Excursion to the Ustyurt plateau

Aktau, Jana Ozen, hollow Кaragiye, Boszhira, Ustyurt ridges

Geographical location. Mangystau region includes the territory of Mangyshlak peninsula, a major part of the Ustyurt plateau and the southern part of the Caspian depression - the Buzachi peninsula. That amounts more than 16 million hectares of natural desert and semi-desert. There are several beautiful landscape areas here:
- shore of the Caspian Sea including a large number of canyons and ravines;
- mountain massif of Karatau;
- chalky and limestone cliffs;
- sand dunes;
- clay and salty surfaces of dry lake beds;
- hollows.

Trees and shrubby vegetation are rare. The Earth is naked "to the bones" in Mangyshlak, which is what gives geologists such a superb possibility to investigate the ancient geology of the region.

The climate of the region is extreme continental. Winters are harsh and windy and snow is rare. Spring is short, dry and windy. Summer is hot, cloudless and long lasting. Autumn is warm and long as well. The caspian Sea surrounds Mangyshlak from three sides but influences only the narrow seaside. The climate there is more humid, and temperatures are lower in summer and higher in winter. Annual average temperature is about +10.5 + 11.5°C. Absolute annual minimum temperature is +26 + 34°C; maximum + 43 +45°C; surface heat reaches +60 +70°C. The hottest period is from the middle of July to mid-August. Autumn frosts begin at the end of October, and the spring thaw starts in April.

Precipitation is poor. Annual average precipitation is from 140-160mm in the north to 90-12mm in the south. Rain showers are common in spring and early summer. In mountainous areas they may cause mudslides.

Snow cover on Mangyshlak and Ustyurt is thin (3-7 cm) and unstable. Not all areas are covered with snow. As a result of the high temperatures, poor precipitation and windy weather, evaporation exceeds precipitation by 10-15 times and air humidity is 40-60% only.

The Program:

Duration: 2 days
Accommodation: 1 night in tents
Season: March - October
Size of group: no more than 3 

Travel itinerary: Aktau - Jana Ozen - hollow Кaragiye - Boszhira - Ustyurt ridges - Aktau

Route in the extent of 350 km to one side, including 150 km on asphalt to Jana Ozen city; the rest part of the route is on a country road.

Day 1: 
Departure at 8:00 from Аktau city by an off-road car, visiting the museum of Ustjurt natural reserve in Jana Ozen city (for an additional payment - 200 tenges), moving to the hollow Кaragiye, at the point of 116 m. below level of the world ocean, a stop on a viewing platform. Time for a lunch. Moving to districts Boszhira (the mountain Bokty), survey of Ustyurt ridges. Supper. A lodging for the night in tent.

Day 2:
Breakfast. Departure to Aktau. 

We hope you like the program and assure you that we are absolutely open to any suggestions to increase the range of our services for the entire satisfaction of our clients and are happy to meet your special requirements.

You can alter the duration of your tour and places of visits by adding one of the extensions. Our tour operator will work closely with you or your travel agent to carefully prepare an itinerary based on your stated interests.


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