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Altynemel is the name of ridge, pass and one of the national parks of Almaty oblast. National Park «Altynemel» occupies a huge territory, bounded on the south with Ile river and Kapshagai reservoir, on north with western branches of Jungar Alatau – Sholak, Matai, Altynemel and Koyandytau mountains, on east with low Aktau mountains. There are also small mountains inside the park – it's Big and Small Kalkans and Katutau. Plain between Kapshagai on the south and the mountains on the north stretches for 150 km and reaches a width of 10-11 km. The park area is 460000 ha. It is designed to protect rare species of animals and plants. In addition, «Altynemel» pays great attention to the development of ecological tourism.
The pride of the national park is a large population of kulans. In 1982, several dozen Turkmen kulans were brought to «Altynemel» from Barsakelmes. Now their population is more than two thousand. Gazelles can be called as another ornament of National Park. In addition, Przewalski horses were imported from zoos in Germany and released to the wild in the early 2000s into «Altynemel».
Taigak gorge is located in the Sholak mountains at the extreme west of the national park «Altynemel». Taigak is a deep canyon in the middle part with high cliffs at the bottom of which flows a stream. Height of a wall in some places is up to 100 m. There are several groups of petroglyphs in the gorge. Interesting Buddhist complex with 27 known inscriptions became special prominence among them. These inscriptions are made in the Tibetan language, like most Buddhist inscriptions known in Kazakhstan. In addition, very rare stone tree, which another name is «Caucasian frame», grows there.
Another interesting gorge – Terekty is 15 kilometers east of Taigak gorge. It is known that there are several hundred interesting petroglyphs from various historical periods from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages. Basically, there are pictures of animals – argali, ibex, deer, horses and camels.
Relatively short, but very cozy to stay Kyzylauz gorge is further to east, through which flows a small stream with very clean water.
One of the main attractions of «Altynemel» park - a complex of Besshatyr mounds is located to east of Sholak mountains, at the foot of Degeres mountain. Royal mounds of Besshatyr produce a tremendous impression. Here you can see and feel the greatness and power of the ancient nomadic civilization of Saka. More than 30 mounds are detected in total, among them large mound diameter of 104 m and a height of 18 meters apart around the menhirs.
Another amazing natural object – Singing Dunes is in the park. Dune is surrounded by Big and Small Kalkans mountains on the east and west that almost merge in the north. The length of the dune is 3 kilometers, height – 150 m. Dune buzzes like a jet engine during dry weather. Another difference of Singing Dune is amazing constancy of its shape and location. Excellent views of Ile river and Kapshagai reservoir opens from the top of the dune, there are thickets of haloxylon and at its foot.
Spring with crystal clear water in the center of the relic has turanga grove not far from Singing Dune. In people, it is famous as a saint: it has healing powers and cures for many diseases. Traveling from Russia to Kashgar, famous scientist and traveler Shokan Valihanov stayed at the camp in this place. So amazing spring came into his notes, and later received the name of Valikhanov.
Giant willow, which age is approximately 700 years grows in Kosbastau place to the east of Big Kalkan mountains. Giant tree, survived many epochs, can hardly be embraced by 8 people.
Katutau mountains are not less attractive and unique object of the nature. This is a very ancient and dilapidated mountain. Here, time, water and the sun created a bizarre stone sculptures. Driving along the deserted wild gorges, you can see the amazing shape and color sculpture.
Aktau chalk mountains are on the eastern edge of the national park «Altynemel». The breathtaking mountains, and their variety of color shades. Aktau Mountains were formed millions of years ago. In those days, there were dinosaurs on earth; an ancient ocean was on the place of the mountains. The length of the mountains is about thirty kilometers. There are clusters of ancient plants in the soil, the remains of the giant tortoises, crocodiles and other animals.