|Altyn-Emel (in Kazakh «Алтынемел» мемлекеттік ұлттық табиғи паркі) is a state national natural park in the Ili River valley on the territory of Zhetysu region of Kazakhstan. It occupies an area bounded on the south by the Ili River and Kapshagai reservoir, on the north by the western spurs of the Dzungarian Alatau — the Sholak, Matai Altynemel and Koyandytau mountains, on the east by the low Aktau mountains. The name of the ridge comes from the name of the main passage through it, translated from the Turkic-Mongolian Altynemel — “golden saddle” (“altyn” — gold and “emel” — saddle).|
The park has an extremely continental climate. Winters are cold and dry, and summers are hot. Annual precipitation does not exceed 300-330 mm.
The most famous sights of the park are Singing Dune with a length of 1.5 km and a height of up to 130 m; clay mountains cut through by canyons — Aktau (translated as white mountains); Katutau — mountains composed of volcanic rocks; Chokan Valikhanov spring in the Kokbastau stow.
The necropolis of the Sakis nomadic elite of the VIII—III centuries BC, Beshatyr (eng. Five Tents), is 3 km from the bank of the Ili River. There are also Taigaq petroglyphs here.