Your first trip to Mangyshlak –
The program of the day-by-day tour of the natural and historical sights of Mangystau –
The program of the tour of Mangyshlak is 13 days. This program can be made shorter or longer at your request, it is possible to combine and adjust it. The program takes place on such natural attractions of the Mangyshlak peninsula as: Aktau city, Tamshaly Canyon, Blue Bay, Caspian Sea, Saura Canyon, Fort-Shevchenko , village of Bautino, Kapamsai Canyon, failure of Zhagylgan, Sultan-epe mosque, Akespe tract, Torysh tract, Shetpe village, Karatau mountains, Samal gorge, Zharmysh tract, mount Bokty, Boszhira tract, Azu Tisteri Mountains, Karynzharyk depression, Balayuk cave, the city of Zhanaozen. This 13-day program includes a full visit to all natural, cultural and historical attractions of the Mangyshlak Peninsula.
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13 days, 12 nights
Meeting at the Airport, transfer to the hotel, accommodation in a hotel. Aktau city tour, city Museum, church, Intymak city Square, Taras Shevchenko Monument, Caspian Sea seaside, Cape Chalky, lunch and dinner at a restaurant in Aktau, overnight at a hotel.
Tomorrow at the hotel. Transfer: Aktau - Kashkara-ata necropolis (20 km) - Esmambet-ata necropolis (12 km) - Devil's Finger in the Blue Bay on the shore of the Caspian Sea (47 km) - Saura Canyon (13 km) - Fort Shevchenko city - Bautino - Biysenbai necropolis - Tamshaly Canyon (54 km). Arrival to Tamshaly Canyon. A walk in the vicinity of the canyon. Lunch is on the way. Dinner, overnight in tents on the edge of the canyon. Along the route we will pass all the listed places and visit them.
Breakfast at the base camp. Moving: Moving down the Karagan descent to Tamshaly Lake (10 km) - basin-Zhygylgan sinkhole (30 km) - walking to the footprints of prehistoric animals (2 km) - Kenta-baba necropolis (32 km) - Sultan-Epe Mosque (2 km) - Kapamsai Canyon (22 km). Lunch is on the way. Dinner and overnight at the base camp in Kapamsai Canyon. In the Zhagylgan sinkhole, we will make a radial hike to see the traces of ancient animals that remained in the petrified local breed. This day also includes visits to sacred sites and mosques.
Tomorrow at the base camp. Transfer: Kapamsai Canyon – Shakpak-ata Underground Mosque (8 km) – Shakpakatasai Canyon (36 km) - Chalk Canyon (47 km). A walk in the vicinity of the Chalk Canyon. Transfer: Chalk Canyon – Mount Akmaya (10 km). A walk in the vicinity of Mount Akmaya, photographing the famous hole in the mountain.
Further moving: Akmaya Mountain – Usak tract (10 km). A walk in the Usak tract, a search for paleontological fauna - shark teeth and vertebrae, photographing the picturesque surroundings. Lunch is on the way.
Moving: Usak tract - Akespe tract (13 km). Walking in the vicinity of the tract, photographing the chalk slopes. Supper. Overnight in tents.
Breakfast. Moving: Akespe tract – Torysh tract (14 km). On the way, visit the city-scenery for the movie "Abasta". After the Akespe tract, we return to the Akmaya Mountain, cross the Tauchik – Zhyngyldy highway and head southeast to the beginning of the stone spherical nodules of the Torysh tract. Geological excursions on the way to the tract. Arrival in the Torysh tract. Lunch is on the way.
Moving: Torysh tract – Zhyngyldy village – Otpan-tau mountain 532 meters above sea level – Adai-ata monument (47 km). After the Torysh tract, we take the highway leading to the village of Shetpe and turn to the southeast. 11 kilometers in front of the village of Tauchubek to the right of the road there is a beautiful multicolored dip similar to the Kazakh national instrument – kobyz.
Visiting the sinkhole, photographing the surroundings. From the village of Tauchubek to Otpan-Tau Mountain is 4 kilometers. On Otpan-Tau Mountain, in the Western Karatau mountain range, a 37-meter monument to Adai and two steles-minarets have been erected. Adai is one of the ancestors of the Kazakh tribe Adai. Visiting the Adai complex, photographing the surroundings, the Karatau mountains.
Transfer: Otpan-Tau Mountain - Shetpe village – Karatau Mountains – Samal gorge (42 km). Arrival in the Samal tract, a walk in the vicinity. Dinner, overnight in tents.
Breakfast. Transfer: Samal Gorge – Mount Sherkala (9 km). On the way, a visit to the Akmysh tract, a stream flows here among the tall elms, there is a sculpture of a Kazakh girl. A short walk in the vicinity of the Akmysh tract, a visit to the excavations of the ancient settlement of Kyzyl-Kala. Transfer to Mount Sherkala. On the way, visit the spherical stone nodules of bizarre shapes, visit the ancient mazar and necropolis located on the western side of the mountain. Photographing the surroundings, paleontological finds of ammonite shells.
Further moving: Sherkala – Zhairakty tract – chink Ktairakty – Airakty spurs (30 km). We drive around Mount Sherkala from the north and head to the most beautiful tracts, after visiting these elegant natural phenomena, we will head to the spurs of the Akmyshtau tract. Visiting tracts, photographing chalk landscapes. Moving: Akmyshtau tract – the village of Shetpe – a stream in the vicinity of the Zharmysh tract (40 km). Arriving at the stream, here we will see magnificent rocks among a clear stream. A walk in the neighborhood, dinner, overnight in tents.
Breakfast. Moving: The stream of the tract Zharmysh – tract Zharmysh (15 km). On the way, we will stop in the village of Shetpe, here in the store we will replenish the supplies of drinking water and make the necessary purchases. Arrival in the tract, walking in the vicinity of the tract, in the mountains of Vostochny Karatau. Not far from the place of our overnight stay, the beautiful Beshoky mountain with a height of 556 meters above sea level dominates.
Transfer: Zharmysh – mazar Manata-ata tract - Manata pass – Western chink of Ustyurt (85 km). Stop at the mazar Manata-ata, photographing a wonderful, colorful mountain to the left of the road. Climbing the Ustyurt chink, stopping at the edge of the chink, photographing the panorama of Sora Tuzbair from the height of the chink.
Transfer along the Western chink of Ustyurt (14 km). From the height of the chinka we observe the Tuzbair mound – Tortkol hill 285 meters above sea level, Tuzbair hill 272 meters above sea level. Lunch is on the way. Stop at the edge of the chinka walk in the vicinity of sora Tuzbair.
Transfer: sor Tuzbair – descent from the Ustyurt chinka – Kuyu-Tam mausoleum (XIII century) (68 km). Our way lies to the southeast to the place where the Mangyshlak Muslim shrines begin, one of them is the Kuyu-Tam Mausoleum, which opens the way for pilgrims to the most important mosques of Mangyshlak. Soon to the left of the road there is a parking lot for cars, here is the Kuyu Mausoleum-There, visiting the mausoleum, photographing.
Transfer: Kuyu-Tam Mausoleum – Shopan-Ata necropolis in the Kyzylsu tract (2 km). Arrival at the Shopan-Ata necropolis. A walk to the underground mosque and necropolis, photographing, ritual passage along the upper part of the underground mosque.
Transfer: Shopan-Ata – Bokty Mountains (46 km). Arrival to Mount Bokty. Dinner, overnight in tents.
Breakfast. A walk in the vicinity of Mount Bokty is a beautiful and unforgettable creation of nature, which clearly and strictly painted the slopes of the pyramidal, chalk, multicolored mountain, photographing.
Transfer: Mount Bokty – Boszhira tract (35 km). Our way to the Boszhira tract lies along the edge of a picturesque chalk depression, which is located to our right, walking along the depression, photographing the surroundings. Arrival in the Boszhira tract. Walking in the surroundings, photographing Azu tisteri and other attractions of the tract. Transfer to the Cretaceous foot of Ulken Kem mountain.
Ascent along the chalk slope to the plateau, which is located between the lonely rock of Borly Tau and Ulken Kem, and along it we go to a Deep canyon. Photographing the canyon from nearby rocks. From here, in the northwest, a domed chalk mountain is clearly visible, which is depicted on a 1000 tenge Kazakh banknote. Lunch is on the way.
Climbing Ulken Kem mountain, traversing the eastern chalk slope and going out to the ancient stone walls. It can be assumed that these are hunting pens – arans or temporary shelters for people. Gradually we ascend to the flat surface of the mountain and head towards the southern vertical cliff. From here, from the edge of the cliff of the mountain, there is a stunning view of the Aza tisteri Boszhiri, which turn out to be below us, from here the entire southern part of the Boszhiri tract is clearly visible. Return to the camp on the way up. Dinner, overnight in tents.
Breakfast. Transfer: Boszhira tract – Beket-ata mosque (44 km). Arrival at the Beket-ata Mosque. Visiting the mausoleum of Oglandy-Ata, then a walk to the underground mosque of Beket-ata, we descend the steps lined with shell slabs to the underground mosque.
The distance from the beginning of the descent to the underground mosque is about 1 kilometer 200 meters, it will take from 25 to 30 minutes, the height difference is about 200 meters. Visit the mosque, walk to the ancient necropolis, which is located 300 meters below the mosque.
According to legend, Beket-ata lived in chalk rooms, his dwelling consisted of two rooms cut down in a shell. Return by the steps to the upper mosque of Beket Ata (45 minutes). A wonderful decoration of visiting the underground mosque of Beket-ata can be meetings with Ustyurt mouflons, who have chosen the Oglandy tract for their habitat, here they live and breed under the protection of the holy Beket-ata. Visit to the upper mosque of Beket Ata, tea, lunch.
Moving: Beket-ata Mosque - the first panorama on the Boszhira tract (22 km). We return to the Bosjira tract, after 16 kilometers after the mosque, we turn left and head to the first panorama from the Chinka height on the Bosjira tract. Arriving at the panorama site, photographing the surroundings of Bosjira.
Transfer to the second panorama of Boszhira (10 km). From the second panoramic point of Bosjira, an amazing view opens onto a huge chalk canyon, which branches off in a south and north direction. To the north, the canyon widens and gradually turns into a white plain, which turns white further south. Photographing amazing natural surroundings.
Transfer to the third panoramic point above the Boszhira tract (5 km). From here you can see huge, bizarre rocks.
Transfer to the fourth panorama of Boszhira (8 km). Photographing the surroundings from the high rank of the surroundings of the tract and the Boszhira litter. Visiting the fifth and sixth panoramic points of Bosjira. Dinner, overnight at the edge of chinka Bosjira.
Breakfast. Transfer: Ak-Kuduk village – Ak-Kuduk plateau – Karyn-Zharyk sands – Ustyurt Nature Reserve – Karyn-Zharyk depression (130 km). We leave one of the most beautiful places of Mangyshlak and the road leads us south to the new and unexplored beauties of Mangyshlak. On the way we pass the small village of Ak-Kuduk, which is lost in the sands, here you can replenish water supplies.
On the way, visit the small plateau Ak-Kuduk, which offers wonderful and fascinating views of the stretching steppes. Then we cross the Karynzharyk sands with beautiful and bizarre panoramas of Cretaceous deposits in the western part of the sands. We pass the sands and our way continues along the flat surface of the sora, which borders the Karyn-Zharyk depression, which is located 75 meters below sea level. Lunch is on the way.
Visiting the cordon of the Ustyurt Nature Reserve, moving to the southeastern tip of the depression, setting up a camp. Right in front of us there are views of the unique and fantastic islands of the Three Brothers, like giant mushrooms that have sprung up from the salt marsh and spread out in the southern part of Sora. Dinner, overnight in tents.
Breakfast. Moving: Karynzharyk depression – Utebai cavity (58 km). Arrival to the Utebai cavity, Descent into the Utebai cavity, a walk through loose soil and deep dust into the main branch of the depression, extending more than 70 meters, photographing, visiting the owl's nest. Rise to the surface. Dinner.
Transfer: Utebai depression – Balayuk cave (11 km). This is one of the deserted places of our journey, on this way there are only roads leading in different directions. Balayuk Cave is 25 kilometers from the border with the Republic of Uzbekistan. Arrival at Balayuk cave, preparation for the descent.
Descent into the cave, overcoming rocky sheer ledges with the use of insurance. The length of the cave is about 200 meters, with an average and sometimes steep slope. At the end of the cave there is a crystal clear, blue lake, the water in the lake is salty and cold. Return to the surface. Dinner, overnight in tents near the cave
Breakfast. Transfer: Balayuk Cave – Ustyurt Nature Reserve – Ak-Kuduk village – Senek village – Tuyesu sands (180 km). In the northern part of the village of Senek there are the most beautiful, boundless sands of Mangyshlak – Tuyesu sands. Walking on the sands of Tuyesu, photographing. Lunch in the neighborhood.
Further transfer: Tuyesu sands – Kyzylsai village – Zhanaozen city (50 km). Arrival in Zhanaozen, transfer to the hotel, accommodation. Evening walk through the central part of the city. Dinner, overnight.
Breakfast. Transfer: Zhana-Ozen – Aktau. 60 kilometers in front of the city of Aktau, the descent into the deepest depression in Kazakhstan - Karagiye begins, the depth of the depression is 132 meters below the level of the Baltic Sea.
Inspection of the surroundings of the depression from an observation deck near Aktau. Arrival in Aktau, transfer to the hotel, accommodation. Farewell lunch at a local restaurant. The end of the program.