Kharkharaly national park tour /7 days/

Short description

Highlights of this 6-day program about remants of the former USSR in Kazakhstan and to the former nucleair test sites nearby Semipalatinsk Semey:
– excursions in old & new Nur-Sultan city
– touring the interesting hilly steppe landscape of Central Kazakhstan
– a safe excursion to the former nucleair test sites with an expert
– getting to know the rich history of the steppe, the city of Karaganda and her surroundings
– visiting monuments in and around Nur-Sultan & Karaganda that are connected to the USSR

The tour program starts in Nur-Sultan and ends in Karaganda this can be altered in a private tour. Part of the tour travels in the former nucleair test zone close to Semipalatinsk. A short stay in this area is not dangerous for your health, as long as you stick to the rules set out by the accompanying expert.

The Kazakhstan part of the Soviet heritage is represented in the central part of the country in the best way. This is where notorious correctional camps of the Stalin epoch – Karlag and ALZHIR were situated. These are the lands which became witnesses of the nuclear explosions, made during Cold War and Arms Race.

Tour itinerary
Day 1
ALZHIR memorial complex

Transfer from the airport to the city. Accommodation at a hotel and breakfast. You will start with a half-day survey excursion around the city. And on the ways you will see sights of the Soviet time. Including the memorial for victims of the political repression and an excursion to the Presidential culture center. Then visits to the Congress-Hall, Yesil hotel, Pioneers’ House, national security commitee, Oktyabr cinema, Molodezhniy palace, steam locomotive monument etc. and more!.

The new administrative center is on the left riverside of Ishim. Here you will enjoy lunch.

In the afternoon follows a 4-hour trip to the Akmol (Malinovka) village and back. This includes an excursion to the museum of the former ALZHIR correctional camp. Dinner.

Day 2
Kurchatov village

Breakfast. Journey from Astana to Aksu. Time for lunch and visiting the public garden. Here, monuments of the Soviet period are kept together.

Journey from Aksu to Kurchatov. Accommodation in Kurchatov. Here you can walk tour around the town. This town was the former center of the Semipalatinsk test site. And it housed the  general directorate of the National Nuclear Center and the National Security committee building. You will also visit the house of Lavrentiy Beria and deserted part of the town. Dinner.

Day 3
Kurchatov village

Breakfast. Excursion to the museum of the test site. Followed by lunch.

In the afternoon a trip to the Opytnoe Pole test site.Here the first nuclear explosion was made in 1949. We stay for a short-term stay on the spot. And then return to to Kurchatov.

On the way you will enjoy an excursion to the ghost-town Shagan, where the aerodrome of long-range aviation was situated. Dinner in Kurchatov.

Day 4
Kharkharaly national park

After having a hearty breakfast, we'll climb the Signing Barkhan, take a walk in the Tiger Mountains, and drive to Zharkent city. We'll visit a Chinese style wooden mosque in Zharkent and bargain a little at a noisy city bazaar.
We will have the tastiest lagman in Kazakhstan, will go to the Chundzha hot springs and will stay in a comfortable hotel. Swimming pools are open 24 hours a day and are open-air. We will have a main national Kazakh dish Beshbarmak.

Day 5
Kharkharaly national park

Breakfast, followed by a transfer to Kharkharaly. This tour is partly along the territory of the former Semey test site through the mountain oases Yedrey and Ku. You will have short stops in the most picturesque places, lunch in the field. Arrival to Kharkharaly. Accommodation and dinner.

Day 6
Kharagandy city

Breakfast. A half-day trip to Dolinka village. This is the former center of the Karlag correctional labour camp. The visit includes an excursion to the Museum of Karlag, Building of Former Karlag administration, Maternity hospital and Mamochkino child cemetery.

You will continue to the Spassk memorial, located in the place, where the former camp of prisoners of war was situated.

Transfer back to Karaganda. Lunch. Excursion to the Karaganda Ecological Museum. Free time, with an option for purchasing souvenirs. Dinner. Departure.

Day 7
Nur-Sultan city

Nur-Sultan Visit Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, the Aquarium of the Entertainment Centre Duman - the first and the only in the CIS and Ethno-memorial complex Atameke. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8
Home sweet Home

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

Tour route
Day 1
Nur-Sultan > ALZHIR

Distance: 40km, Time: 1 hour

Day 2
ALZHIR > Kurchatov

Distance: 635km, Time: 8 hours

Day 3
Kurchatov area

Distance: n/a, Time: n/a

Day 4
Kurchatov > Karkaraly

Distance: 290km, Time: 3 hours

Day 5
Karkaraly national park area

Distance: n/a, Time: n/a

Day 6
Karkaraly > Karagandy

Distance: 160km, Time: 2 hours

Day 7
Karagandy > Nur-Sultan

Distance: 216km, Time: 2 hours

Day 8
Home sweet Home

Distance: n/a, Time: n/a

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