Ulytau (from Kazakh  “the great mountains») 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 (Jochi), the 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 Bronze era, the Early Iron Age (the era of the Early Nomads), 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 can give a look at the steppe after ascending one of the sacred peaks of the Ulytau mountains.

In addition, the Ulytau is considered to be the place where the geographical center of Kazakhstan is situated, the corresponding monument is erected here.

Day 1

Traveling from Karaganda to Terekty place (445 km, 7 hours), lunch on the way in Atasu. Walking excursion around the Terekty archaeological complex – the most famous collection of the petroglyphs of the Bronze age in Central Kazakhstan, visiting the nearby necropolis. Traveling from Terekty to Zhezkazgan city (85 km, 1 hour). Arrival to Zhezkazgan, accommodation in a hotel. Dinner.

Day 2

Breakfast. Excursion to the Historical-Archaeological Museum. Traveling from Zhezkazgan to the Mausoleum of the eldest son of Genghis Khan – Jochi Khan (50 km, 1 hour 10 min.), exploring the mausoleum and ruins of khan’s headquarters. Way to Dombauyl mausoleum of the Hun period (5 km, 15 min), visiting it. Traveling to Alasha-Khan mausoleum (21 km, 30 min.). Lunch nearby, then excursion to the mausoleum of legendary ancestor of the Kazakh people and walk around the surrounding necropolis. Traveling to (and visiting) Duzen and Yerden mausoleums of the 19th century (49 km, 1,5 hours). Traveling to Ulytau village with visiting the monument of unity of the people of Kazakhstan, erected in the geographical center of the country, on the way (44 km, 1 hour). Arrival and accommodation in a guest-house/hotel. Dinner.

Day 3

Breakfast. Traveling from Ulytau to the foot of Auliye mountain (3 km, 20 min.). Ascending sacred Auliye mountain (there and back – 3 hours, about 400 meters ascent) – the highest point of the Ulytau mountains (1133 meters), attracting pilgrims from all over the country and from abroad. Watching ancient graves of the 7 Saints on the top, exploring the cave. Descending, coming back to Ulytau village (3 km, 20 min.), lunch in a cafe. Traveling from Ulytau to Altynshoky (50 km, 1,5 hours). Ascending the hill, where the copy of the stone with the inscription made by order of Tamerlane during his campaign to the Golden Horde, as well as rests of the thermal engineering construction for keeping the fire are situated. Way back to Ulytau (50 km, 1,5 hours). Dinner.

Day 4

Breakfast. Traveling from Ulytau to the medieval settlement Baskamyr (53 km, 1 hour), excursion around the settlement of the 8-12 centuries.Traveling to Karaganda trough Zhezkazgan with lunch stop on the way in Atasu (605 km, 9 hours).

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The above-mentioned prices include: all the journeys by all-wheel drive minibus according to the programme of the tour, services of a driver and an English-speaking guide-interpreter, accommodation in hotels and guesthouses, full board, visiting museums mentioned in the program.

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