Do you want to see and ride on a motorbike through the Martian landscape on the Earth? Then welcome to the Mysterious Ustyurt enduro motorcycle tour!
About 20 million years ago, here was an ocean. Now this mysterious desert which many years ago has become a haven for ancient Sufi ascetics. It is a completely new place on the map of unusual and mysterious places on the Earth.
Therefore, we proudly present to you absolutely new exclusive route in the global menu of motorcycle tours in the world. What you will see in this tour?
You will ride on motorbikes in Karagiye Depression at the bottom of a dried-up ocean (-132 meters below sea level) where maybe you find the remains of ancient sea creatures (shells, bones and teeth of sharks). We will spend the night canyon Bozzhirau surrounded by fantastic cliffs up to 200 meters. We will visit the Valley of Balls where stone balls scattered like peas. Nobody know where did they come from. We will visit the old underground Sufi mosques Shopan-Ata and Shakpak-Ata. We will visit the holy Sharkala mountain which seemed enormous UFO sticking out of a smooth landscape of the steppe. We will visit the Zhygylgan collapse and Blue Bay on the beautiful Caspian Sea. And, of course we will spend some nights in tent sitting by the fire under the bright stars!
P.S. We do not describe some places and roads on our website because it is exclusive part of our itinerary and commercial secret.
Date 1: 20 - 28 April, 2023
14 - 22 October, 2023
Duration: 9 travel days, 7 riding days
Country: West of Kazakhstan. Mangistau region.
Start/Finish: Aktau city
Total Distance: 1500 km
Bikes: Suzuki DR650SE
Roads: about 60% paved road and 40% dirt road.
Accommodation: twin room in hotels (6 nights), yurt camp (1 night).
Group size: min 6 and max 10 riders. 2 seats for passenger in car support available.
Tour price includes: bike including fuel, car support, tour-leader on the bike, all stays, all meals, water and soft drinks, all entry fees, airport transfer, SilkOffRoad souvenirs.
Tour price excludes: damage of motorcycle, single room (+350), flights, visas and visa support, insurance
Requirements: readiness to have unbelievable adventure with lots of surprises on the way, physical strength and pure optimism, good riding skills (especially the experience of driving on the sand), respect laws and culture of local people.
Arriving to Aktau. Transfer. Check-in. Aktau is the beautiful city on Caspian Sea of West Kazakhstan. Meeting with an support team, get briefed and check the motorbikes. Dinner in restaurant. Overnight hotel.
2. Aktau – Bozzhira canyon
We leave Aktau and head towards the Karagiye depression where we stop on few viewpoints to look at one of the most low point on earth (-132м). Then we will go to Janauzen - oil town Overnight at camp.
Total 240 km. 200 km paved road + 40 km dirt road.
3. Bozzhira canyon – Karagiye depression - Aktau
On this day you will visit Shopan- Ata underground mosque on ancient necropolis. Then you visit Holy place Beket Ata. There you have lunch (Lunchboxes). Then you drive on motorbike along the edge of the Ustyurt plateau where you will enjoy fantastic scenery make a variety of unique pictures. This is Bozzhira canyon. Hotel accommodation. Dinner in hotel.
Total 350 km. 200 km paved road +150 dirt road.
4. Aktau - Valley stone balls - Sharkala mountain
We leave Aktau and go to Valley stone balls -no less strange place where is spherical stones are scattered throughout the valley. Then we visit Otpan Tau mosque. There you will have a lunch (lunchboxes). Then we arrive Sharkala mysterious mountain or the Mountain spirits. Guesthouse or tent accommodation. Dinner is there.
Total 350 km. Paved road 280 km + 70 km dirt road.
5. Sharkala mountain- Shakpak Ata(X–XIII) underground mosque - Bautino town (Fort Shevchenko)
We leave Sharkala and go to Shakpak Ata(X–XIII) underground mosque - a rare phenomenon in the history of Asian Sufism. In the evening we will arrive in the Bautino village. Hotel accommodation. Dinner in hotel.
Total 230 km. Paved road 100 km + 130 km dirt road.
6. Bautino town (Fort Shevchenko) – Jigalgan place (Fallen Earth) -Blue bay of the Caspian Sea.
On this day, we will go along the edge of the peninsula Mangistau where dominant will see boundless Caspian Sea and we stand on the edge of the cliff at the very point of the peninsula. Next we visit most amazing place on Caspian the Jigalgan that in Kazakh "Fallen Earth" where you can see apocalyptic picture Earthed collapse. Our great journey is about to finish; full of unforgettable feelings we are going back to the most beautiful city of Caspian Sea – Aktau. We will celebrate our successful tour in local bar, where you will be given souvenirs. And after, let the party begin!
Total 200 km. Paved road 100 km + 100 km dirt road.
7. Blue bay of the Caspian Sea - Aktau.
8. Aktau. Departure to home.