Mangystay jeep tour from Aktau (2 days)

Mangystay jeep TOUR (2 days)


Tour Itinerary

Tour: Jeep tour to Mangystau from Aktau
Destinations: Karagiye depression – Shopan-Ata-Beket-Ata – Bozzhira (upper panorama) – Bozzhira (lower panorama) – mountain Bokty – Kyzylkup mountain area 
Transport: Jeep
Accommodation: Tent in the nature
Guides: Driver-guide
Tour starting point: Aktau
Ending point: Aktau

Day 1
Departure from Aktau city at 8.00. 

First stop is Karagiye depression which is the deepest dry depression in Kazakhstan (132 meters below the world ocean level). It stretches from the North-West to the South-East of the Mangistau half-island and is part of the Karagiye -Karakol wildlife reserve. It attracts tourists not only for its unique beauty, but also for its origin. As a legacy of the ancient and mighty Tethys ocean, the depths of the basin contain a huge number of different minerals.

Second stop is the necropolis of Shopan Ata which is located in a shallow ravine, on the side of a mountain. It includes an underground mosque, the tomb of Shopan ATA, ancient tombstones of oguz-kipchan tribes of the X-XIII centuries, as well as later burials. Shopan ATA is one of the most revered dervishes from Mangistau region.

For two centuries, pilgrims have been meeting together in our third stop, the Beket-Ata mosque, in order to worship at his grave and put the hard word on. Knowledgeable people say that he does not leave in trouble those who sincerely turn to him for help. In the West of Kazakhstan, it is believed that just mentioning the name of Beket-Ata in conversation can avert trouble, and prayer in a Temple can perform a miracle.

Fourth and final stop of the day is called Panoramas of Bozzhira. One of the most popular areas in the Ustyurt plateau –Bozzhira valley with incredible stone shapes. When the edges of the plateau collapse, they leave behind bizarre rock formations. They are called outliers. They remind every traveler of various items. For tourists, only a couple of routes are open to the most striking and accessible for transport objects of Ustyurt. The rest is a mystery awaiting discoverers and researchers.

We camp for the night in Bozzhira.

Day 2
Outlier local mountains have an amazing feature with different inspection points to change its shape beyond recognition. Bokty Mountain, the first stop of day 2 is one of these. It is located on a table – level clay surface-takyr. On one side is a giant keel-turned boat with a dark-brown seaweed-covered bottom and snow-white sides outlined by a red-and-yellow waterline. On the other hand, there is a magnificent not of human making pyramid. The most amazing thing here is the red chalk. Bokty Mountain is depicted on the 1000 tenge bill of the old model of the National Bank of Kazakhstan

Second and last stop of the tour is the Kyzylkup mountain area that got its name from the kyzylkup reservoir, which was located in the North-Eastern part of the tract. The mountain area is located on the North side of  Bokty mountain. The length of The kyzylkup mountain area from East to West is more than 10 kilometers, from North to South the mountain area stretches for more than 8 kilometers. Kyzylkup is an unusual combination of chalk of different colors. Blurred horizons of chalk with red layers are pleasing to the eye

The tour ends with return to Aktau at 19.00 (approximately)


Tour information

This tour is suited for all. Price 

What to bring with you: comfortable shoes, sunscreen, cap for the sun and sun glasses, personal medications.


The cost of the tour is 650 $ for the car. Maximum three people can join the tour / car. Price includes all camping equipment and basic meals.

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