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Altyn Emel national park in Kazakhstan is a big place with a lot to see. It is home to a diverse range of unique landscapes, historical sights and flora. It is especially a good place to see a number of rare large hoofed mammals. Approximately 260 km north of Almaty, it is one of the most accessible places to experience a piece of the great under-discovered Kazakh wilds.

The Aktau hills are a series of hills of great natural beauty. Bands of white, red and orange run horizontally across the range with striking effect. The Aktau hills are also known as a unique paleontological deposit. 56 species of Early Miocene flora like pine, spruce, birch, alder, oak, walnut, chestnut, linden, frame, pistachio, ailanthus have been discovered here, as well as remains of ancient animals like crocodiles, turtles and giant rhinos with an estimated age of 25-30 million years.

Breathtaking beauty of Aktau hills. It reminded me the views from Utah or Arizona. There were only two couples from Almaty here, so I hiked around (with no path) alone, in 40 degrees. Amazing adventure.
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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11967 W: 126 N: 30421] (142230)
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