Roadtrip Astana-Ulytau-Astana

Roadtrip Astana-Ulytau-Astana

A tough weekend trip from Astana

Central Kazakhstan

On the way in Central Kazakhstan

Highlights of this 3-day intensive roadtrip from Astana:
– experiencing the vast and empty Kazakh steppe
– the numerous historical monuments on the way
– life in the Kazakh countryside

Ulytau (“the great mountains” in Kazakh language) is an incredibly interesting part of Central Kazakhstan, justly considered “the cradle of the Kazakh nation”.
The Ulytau mountains always attracted the attention of nomads. Here was situated the headquarters of the oldest son of Genghis-khan – Zhoshy (Juchi), who became ancestor of most of the Kazakh rulers. Moreover, here graphic evidence of historical events, connected with the name of  Tamerlane the Great, can also be found. It’s remarkable, that exactly in the Ulytau mountains the grave of Alasha-khan – the legendary ancestor of the Kazakh nation – is situated. The Stone Age, the Bronze era, the Middle Ages and the new time – all the periods of history are presented in the Ulytau in their own particular and manifold way.


The landscapes of the Ulytau are original and diverse: steppes alternate with amazing mountains and forests, a little more to the south real sand-dunes begin.  You will get an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the flora and fauna of 3 ecosystems at once, each being unique and interesting in its own way. As for the steppe, you can give a look at it after ascending Yedyge and Auliye – two most sacred peaks of this mountain oasis.

The traditional Kazakh hospitality also awaits you. In houses of these friendly people you’ll be able to find shelter and repast, as well as get to know the traditional way of life better.
In addition, the Ulytau is considered to be the place where the geographical center of Kazakhstan is situated, the corresponding monument is erected here.

A visa is not necessary for a visit of up to 30 days to Kazakhstan for most countries.

You can read more about highlights and practical advise on travelling in Kazakhstan here.

You can start and finish this program in either Karaganda or Astana.

Day 1

Assy Plateau, Kazakhstan

En Route in the Kazakh Steppe

Departure from Astana at 18:00. Traveling through Korgalzhyn and Barshino to Zhaksy-Kon river valley, before reaching vicinities of Kylysh village (260 km, 4 hours).

If the trip takes place in May, with the photoshooting on the road against the background of blooming Schrenk’s tulips. Dinner and overnight in tents on the bank of Zhaksy-Kon  river.



Day 2

Dombauyl mausoleum in Central Kazakhstan

Dombauyl mausoleum

Early breakfast in the field. Traveling to Kylysh village (8km, 20 minutes). Watching mausoleums Ak Beket, Akhmedzhan and Kylysh (XIX century). Traveling to Alasha-khan mausoleum (220 km, 4 hours), excursion to the mausoleum of legendary ancestor of the Kazakh people and walk around the surrounding necropolis.

Traveling to Zhoshy-khan mausoleum and Dombauyl mausoleum of the Hun period  (20 km, 40 min.). Exploring the above mentioned mausoleums. Followed by a transfer Zhezkazgan city (50 km, 1,5 hours) and lunch.

You continue traveling to the Zhezdy village (65 km, 1 hour). Visiting the museum of history of mining and smelting. Onwards to Sarlyk village (115 km, 3 hours) with a visit on the way to the medieval settlement Baskamyr. Overnight stop in a guest-house, dinner.


Day 3

The top of Ulytau Mountain, Kazakhstan

Top of an Ulytau Mountain

Breakfast. Traveling to the foot of Aulie mountain (40 km, 1,5 hours). Ascending  sacred Auliye mountain (there and back – 2.5 hours, about 400 metres ascent) – the highest point of the Ulytau mountains (1133 metres). And attracting pilgrims from all over the country. Watching ancient graves of the 7 Saints on the top, exploring the cave.

Onwards to to Zangyr-tas place, famous for its petroglyphs and clinking stones (20 km, 45 min). Lunch. Returning to Astana (480 km, 8 hours). Arrival to Astana in the late evening.

End of your intensice roadtrip from Astana to Ulytau!

Prices on request.
Included will be:

– all the transfers by a 4WD minibus according to the program of the tour
– services of a driver and an English-speaking guide-interpreter
– accommodation in a guesthouse and in a tent
– three meals a day
– entrance fees to museums as mentioned in the program
– rent of sleeping bag and mat

Not included will be: visa expenses and consular fees, insurance, the price of getting to and from Astana
Finally we withhold €9 per person for the Dutch GGTO Travel Guarantee Fund.



    Astana, Central Kazakhstan




    on request


    3 days

    Tour Route in Kazakhstan