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The small village of Shetpe can be easily reached from Aktau or Janaozen, both towns with good accommodations and restaurants. Shetpe is just a road crossing with a couple of small local restaurants used by truck drivers. We enjoyed the food and the service was very fast. Near Shepte starts a paved road leading north and after a few kilometers it is possible to see on the right the Jairakty Mountain. Leaving the road on the right there is a track and it is possible to drive for a couple of kilometers along the west side of the mountain to shot beautiful pictures of the colorful sides of this mountain looking like white columns surmounted by ocher and brown layers. Coming back on the main road it is easy to reach the Sherkala Mountain, the lion rock. A track for 4WD allows you to get right in front of the mountain which is a chalk outcrop characterized by almost vertical walls. This incredible beautiful 350 meters mountain seems cut in two horizontally by a layer of white color that separates the inferior ocher part from a brown upper part that looks like a lid. Arriving by car, the Sherkala stands out among the endless green of the Kazakh plain and the blue of the sky. In this area is very common the great gerbil (Rhombomys opimus) ready to slip into his hole in the ground if threatened. Returning to the road from Shepte to Bautino (Fort Shevchenko) and driving direction Bautino, a few kilometers from Sherkala there is on the right (no road sign) a short, but challenging road (which requires a 4WD of good performances) leading to the incredible Torysh valley. Here there is a huge amount of rocks looking like giant balls. In this desert area, where we have not seen or met anyone, it is possible to walk among these mysterious spherical rocks whose origin may perhaps be traced back to the Jurassic or the Cretaceous. These rocks have been little studied but their shape and composition is due to a concretion process around a hard nucleus probably of volcano origin. This phenomenon is not rare but what makes it impressive in this valley is the high number and size of the spheres. There are balls of the size of a soccer ball, but most are much larger than a man and several spheres are 3-4 m in diameter. Some of them are ovoid in shape and with the upper part veined giving the impression to walk among dinosaur eggs ready to hatch. The solitary place, the view on the infinite steppe, the contrasts of color with the sky and the mystery of the spheres makes this visit exciting and unforgettable. The whole tour described above can be done in one day starting from Aktau, Janaozen or Bautino, but it must be well planned for the total absence of road signs and the scarce human presence in the area.