Living with Kazakh family

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Meet Kazakh shepherd family and gain first-hand experience of local life. Till the end of the May shepherd family stays at winter farm in small village located not far from Altyn Emel national park and Charyn canyon. To make your tour more attractive we included a half day trips to singing dune and Charyn canyon.
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Itinerary Details

Itinerary

Day 1: Almaty - Altyn emel national park (singing dune)

Stop At: Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan
Early breakfast at the hotel and departure. Trip to Singing dune. Arrival to so-called Singing sand (also called whistling sand or barking sand). The dune is composed of light-colored sand and has a length of about 3 km and a height of 150 m. In dry weather sands emit a sound similar an organ melody. Since ancient times this place was considered supernatural. The legends explained the sound by the activities of the desert spirits, mythical animals, the bells of buried towns, underground rivers etc. hiking. Lunch. Departure to the local farm. Arrival. Staying with a local shepherd family offers some unique insight into the daily lives of modern nomads and gives you an authentic taste of Kazakh culture. The locals will teach you how to ride horses, herd animals, slaughter sheep...
Itinerary

Day 1: Almaty - Altyn emel national park (singing dune)

Stop At: Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan
Early breakfast at the hotel and departure. Trip to Singing dune. Arrival to so-called Singing sand (also called whistling sand or barking sand). The dune is composed of light-colored sand and has a length of about 3 km and a height of 150 m. In dry weather sands emit a sound similar an organ melody. Since ancient times this place was considered supernatural. The legends explained the sound by the activities of the desert spirits, mythical animals, the bells of buried towns, underground rivers etc. hiking. Lunch. Departure to the local farm. Arrival. Staying with a local shepherd family offers some unique insight into the daily lives of modern nomads and gives you an authentic taste of Kazakh culture. The locals will teach you how to ride horses, herd animals, slaughter sheep and prepare it for a dinner (upon request). Dinner. Overnight.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Accommodation at the guesthouse

Day 2: Local family visiting

Stop At: Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan
Breakfast. You can experience the life of shepherd. Today after breakfast you will go to the pasture and team up with a local shepherd. Lunch. During second half of the day you can also be fully or partly involved in the farm seasonal work (general maintenance, animal care: tent the sheep, gather them, bring them food and water) or simply pet the animals and enjoy the steppe view or experience horseback riding or learn how to hand-milk a goat or mare or cow, how to made kurt (cheese), homemade butter and kumys (fermented horse milk), cooking classes (upon request). Dinner. Overnight
Duration: 8 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Accommodation at the guesthouse

Day 3: Charyn canyon - Almaty

Stop At: Charyn Canyon National Park, Charyn Canyon National Park, Almaty Region
Breakfast at the guesthouse. Free time. Return to Almaty via Charyn canyon. The canyon has been described as the Grand canyon’s little brother and is considered to be the floor of the ancient ocean Tethys. The erosion made by the river Charyn below and the elements created a dramatic and impressive landscape. Valley of castles and canyon exploring. Hiking. Free time. Departure to Almaty. Dinner at the local café on the way back to Almaty. Arrival to Almaty and transfer to the hotel
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Important Details

Included
  • 3x Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Altyn Emel National Park
  • 2x Breakfast
  • 2x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Alcohol and beverages
  • Medical insurance
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered

8:00 AM
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Voucher Requirements

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.