Mangystau Region tour /7 days/
Mangystau Region is a unique and picturesque area in western Kazakhstan, known for its diverse landscapes, historical sites, and the stunning Caspian Sea coastline. Here's a suggested itinerary for exploring Mangystau:
- Category: Cultural and Adventure tours
- Available: Year around
- Duration: 7 day, 7 night
- Destination: Western part of Kazakhstan
A knowledgeable and experienced guide will accompany the group throughout the journey, proficient in Chinese, English, or Russian languages. The guide, a native Kazakh, possesses in-depth local knowledge and is well-equipped to handle any requests, ensuring that your holiday becomes an unforgettable experience.
For maximum comfort during touring days, the trip includes high-level, latest model, air-conditioned private 4WD vehicles. This ensures a smooth and enjoyable travel experience as you explore the diverse landscapes of Kazakhstan.
Dining experiences in Kazakhstan will feature fine American, European, and Central Asian cuisine at reputable restaurants. The country's diet, centered around mutton, beef, rice, and noodles, will form the basis of your meals. However, trail rations may include a variety of items such as vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, cheese, and, on occasion, yak!
TOUR PACKAGE PRICE
|Group size||1 pax||2-3 pax||4-6 pax||7-9 pax||10-12 pax||13-15 pax||More than 16 pax|
|No||Include service||Exclude service||Include service of Meals|
|1||Vehicle with a driver.||Items of personal nature||Lunch, Dinner|
|2||English speaking guide||Beverages, alcoholic drinks, bar bills, laundry||Per day 3 bottle water for per person /1,5 liter/|
|3||Airport shuttle||Travel and insurance||One time Kazakh traditional food /Bes barmaq/|
|4||Lunch, Dinner||International transportation|
|6||Accommodation/Tourist camps and Hotel/||Optional activities|
|7||Domestic flight tickets||Single supplement /For hotel or Tourist camp/|
|8||Gratuity for the tour team|
Day 1: Aktau city
Upon landing at Aktau International Airport, a warm welcome awaits you. Our team will be ready to assist, ensuring a smooth transfer to your hotel in Aktau. Settle into your accommodation, taking a moment to unwind after your journey. The first day is dedicated to leisure, allowing you to acclimate to the surroundings and embrace the charm of Aktau. Aktau, nestled on the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea, beckons with its unique blend of industry, culture, and natural wonders. Take this day to explore the city at your own pace. Here are a few suggestions:
- Waterfront Stroll: Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Caspian Sea waterfront. Feel the gentle sea breeze and take in the coastal views.
- Local Cuisine: Sample the flavors of Aktau by indulging in local cuisine. Visit a nearby restaurant to savor traditional Kazakh dishes or explore international options.
- City Landmarks: If you're up for some light exploration, consider visiting local landmarks. Aktau has a mix of modern structures and historical points of interest.
- Cultural Immersion: Engage with the local culture. Interact with residents, learn about the region's history, or perhaps visit a museum showcasing Aktau's unique heritage.
As the day unfolds, you have the freedom to design your evening. Whether it's a sunset stroll, a visit to a local cafe, or simply relishing the tranquility of Aktau, make the most of your first day in this captivating city. Rest assured, your stay in Aktau promises a delightful balance of relaxation and exploration. Enjoy the leisurely pace and the cultural richness that this port city has to offer.
Day 2: Aktau city to Taushyk village
After a delightful breakfast, get ready for a day filled with natural wonders and cultural discoveries. The journey begins with a scenic drive from Aktau to the picturesque Taushyk village. Your first destination is the captivating Kapamsai Canyon. Immerse yourself in the creamy gray and dazzlingly white walls that rise majestically, creating a stunning landscape. Here's what awaits you:
- High Chalk Cliffs: Marvel at the high chalk cliffs that define Kapamsai Canyon. Their impressive height and unique formations are a testament to the geological wonders of the region.
- Boulder-Strewn Bottom: Explore the canyon's bottom, adorned with huge boulders. These remnants tell the story of a time when a deep river once flowed at the foot of the chalk cliffs.
- Grotto and Green Oasis: Descend into the canyon to discover a hidden grotto. Rainwater has sculpted a hole in its roof, creating a natural haven. This oasis, with its shade and moisture, fosters a small grove amid the rocks—a tranquil green sanctuary.
Following the exploration of Kapamsai Canyon, your journey continues to the culturally significant Shakpak Ata mosque. Prepare for a blend of history, spirituality, and architectural beauty:
- Shakpak Ata Mosque: Explore the mosque, discovering its architectural intricacies and learning about its cultural and spiritual importance. Engage with the local history and gain insights into the significance of this sacred site.
Take a break for a delightful lunch amidst the natural beauty of the Taushyk village. Enjoy local flavors and replenish your energy for the afternoon adventures. Depending on your preferences, the afternoon can offer further exploration of the surrounding areas, engagement with the local community, or simply leisure time to absorb the tranquility of the region. As the day concludes, savor the peaceful atmosphere of Taushyk village. Whether you choose to take a leisurely stroll, connect with locals, or enjoy the serene surroundings, your evening promises to be a serene and culturally enriching experience. Retire to your accommodation in Taushyk village, surrounded by the charm of nature and the echoes of cultural heritage. Rest well, as more adventures await on the morrow.
|110km||Off road||2 hours||Camping/Tent/||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Day 3: Taushyk village to Shetpe village
Embrace the dawn of a new day as you embark on an early morning drive to Shetpe village. Today's journey promises encounters with extraordinary geological formations, each telling a tale of natural marvels. Your first stop is the awe-inspiring Torysh Giant Balls Valley, locally known as Torysh. Prepare to be captivated by the unique rock formations scattered across the vast steppe land. Here's what awaits:
- Diverse Rock Formations: Witness the spectacle of numerous ball-like rock formations dotting the landscape. Marvel at the diversity, ranging from tiny marble-like rocks to colossal boulders, some comparable in size to cars.
- Geological Wonder: Delve into the geological wonders of Torysh, contemplating the forces of nature that shaped these remarkable spheres. Capture the surreal beauty of the valley, a testament to the Earth's intricate artistry.
Next on your itinerary is the iconic Sherkala Mountain, an imposing natural structure with its own stories to tell:
- Majestic Presence: Gaze upon the majestic silhouette of Sherkala Mountain, rising against the horizon. The mountain's distinctive shape and grandeur make it a landmark of geological significance.
- Exploration Opportunity: Take the opportunity to explore the foothills of Sherkala Mountain, absorbing the energy of this ancient geological formation. Capture panoramic views and appreciate the vastness of the surrounding landscapes.
Conclude your morning adventure with a visit to the Ayrakty-Shomanay Mountains, adding another layer of geological diversity:
- Scenic Beauty: Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of the Ayrakty-Shomanay Mountains, characterized by their unique formations and natural allure. Explore the surroundings, discovering the intricate details of this geological canvas.
After a morning filled with exploration and discovery, indulge in a delightful lunch amidst the natural splendor of the Shetpe village. Enjoy local cuisine, surrounded by the beauty of the Kazakh steppe. The afternoon offers flexibility for your preferred activities—whether it's additional exploration, interaction with the local community, or leisure time to absorb the tranquility of the surroundings. As the day draws to a close, soak in the peaceful ambiance of Shetpe village. Whether you choose to reflect on the day's adventures, engage with locals, or enjoy the serene landscapes, the evening promises a tranquil and culturally enriching experience. Retire to your accommodation in Shetpe village, nestled in the embrace of nature and surrounded by the echoes of geological history. Rest well, as more discoveries await on the morrow.
|110km||Off road||2 hours||Camping/Tent/||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Day 4: Shetpe village to Ustyurt National Reserve
As the sun graces the Ustyurt Plateau with its morning glow, embark on a journey of discovery through the diverse landscapes of the Ustyurt Plateau National Reserve. This day promises encounters with nature's grandeur and historical treasures. Begin your adventure by traversing the expansive steppes of the Ustyurt Plateau. Marvel at the undulating terrain, where the vastness of the steppe meets the sky. Witness towering pillars, each a testament to the geological wonders that have unfolded over centuries.
- Colors of the Earth: Observe the kaleidoscope of colors adorning the pillars, revealing the rich tapestry of minerals and sediments. Capture the ever-changing hues that paint the landscape, creating a visual symphony of nature.
- Photography Opportunities: Take advantage of photography opportunities, immortalizing the picturesque scenery and the interplay of light and shadow on the Ustyurt Plateau. Create lasting memories of this unique and captivating environment.
Continue your journey to the Kenderlisor depression, an area with historical significance and a story to tell:
- Historical Exploration: Explore the Kenderlisor depression, discovering traces of history imprinted on the landscape. Uncover the secrets held by this ancient geological formation, as tales from the past come alive amidst the natural surroundings.
- Natural Beauty: Appreciate the natural beauty that intertwines with historical intrigue. The Kenderlisor depression offers a blend of geological fascination and the allure of untouched landscapes.
Your journey through the Ustyurt Plateau culminates with a visit to the Shakhr-i-Vazir ancient city, an archaeological gem:
- Archaeological Marvel: Wander through the remnants of the Shakhr-i-Vazir ancient city, delving into the archaeological marvels that stand as a testament to ancient civilizations. Witness the echoes of bygone eras in the structures and artifacts that have withstood the test of time.
- Cultural Insights: Gain insights into the cultural and historical significance of Shakhr-i-Vazir, unraveling the stories of those who once inhabited this ancient city. Imagine the bustling life that once thrived within these historical walls.
Pause for a delightful lunch amidst the natural beauty of the Ustyurt Plateau. Savor a meal surrounded by the vast expanse, allowing the serenity of the landscape to complement your culinary experience. The afternoon offers flexibility for your preferred activities—whether it's additional exploration, contemplation of the landscape, or moments of quiet reflection amidst the historical sites. As the day gracefully transitions into evening, embrace the tranquil ambiance of the Ustyurt Plateau. Whether you choose to stargaze under the vast sky or relish the quietude, the evening promises a sense of peace and connection with the natural world. Retreat to your accommodation on the Ustyurt Plateau, where the stillness of the night invites rest and contemplation. The Ustyurt Plateau, with its landscapes and historical tales, becomes a haven for an immersive and enriching overnight stay.
|180km||Off road||4 hours||Camping/Tent/||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Day 5: Ustyurt National Reserve to Bozzhira Natural Landmark
As the morning sun bathes the Ustyurt Plateau in its gentle warmth, embark on an extraordinary journey to Bozzhira Landmark—an awe-inspiring landscape of chalk and limestone cliffs, sandstone formations, and nature's artistic masterpieces. Begin your adventure at the entrance of Bozzhira Landmark, where the landscape transforms into a canvas of otherworldly beauty. Witness the first glimpse of the unique chalk and limestone cliffs, setting the stage for a day of exploration.
- Guardians of the Tract: Two majestic 200-meter-high peaks, known as the 'fangs,' stand as guardians, welcoming you to the enigmatic realm of Bozzhira. Marvel at the whimsical shapes carved by nature over countless millennia.
Venture deeper into the heart of Bozzhira to discover Boszhira Mountain, a modest yet captivating elevation standing at 287 meters above sea level. Absorb the breathtaking views and geological wonders that make this site a true natural marvel.
- White Extravaganza: The landscape, often likened to the 'Kazakh Arizona,' unfolds in hues of white, creating a surreal and extraterrestrial ambiance. Allow the vastness of Bozzhira to captivate your senses.
Embark on a guided hike through the intricate terrain, unveiling the secrets hidden within the chalk and limestone strata. As you traverse the landscape, exercise caution and be mindful of the unique flora and fauna that thrive in this remote and untouched environment.
- Scenic Vistas: Pause along your journey to absorb the scenic vistas that surround you. Capture the essence of Bozzhira through photography, immortalizing the intricate details of the cliffs and the expansive panoramas.
Take a break from exploration and indulge in a delightful lunch amidst the natural grandeur of Bozzhira Landmark. Find a picturesque spot to savor a meal, allowing the surroundings to enhance your culinary experience.
As the afternoon unfolds, continue your exploration or find a serene spot to reflect on the wonders of Bozzhira. Whether you choose to delve deeper into the geological formations or simply immerse yourself in the tranquility of the landscape, the afternoon is yours to shape.
As the sun begins its descent, experience the serene beauty of Bozzhira in the soft glow of evening. Witness the changing colors of the landscape, creating a magical atmosphere that invites quiet contemplation.
Embrace the unique opportunity to spend the night surrounded by the captivating landscapes of Bozzhira. Retreat to your accommodation, where the stillness of the Ustyurt Plateau and the echoes of the day's discoveries become part of your overnight experience. Allow the enchantment of Bozzhira to linger as you prepare for a restful night under the vast, star-studded sky.
|110km||Off road||2 hours||Hotel or Tourist camp||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Day 6: Bozzhira Natural Landmark to Tuzbayir Sory
Continue your exploration to Tuzbayir Mountain area, known for its picturesque scenery, salt marshes, limestone formations, and rocky peaks. Explore Sor Tuzbair, a captivating blend of deserts, hills, and cliffs.
Tuzbayir Mountain Area: Embark on a journey to Tuzbayir, where nature showcases a mesmerizing palette of colors. The landscape features three dominant hues:
- White: Salt, limestone, and clouds create a stunning visual symphony.
- Blue: The expansive sky adds a serene backdrop.
- Yellow-Brown: The color of the soil enhances the whiteness of the salt.
Sor Tuzbair: Delve into Sor Tuzbair, a natural masterpiece that seamlessly combines deserts, hills, and cliffs. Visitors are drawn to explore the salt marsh and conquer the rocky peaks, creating an unforgettable experience in this unique geological wonderland.
|100km||Off road||2 hours||Camping /Tent/||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Day 7: Back to Aktau city
As the adventure through the mesmerizing landscapes of Mangystau concludes, your final day brings an opportunity for leisure and reflection in Aktau city.
Commence your day at a leisurely pace, savoring a delicious breakfast and perhaps reflecting on the remarkable experiences shared during your expedition through Mangystau.
- Local Attractions: Explore some of Aktau's local attractions, revisiting familiar places or discovering new gems within the city. Stroll along the Caspian Sea shoreline, or visit cultural and historical sites that showcase Aktau's unique identity.
- Relaxation: Alternatively, embrace a more relaxed morning, allowing yourself to unwind and absorb the memories of the past days. Consider a visit to local cafes, parks, or markets to soak in the atmosphere.
Indulge in a delightful lunch at a local eatery, savoring the flavors of Mangystau and sharing stories from your journey. Choose a restaurant with a view of the Caspian Sea for a serene dining experience.
As the afternoon unfolds, take a moment to reflect on the diverse landscapes, geological wonders, and cultural encounters that defined your Mangystau adventure. Consider capturing your thoughts or revisiting favorite moments from the journey.
- Souvenir Shopping: If time permits, explore local markets or shops for souvenirs that encapsulate the spirit of Mangystau. Handcrafted items or locally inspired keepsakes can serve as reminders of your exploration.
- Scenic Stroll: Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Aktau waterfront, relishing the coastal breeze and the serene ambiance. Capture photographs of the Caspian Sea and the cityscape as you bid farewell to Mangystau.
Conclude your Mangystau adventure with a farewell dinner, selecting a restaurant that offers a blend of local and international cuisine. Share anecdotes, laughter, and gratitude for the experiences shared with fellow travelers and newfound friends.
Retreat to your accommodation for a final night in Aktau, where the echoes of the Ustyurt Plateau and the vibrant landscapes of Mangystau linger. Allow the memories of this extraordinary journey to accompany you into the tranquility of the night, as you prepare for your departure the next day.
|270km||Off road||4 hours||Hotel||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|