Aral Sea Tour 22 Days | Muynak, Ustyurt Plateau, Aral Sea, Kurgancha Kala, Sudochie lake, Kungrad, Mizdakhan, Gyaur-Kala

Tour map

Head out to the far edges of Uzbekistan with a trip to the Aral Sea. Travel along the cliffs of the Ustyurt Plateau, through the ship graveyards where the shoreline used to be, and out across the former sea floor to the remnants of the very salty sea. Learn about the past and the present of this region, with excursions to ecological and cultural sites. This two-day tour takes you from the broad desert and last waters of the Aral Sea to the Mizdakhan Necropolis and the Gyaur-Kala Fortress, telling the modern history of this region of Uzbekistan.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Nukus – Muynak – Usturt Plateau – Aral Sea
 
In the morning meet your guide and driver and depart Nukus towards Muynak. Stop in Muynak to see “Cemetery of ships”, the former port with abandoned ships in the sand, and visit Local History Museum (might be closed without prior notice). Lunch at the guesthouse. Continue driving on the boundless Ustyurt Plateau. You will reach the Aral Sea in the late afternoon. Stop to take pictures of beautiful canyons and the collapsed land. Arrive in a yurt Camp. Camp-style dinner. Overnight in the yurt.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Kurgancha Kala – Sudochie lake – Kungrad – Mizdakhan – Gyaur-Kala – Nukus
 
Early wake up to take pictures of sun rise. After breakfast visit the settlement Kurgancha Kala dating back to the 13th century. Pass via Kungrad district, which used to be one of the trading centers on the Silk Road. On the way, see remains of a lighthouse; pass by the ruins of abandoned settlement Urga. Photo stop at Lake Sudochie. Have a picnic lunch on the way. After lunch head back to Nukus. On the way to Nukus, stop at Mizdakhan memorial complex and Gyaur-Kala Fortress. Arrive in Nukus. Transfer to the local airport. End of the tour.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Note:
Due to weather condition, the overnight in yurts usually starts from 15 April till 15 October.
Other days the overnight takes place in a guest house at Moynak.

  • All transfers on 4WD type of vehicle (max. 3 persons + 1 guide in one car);
  • English-speaking escort guide;
  • Full board;
  • Accommodation in the yurt camp;
  • Entrance fees to the local History Museum and Mizdakhan memorial complex.
  • Round-trip tickets for flight Tashkent-Nukus-Tashkent;
  • Travel insurance.

Accommodation:

Aral Sea - 1 night
Yurt

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