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Mount Sherkala

This mysterious mountain, formed of clay, limestone, sandstone, and chalky rocks, is located near the city of Aktau.
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Mangystau province

Mount Sherkala

This mysterious mountain, formed of clay, limestone, sandstone, and chalky rocks, is located near the city of Aktau.

Mount Sherkala has been described as looking like a piala (a small bowl), a yurt (Kazakh national round dwelling) or a lion. These various metaphors have caused the appearance of many legends and beliefs that now surround the mountain. According to historians, a fortress city once stood near it. The ruins, which you can see here, are traces of an ancient burial. In addition, around the mountain there are round boulders, some of which are destroyed by weathering.

It will take more than an hour to get around Sherkala, and it will take much longer to explore the caves. There is a belief that the mountain will fulfill your desire, if you go around it. Although no one knows if it's true. The truth is that the indescribable, unique energy of the Mount Sherkala fascinates everyone who visits it. Memories are some of the best travel souvenirs. Mount Sherkala will surely create many.

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