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Shakpakatasay canyon.

Walking Tours in Mangyshlak.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime” 

Mark Twain.

Small Group Hiking Trips on Mangyshlak.

The northern coast of the Tupkaragan Peninsula is indented by numerous canyons, one of which is Shakpakatasay. Many million years ago, powerful ocean surfs washed away the soft calcareous edge of the chalk plateau rising from the abyss, creating unusual types of gorges and dry channels.
Shakpakatasay canyon, is the most extensive, is located in the Mangistau region of the Mangistau region. The length of the canyon from north to south is 9.5 kilometers, the largest width in the central part of the canyon is 4.7 kilometers.
The western part of the canyon ends with steep ledges, the southern part is indented with small meridional ravines. The northwestern part of the canyon is called Zholbart. The north-eastern part of the canyon borders on the Karatau mountains, which have a dominant mark of an unnamed mountain 234.1 meters high above sea level.
In the southeast, the boundary of the canyon is the Ungosa Mountains, 199.2 meters high above sea level and the East Ungosa Mountains, 196.5 meters high above sea level. In the north side of the canyon, at the very beginning, there is a necropolis and an underground mosque Shakpak ata, one of the unique sacred places of Mangistau.
Further 4.7 km lies the southern coast of Sarytash Bay. 4.4 kilometers to the west, the grand canyon Kapamsay stretches. In the north, the gently sloping part of the canyon is closed by the Caspian Sea with a mosque on a flat area and a spring.

Shakpakatasay canyon on Mangyshlak.Shakpakatasay canyon on Mangyshlak.Shakpakatasay canyon on Mangyshlak.Shakpakatasay canyon on Mangyshlak.Shakpakatasay canyon on Mangyshlak.Shakpakatasay canyon on Mangyshlak.Shakpakatasay canyon on Mangyshlak.

Authority:
Andrey Astafyev, town of Aktau.

Photos
Alexander Petrov.