ° 40'17.16"

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The Brochure «The State national natural park the Altyn-Emel».

Alexander Petrov.