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Aral Sea Tour

Route to the Aral SeaTour details

Tour program

First day

Departure from Nukus at 8:00 A.M. along the route Nukus – Khodjeili (sacred complex Mizdahkan, Gyaur Kala fortress) – Kungrad – Ustyurt Plateau – Sudochie Lake – camp at the Aral Sea.

Second day

Sunrise and early breakfast and long way along Usturt Plateau canyons to the downhill to the bottom of the Aral Sea and road to Uchsay settlement and the city of Muynak. Visiting sights of Muynak: Ships cemetery and regional museum and return to Nukus.

This route has been developed taking into account the wishes of many and is the best one at the moment, but however, we will be glad to consider opinions of our guests and make appropriate changes in this trip if required.

Such changes may include visiting natural salt deposit “Barsa-kelmes”, long trip to the former military port of Soviet Empire and other places of interest. Such trips are beyond our developed route and must be negotiated in advance.

Tour description

Mizdahkan complexThe departure from Nukus is early in the morning. The route lies through Mizdahkan complex, city of Kungrad, and along Ustyurt Plateau to the fishermen settlement at Sudochie lake.

Mizdahkan is a sacred complex of several historical and archeological monuments and each of them is covered with legends. Also there are remains of ancient city of Gyaur-kala nearby, which travellers will be able to see on the way.

An ancient Watch tower – reminder of warlike past – rises over the fishermen settlement at Sudochie lake. Rich fauna of this lake is famous far beyond from Karakalpakstan. Many scientists and fans of fishing and hunting come to this place from all over the world. The lake is a key stop on the long way of migrating birds: pink flamingo, white swans, duck and others.

Ships in desert sands of the Aral SeaTravellers will be offered a lunch here and then they will continue the trip along the grandiose canyons of Ustyurt Plateau chink. The layers of canyons breakups are stratums of thousands of years of history.

Mysterious and inscrutable Ustyut Plateau remains not only huge deposits of gas and oil but also many secrets and riddles. The trip along Ustyurt is not an easy one – only experienced drivers and off-road vehicles can cope with it.

The travellers will reach the camp at seaside by the end of the day and will be able to enjoy the murmur of warm waves of the Aral Sea and quiet sunset. Dinner at campfire and night under clear sky of stars are unforgettable memories of the trip. This is a good chance to enjoy and study borderless stellar sky and the Milky Way.

Sunrise at the Aral SeaUndoubtedly, the sunrise will be stamped in memory of those who will wake up early and delight in the red sun rising behind the sea horizon. After breakfast and cup of hot tea the travellers will start a way back.

This time the road lies along the former sea bed among brushes and sand dunes. The canyons will be left behind and the travellers will reach city of Muynak which used to be a large port for hundreds of ships. There is a museum of history and ship cemetery which tell a lot about history and mode of life of local people.

The road to Nukus will be comfortable and on the way you will see endless flats and fields of Karakalpakstan.

Please, see our gallery of interesting photos from the trips to the Aral Sea.

Should you have any questions or suggestions on the offered tour, please do not hesitate to contact us!

If you are interested in a longer and advanced tour, please see our second program Follow the Disappearing Coastline.