- Hiking / Trekking
- Off the beaten track
Straddling the borders of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, the Kyzyl Kum Desert covers an area roughly half the size of France with landscapes that appear desolate to some and fascinating to others: wide open, dusty desert plains with a light coating of sand and sparse vegetation.
The desert is nonetheless far off the beaten track in an uninhabited no man's land, and is therefore not a must-visit destination. In my opinion, you'll waste a lot of time because getting there requires you to turn back on yourself as roads stop before reaching the Kazakh border. Personally therefore, I wouldn't necessarily recommend going deep into the Kyzyl Kum Desert, because you'll see plenty by taking the road from Uchkuduk to Nukus, with the desert covering half the country.