Trip Code: 0000001

ITINERARY & DETAILS

Two days Aral Sea trip gives an opportunity to visit Kungrat district which used to be one of the trading center on the Silk Road, Usturt Plateau desert shared by Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, Sudochie Lake used to be freshwater lake in the Amu Darya (known to the ancient Greeks as the Oxus) delta, Aral Sea, Muynak— a former fishing village where once there was a shore of currently dried Aral Sea and the guests will have chance to stay in a traditional felt yurt.

Day 1.Nukus—Kungrad—Usturt Plateau—Sudochie Lake—Aral Sea (450 km – around 8 hrs)

The sights to see:

Ustyurt Plateau— is a transboundary clay desert shared by Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. The area is 200 thousand square kilometers. Ustyurt Plateau occupies a large area between the Aral Sea and the Caspian Sea.

Sudochie Lake— used to be freshwater lake in the Amu Darya (known to the ancient Greeks as the Oxus) delta. The present day the size of the Sudochie Lake  is less than 330 square kilometers and average depth 1,5 meters.       

Aral Sea— the Aral Sea has appeared in the Turan plain in Post Pliocene age (Pleistocene). This sea was called Aral for the first time in the works of Ibn Rusta the Arabic scientist in 903. The total size of Aral Sea without islands before 1961 was 66,1 thousand square kilometers the greatest depth was 69 meters. But the present day the size of the Sea is less than 12 thousand square kilometers and the Sea has gone from initial shores to 150-170 km.

Yurt stay— in olden days along the Silk Road, from the Kazakh steppe to the high Pamir and on into Xinjiang and Mongolia, one can see curious felt houses known as yurts. Yurts are relatively portable, warm and spacious and made from raw material. Yurts can be constructed or taken down easily and quickly and carried away on the back of three camels.

Day 2.Aral Sea—Muynak—Nukus (400 km – around 7 hrs)

The sights to see:

Muynak— (“Mo’ynoq” in Uzbek) used to be harbor town. In just 60 years it has gone from being a wealthy fishing port to a small town where skeleton ships lie broken in the desert.

Prices:

1-person— 530    

2-persons— 320

3-persons— 210

4-persons— 180

Prices are for 2021 in US$ per person

Included:

Ground A/C transport

Meals: 2 lunches, breakfast and dinner in Aral Sea

Not included:

Guide

Gratuity/Tips for guide/drivers

Personal travel insurance

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