Uzbekistan Mountain Scrambling
Scrambling, non-technical rock climbing, alpine scrambling
Scrambling (“non-technical” rock climbing also
alpine scrambling) is a method of ascending rocky faces and ridges. It is
a term that lies somewhere between hillwalking and rock climbing. It is often
distinguished from hillwalking by defining a
scramble as a route where hands must be used in the ascent. There is less
to distinguish it from climbing, with many easy climbs sometimes referred to as
difficult scrambles. A distinction can be made in defining any ascent where
hands are used to hold body weight, rather than just for balance, as a climb.
The Mountaineers climbing organization
defines scrambling as follows:
"Alpine Scrambles are off-trail trips,
often on snow or rock, with a 'non-technical' summit as a destination. A
non-technical summit is one that is reached without the need for certain types
of climbing equipment (body harness, rope, protection hardware, etc), and not
involving travel on extremely steep slopes or on glaciers. However, this can
mean negotiating lower angle rock, traveling through talus and scree, crossing
streams, fighting one's way through dense brush, and walking on snow-covered
Note: You can request us to prepare
a route for you, which include any kind of scrambling listed above.
Uzbekistan Mountains near to
are invariably attractive for mountaineers. The wide variety of Chimgan and its
surroundings allows the activity in all kinds of mountaineering and landscape
tourism. Mountains (Small and Greater Chimgan Peaks - 3,309 m) of
Chatkal range, plateaus, the
Black Waterfall (40 m) at the lower part of
Greater Chimgan Peak,
Novotasha waterfalls, attract a lot of tourists from Uzbekistan and
Ugam & Karjantau ridges
Another attractive place for mountaineering is situated on
Ugam ridge and on the southern; slopes of the
Karjantau ridge of the Western Tyan-Shan system.
There are following natural sites, which are of interest of
mountaineers in area of Ugam & Karjantau ridges:
Mingbulak (2,628 m) - the highest peak of the Karjantau ridge.
Qizilsuv waterfalls - the pictorial cascades that flow at the sinuous
river gorges of
Qizilsuv Mountain River.
• Loquacious cave is located on
plateau Ghiza, 20 km from
village Humsan, in a funnel-shaped hollow. On the bottom of the hollow, in
the exposure of grey limestone, there is a 1x1 m rectangular aperture
transforming to a 1.5 m high sloping tunnel. Its floor is covered with lumps,
ceiling being arcaded. This tunnel is 20 m long and leads to the inner larger
part of the cave. A ladder is needed in order to proceed into the cave as there
is a 6 m high prominence. Then the floor levels out, height reaching 20-30 m.
The cave is so named due to a streamlet flowing through it.
• Arkutsay – exposure of loess stratum. The site is 3
km west of Humsan, on the right bank of the Ugam River. Section of the
formation represents the wall of a small landslide breakaway and is a stratum of
interstratifying loess-like loams of Quaternary and fossil soils horizons. The
section is unique as it exposes more than 80 m thick deposition of rocks.
• Kyrk-Kokyl waterfall (in Uzbek “Kyrk-Kokyl” means 40
plaits) – pictorial waterfall at Pustonlyk – confluent of Ugam River, 9
km from Humsan village.
Suggested route for scrambling (trekking)
Day 1. Moving by car to the Qizilsuv river valley. (75 km, 1.5 h). Stop at one of recreation camps. Resting and walking around. Acclimatization and
preparation for the next day, which starts at 3 o’clock in the morning.
Day 2. Very
tense day. Scrambling to the highest peak of the Karjantau ridge - the peak Mingbulak
(2,628 m). Roundtrip normally takes 12-13 hours. Panoramic
view from the peak to the Ugam, Pskent and Chatkal ridges of the
West Tien-Shan; Charvak and Khodjikent water reservoirs and the Valley of Chirchik River. Passing through Mingbulak pass (2,100 m). The word “Mingbulak” means “Thousand-springs”. The peek and pass acquired their names from
numerous springs that in actuality exist on the slopes near to Mingbulak pass.
Descent to a camp in the birch grove. You are free of packing. All your
equipment is carried to a camp by animals/porters.
Day 3. Rock
Climbing to rocks surrounding the Qizilsuv waterfalls. Waterfalling. Descent to
the startins point. Departure by car to Tashkent.