Altyn-Emel National Park, Zharkent

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  • When I was in a business trip in Almaty I decided to go there. And it was 100% best decision. Pure nature ! No tourists! If you like some special attractions you must visit it!  more »
  • It was two incredible days on tour to Altyn emel national park. Be prepared for the long driving. On the first day we drove 500 km, but it's worth it! Spectacular view of Aktau mountains I've never...  more »
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  • Altyn-Emel National Park (Kazakh: Алтынемел саябағы, Altynemel sayabaǵy ; Russian: Алтын-Эмель национальный парк , Altyn-Emel' Natsional'nyy Park) is a national park in Kazakhstan. It was created in 1996.[1] The park covers about 4,600 km2 (1,800 sq mi) between the Ili River and the Ak-Tau mountain range, near Lake Kapchagai, and consists mostly of desert and rocky terrain Altyn-Emel National Park is located in the Ili River Valley, Kazakhstan. It comprises various landscapes, including sand desert, mountains, and flora. The park was founded on April 10, 1996, with the objective to preserve a natural park complex, as well as archaeological and historical monuments. It is the largest reserve in Kazakhstan and part of UNESCO's world heritage. It consists of two main parts – the plain that adjoins the right Bank of the Ili river and the mountain – the spurs of the Dzungarian Alatau and the macro-slope of the Altyn Emel range. Small island mountain ranges are located on the plains. On the territory of the Park, Carboniferous deposits (300 million years old) have been identified, which are mainly represented by volcanites, Permian and Carboniferous deposits, and the most ancient deposits are Silurian. The Park's mountains are mostly composed of Paleozoic rocks that are 200 to 400 million years old. Located within the park, the Besshatyr Burial Ground is a historical monument of Saka mounds. The burial mounds date back to the Iron Age (the VII-VI centuries BC), and were built by the nomads of Central Asian steppes. Objects found within the burial mounds include gold-plated trappings, gold adornments and utensils, weapons and armor. Another prominent feature of the area are the Aktay mountains. The Aktay mountains are also referred to as the "lunar mountains" on account of their particular colors.[3][4] Aktau, which means "White mountains"in Kazakh. In translation from the Turkic-Mongolian Altyn-Emel means: "Altyn" - gold and "Emel" - saddle, which means"mountain pass".
  • Visited this park in 2017. It's huge, we drove approximately 80 km of dirt road to get to the mountains. You had to get a guide at the entrance back then. Be sure to keep an eye on the guide, our guide tried to steal from us. Nonetheless, the guide was friendly, and even friendlier after a bottle of vodka. Do not miss this park when in South Kazachstan.
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