|Trip Length||2 days|
|Trip Style||ECO Tour|
|Itinerary||Tashkent, Nukus, Ustyurt Plateau, Sudochye Lake, The Aral Sea, Muynak|
|Best Time to Travel||Spring - Autumn|
|Maximum Number of Passengers||up to 3 people in each group|
This is an off-road adventure trip with stops in places closely connected with the history of the salty lake.
Not long ago, the Aral Sea used to be a large salty lake with waves of 7 meters high. Unfortunately, due to some reasons, it became shallow. As a result, the bottom of the lake has appeared. It is an important concern for the world’s ecology. People from all over the world are putting efforts to revive the Aral Sea. Meanwhile, the vast territory, covered by white patterns of salt, looks impressive and raises high interest among travelers. The tour to the Aral Sea is an active vacation, which includes rides on jeeps, picnics, overnight stay in a yurt camp, and stops at the most picturesque locations to capture all the beauty of the area on photos. On the road trip you will see abandoned ships, stuck on the land, that once plow through the waves of the lake. Also, you will pass through small villages, where there will be a chance to meet the locals.
Since the journey to the Aral Sea can be made only through Nukus, the capital of Karakalpakstan, there will be a great opportunity to take a look at the historical places of the city at the same time.
Breakfast at the hotel and Check-out. Transfer to the local airport. Departure to Nukus by HY 011 at 7:10 (Arrival time: 8:55).
The trip begins in Nukus, the capital of the autonomous republic of Karakalpakstan, which is part of Uzbekistan. This green oasis is surrounded by four deserts: Karakum (Black Sands), Kyzylkum (Red Sands), Aralkum (White Sands), and rocky Ustyurt plateau. The city is famous for the Savitsky Museum, which houses the world's second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art and an exhibition of applied art of Karakalpakstan.
The first stop on the way to the Aral is Muynak. This place was the largest port of Karakalpakstan and the center of the fishing industry. Today Muynak and Aral are 100 km apart. The port turned into the famous “ship parking”, where ships are located, which used to sail on the 7-meter-high waves.
Further, the path runs through the Ustyurt plateau. The territory of the desert is 200 thousand square km divided between Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. According to geologists, 20 million years have passed since the creation of the plateau. Local landscapes look like underwater or alien panoramas. The Ustyurt slopes rise above the valleys at an altitude of 300 m and represent a unique creation of natural architecture.
The culmination of the tour is overnight in a yurt camp on the Aral Sea coast. Until the 1960s, the Aral Sea was the fourth largest Salt Lake in the world. Unfortunately, for several reasons, it became shallow. As a result, the bottom of the lake has appeared. It is an important concern for the global ecology. People from all over the world are making efforts to revive the Aral Sea. Meanwhile, the vast territory, covered with white patterns of salt, looks impressive and raises high interest among travelers.
The return route includes a trip to Sudochie Lake, the largest delta of the Amudarya River. A few years earlier, Sudochie was connected with the Aral Sea, and now there are 4 reservoirs in place of a large lake. The coastal zone is covered with small shrubs and salt, and the soil affects a variety of textures and colors.
Arrival in Nukus & Transfer to the local airport.
Departure to Tashkent by HY 018 at 21:55 (Arrival time: 23:30).
In order to participate in the current program, you do not have to be physically prepared. However, the tour requires much of energy, as the roads are rough and the distances are quite long. So, please keep it in mind and let's go!
Also, the duration of the tour, the number of excursions, tourist facilities, vehicles, as well as the services of a guide speaking a different language, can be changed in accordance with the wishes of a customer. At the same time, the cost of the tour will vary depending on the level of personalization.
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