Departure from Almaty city. Arrival in Aktau. Meeting at the airport, transfer to "Rakhat" hotel, accommodation. City sightseeing: Mangistau historical museum, Orthodox church, monument to Taras Shevchenko, city square, city embankment, Melovoi cape. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast. Departure from Aktau. Transfer: Aktau city - Fort-Shevchenko (135 km., asphalt road). We are going to visit a museum complex, dedicated to ethnography of the region, Taras Shevchenko Museum - a famous Ukrainian poet and artist who spent years in exile in Mangyshlak. Transfer: Fort-Shevchenko - Jygylgan valley (60 km on the country road). We are going to visit a grandiose geological cavity, situated at the seaside. We will also give the petrified traces of animals of Neogene (sabre-toothed cats and hoofed, 15 mln years ago) a look-over. Visit to archaeological monument Tubezhik on the way. Foot walk (3 km) up and down the plateau (H-100). Transfer: Jygylgan - Sultan-epe canyon (30 km., country road). On the way visit to family burial grounds Kargashty-aulie and Ushtam (XVI-IX cc). At the beginning of the canyon, its right side, there is a grave of holy Sultan-epe and an underground mosque. Visit to the mosque, walking around. Night in tents.
Breakfast. Transfer: Sultan-epe - Shakpak-ata underground mosque (30 km., country road). On the way visit to the chalky canyon Kapamsai, foot walk (6 km). Visit to the underground mosque Shalpak-ata cutout in the rock. We will see unique drawings and epigraphy (X-XIII cc) on the walls of the mosque. Then again transfer: Shakpak-ata mosque - Torysh valley (50 km., country road, asphalt road). We drive through big chalky canyon Shakpakatasai that ends up with a wide area of globe-shaped concretions - unique geological formations reaching 2,5 m in diameter. Walking around. Overnight in tents.
Breakfast. Transfer: Torysh valley - Sherkala mountain. Our road goes among picturesque colourful clays of Kokala valley (40 km, country road). Sherkala mountain is an unique natural object - from one side its shape reminds of a giant yurta (H-300). Walking around (3 km) and climbing up the mountain with alpinist gear for those who wish. Further transfer: Sherkala mountain - Akmyshtau valley (20 km., asphalt and country road). On the way visit to the remains of the ancient settlement Kyzylkala (X-XIII cc). Overnight. Breakfast. After breakfast we go up to the top of Tomalak mountain (4 km) (H-200 m). A superb view of the surroundings is open from the mountain. Return to Akmyshtau. Transfer: Akmyshtau valley - Zharmysh valley (70 km., asphalt and country road). Walking along the valley of Eastern Karatau ridge (3 km). Overnight in tents.
Breakfast. After breakfast we go up to the top of Tomalak mountain (4 km) (H-200). A superb view of the surroundings is open from the mountain. Return to Akmyshtau. Transfer: Akmyshtau valley - Zharmysh valley (70 km., asphalt and country road). Walking along the valley of Eastern Karatau ridge (3 km). Night in tents.
Breakfast. Transfer: Zharmysh valley - Sauskan sands (80 km., asphalt, country road). Our road goes through Eastern Karatau ridge. Sauskan sands is a huge massif of sand waves. Hight of the sand waves reaches 15 meters. Walking on the sands. Transfer: Sauskan sands - underground mosque Shopan-ata (70 km., country road). There is a grave of holy Shopan-ata near the mosque (X-XI cc). This place is visited by piligrims. Visit to archaeological monument Ulkenkuduk (middle of 2000 year BC). Overnight in tents.
Breakfast. After breakfast transfer: underground mosque Shopan-ata - Basjira valley (100 km., country road). The road goes along Tuesu sands, near beautiful Tynymbai (H-227) and Bokty (H-165) mountains. Basjira valley is a picturesque bluff of Usturt plateau. A big dry salty lake Karashek joins the bluff from the south-east. Here we will see the giant formations of globe-shape and petrified Sea fauna. Walking around or going up the hill to see superb panorama (5 km). Overnight in tents.
Breakfast. Transfer: Baszhira valley - Zhana Ozen town - Aktau (280 km., country road, asphalt road). The end of our way goes along the inimitable galleries of stone columns in Akkurpa and Baisary valley, on the bottom of ancient sea Kamysty. Our way to Aktau goes via the third deepest depression in the world - Karagie. Arrival in Aktau. Accommodation at "Rakhat" hotel, overnight.
Transfer to the airport and departure from Aktau to Almaty.
|1||Arrival in Aktau|
|2||Transfer: Aktau city - Fort-Shevchenko|
|4||Transfer: Torysh valley - Sherkala mountain.|
|8||Return to Aktau through the third deepest depression in the world - Karagie|