This trail provides an opportunity for the tourists to be introduced to the diversity of Mangystau landscapes. Impressive canyons views, unique underground mosque and Rock Mountains and rocks. Unique in its beauty, places of nature and fanned by the breath of antiquity unique monuments of architecture, in combination with one another represent amazing contrasts of Mangystau.
The total distance of this trail –480 km. The route will go through 270 km by asphalt highway, 70 km by grader, 140 km by country road
Seasonality – from April to October.
Day – 1. In the morning - from Aktau city there will be exciting three-day route called "Contrasts Mangystau". Arrival at the grand geological failure Zhygylgan. Lunch in the real-life conditions. A walk among the debris of rocks of fantastic shapes, including a mysterious stone forest called «Zhygylgan down warping». The total length of walking distance along down warping is 8 km. On the road you can see a small salt lake called Kozdykara, outdoor mosque, as well as an old seamark. Next camp is going to be on the beach.
After some rest, moving on to chalk canyon called Kapamsay, where you will listen to the legend about Kapambatyr and you will see the narrow Chalk Canyon that is formidable with its steep walls reaching heights 70 m. The walls of the canyon abound outcrops of flint nodules. Therefore, in the Stone Age there were workshops for the production of flint tools. Walk along the canyon among mulberry trees and hawthorn.
Further moving to underground mosque called Shakpakata. It used to be the Sun Temple in ancient time, and now it is one of the most beautiful mosques of Mangystau – Shakpakata that is the historical and cultural monument of the Х century. Gloomy, bite the thick walls, painted with figures and characters, spaces hidden from the sanctuary of heaven and earth, of human voices. Feel the spiritual peace; visit the underground mosque Shakpakata. After dinner, overnight in tents near the mosque.
Day -2. After the breakfast in field condition, movement on the route. Moving into the canyon Kapi, where you will walk among the thickets of tamarisk. Then the arrival of the mysterious valley Torysh dotted with huge stone balls, having different fantastic shapes. Walk across the field of globular concretions of stone.
Further it is planned to visit the natural monument of legendary mountain called Sherkala. This mountain is the unique natural monument which looks like the giant yurt from one side of perspective. Walking excursion is around the mountain. Lunch in real-life conditions. Visiting the territory of ancient settlement of one of the largest settlements of Х - ХII centuries on Mangyshlak, where tourists can pretend to be the real archaeologists, that study ancient civilizations footprints. Time to relax in the refreshing shadow after a day full of impressions, Akmish tract with a small grove and cool over creek, is the perfect place for the moment of peace. Dinner and staying overnight in the Amanbulak motel or in tents in the area of Akmysh.
Day -3. After having breakfast in the real-life conditions site visit. Arrival to the Shumanai valley– Airakty, in the center of the mountain which raises like majestic remnants of medieval castles, and at every turn a new transformation of rock masses. Tracking through the valley, with the descent and ascent to the observation deck offers a panoramic view of the Airaktinskiye mountains. The grandeur of scale and unique flavor stimulates the imagination and delights. Lunch in the real-life conditions.
The third day of our exciting trip across the Mangystau landscape is going to finish in the evening coming back to Aktau city
Food and overnight accommodation along the route:
1-Day. Lunchand Dinner will be held in field conditions, prepared independently by tourists or prepared by a professional chef of the “Tourist” LLP
Overnight in tents near a mosque Shakpak Ata.
2- Day. Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner will be held in field conditions, prepared independently by tourists or prepared by a professional chef of the “Tourist” LLP
Overnight in the Amanbulak motel or in tents in the area of Akmysh.
3- Day. Breakfastand Lunch will be held in field conditions, prepared independently by tourists or prepared by a professional chef of the “Tourist” LLP
Return in Aktau city