Just thinking about the Great Silk Road it makes everyone to imagine caravans consisting of camels loaded with silks, treasure, and eastern spices, horsemen and messengers, drivers and dervishes, as well as the thousands of horses and sheep moved by the herdsmen to sales area with clouds of dust.
Here, along these open spaces, you can see ancient fortresses (towns), visit the bustling eastern bazaars (markets), and admire the incredible beauty of the unique pearl of Muslims - the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi distinguished by a remarkable architectural design and the mosaic tiles design. By immersing yourself in the spirit of caravanserai, you can enjoy real aromatic oriental pilaf, and other local cuisine! The Great Silk Road will be glad to welcome you as highly appreciated guests on its open spaces, and reward everyone with its friendly embrace. Adventures begun!
Arrival early in the morning in Shymkent. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at the Hotel. Rest. Then breakfast in a restaurant of national cuisine. After breakfast, on a comfortable minibus, we leave for the city of Turkestan, where we enjoy fascinating excursions to the Azret-Sultan historical and architectural complex.
Turkestan, in ancient times called Yasi, is the first capital of the Kazakh Khanate. Yasi became the center of the district, the main trade point on the Great Silk Road, and gained special fame at the beginning of the XII century, when Khoja Ahmet Yasawi settled here. Here is an outstanding monument of medieval architecture, a masterpiece of world architecture, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List - the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmet Yasawi, built between 1385 and 1405. This rare grandiose structure was erected on the expanses of the Silk Road in honor of the man who lived in the 12th century, the ancient Turkic thinker and poet Ahmet Yasawi known in the East.
After the excursion there will be a lunch at the restaurant of national cuisine, and then we will back to Shymkent, where you will have a delicious dinner at the restaurant of national cuisine. It will be necessary to have a good rest, because tomorrow HIKING will start! After dinner, transfer to the hotel.
Adventure continues! Early in the morning we will have breakfast, leave the hotel, and go to the Sairamsu Gorge. From now on, the day promises to be dynamic.
We will walk along the most beautiful gorges about 10 km, and we will rise to the lower mountain lake - Tomengi. The climate here can change several times a day! On the lake side, we will set up camp, put up tents and we will demolish make a fire, prepare a tasty dinner and make tea on a fire, dry and communicate. We'll spend the night in tents under the bright light of the southern stars!
On this day, we are waiting for the transition to the upper lake - Zhogargy, and then - a very steep ascent to the Koptau Pass, 3,600 meters in height.
In total for a day we have to overcome about 12 km. It will be necessary to try very hard, and we believe in you! On the way, you will have the opportunity to admire the amazing mountain peaks and landscapes.
After overcoming the Koptau Pass, by the evening we will go down to the Ularsai Hole, where we will set our camp directly on the bank of the Sarygaigyr Mountain River. Here we will make a fire and prepare a delicious dinner, we will have a friendly chat with the campfire and share our impressions! We will spend the night under the light of bright southern stars! They are incredibly many here, they are very close and incredibly beautiful, and their mysterious and warm flickers pleasantly pacify, and call for sleep!
We will get up early, pick up the camp, have breakfast, and start moving towards the Sairamsu Hole. For a day we have to go more than 12 km along the picturesque mountain paths along the Sarygaigyr Mountain River.
In the early evening we will safely reach the place of rest, we will stay in a cozy hotel, and for a wonderful dinner our whole friendly team will perfectly celebrate our fascinating adventure! In the early evening we will safely reach the place of rest, accommodate in a cozy hotel, and our whole friendly team will perfectly celebrate our fascinating adventure for a wonderful dinner!
Today ends your journey through the expanses of the sunny and hospitable south of Kazakhstan - a country where you will always be welcome! You say goodbye to the vast expanses of the Great Silk Road, go to Shymkent airport, and return home! As they say in Kazakhstan – Қош келдіңіз! What is translated from Kazakh as Welcome! And we tell you – to our next meetings, friends!
*Planning another route of returning home from Shymkent - inform us in advance about this!
- Transport along the route (buses, minibuses, cars)
- All excursion programs, with a guide and a driver. The entrance fee for excursion objects and the territory of the National Park. In places where the photo and video are paid for, they are paid by the tourist separately
- Accommodation along the whole route
- Catering throughout the route
- Transfer from Shymkent to Turkestan and back, and to the airport
- Guide services in the hike
- Services of porter
- Accommodation not indicated in the program
- Meals not indicated in the program
- Visa support and registration on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, if required
- Life insurance
- Personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program
- Everything that is not indicated in the "What's included" section