Uzbekistan Mountain Hiking
Hiking, hillwalking, walking,
walking-tours, tramping, trekking, backpacking, thru-hiking
Hiking is an outdoor activity which
consists of walking in natural environments, often on hiking trails. Hiking is
one of the fundamental mountaineering activities on which many others are
based. Many beautiful places in
Uzbekistan Mountains can only be reached by hiking,
and enthusiasts regard hiking as the best way to see nature. It is seen as
better than a tour in a vehicle of any kind (or on an
animal) because the hiker's senses are not intruded upon by distractions such
as windows, engine noise, airborne dust and fellow passengers. Hiking over long
distances or over difficult terrain does require some degree of physical
ability and knowledge.
Forms of hiking applicable in Uzbekistan
Trekking, Backpacking - also known as
trekking, a multi-day, often arduous hike in mountainous regions.
• Hillwalking - form of hiking.
Scrambling - "non-technical"
rock climbing or mountaineering, or "technical" hiking.
• Thru-hiking – hiking a trail from end to
Waterfalling – AKA waterfall hunting and
waterfall hiking is hiking with the purpose of finding. and enjoying waterfalls.
can request us to prepare a route for you, which include any kind of hiking listed above.
Uzbekistan Mountains near to
Chimgan Mountains 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 abroad.
West Tien-Shan Mountains Map
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:
Peak 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.
General hiking routes in Uzbekistan Mountains near to Tashkent
• 1-day hiking to the Small Chimgan peak (2,100 m) through Pesochniy pass (Gulkam);
• 1-day hiking through Pesochniy pass (1,830 m) and Gulkam canyon (ravines);
• 1-day scrambling to the Great Chimgan (3,309 m) of Chatkal ridge;
• 1-day hiking to Kyzyl-Jar peak (1,866 m) of Kungurbuka ridge.
See the map ...
Ugam & Karjantau ridges
• 1-day hiking to Qizilsuv waterfalls - the
pictorial cascades that flow at the sinuous river gorges; of Qizilsuv Mountain
River, about 9 km up-stream. Waterfalling;
• 1-day hiking on the slopes, ascending to
a panorama point of the Karjantau ridge, and then to 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.
Suggested Route: Hiking in West Tien Shan
Driving from Tashkent through Galvasay
village to the recreation zone "Chimgan" at the foothill of Chatkal
range in West Tien Shan (100 km, 1,5 hours, 1,300 m). Going up by a good path to
the Pesochniy pass (1,832 m). Descending to the
gorge of the Gulkamsay
river. After rest in the birch grove go through one of the most beautiful
places in the mountains of Uzbekistan - the Gulkam canyon.
Canyoning. Rock chap at
times converging up to 5 m having numerous small waterfalls, baths, rock gorges
and with frequent wades can be walked through in 2 hours. Lunch is organized in
the picturesque grove at the end of canyon. After rest crossing on the country
road around the Smaller Chimgan Peak (2,100 m). Majestic panorama of Ugam, Pskem and
Koksu ranges of the West Tien Shan surrounding
Charvak water reservoir opens up
from the road. After 3 hours drive arrival in Chimgan village. Departure by car
to Tashkent along Charvak reservoir. See the map ...
Price for one day of all routes hiking program
1pax - U$ 55
2pax - U$ 27,5
3pax - U$ 18,3
4pax - 7pax - U$16
Mountain Guide included, Mountain gear included, One meal included. Local
transportation isn't included.