Nukus – Barsakelmes (Solanchak) – the ancient city of Beleuli – fortress Alan Kala – Sudochi lake

10:30 – Departure to Barsakelmes (200 km) – so called the solonchak lake which is 70 km in long and almost 40 km wide.

 The basin of the Barca Kelmes is a part of the former bottom of the ancient sea of ​​Tatis, which disappeared from the surface of the Earth millions of years ago. Fantastic canyons and Ustyurt chinks slowly descend down to the world of sparkling salt – the salt marsh basin of Barca Kelmes. It has a grandiose size – almost 2000 square kilometers!  And the whole hollow is filled with huge salt reserves. The huge gray-white-blue space is practically pure salt, filling everything up to the horizon.

 12:00 –13:00 – Lunch.
Departure to the ancient city of Beleuli.

Located in 67 km to the north-west of the railway station Zhaslyk on the plateau of Ustyurt there is a monument of medieval architecture caravanserai of Beleuli, built of rectangular slabs of shell rock. Its walls with a thickness of more than 1 meter are reinforced in the corners by round towers with a diameter of about 3 meters. The facade side of the building opens with a high portal with an arched entrance. There are also eight sardoes – peculiar reservoirs for collecting and storing rain and meltwater. The caravan-shed was decorated with bas-relief ornaments of lions or tigers.

 15:30 – Departure Alan-Kala Fortress.

Ancient Massaget tribes that owned Ustyurt searched here for a place where a source of water could be found. Soon the fortress of Alan-Kala was built, its walls reached 4 m in height and 2 m in width. The plateau of Ustyurt was originally the bottom of a large sea that disappeared millions of years ago. Therefore, the stones, from which the ancients built the fortress of Alan, are covered with a myriad of impregnations of shells from the bottom of the prehistoric sea. And although the walls of the ancient structure are abundantly covered with sand of history, the remains of the fortress of Alan to this day stand alone in the middle of a stone desert as an eternal monument to the power of the former peoples. Its walls were 4 m in height and 2 m in width.

 17:30 – Departure to the fishing village of Urga. A walk to the Sudochie Lake. Acquaintance with the fishermen.
Overnight is in a fishing village.