Service of Mountaineering & travel agency in Uzbekistan
According to data of "Uzbektourism" the active forms of eco-tourism like
rock climbing, speleology,
horseback riding, and
mountaineering come to 60 percent of all tourism in the Tashkent province. Locals, and also tourists from many other countries prefer mentioned activities in
Uzbekistan Mountains near to
Tashkent. Historical-cognitive tourism amounts about ten percent. Inactive forms of eco-tourism attract less than 30 per cent of tourists.
Mountaineering in Uzbekistan
Mountaineering is the sport, hobby or profession of
climbing up mountains. It is also sometimes known as
alpinism, particularly in Europe. While it began as an all-out attempt to reach the highest point of unclimbed mountains, it has branched into specializations addressing different aspects of mountains and may now be said to consist of three aspects:
skiing, depending on whether the route chosen is over rock, snow or ice. All require great athletic and technical ability, and experience is also very important.
The mountains of
Uzbekistan enter in structure of Tyan-Shan and Alay mountain systems. On territory turn the western spurs of
Tyan-Shan and Gissar-Alay mountain system.
To south and west they gradually lower and turn to plains.
Internal (tectonic) power of Earth formed folds grown the powerful ranges of mountains.
The mountains and foothills with brook relief, located in east and south-east part of Uzbekistan, where they unite with powerful mountain deep brook massive on territory of Kirgizya and Tadjikistan. Mainly this
Ugam, Pskem, Chatkal, Kuramin ranges and their western and south-western spurs, concerning to
Western Tyan-Shan system and Turkestan, Zerafshan and Gissar ranges with their continuous on south-western -
Babatag and Kugintangtau ranges, concerning to Gissar-Alay system.
Entering on territory of Uzbekistan its spurs formed radiating bundle of mountain chains, constantly less in north-western and south-western directions. The character example is
Maygashkan and Surenata ranges in western Tyan-Shan system and Nuratau,
Aktau and Kuratau ranges and Karatepa and Ziadin-Zirabulak mountains, being the last of
Entering in Western Tyan-Shan system the mountain ranges (Karjantau, Ugam, Pskem, Chatkal, Kuramin) began from Talass Alatau (on border with Kirgizstan), further as fan radiate from here and continuos to north-east to south-west.
The more high point of Talass Alatau is mountain Manas (4482m).
The high point of Chatkal range on territory of Uzbekistan -
Greater Chimgan peak (3309 m).
Between Chatkal and Kuramin ranges located Akhangaran valley.
The apexes of Western Tyan-Shan covered with snow and glaciers.
The Chatkal and Kuramin ranges border on north with Fergana valley. From east she borders with
Fergana range, from south with Alay and Turkestan ranges.
To north-west from Turkestan range raises the Malguzar range, to south-west
Chumkartau range. Only the north slopes of Chumkartau entering on territory of Uzbekistan. The valley of
Sanzar river separate the Malguzar mountains from Nuratau mountains. The weak point in this valley named
The Nuratau mountains stretch on 180 km. Their north slope is steep, the south slope is gently sloping. The high point of North part of Nuratau mountains is
Khayatbashi apex (2165 m). The south part of Nuratau mountains consists from separate apexes (Aktau, Karatau, Karagatau, Gabduntau).
On the south and as parallel to Turkestan range located Zarafshan range. With self eastern part he entering on territory of Tadjikistan. On south from Zarafshan range located
Gissar range and his south-western spurs (Yakkobag, Surkhantau, Kugikantau, Baysuntau, Chakgar and other). Here located the
highest point of Uzbekistan - the Khazret Sultan (4643 m).
In western part of Gissar range are two glaciers - Batirbay and Severcev. On south of Uzbekistan along of border with Tadjikistan located
Babatag range. The high point - Zarkasa (2292 m).
The main features of orography of Uzbekistan connected with features of geological structure of above-mentioned the mountain systems.
This bond found expression in these, that between mountain ranges located spacious foothill and intermountain depressions, the large from which is
Tashkent-Golodnosteppe, Fergana Zarafshan, Kashkadarya and
Uzbekistan Mountains near to Tashkent
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.
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:
• 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.
Forms of Mountaineering applicable in Uzbekistan Mountains
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.
in a single trip. A backpacker hikes into the backcountry to spend one or more
nights there, and carries supplies and equipment to satisfy sleeping and eating
A backpacking trip includes at least one
overnight stay in the wilderness (otherwise it is a day hike). But
long-distance expeditions may last weeks or months, sometimes aided by planned
food and supply drops.
People are drawn to backpacking primarily
for recreation, to explore places that they consider beautiful and fascinating,
many of which cannot be accessed in any other way. A backpacker can travel
deeper into remote areas, away from people and their effects, than a day-hiker
Trekking options in Uzbekistan Mountains
Winter backpacking. Ski touring and
snowshoeing are alternative forms of hiking (overnight or otherwise) that can
be engaged in when the ground is buried deeply in snow.
In animal packing ("horse
packing", "donkey packing", etc.), the hikers use pack animals
(usually horses or donkeys) to carry their equipment, and sometimes they will
even ride the animals. Porters are sometimes hired for the same purpose.
Adventure tourism is travel in a region or
environment that is, for one reason or another, highly unpredictable or
Thru-hiking is traversing a long-distance
trail in a single, continuous journey by starting at one end of the trail with
a backpack and hiking essentially unaided to the other end.
Ultralight backpacking is a form of
backpacking focused on minimizing the weight of the gear carried. It is often
employed by long distance hikers.
Mountain climbing -
Ascending mountains for sport or recreation. It often involves rock and/or ice
Rock climbing: Ascending rock formations, often using climbing shoes and a chalk
bag. Equipment such as ropes, bolts, nuts, hexes and camming devices are
normally employed, either as a safeguard or for artificial aid.
Rock climbing is a sport in which
participants climb up or across natural rock formations with the goal of
reaching the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a pre-defined route. Rock
climbing is similar to
scrambling (another activity involving the scaling of
hills and similar formations), but climbing is generally differentiated by its
need for the use of the climber's hands to hold his or her own weight and not
just provide balance.
Rock climbing is a physically and mentally
demanding sport, one that often tests a climber's strength, endurance, agility,
and balance along with his or her mental control. It can be a dangerous sport
and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and usage of specialized climbing
equipment is crucial for the safe completion of routes.
is climbing on short, low routes without the use of the safety rope that is typical
of most other styles. Protection, if used at all, typically consists of a
cushioned bouldering pad below the route and/or a spotter, a person that
watches from below and directs the fall of the climber away from hazardous
Free climbing is climbing without the use of pre-set belays. One person (the
leader) will start the climb carrying one end of the rope and will gradually
attach it to additional anchors as he or she climbs, thereby establishing a
belay system that progresses with the climb. Subtypes of free climbing are trad
climbing and sport climbing.
is climbing with the protection of a rope that's already suspended through an
anchor at the top of a route. A belayer controls the rope, keeping it taut, and
prevents long falls.
Ascending ice or hard snow formations using special equipment designed for the
purpose, usually ice axes and crampons. Protective equipment is similar to rock
climbing, although protective devices are different (ice screws, snow wedges).
Mixed climbing a combination of ice and rock climbing. Often involving specialized
ice climbing slippers and specialized ice tools.
rock climbing also known as alpine scrambling) is a method of ascending rocky
faces and ridges. It is a term that lies somewhere between hillwalking and rock
Canyoning (known as canyoneering in the U.S.) is
traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include
climbing, jumping, abseiling, and/or swimming.
Although hiking down a canyon that is non-technical (canyon hiking) is often referred to as
canyoneering, the terms canyoning and canyoneering are more often associated with technical descents — those that require rappels (abseils) and ropework, technical climbing or down-climbing, technical jumps, and/or technical swims.
Canyoning is frequently done in remote and rugged settings and often requires navigational, route-finding and other wilderness travel skills.
Chimgan-Beldersay is the main skiing area in
Uzbekistan, which is located in the mountains of Western Tien-Shan (90 km far
from Tashkent). Chimgan in the best way approaches for family leisure with
children, Beldersay is more appropriate for skilled skiers and snowboarders.
There are two double-chair ski lifts and some hoop lifts in Chimgan and
Beldersay (5 km from Chimgan).
Length of the chair lift road in Chimgan - 800 m. Overfall of heights - 385 m.
Length of the rope-tow - 570 m. Overfall of heights - 250 m.
Ski-tracks of Chimgan. Skiing resort Chimgan has several routes and type
of complexities, a ski-track for beginning skiers, extended up to 1500 m has a
rope-tow lift, considered as "blue" tracks long, flat, and easy. The ski-track
for slalom is extended up to 900 m and equipped with chair lift and classified
as a "red" track of mid level difficulty.
The highest point of Beldersay ski-track is located at the height of 2880 m. The
snow here lays little bit longer, than in Chimgan: from December till May.
Ski-tracks of Beldersay basically are intended for skilled mountain skiers, but
there are also good conditions for beginners. Sharp-continental climate of area
creates extreme temperatures and plentiful snowfalls which promote a
high-quality snow cover. Descents are carried out from mountain Kumbel, which
slopes in area of skiing have smoothed relief (steepness up to 30 degrees)
without deep gorges and canyons. Archa and the deciduous woods grow on slopes
alternating with open glades. Going up to the top of Kumbel mountain is carried
out by chair lift road (length 2250 m) and further proceeds on rope-tow lift
(length 700m). Ski-tracks for mass riding are laid out along the rope-tow and
chair lifts. Free descents begin from the west side of Kumbel mountain directly
from a crest of a ridge and come to an end in a vein of stream of Beldersay.
Width of slopes for free descents up to 1 km, length of descents up to 5 km.
Beldersay (Mountain Kumbel). Highest point - 2880 m. Length of the ski-track -
3017 m. Overfall of heights - 765 m. Average bias of the ski-track - 27. Maximal
bias - 52.1. Extension of the chair-lift - 2250 m. Overfall of heights - 565m.
Extension of the rope-tow - 700m. Overfall of heights - 200m.
Uzbekistan has the advantage over the other regions of
Heli-skiing on the territory of the former USSR (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan,
Caucasus, Altay, and Camchatka) because of sunny, warm and fine stable weather.
Heli-skiers make descends from summits of Ugam, Pskem and Chatkal mountain
ranges (on the altitude 3000-4000 m.). The amplitude of descends 1,3 – 2 km; the
length of the descending 5-10 km. Usually heli-skiers make 4-6 descends per day.
The flight time from the hotel to the landing place 5-30 min. Tourists are
accompanied with 2 guides. Each tourist must have his own special equipment
(ski, beacons, first-aid medical set). Helicopter grounds are located near the
hotel. The best time for skiing – late January – March.
The rivers in the mountains of Uzbekistan have the level six of complexity. Rafting along the rapid
Chatkal River is the favorite activity of extreme
travelers. As contrasted with the routes down the Chatkal River, which involve parts, located on the territory of Kyrgyzstan, all routes of
Oyga'ing, Pskem, Ugham and Ahangaran rivers are entirely located on the Uzbek territory.
The length of rafting route along the Ugham is 11 kilometers. The route starts from "Kristall" boarding house and finishes in the creek of
the river where it flows into the Hojent water reservoir. On this section
raft-men usually make a double trip down the river. The number of obstacles
makes your experience really impressive: in some spots the stream will press
you against the rocks, in others you'll need to raft sideways; and all the way
down there are above-water rocks and submerged stones. All this is aggravated
by the rapid current. However, in case of emergency situation, prompt mooring
and urgent landing can be made at any length of the route.
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov approved agreement between government of Uzbekistan and government of Kyrgyz Republic on mutual travels of citizens, press service of the Uzbek Foreign Ministry said in its statement dated 10 January 2007.
The Uzbek leader signed a corresponding resolution, which also Approved agreement between government of Uzbekistan and government of Kyrgyz Republic on cooperation in governmental relations and agreement between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyz Republic on economic, scientific-technical and humanitarian cooperation in 2007-2011.
All these documents were signed during official visit of the President of Kyrgyz Republic Kurmanbek Bakiev to Uzbekistan in October 2006.
ratifies Uzbek-Kyrgyz i agreement on non-visa regime
Kyrgyz Parliament has ratified an agreement on mutual non-visa regime between
Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The agreement now has to be signed by Kyrgyz
President Kurmanbek Bakiev. After the signing of the document by both sides
Kyrgyz citizens can stay in Uzbek territory till two months without visa and
vice versa. This agreement was signed by ministers of foreign affairs of two
countries in October of 2006.
simplifies visa regime for Malaysian citizens
Uzbekistan adopted decision to simplify visa procedures for Malaysian citizens,
planning to visit the country on business, tourism and pilgrimage purposes.
Uzbek President Islam Karimov signed a resolution "On simplification of visa
procedures for citizens of Malaysia" on 27 September. The document said the
decision directed to further development political, trade-economic,
scientific-technical and cultural cooperation between Uzbekistan and Malaysia.
The resolution entrusted Uzbek Foreign Ministry to issue multiple visas to
Malaysian citizens up to six months to businesses and a month to tourists. The
document said visas should be issued within two working days after the Uzbek
embassy receives application. At the same time, the document said Malaysian
citizens will not have to present invitation to visit Uzbekistan from Uzbek
legal entities (for business trips) of travel agencies (for tourism trips).
Kyrgyz Parliament proposes soonest ratification of agreement on visa-free regime
The Parliament of Kyrgyzstan proposed to ratify the agreement on visa-free
regime with Uzbekistan as soon as possible.
The initiative was put forward by the deputies of Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of
Kyrgyzstan Alisher Sabirov and Muhamedjan Mamasaidov.
They said the residents of the southern part of Kyrgyzstan were waiting for the
decision with anticipation.
State Museum of Temurids’ History marks its 10th anniversary
On 18 October the State Museum of Temurids will turn 10. Today the museum's
collection includes the most beautiful and rare items telling the visitors about
Amir Temur, starting from the very early childhood to his becoming a great
country and a military leader, and all of his successors and representatives of
the Temurids' dynasty.
A beautiful circle-shaped domed building appeared in the heart of Tashkent 10
years ago. Located near the Amir Temur Square, the museum has become one of the
city's symbols. Over 1.5 million people have visited it since its opening.
Today not only is the museum viewed as the temple of history, it also serves as
a scientific centre that unites many historians. Since its foundation, several
movies and scores of books about the Temurids' epoch have been produced and
published. The museum is a member to the Council of the International Museums
Committee, other members representing the largest historical treasuries of the
Over the years of functioning, the museum has substantially expanded its
collection. It now has over 3,000 displays telling a centuries-long history of
Uzbekistan. Among them are pictures, historical documents relating to the life
and activity of Sahibkiran (Amir Temur), unique manuscripts, weapons, ancient
clothes, household items, different coins, etc. Each of them reveals a page in
the book of history.
Several new exhibitions are to open on the occasion of the museum's 10th
anniversary. One of the most interesting ones is entitled «Presents». It
includes the gifts made to the museum by the state and public officials, famous
cultural figures, and foreign guests.
Uzbek historical, cultural artifacts to go to display in Brussels
Royal Museum of Arts and History of Belgium launched the preparation work to
stage the exhibition "Samarkand at the crossroads of the Great Silk Road:
treasures of Uzbekistan museums", Jahon news agency reported.
Royal Museum of Arts and History is one of the largest and most prominent
museums in Belgium. Established in 1835, it has more than 350 exhibits in its
collection, which are displayed at 60,000 square meters of gallery territory,
the report said.
Collection of the museum is divided into four sections: collection of national
archaeology of Belgium, antique collection of the Middle East, Egypt, Greece and
Rome, collection of non-European civilizations, which is focused on Asia (China,
Japan, Korea, Southeastern Asia), America (one of the most rich collections of
the pre-Columbus art of the continent), Oceania and Islamic world; and
collection of European decorative art from medieval times until 20th century.
Each year the Royal Museum organizes 15 small exhibitions of various countries
and one large, dedicated to a country or theme. Three exhibitions at once have
been opened in Brussels in September: "Masters of pre-Columbus art",
"Traditional clothing of Mexico" and "Indians in Brussels", which will work
until April 2007, the report also said.
Museum has already started the preparation works for the exhibition "Samarkand
at the crossroads of the Great Silk Road: treasures of Uzbekistan museums", the
holding of which is scheduled to 2009. Recent visit to Uzbekistan of the museum
delegation leadership has served as a start of the project.
"As a head of ancient Iran and Central Asia collection of Royal Museum I have
been honored to lead the organization of large exhibition about Uzbekistan in
Brussels," — member of delegation, head of the department of archaeology of
ancient Iran and Central Asia at the Museum Dr. Bruno Overlaet said in an
interview to Jahon.
Along with colleagues from Uzbek museums, we are going to broadly demonstrate
the role of Uzbekistan in operation of the Great Silk Road from ancient times,
yet beginning from the period of Alexander the Great Empire and Achemenids, Dr.
According to him, within the framework of the exhibition we will try to present
the archaeological exhibits, historical and cultural artifacts, works of art,
including those discovered during the archaeological excavations on the
territory of Uzbekistan.
"In this regard, I would like to underscore that for over the last years
Uzbekistan has been experiencing the real boom of archaeological explorations,
carried by Uzbek scientists along with their foreign colleagues, investing into
them the much energy and considerable funds. Thanks to them the main role of
Uzbekistan and Central Asia is getting more portrayal in the history of world
civilization," he further added.
Dr. Overlaet said during trip to Uzbekistan, the delegation have established the
direct contacts with Ministry of Culture and Sports, Academy of Arts, a number
of museums in Tashkent and Samarkand.
"We can say that the outcomes of the travel to the country are positive. Our
Uzbek partners and we are ready to apply all efforts so that the forthcoming big
exhibition of archaeological and cultural values of Uzbekistan in Brussels and
other European capitals would become a large event in cultural life of Europe,"
Dr. Overlaet has concluded.
Uzbek Embassy publishes guide for Japanese tourists
Uzbek Embassy in Japan issued a guide "Republic of Uzbekistan" in Japanese for
tourists in cooperation with Japanese tour operators, Jahon news agency of Uzbek
Foreign Ministry reported.
The report said the guide includes information on history, culture and customs
of Uzbek people, architecture monuments and tourism potential of Uzbek cities.
It also includes Uzbek-Japanese phrase-book, useful advises and list of official
holidays in Uzbekistan.