We drove around 4500 km to and from western Kazakhstan and made a week-long 1500 km round-trip in the desert area of Mangyshlak and Ustyurt plateau. The round trip appeared to be extrememly hard for the vehicle, as we had limited time and had to drive fast on a very rough surface. Click here for a map and route details. Click here to view a photo calendar "Middle Asia".
Route: Moscow - Saratov - Uralsk - Atyrau - mt. Akkergeshen - Kyrymkyltyk - Beyneu - Valley of wells - Manata pass - Shetpe - mt. Shergala - Valley of concretions - Abasta - Sarytash bay - Zhygylgan basin - Tamshaly oasis - Fort Shevchenko - Saura tract - Aktau - Zhanaozen - Tunesu sands - mt. Bakty - Boszhira tract - Ustyurt plateau - Beyneu - Atyrau - Astrakhan - Volgograd - Moscow
GPS-tracks and POIs (1 day = 1 track) (ZIPped GPX-file, 0.8Mb)
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