A tough weekend trip from Astana
You can start and finish this program in either Karaganda or Astana.
Highlights of this 3-day intensive roadtrip:
– 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.
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.
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. Way to Zhezkazgan city (50 km, 1,5 hours), lunch. Traveling to the Zhezdy village (65 km, 1 hour). Visiting the museum of history of mining and smelting. Way to Sarlyk village (115 km, 3 hours) with visiting on the way the medieval settlement Baskamyr. Overnight stop in a guest-house, dinner.
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), attracting pilgrims from all over the country. Watching ancient graves of the 7 Saints on the top, exploring the cave. Way to Zangyr-tas place, famous for its petroglyphs and clinking stones (20 km, 45 min). Lunch. Coming back to Astana (480 km, 8 hours). Arrival to Astana in late evening.
At four persons ths price is €350 p.p. and at two persons €595 p.p. For other group sizes please write to us.
The above mentioned prices include:
– 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
The above mentioned prices do not include: visa expenses and consular fees, insurance, the price of getting to and from Astana
Finally we withhold €15 per booking for the Dutch GGTO Travel Guarantee Fund.