Jeep safari with Mzungu to the legendary Boszhira and the Fallen Earth

MANGYSTAU


May 1 - 8, 2022
Tour to
Kazakhstan

Jeep safari to Kazakhstan legendary Boszhira Fallen Earth MANGYSTAU tour russia discovery

One moment, and you're in another reality!
We are in a land not yet traveled by tourists, risen from the waters of the ancient ocean of Thetis, which stormed here 5 million years ago, in which once swam huge molluscs and Paleogene giant sharks...
Walking on a huge natural billiard table, between giant fossilized balls with ammonites, visiting underground and cave Sufi shrines, picturesque canyons and salt pans...

Here among the white and dusty wasteland you can still find an ancient shark's fang or a dinosaur's spine!
We are waiting for a real expedition in jeeps through the wilderness with adventure 24/7 and a cozy sleep under the stars with delicious camping food and precious showers in places where water simply does not exist !
The feeling of being in a time machine "in the middle of nowhere" is guaranteed!

Мы заберёмся высоко в горы в аул Бурши и перенесёмся лет на 40 в прошлое. Пройдем на лошадях по красивейшей долине реки Арцалинех и достигнем пирамиды Пабаку. Откроем спрятанные высоко в горах Юждага аулы-призраки, стоя на краю которых захватывает дух! Заберёмся на крайний юг России, достигнем самого высокогорного поселения Европы – Куруш, расположенного в окружении высочайших вершин, и отправимся в путешествие по марсианскому плато Ерыдага.
Забудьте всё, что вы знали о Дагестане! Это настоящее путешествие во времени!
Мы путешествуем в замечательной компании первого и единственного дагестанского восходителя на Эверест Рашида Гаджиясулова!

SCHEDULE AND COST:

Dates:
May 1 - 8, 2022

Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights

Number of participants: 9 – 12

Cost per person:
1550 USD subject to 9 - 12 participants

Single occupancy:
- 160 USD subject (doesn't applied to accommodation in yurts)
- 230 USD (single accommodation in tents and yurts - yurts are available by request)

Jeeps are provided for three passengers (two people in the back seat)
10% discount valid for participants in one jeep occupied by four passengers

Everything is included except for:
- flight to Aktau (Kazakhstan) and back,
- medical insurance.

Estimated flight cost Moscow – Aktau– Moscow: 35 000 – 45 000 rubles. To be bought on your own.






TRAVEL PROGRAM: tour to Mangystau
TOUR KAZAKHSTAN

Day 1. May 1, 2022. FILIGRAN CANYON, MOSQUE IN THE ROCK SHAKPAK-ATA, UNDERGROUND MOSQUE SULTAN-UPE

From the city of Aktau we go straight toward the adventures and far from civilisation to the incredible canyon and take our first cool photos there.
Then we walk further to the mosque, carved in the chalky rock of Shakpak-ata. You will not believe your eyes, but these fabulous walls with thousands of holes arevcreated by nature.
There is no dress code here, but it is better not to be in the temple in shorts and skirts and open-shouldered dresses. Take a long scarf with you to cover the bare parts of your body.
You may even put a turban on your head for atmospheric pictures!

Although it is very challenging to leave the Shakpak-at and you want to take dozens of pictures by every wall, but we have to keep moving. The unique underground mosque of Sultan Epe is waiting for us. After getting to the location we will take clean spring water from the well and refill our supplies. They we go down into the underground. Having plunged into the legends of this place, we go further to the cape Zhygylgan - perfect location for the amazing shots. In front of us at a depth of 200 meters there is a real chaos: overturned pieces of rock, corrupted soil and crumbled blocks of giant stones scattered over a huge basin. This place is thousands of years old, and it feels like an earthquake was just yesterday!
Later, we will descend into this crazy bowl and set up camp there.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents (double accomodation)


Recommended flight:
SCAT airlines, flight DV 814, departure from Moscow on April 30 at 23:40, with a stop in Nur-Sultan for 2 hours and arrival in Aktau at 9:30 on May 1 by flight DV 741

Day 2. May 2, 2022. CAPE ZHYGYLGAN: FALLEN EARH

Today we will hike into the rifts of Zhygylgan in search of caves and interesting locations.
This place is truly unique and it is easy to get lost there. Somewhere in the middle of the labyrinths wild animals are waiting for us: red-listed mouflons, jackals, owls, wolves and foxes. If we are lucky we will collect not only impressions but also amazing pictures - keep your cameras ready!
We spend the whole day walking and exploring the area, and on our return to the camp we have a delicious dinner, free time and a long-awaited sleep. For photographers there is night landscape shooting (tripod recommended).

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents (double accomodation)



Day 3. May 3, 2022. SHERKALA MOUNTAIN, AIRAKTY TRACT, ETHNO CAMP

After breakfast we pack up the camp and drive on to Sherkala mountain. It is a sacred sphinx mountain, at the foot of which passed the Great Silk Road. After photographing the mountain we reach the ethno camp and check into the yurts. After a hearty lunch and a rest we leave for an evening photo session and a walk to the Airakty tract.
Airakty mountains are called the "Valley of Castles" and we will try to understand why.
After walking and shooting we go back to ethno village, where we have dinner. Tonight we are going to sleep like real nomads.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Accommodation: yurts in the ethno village.



Day 4. May 4, 2022. VALLEY OF BALLS, SOR TUZBAYIR

Today we wake up early because the wonders have already woke up before us!
We have breakfast and go straight Straight to the huge billiard table - Torysh Valley of Balls. Scientists are still arguing about their origin, and locals tell a lot of legends.
Here we will go for a walk and explore the area, find an interesting mosque in the rock, make a wish in the shrine and return to the camp for lunch.

After lunch on Torysh we drive to Sor Tuzbayir, where we find a white valley from the high. We will go down there later, but for now we go to the Sphinx to look for ancient shark teeth and other remains of creatures of dinosaur age.
Some will be lucky to carry home a real relic, and some will make a wish to come back here again. After the archaeological adventure we will go down to Sora Tuzbair, where we will set up our camp in a picturesque canyon.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents (double accomodation)



Day 5. May 5, 2022. SOR TUZBAIR - ARCH - TIRAMISU VALLEY - BOSGIRA

Today Tuzbair will show us one of its faraway secret locations, the Elephant Arch. There are similar arches in US, but nowhere as wild, untouched and all-white as this one! Everyone will take home a cool picture of this place and keep its location a secret.
Satisfied and happy we will return to the camp for breakfast and packing.

Then we move to the valley Tiramisu. The locals have nicknamed this tract because as you walk down the striped slides you get the impression of walking through a huge slice of dessert, and to us longtime travelers, the place resembles something in between a canyon in Arizona and the rainbow mountains in Peru. After the striped valley, we'll make our way to "Kazakh Arizona" - Boszhira, where we'll set up camp and rest alone with nature.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Accommodation: tents (double accomodation)


Day 6. May 6, 2022. BOSGIRA

Today is the big day! Today we will climb Bosgira and face its fangs. It's not going to be an easy hike up the smooth ledges of the mountain, but we'll definitely rock it! In about an hour we will climb the most epic lookout point of Mangistau. Euphoria in your blood, "wow" every minute and the most unique travel photos are guaranteed!

After taking pictures, enjoying the views and thinking about the great things, we go down to the camp, have a rest, have lunch and gain some energy for the evening trip and walk to Dragon Ridge - another picturesque mountain with sharp ridges.
Back at camp we'll have a delicious dinner and a restful sleep in our tents. For lovers of night photography there will be the perfect conditions to take an epic shots of the rocks, which can be illuminated with a long-distance lantern.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents (double accomodation)



Day 7. May 7, 2022. CASPIAN SEA

The most dedicated content-makers will definitely wake up early to make another series of masterpieces. After breakfast we will drive to the picturesque shore of the Caspian Sea
On the way we are going to visit the viewpoint above Bozzhira and be impressed once again by the magnitude and epicness of the tract.
After leaving the great white wasteland we drive to the sea.
On the shore we will make a camp, have lunch and finally we can relax.
In plans: sunbathing, relaxation and swimming in the sea.
The rest of the day is free time.

Spend a sunset realizing that we are on the shore of the biggest lake in the world, and after sunset photo shooting we will have dinner, farewell campfire and final night in tents with murmur of waves and tales of grandfather Caspian.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents (double accomodation)

Day 8. May 8, 2022. CASPIAN SEA - AKTAU

On the final day in the golden morning light we make final photo masterpieces. Most frost-hardy people can swim or just sunbathe again, those who like to sleep can finally get a good night's sleep.
Late breakfast, packing up and in the afternoon we leave for Aktau town to return home.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch.
Accommodation: -


Recommended flight:
SCAT flight DV 805 departure from Aktau on May 8 at 21:00 with arrival in Moscow at 21:30 on May 8
Cost includes:

• accommodation in tents (double accommodation) and yurts (possibility to sleep on open-air folding beds)
• three meals a day along the route (sometimes lunchboxes)
• drinking water throughout the route
• transport according to the program
• motorhome with water, mobile shower and toilets, generator
• motorhome with kitchen, professional cook, dishes
• camping equipment: tents, double cots (regular and inflatable), sleeping bags, access to electricity, tables and chairs
• riding motorcycles
• experienced local Russian speaking guides
• support of the Russian and English-speaking team leader Mzungu (Alexey Kolbov)




To be addidionally (personally) paid:

• flight to Makhachkala and back
• medical insurance
• Russian visa (if required)
• Additional services
• Personal expenses, souvenirs
• single accommodation




To take with:

• valid certificate with a negative PCR-test result. PCR-test should be made not earlier than 72 hours at the time of crossing the state border of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
• light clothing sets (shorts, t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts)
• set of warm clothes: fleece, windproof trousers, windproof jacket
• thermal underwear
• hats for different weather conditions: cap / hat / panama from the sun
• buff
• tracking socks
• trekking shoes or desert shoes and comfortable light shoes (sneakers) for walking
• swimwear
• raincoat
• personal hygiene products (towel, soap, wet wipes)
• personal medicines (including analgesics, antiseptics, antibiotics, medications necessary for you personally, antiviral, intestinal, multivitamins, rehydron, band aid)
• sun and wind protection products (cream, sunglasses)
• repellents
• large backpack for things,
• small backpack for radial exits (30 – 50 l)
• trekking poles
• head torch
• thermos (optional)
• photo and video equipment, spare batteries, powerbank
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