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.

Program of the tour

Day 1
Departure from Astana. 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 photoshoots 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
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 History Museum of Mining and Smelting. Way to Ulytau (115 km, 3 hours) with visiting on the way the medieval settlement Baskamyr. Arrival and accommodation in a guesthouse. Dinner.

Day 3
Breakfast. Traveling to the foot of Aulie mountain (2 km, 15 min). Ascending sacred Auliye mountain (there and back – 3 hours, about 400 meters 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.  Lunch. Coming back to Astana (480 km, 8 hours). Arrival to Astana in late evening. End of the tour.

Cost per person

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The above-mentioned prices include: all the journeys by all-wheel drive minibus according to the program of the tour, services of a driver and an English-speaking guide-interpreter, accommodation in guest-houses and tents, three meals a day, visiting museums mentioned in the program, sleeping bag and sleeping pad rent.

The above-mentioned prices do not include: visa expenses and consular fees, insurance, the price of getting to the starting point of the route (Astana city) and back.

If required the tour can be adapted according to the schedule of arrival and departure flights of the participants. In this case the cost of the tour may slightly change.

The program of the tour might be changed due to the force majeure circumstances, including (but not limited to):
official prohibitions on visiting specially protected areas (national parks, reserves, sanctuaries, etc.) due to epizootics or epidemics, fire-setting and other reasons;
official prohibitions on visiting sites, located in the territory of the former Semipalatinsk nuclear test site and Kurchatov town, Saryshagan test site, Baikonur city and Cosmodrome site, and other areas with limited access;
cancellation/postponement of plane, train and other transfers;
extreme weather conditions (steppe fire, snowstorms, lasting rainstorms, etc.) and its consequences (washed out roads, snow drifts, damaged bridges, etc.);
traffic restrictions (closures);
other natural and administrative circumstances beyond the control of the company “Nomadic Travel Kazakhstan”.