Caspian sea area Photography tour /8 days/

Short description

The Ustyurt is located between the Dead Kultuk, Mangyshlak Peninsula and Kara-Bogaz-Gol of the Caspian Sea to the west, and the Aral Sea, Amudarya Delta and Sarygamysh Lake to the east.

It extends roughly 200,000 km2 (77,000 sq mi), with an average altitude of 150 m (490 ft). Its highest point rises to 370 m (1,200 ft) in the south-west. At its northeastern edge it drops steeply to the Aral Sea and the surrounding plain.

Tour itinerary
Day 1
Almaty city to Aktau city

Fly to Aktau from Almaty. Transfer to the hotel. Excursion along the shore of Kaspian Sea. Evening photo session. 

Day 2, 3
The Boszhira Natural Landmark

Morning photo session of Aktau city. Drive to Bozjira valley on Ustyurt Plateau and camp. Bozzira is a side part of Ustyurt Plateau where Mother Nature has freed her imagination creating an unearthly landscape in white. The small valley of Bozzhira is surrounded by an amphitheater of natural oddities on three sides. Everything there is white in colour; canyons, peaks, mountain towers, mountain castles, and mountain yurts. Bozzhira relict mountains, like chameleons, change their appearance as you walk between them. These relicts, like silent guards, peer into the hazy distance guarding the peace of the majestic symbol of Mangystau – the giant stone yurt. The true master of the yurt is the lonely wind mournfully singing the steppe songs to the endless skies.

Day 4
Boszhira to Beket Ata mosque and Tuzbair valley

Drive to Beket Ata Mosque and further to Tuzbaiyr Valley. Evening photo session and camp. Tuzbair is a majestic creation of natural elements. Here, the Ustyurt Cliff steeply breaks by a cascade of clay-limestone and chalk steps, at the bottom of which lies a vast salt marsh, called in this region, Sor. Chalk cliffs are scoured and riddled with deep channels forming innumerable ranges of fantastic columns. There is a giant natural semi-arch created by wind at the very bottom of the cliff. During heavy rainfalls or snowmelt, the salt marsh is filled with water turning into a huge salt-mirror that reflects

Day 5
Tuzbair valley

Morning and evening photo session. Camp.

Day 6
Tuzbair valley to Aryktau and Valley of Castles

Morning photo session. Drive to Ayrakty – Shomamay Valley. Evening photo session. Camp.

Day 7
Ayracty, Sherkala Valley and Torysh Stoun Balls Valley.

Morning photo session. Drive to Sherkala Mount  and Torysh Stoun Balls Valley. Evening photo session. Camp. Steeped in legends Sherkala Mountain is a natural symbol of Mangystau. From a certain angle, it looks like a giant yurt set up by the mythical giant nomads in fancy folds of the terrain Akmysh. Sherkala Mountain is a big outlier with unusual shapes originating during the formation of the Karatau mountain valleys after the elevation of the land from the sea depths. One of the legends goes that once upon a time brave knights were holding their defense from hordes of enemies on Sherkala Mountain. They fought like tigers. The last defenders of the mountain disappeared into the underground mountain passageways and stayed there forever. Hence the name of this bastion of heroism and independence – Sherkala or Tiger City. A local legend has it that swarms of enemies covering the land like grasshoppers came to Mangystau. Locals stretched out their hands to heaven to pray for help and were heard. The heavens opened with storms, thunder and lightning. In a moment, the enemies turned into stones. The endless fields of unusual rock formations, spherical stone concretions, are still seen today, up to 3-4 meters in diameter. Long lines of stones of different sizes are formed at the underground layers that were destroyed upright. Where the layer was destroyed in the horizontal, the concretions occur in fields forming a bizarre mass of stones with the shapes of balls, eggs, mushrooms, cylinders, nesting dolls and animals

Day 8
Torysh Stoun Balls Valley to Almaty city via Aktau City.

Morning photo session. Drive to Aktau city (200 km). Hotel. Transfer to the airport. Evening flight to Almaty.

Day 9
Home sweet Home

Free day and transfer to the Airport. Breakfast is included in the price.

Essentials
Tour route
Day 1
Almaty > Aktau

Distance: 2200, Time: 4 hours

Day 2, 3
Aktau > Bozjira

Distance: 250km, Time: 4 hours

Day 4
Boszhira > Beket Ata

Distance: 40km, Time: 1 hours

Day 4
Beket ata > Tuzbair

Distance: 130km, Time: 3 hours

Day 5
Tuzbair valley

Distance: n/a, Time: n/a

Day 6
Tuzbair > Ayrakty

Distance: 90km, Time: 2 hours

Day 7
Ayrakty > Sherkala

Distance: 70km, Time: 2 hours

Day 8
Sherkala > Aktau

Distance: 200km, Time: 3 hours

Day 8
Aktau > Almaty

Distance: 2200, Time: 4 hours

Day 9
Home sweet Home

Distance: n/a, Time: n/a

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