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Behind the gloomy and little-known names for tourists - «the Ustyurt plateau, the Mangyshlak peninsula» - there is a huge and unique world filled with natural and historical monuments, geological objects, standing on a par with the famous American Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. Don't believe me? Check it out!



The most beautiful colored multi-layered mountains, in many places crowned with pillars-monuments

These are not great mountain systems, like the Himalayas or the Andes, but their beauty and uniqueness will not leave anyone indifferent - we guarantee! There are many caves, faults, bizarre shapes of all colors and shades in them. Of course, we will not be able to see and explore all of them, but we will definitely go through something, climb some peaks from which a beautiful and majestic view opens up. And if there is a common desire of the group, then we can spend the night on one of the peaks, seeing the sun to the west and the next morning meeting it in the east.

Mount Sherkala

A lonely rounded mountain with a height of more than 300 meters in the middle of a bare steppe, one of the attractions of Mangyshlak. If you look at it from one side, the mountain resembles a huge white yurt, but from the other - Shergala is like a sleeping lion with its huge head resting on its paws. Therefore, the mountain was named — Shergala, which translated from Turkmen means «Lion Mountain».

Trough Karagiye

Trough Karagiye «Black mouth» a real mystery for geologists. The exact nature of its origin cannot be found out until now. It is located at the foot of the Karakhau Mountains. The length of the depression is 50 km, the width is 30 km. Karagiye is in fifth place in the ranking of the deepest troughs in the world, its absolute elevation is 132 meters below the level of the World Ocean, and 100 meters below the waters of the Caspian Sea.

Paleontological open-air museum

The remains of marine organisms that can be found in the Cretaceous deposits of Ustyurt are extremely diverse: ammonites, numerous shells of bivalve and gastropods (including large oysters), perfectly preserved shells of sea urchins, teeth of sharks and rays, vertebrae of bony fish.

Mount Sherkala Stone balls of the Mangyshlak peninsulaUstyurt plateau

Dragon eggs and stone mushrooms

These are, of course, just stones, shaped like huge eggs and the same huge mushrooms, but their number and scale are amazing!

Shahbagat temple

An ancient underground temple, distinguished by its scale, dates back to 9 – 10 centuries, and is one of the main mysteries of the Mangyshlak Peninsula. It is located off the southern coast of Sary-Tash Bay. The entrance to the temple is skillfully decorated with various emblems, animal figures, epitaph inscriptions and Arabic script, which are woven into an ornament. All elements make up a complete and thoughtful composition .

Ancient settlements of the Mangyshlak peninsula

For many years, the Mangyshlak Peninsula has been a platform for scientists studying its mysteries. During this time, the Paleolithic team discovered more than a thousand monuments dating back to the Middle Ages. Among them are overground and underground temples, necropolises. Small rooms carved right into the rocks, which served as either tombs or abodes of Muslim hermits, are found throughout the territory of the Mangyshlak Peninsula.

Caspian Sea

And not only will we see it, but we will definitely bathe!

Fort Shevchenko, Atyrau and Aktau cities

Atyrau is the oil center of Kazakhstan. Aktau, the largest and most civilized city in the region, a major port, a regional center. Fort Shevchenko is the most ancient, former tsarist outpost of Russia in the Caspian Sea .


Ustyurt plateau. Sunset Overnight in the steppe Colorful Ustyurt mountains


The route day by day:


Day 1

Meeting at the airport of Aktau city. Transfer to the hotel, meeting of the group, walks around the city and the embankment of the Caspian Sea.

Day 2

After having breakfast and checking out of the hotel, we sit down on jeeps and go to the Ustyurt plateau. The first stop will be in the area of the Karagiye depression, then we will visit the city of Zhanaozen, where we will have lunch in a cafe, and after us we will wait for a road monstrous in quality and quantity of dust to the entrance to the Ustyurt plateau. Having overcome it and soaked in pulley, we will drive up to a steep cliff, from which a view of the plateau, incredible in its beauty and singularity, will open. About three aces we will drive along this cliff, every now and then stopping to take pictures, and then we will start down a steep and bad road, so that in the evening we will be next to those natural monuments that we saw from above. We will set up a camp at the bottom of a canyon with a resounding echo and fantastic views.

Days 3-4-5

For three days we drive around the plateau, stopping and hiking along and around stone pillars, arches, canyons, salt lakes, sometimes climbing small mountains, sometimes exploring their surroundings. On the 5th day of our trip in the evening we leave along the same road that we took to the plateau, to the top and set up a tent camp on the edge of the cliff - fantastic pictures of sunrise and sunset are guaranteed the next day!

Day 6

In the morning, after a hike breakfast and the last photo session on the edge of the cliff, from which a fantastic view of the Ustyurt plateau opens, we go to the Mangyshlak peninsula. First, we will drive along the endless and almost lifeless steppe without roads for about 100 kilometers to the exit of the highway, then a small car run on asphalt and again dusty dirt roads. We will set up an overnight camp at the foot of Mount Sherkala - a unique geological object, which we will study at sunset, as well as in the morning of the next day.

Day 7

After breakfast and a walk around the Sherkala mountain, we will continue to explore the stunning nature of the Mangyshlak peninsula. Having traveled all over it, in the evening we will arrive in the city of Aktau, where we will stop for the night in a comfortable hotel - a shower and a soft bed are perceived especially well after several hot days and dusty roads.

Day 8

Transfer to the airport and flight home.


Route map:



Organizer and guide Evgeny Androsov:


Evgeny Androsov


The film about the Ustyurt plateau


Travel info

How much it costs

1900 Euros per person


What is included in the price

  • travel by comfortable off-road vehicles (Toyota Land Cruiser or similar) all days of the tour,
  • accommodation in tourist class hotels in Aktau (two nights),
  • accommodation in tents on all other days of the route (tents are provided),
  • two camping meals a day, as well as snacks as lunch; water, tea, coffee in the car while driving,
  • general camping equipment (tents, pots, burners, gas),
  • work of a guide-instructor, work and accommodation of off-road drivers,

What is NOT included in the price

  • air tickets,
  • food in cafes and restaurants,
  • personal equipment of participants (sleeping bags, rugs, trekking poles, etc.),
  • medical insurance,
  • expenses for obtaining Kazakh visas, consular fees,
  • souvenirs and other personal expenses of participants,
  • other expenses not specified in the section «included in the price».

How difficult is the trip? What are the limitations?

The tour is not difficult. We will be walking light, the maximum walking distance is 10 km. in a day. This means that with minimal physical training, you will be able to withstand all the hiking loads without any problems.

Recommendations for clothing and equipment:

We drive in a wonderful time of the year: in Western Kazakhstan there is still no summer heat in May, but there are no cold weather either - the temperature is comfortable during the day, and there may be light frosts at night.

Recommended minimum set of clothing and equipment:
hiking pants, you can transformers - pants-shorts, or pants and shorts separately, a light hiking jacket, fleece, trekking boots, light thermal underwear for sleeping, baseball cap or panama hat, several T-shirts, small backpack for hiking during the day, sleeping bag 0 degrees comfort, travel mat, set of personal utensils (bowl, cup, spoon), headlamp, sunglasses with good UV protection, sunscreen.

How to participate

  1. If you are interested in this tour, leave a request through the form below or call the indicated numbers, I, Evgeny Androsov or my assistants will tell you in detail about the route and answer all your questions.
  2. To reserve a place, you must make an advance payment of 30% of the cost of the tour if it is more than 45 days before the start and 50% of the cost if it is less than 45 days before the start. Prepayment is refundable 45 days or more before the start of the hike / tour and non-refundable, unfortunately, less than 45 days before the start of the hike / tour, if the refund is related to your refusal to participate (for any reason). If the tour does not take place due to our fault, due to a group that has not been formed or due to force majeure, the prepayment will be guaranteed to be refunded to you in any case.
  3. During the hiking part of the tour, the group moves at the speed of the last participant, the participants are engaged in cooking and setting up tents under the guidance of an instructor.

Enroll in this tour

The cost of participation is Euro 1900 per person





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