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Tour Shakpak atа to Sultan epe.

Photowalks across Mangyshlak.

“If diversity is a source of wonder, its opposite - the ubiquitous condensation to some blandly amorphous and singulary generic modern culture that takes for granted an impoverished environment - is a source of dismay. There is, indeed, a fire burning over the earth, taking with it plants and animals, cultures, languages, ancient skills and visionary wisdom. Quelling this flame, and re-inventing the poetry of diversity is perhaps the most importent challenge of our times” 

Wade Davis.

The short description of route of pilgrim trip to Shakpak ata:

Aktau - settlement Akshukur - necropolis Kashkar ata - settlement Karamandy - Esmambet ata necropolis (XVIII - XIX c.c.) - settlement Tauchik - underground mosque Shakpak ata (X - XIII c.c.) - underground mosque the Sultan epe (IX - XII c.c.).

Distance route: 319 km
Season: from April 1, 30st till September.
 The best time for travel:
April, May, June, September.
Duration tour: 1 day.

The detailed program of pilgrim trip to monumants of Mangistau:

Photos of the Mangyshlak.

Aktau - underground mosque Shakpak ata (X - XIII c.c.) - underground mosque Sultan epe (IX - XII c.c.). (319 km).
We leave city in direction on the airport, we pass village Akshukur, villages opposite on the right there is necropolis Kashkar-ata, interested persons can visit necropolis Kashkar-Ata. Further we pass settlement Karamandy and behind settlement it is turned to necropolis Esmambet ata (XVIII - XIX c.c.) (32 km). Prayful ritual at mazar Esmambet-ata, alms, walk in vicinities.
After visiting necropolis Esmambet ata to the left of road Caspian sea is visible. On road fork it is turned to the right in direction on settlement Tauchik, stop for photographing at cretaceous farewell rock, short walk in vicinities (46 km).
Transfer: cretaceous farewell rock - settlement Tauchik - underground mosque Shakpak ata (59 km). Visiting of necropolis and underground mosque Shakpak ata cavate in cretaceous stones on edge of rocky breakage. Prayful ritual, alms, walk in vicinities, photographing of canyon Shakpak ata.
Lunch in vicinities of mosque Shakpak ata. Transfer: underground mosque Shakpak ata - canyon Kapan (10 km), stop for photographing canyon Kapan, from the left party from us from the south on the north, was below stretched cretaceous canyon Kapan, the canyon reaches coast of Caspian sea. 
Transfer: Canyon Kapan - necropolis the Kenty baba (17 km). Visiting of necropolis the Kenty baba, prayful ritual, alms, walk in vicinities of necropolis. Transfer: necropolis the Kenty-Baba - underground mosque the Sultan epe (2 km). Visiting of underground mosque the Sultan epe prayful ritual, alms, walk in vicinities of necropolis, photographing of a canyon the Sultan epe. Transfer: underground mosque the Sultan-epe - settlement Tauchik - settlement Karamandy - Aktau (153 km).

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The note:
Author program is Alexander Petrov. Copying and introduction - only from the sanction of the author - petrovsra@mail.ru

Alexander Petrov
Photos.