An expedition titled ‘Abylai Khan’s Great Path’ has come to an end

An expedition titled ‘Abylai Khan’s Great Path’ has come to an end. Eleven participants including scientists, historians, map-makers, journalists and bloggers travelled over 5,000 km for ten days from the Kazakh khan’s residence of the 18th century in Burabai to the holy city of Turkistan.

MURAT IDRISSOV, EXPEDITION MEMBER:

 - This path starts from Abylai Khan’s residence in Petropavl. We also visited Astana, Korgalzhyn, Barshino, Shubarkol, Ulytau, Satpayev, Zhezkazgan, Kyzylorda, Turkistan and Shymkent. Abylai Khan’s legacy and the monuments to Abylai Khan can be found everywhere. 

The expedition members visited Kokshetau. Despite the fact that the route runs through the asphalt roadbed, it was also part of the Khan’s path.

SANSYZBAI MUKITANOV, ABYLAI KHAN’S DESCENDANT:

 - In the past, at the time of Abylai Khan, there was no asphalt pavement or even paved roads. They only had rural roads. They could travel limited amount kilometres a day.

During the stops, local old-timers verified that this path was used by Khan Abylai. According to the historians, a monograph will be published and a documentary titled ‘Abylai Khan’s Great Path’ will be filmed after the expedition’s completion.

GIZAT TABYLDIN, STAFF, KAZAKH MILITARY HISTORICAL MUSEUM:

 - We will create a collection of materials, including historical and cultural descriptions of landscapes, historical archaeological facilities and natural sites.

During the trip, the expedition members made a lot of discoveries, such as unexplored monuments and pyramid-shaped burial sites. They also met many interesting people. The expedition resulted in multiple suggestions aimed at the development of the original Khan’s path as a touristic route.