Aigai Kum Guesthouse

Bashi Village, Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan

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  • Best option in the area

  • Strategic location for easy access for exploring the remote beauty of Altyn Emel National Park

  • Good value and comfortable rooms

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Kazkahstan's Almaty Province has a  humid continental climate with highest precipitation during the months of April and May. As with the rest of Kazakhstan, winter can get cold with snows and sub-zero temperatures. The Summer and Autumn months between June and October enjoy pleasant temperatures and lower rainfall that other months.

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Insider's View

Bring your binoculars along! Plenty of gazelles and wildlife are active especially in the early morning.

Don't forget to bring your sandals and wear it to the Singing Sand Dune as the sand is very fine

Try to do the excursions in the early morning or late afternoon when it is not too warm.

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The top available choice of accommodation in the area, Aigai Kum Guesthouse has everything that you will need for a comfortable night’s stay and offers a convenient location for exploring Altyn Emel National Park.

Of the few accommodation options surrounding the remote Altyn Emel National Park, Aigai Kum Guesthouse is the most comfortable. Rooms are well furnished, nicely decorated and offer a comfortable base before or heading heading into the national park.

For dining, the hotel's Akmay Café serves egg and local porridge for breakfast, with local cuisine for lunch and dinner.

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All 11 rooms in Aigai Kum are basic, but clean and comfortable. Guest can choose between standard, Semi Lux, or Lux room types.



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Aigai Kum Guesthouse's best forte is its unique location at Bashi village, just slightly outside from the Altyn Emel National Park, which means that the wonderful world of Singing Sand Dunes and the bizarre Aktau-Katutau mountains are right at your doorstep.

While the rooms are rather simple, they are comfortable and provide a good night's sleep just as fine. Homely local cuisine is served throughout the day in the hotel's cafe. If you go with the right expectation that you are at one of Kazakhstan's remote desert regions, you will enjoy the experience!


  • Aktau-Katutau Rainbow Mountains

    Gaze over the surreal Aktau-Katytau mountains with mars-like red-and-white colouring.

  • Charyn Canyon

    Known as the little brother of Grand Canyon, Kazakhstan’s Charyn Canyon is spectacular at 154km long and 300m deep. Visit the famous Valley of Castles with its unique towering structures.

  • Issyk Lake & Gorge

    Today, you will visit Issyk Gorge, one of the most beautiful gorges on Trans-Ili Alatau region, including a visit to the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK”.

  • Singing Dune

    Scale around the Singing Barchan Dune and hear first-hand the music of the desert.

  • Tamgaly Tas' Buddhist Petroglyphs & Nomad Fortress

    Discover the Buddhist paintings of Tamgali-Tas, the medieval "Nomads" castle and attractions from ancient Zhetysu. On the Ili River’s shore, unravel the mystery of over 1,000 ancient rock paintings including five images of Buddhas.

  • Turgen Falls

    Depart to Turgen Gorge natural park. See the Golden Man, Snow Leopard statues, walk up to the waterfall and take a rest while you enjoy the trickling sound of the majestic fall.

Holiday Ideas

  • Best of Kazakhstan

    Astana, Shymkent, Almaty & Altyn Emel

    from SGD $6400 pp 9 nights

    • Diverse terrain of Singing Sand Dune, Red & White Mountains and turqouise lakes
    • Get up close to the nomadic Kazakh life at Sofievka ethno-village
    • Be amazed by the billion-dollar metropolis of Astana, a city of the future
  • Essential Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan

    Bishkek, Chunkurchak, Cholpon Ata, Karakol, Kolsai & Kaindy Lakes, Altyn Emel & Almaty

    from SGD $6500 pp 10 nights

    • Unique yurt glamping experience at the often-overlooked Chunkurchak Gorge with rolling lush hills of galloping horses
    • Spectacular, untouched natural panorama of Kaindy's sunken forest lake, Kolsai's alpine lakes, Barskoon's coniferous valley and Chunkurchak's lush jailoo pastures
    • Surreal landscapes of Singing Sand Dune, Charyn Canyon and colourful Aktau-Katutau mountains

Location & directions

Bashi Village, Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan

Aigai Kum Guesthouse is located in the Basshi village.

Speak to our specialists 3165 4050

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