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Lunar Landscapes Of Mangystau (3 Day Tour)

Lunar Landscapes Of Mangystau (3 Day Tour) Packages
Country: Kazakhstan
City: Aktau
Duration: 3 Day(s) - 2 Night(s)
Tour Category: Nature Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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USD 770 / Per Person

Package Itinerary

Route: West Kazakhstan region (Kazakhstan)

Season: May - October

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Ustyurt is a huge desert and a plateau with an area of more than 200,000 km located in the west of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan), between Mangyshlak and Kara-Bogaz-Gol in the west, the Aral Sea and the Amurdarya delta in the east. Ustyurt plateau has long been attracting tourists from all over the globe. It attracts breathtaking types that resemble moon landscapes. The unique beauty of the place allows you to transfer to another world.

Day 1. Aktau - Capamsay - Shokpak ata - Torysh - Kokala - Sherkala - Airakty - Kegez

Breakfast at the hotel and meet with your guide.

08:00 departure from Aktau to Capamsay (120 km driving). The tract Capamsay is disposed of in Silicons’s Valley. Imagine Chalky cliffs, and at the bottom of the coulee is a contained green grove with giant secular trees. Once there was a deep river here, but now it already dried. Now in this area, there is a huge silicon pebbles valley.

We will visit Shokpak ata. The underground mosque Shakpak Ata is carved in a mountain chalky rock. It is known that Sufis, which lived in this cave practiced healing magic. They helped people, who came here in order to get out of sickness. For that, they have relinquished sickness person in a cave for the night. It was thought that during the night the gracious spirit gets real in a sick person and the illness will go away. Till now people are coming with the hope to heal from illness.

Torysh. The uncovering nodule lies on both sides from mounting above hundreds of kilometers, which is giving singularity to the local landscape. Where the bed was broken in a vertical position – which is formed by long ridges from stones of various sizes. And where the bed was broken in a horizontal position – there is a nodule is occurring by the field, that is formed by the fanciful conglomerations of balls, eggs, mushrooms, UFOs, cylinders, nest dolls, and animals. Such field from fancifulness has in the area of the Toryish. Lunch.

Kokala. This is a small temporal tunnel from the age of dinosaurs. There we cannot see the fossil bones or tracks of long-gone reptiles, but we can touch real charcoal from burnt forests with aging 170-00 million years, where wandered dinosaurs. Nature has surprisingly degraded the seams of clay, through nature creating the fissile mountain from knolls, columns, mushrooms, pyramids, and mini canyons with fanciful jagged beads. The Kokala is the naturally mottled area among the monotone rocky hill of Mangystau.

Sherkala. This is a legendary mountain, which was built as a fortress in the Middle Ages, and secured the paths of the Great Silk Way. The Sherkala is situated behind the central and west systems of the mountain range Karatau and in the north part of mountain Akmyshtau. “Sherkala” – by the translation from the Turkmen language means “lion fortress” ("Sher" – lion, “kala” – fortress).

Mountains of Airakty look like a magic castle with spires, towers, colonnades, and fort walls. The main sights of the valley are magic grots, fanciful caves, palaces with colonnades, temples with cupolas, gothic spires, and fanciful canopies.

On one of the mountains there is a wild winding road, which is punched by half-wild horses; from this mountain is overlooking a view of a sightseeing platform where you can see faraway mounts of Aktau and all castles of Airakty. Heading to Kegez ethnic village. Installation of the camp (Kegez), dinner, and overnight.

Day 2. Kegez – Shetpe – Tuzbair - Bozzhira

After breakfast, we will visit Shetpe village where you will visit the modern caravanserai, and try local food. Lunch.

Transfer to Tuzbair. The sor Tuzbair is the great creation of nature. This is an area of ideal beauty, which creates generally by two colors: white salt, white limestone, white clouds, and blue sky in good weather. If you go to the sor Tuzbair from the west side, you can see perfectly amazing sights!

The tour continues with relocating to the tract Bozzhira. This is part of the cliff plateau’s Ustuyrt, which has an unusual landscape in white chalky tones. The giant valley Bozzhira is surrounded on three sides by white canyons, peaks, mountain towers, mountain-castle, and mountain yurts. The visiting card is two limestone peaks, which are called Fangs. The height of Fangs is more than 200 meters.

Installation of the camp (Bozzhira), dinner, and overnight

Day 3. Mountain Bokty - Kyzylkup - Aktau

After breakfast, we will depart for mountain Bokty. The road runs along the picturesque Ustyurt plateau. Bokty is located on the bottom of dry sor, where the north side is narrow by hillock Golbanshe, where through permeating the graded road to mosque Becket Ata. Mountain Bokty has amazing characteristics.

It is changing its contours from a different point of view. On the one side, Bokty looks like a giant boat with an upside-down keel. From the south side, the mountain looks like a horizontal many-colored pyramid. Lunch.

Kyzylkup viewing platform. Kyzylkup valley is called by name of reservoir Kyzylkup which was in the northeast part of the natural boundary. Departure to Aktau. Arrival, transfer to the hotel or airport.

TOUR PRICE INCLUSIONS:

1. Accommodation camping (2 nights) including camping tent for 2 pax each, sleeping bag, camping mat, sleeping setup, pillow
2. Transportation according to the program in a comfortable minivan
3. Sightseeing according to the program with English speaking guide
4. All environmental and admission fees during the tour
5. Meals: Lunch and dinner on Day 1; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Day 2; breakfast and lunch on Day 3
6. Potable water 1L per person per day

TOUR PRICE EXCLUSIONS:

1. Accommodation in Aktau, if required
2. Meals not indicated in the program and/or not included in the tour price
3. Single accommodation supplement
4. Visa support and registration on the territory of Kazakhstan, if required
5. Personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program

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