One of nature's marvels, the Charyn Canyon is over 56 miles (90 km) in length with beauty and majesty reminiscent of the US Grand Canyon. Located only 2 hours from Almaty, it is easy to visit.
Experience stunning unspoiled natural beauty and tranquility here. Even the wild animals do not fear humans.
The Dzungarian Gate, the most popular area in this region for visitors, is a mountain pass between Birliktau and Militau, and formerly part of the great Silk Road trading route.
Have you ever heard sand dunes sing?
This truly amazing site, sight and sound occurs when winds blow over the ridges of the sand dunes when they are dry, causing the sand to shift and make a unique type of sound. They are located north-east of Almaty, in the country's largeset national park, Altyn-Emel.
We invite you to visit the amazing land of Mangistau. It resembles a fantastic lost world, which fascinated even the famous Cousteau. He made several dives in the Caspian Sea.
Route: Aktau-Zhanaozen-Aktau (Mangistau Region, Kazakhstan)
Season: April to November
Recommended period: May to June and October to November
Day 1. From Aktau to Boszhyra
At 8 AM tourists depart to the city of Zhanaozen, which is 150km from Aktau, then go to the Boszhyra Canyon. Upon arrival at the panoramic platform, you will have a photo session. This place creates a feeling of unearthly nature. The valley is surrounded by mountains of unusually changing colors. And the most surprising thing is that everything here is white.
Descent to the valley, camping down and free time, overnight stay.
Day 2. From Boszhyra to Tuyesu and further to Zhanaozen
Departure to Tuyesu – a sandy area with constantly changing barkhans, which surprise you over and over. It looks like uninhabited place, only in the morning on the sand you can see traces of night inhabitants.
Walk, lunch and transfer to Zhanaozen.
The depths of Mangistau hide huge treasures – this what the ancient peoples believed, and the Russian expedition provided evidence to this. Since the 1960's, geologists began to work here, discovering deposits of gas and oil.
Accommodation at the hotel, dinner.
Day 3. From Zhanaozen to Cape Tokmak, to the Karakiya Depression and to Aktau
After breakfast, we depart to Kenderli, where soon there will the Kazakh sea resort. The cape Tokmak is nearby, about which there is almost no information, but it strikes the imagination. During each archaeological excavation, certain discoveries are made here, which often bewilder scientists.
On the cape there are structures, which date back to the first millennium BCE. Presumably, this is a facility for the construction of ancient ships. Here ships could be moored to transship goods and send them by caravans along the Silk Road. In these places, a burial site of the Neolithic era was found.
Walk to the Karakiya Depression, translated as "black mouth". This is one of the deepest depressions in the world. It could have appeared as a result of the seismic pit, due to the millennial work of the wind or because of the rock erosion by the waves of the Caspian Sea.
Lunch on the background of a picturesque view of the depression and transfer to its lowest point. Then we return to Aktau.