Our 5-day tour path goes through the most impressive and picturesque part of Karakum desert which goes with 3 day of desert trekking. This itinerary is a paradise for those who admire spectacular desert scenery with miles of sandy ground peppered with small bushes stretching as far as the eye could see. In addition to the abundant natural highlights, this itinerary is unique opportunity to experience wild nomadic life. This itinerary is sure to rank high in any travelerТs list.
Day 1 - Arrival in Ashgabat
Transfer to the hotel. Registration formalities. Breakfast at the hotel we take it easy start off our first day with a late morning stroll through the city centre and a visit to Nisa fortress which carries a great historical value of Parthian period (Residence of Parthian kings in past). National Museum is the next place to visit missing which nothing can excuse with itТs exhibits and findings which really worth seeing and admiring. Observe row of newly built monuments and fountains at the outskirts of this marble city. The most fascinating monument is probably the Arch of Neutrality featuring a 12 m gold statue of Turkmenistan's President, Saparmurat Turkmenbashi, revolving with the sun. Return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 - Ashgabat - Ayrakly Oasis 220 km (7-8 hours to drive)
After we all provided for desert trip, we set off early, in order to get the maximum pleasure from the daylight hours. Keep in mind that the trip to the Ayrakly Oasis is about 200 km and it can take from seven to eight hours to get to our destination. Our road leads via Yashlyk-city 45 km away from Ashgabat, famous for local brewery producing beer УBerkФ. Then starts light test on desert standing with its pure endless mountains of sands and inimitable enjoy of beautiful scenery and picturesque views of wild nature. After a long drive we reach desert settlement to rest for recuperation. Overnight in nomadic yurt.
Day 3 - Ayrakly Oasis
Next morning we go on touring towards Central Karakum to explore remote places. Our days are spent climbing sand dunes headed toward primitive, unspoiled territory. Being en route the most important thing not to miss the desert sunset-the most beautiful phenomenon of the nature that can be seen. The most mesmerizing moment will come in the night when you lie in your sleeping bag. Look up to the desert sky - the stars are so clear and seem to be so near as youТve never seen them before. Overnight in tents.
Day 4 - Exploration of the region
Full day of desert exploration. Quick stops on the way to greet local nomads and you will feel on yourself the hospitality of desert people being treated with Turkmen bread with chal (naturally fermented camel's milk). Strolling around the village one can witness every day worries of nomad people at touching moment of dromedary camel milking. Shortly before sundown we set our camp at the breathtaking area near pools which are numerous in this area formed as a result of overflow of the Tejen River. Plenty of water attracts inhabitants of wildlife (boars, swans, gazelles, ducks and other kinds of migrant birds). Overnight in tents.
Day 5 - Drive back to Ashgabat
After an early breakfast we make some farewell photos of sunrise and drive back to Ashgabat. Checking into the hotel. Rest. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 - Departure home
Transfer to airport and say good-bye to your Turkmen guide.
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Accommodation in Nissa hotel 4*, tents/yurt
A/C transport for transfers + NON A/C 4 WD jeep for trek
English speaking guide
Visa support and travel pass
Meals on FB (from lunch on D-01 till dinner on D-05)
Camping gear along the trek