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1 day trip to Bes Shatyr


Altyn Emel National Park

  Almaty – Kapchagai – Shengeldy village – Altyn Emel National Park entry – Bes Shatyr – Kyzylauz (Sholak mountains) - Almaty
 Season                                      March - October
 Duration of the tour 
 1 day (11 hours)
 Average driving time
 7 hours
 Average walking time  2,5 hours
 What's interesting  Dolmens, rock paintings and huge burial mounds of Bes Shatyr
 What to take Hiking shoes, trekking pants, t-shirt, wind/waterproof jacket, warm jacket, peaked cap (hat and gloves for winter), sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, backpack for day hike

Bes Shatyr is located 195km to the north from Almaty. Translated as “five hills” from Kazak, it looks like ancient necropolis and remains the main ethnographic and archaeological site of Alryn Emel National Park. A huge valley on the north bank of Ili river is used for the thousands of years by different generations of nomads: being a sacred place for ancient people (here they put their dolmens), Bes Shatyr had been also chosen as a burial site by Saki (Scythe) tribes. Dating around middle of I millennium BC it consists of 37 mounds with stone embankment. The largest royal burial mounds up to 17 meters in height are placed in the central part of the necropolis covering area of 2 square kilometers.

Within the trip we will explore the Bes Shatyr and Kyzylauz gorge (in Sholak mountains) known for its rock paintings. The itinerary looks like:
08.00 – 11.30 drive Almaty – Bes Shatyr
11.30 – 13.00 excursion around Bes Shatyr to observe the burial mounds, dolmens
13.00 – 14.00 lunch
14.00 – 14.30 drive to Kyzylauz
14.30 – 15.30 look at rock paintings in Kyzylauz gorge
15.30 – 19.00 drive back to Almaty

Altyn Emel Bes Shatyr
Altyn Emel Bes Shatyr


                           Number of persons in the group
  Price for the individual service
(1 person)
Price per person in a group of 2 Price per person in a group of 3 Price per person in a group of 4-5
Total cost of the tour per 1 person $250.00 $135.00 $100.00 $90.00

The price includes:

 - transport from Almaty to Bes Shatyr and back
 - English-speaking guide's services
 - lunch in Bes Shatyr
 - drinking water
 - National Park's entry fees

Price does not include: 

 - soft and alcohol drinks, personal expenses like calls and souvenirs
 - rent of personal clothes, shoes 
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