Day trip to Torysh, Sherkala and Airakty

Torysh, Sherkala, Airakty

Journeying north from Aktau offers an introduction to the stunning natural wonders of Mangistau, each capable of captivating visitors for hours. On this one-day tour, you'll discover incredible sites such as the Torysh valley of stone balls, where each stone measures about 2 meters in diameter and weighs several tons. You'll also see Sherkala Mountain, known for its contour that changes with viewing angles, and the valley of castles Airakty, featuring mountain outliers with walls that appear hand-carved.

The tour to Torysh, Sherkala, and Airakty will be conducted in an off-road vehicle, primarily traveling on high-quality asphalt roads. However, reaching the attractions themselves requires a 5-10 km detour off the main highway. This tour is perfect for those seeking day excursions in Aktau or preferring not to camp overnight in the wilderness.

Highlights of Mangystau - Western Kazakhstan:

  • Torysh invites you to discover the Valley of Spheres, renowned for its spherical rock formations that shape a surreal and otherworldly terrain, offering boundless chances for exploration and photography.
  • Sherkala Mount beckons you to embark on an adventure to this unique geological wonder, boasting remarkable features. For hiking and climbing enthusiasts, it offers ample opportunities to pursue their passion while taking in the awe-inspiring vistas.
  • Airakty invites you to submerge yourself in the mesmerizing Valley of Castles, where colossal rock formations, reminiscent of grandiose castles, form a breathtaking backdrop for both exploration and photography.

Day trip to Torysh, Sherkala and Airakty

Exhilarating adventure tour starting in the morning, with convenient pick-up from your hotel in Aktau. Leave Aktau and make your way to the first stop: the Valley of Balls - Torysh. Here, marvel at remarkable rock formations resembling dragon eggs, perfectly circular and sliced in half. Enjoy a unique lunch in this captivating location. Proceed to the next stop on your itinerary Sherkala Mount, which possesses its own captivating narrative. Some describe it as resembling a yurt, while others perceive it as a sleeping lion. Continue your journey to the Airakty Valley of Castles, where you will encounter hills shaped like castles with towering spires, offering picturesque vistas. Climb to the enchanting castles. This exhilarating journey promises not only adventure but breathtaking panoramic views of the castles once you reach the summit. Drive back to Aktau, drop-of at hotel.

Duration: 9-10 hours.
Meals: lunch.
Accommodation: none.

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Good to know: No special equipment or fitness level required for this tour! Just make sure to bring hiking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing (sun hat, sunglasses, sun cream for hot weather; jacket, windbreaker, or raincoat for cold or rainy weather). Get ready for an amazing adventure tour to Torysh, Sherkala and Airakty!

  • Transportation throughout the tour (4WD);
  • English speaking local guide;
  • Entrance and eco-fees;
  • Meal as per the program (1 lunch).
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour;
  • Accommodation in Aktau;
  • Meals not indicated in the program;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • Tips are not included (driver, guide, porter);
  • All other charges and services not mentioned under “Inclusions”.

Book Day trip to Torysh, Sherkala and Airakty with OREXCA. Come along on an adventure tour and delve into the fascinating region of Mangystau. Uncover Torysh, Sherkala, and Airakty, the natural marvels, and get a firsthand experience of its distinctive culture.

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The tour is private with your personal guide. There will be no other people joining the tour. Our guides will follow your own pace.
The starting time of the tour is up to you and may vary from 09.00 am to 16.00 pm.
We are happy to offer this tour for air/train passengers too. Our guide will meet you at the arrival station.


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