Our Route took us roughly 20km (14 miles) down the river. Along the way, we passed fishermen and campers out for the weekend, an old barge that has been moored in the same spot for more than thirty years. We also saw plenty of non-human wildlife including Steppe Eagles, ducks, river gulls, sheep, and horses.
Around 10km into the trip we came to one of Kazakhstan's Army training camps. This camp trains soldiers in search and rescue among the wreckage of old soviet train cars and helicopters. They also train in rock climbing. Feeling like a stretch, we beached our boats and had a look around. While the soldier we encountered wouldn't let us explore the training props (he was expecting his boss), he was happy to let us take pictures, and to ask as many questions as we wished.
Back on the river, a few more kilometers brought us to the set fortress used in the film "Nomad." We got out, paid the caretaker 200tg each for entrance and set about exploring this rather convincing construction (made almost entirely of wood and facade bricks).
The final stop of our trip was at a Petroglyph site depicting Buddha. Buddhist philosophies were introduced in Kazakhstan in the late 7th Century. We stopped for pictures and a stretch before paddling the final 3 kilometers to our take-out point. We capped off our day of leisure with chips, salsa, and Shashlik cooked on an open fire. Food always tastes so much better out doors.