The Chimgan ring
|Tour destinations:||Uzbekistan, Western Tien-Shan mountains||View the map »»|
|Itinerary duration:||8 days / 7 nights|
|Active part duration:||6 days / 5 nights|
|Tour itinerary:||Tashkent - Chimgan - summit of Big Chimgan - Beldersay tract chair-lift - Tashkent|
Chimgan mountain massif is justified considered most popular place of pilgrimage shrine for all devotees of the active mountain rest. It’s very strange, but landscapes of different climatic zones have converged and peacefully coexist amazingly here around the main summit of this unique massif - Big Chimgan summit (3309m). It seems like during many ages majority of plant species had acclimatized to hard life in conditions of frosty winters and hot summers - and, in addition, it is on altitude which is more then 1500m over sea level… It became habitual for a long time that in the neighborhood with dense coniferous thickets of juniper birch groves rustle by its leaf, clinging to cliffs with roots and raising young trunks from piles of their elder brothers fallen in avalanches… And life goes on… And every year spring lights here fresh colours of young grasses and flowers, washed by warm rains of the sky woken after long winter, and birds find shelter into lavish crowns of trees again, from which warbling of nightingale spreads around all slopes of these kind Chimgan mountains. And these mountains beckon us again to their mysterious gorges and ask us for the nth time to go by known and unknown paths towards distant corners of their stony kingdoms… And we come - we come there being loyal children of Mother-Nature. We need it so much - to touch again to breathtaking wild, simple, pure life where everything is honestly, everything is just like it’s must be in this strange and beautiful world…
We are glad to invite you to take the plunge into miracles of this astonishing adventure around close environs of Big Chimgan summit together with us. We are going to start the route near foot of its northern ridge, and taking a ring the summit we make ascent there from the southern side. After that we will lock the ring around Big Chimgan in the Beldersay tract, coming to be in “the outdoor museum of the rock carvings» along the way on Takhta and Kumbel passes. Motley palette of the marvelous Land, rocky sculptures made by ingenious Nature, noisy stony rivers and cool springs, inimitable sceneries where you can see yourself Pulatkhan plateau cloaked in fantastic stories, Charvak sea from bird`s-eye view, close ridges of Western Tien-Shan - all that wonders are waiting for your coming impatiently promising most interesting adventure which is going to be remembered long years later…
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|Day 1.||Arrival in Tashkent.
Passport and customs formalities. After passing the passport control and getting baggage, a meeting of tourists. Transfer and accommodation at the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
|Day 2.||Tashkent - Chimgan - Pass Sand - Small Chimgan - gorge Gulkam, Camp 1.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer Tashkent-Chimgan (85 km, 2 hours) to Kozlinoe Gorge to the starting point of the route (1500 m, climb +1100 m). Ascent to the pass Pesochny (1832 m), uncomplicated climb to the top of Lesser Chimgan (2,097 m, climb +597 m, 4 km, 2 hours). Descent to the picturesque Gulkam gorge (1400 m) along the Gulkamsai river to the confluence of the Kichkinekoksai river (1500 m, -597 m, 4 km, 1 hour 30 min), installation of the Camp 1. Dinner. Night in tents.
|Day 3.||Gulkam Gorge - the spring "Vodoprovod (Pipeline)" - the uppers of the river Mazarsai - "Kholodilnik (Fridge)", Camp 2.
Breakfast in the tent camp. The passage from Camp 1 upwards along the north-western slopes of the peak of B.Chimgan to the spring " Vodoprovod " (1650 m, climbing +150 m, 2 km of track, 1 h). Lunch at the spring. Ascent to the north-western spur of the summit of B.Chimgan and further upwards along it up to the upper reaches of the Mazarsai River to a place called "Kholodilnik (Fridge)" (2150 m, climb +500 m, 7 km, 2 h). Setting up the Camp 2. Dinner. Night in tents.
|Day 4.||Camp 2 - Komsomolets pass - the upper reaches of the Kara-Archa River - Camp 3.
Breakfast in the tent camp. Ascent to the Komsomolets pass (2700 m, climbing +700 m, 4 km, 2 h 30 min) and then along the good trail along the ridge (2850 m) the transition to the upper reaches of the Kara-Archa river. Lunch on the ridge’s lintel. Installation of Camp 3 (2600 m, -250 m, 3 km of track, 1 h 30 min). Dinner. Night in tents.
|Day 5.||Ascent to the top of Big Chimgan. Descent to Camp 3.
Breakfast in the tent camp. Ascent to the summit of B.Chimgan (3309 m, climb +709 m, 3 km of track, 2-3 hours). At the top - lunch. Return to Camp 3 (2600 m, -709 m, 3 km of track, 1h-1h30min). Dinner. Night in tents.
|Day 6.||Camp 3 - Pass Takhta - Pass Chet-Kumbel - Camp 4.
Breakfast in the tent camp. Crossing along a good path through a bridge (2900 m, +300 m, 6 km of track, 2 h) to the Takhta Pass (2620 m). Easy walk with watching of much number of rock carvings (about 1h30min). Lunch. Transition from the Takhta Pass through the Kumbel Pass (2550 m) and further to the Chet-Kumbel Pass (1880 m). Behind the Chet-Kumbel Pass near the creek is the installation of Camp 4 (1800 m, -900 m, 12 km, 4 h). Dinner. Night in tents.
|Day 7.||Camp 4 is the Beldersay tract. Transfer to Tashkent.
Breakfast in the tent camp. Crossing along a good trail running at the top of the slopes of Mount Kumbel (2200 m) along the river Beldersay, to the lower station of the cable-lift in the Beldersay tract (1500 m, -300 m, 6 km, 1h 30min - 2hrs). Transfer to Tashkent (80 km, 2 hours). Accommodation and overnight at the hotel.
|Day 8.||Tashkent. Departure.
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time. Visiting the oldest bazaar in Tashkent - Chorsu, the National Park named after. Alisher Navoi, walk through the city center, a trip to the Tashkent metro. Transfer to the airport. Depending on the time of flight, flight to the homeland.
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We choose the most conveniently located and reputable hotels for our customers to stay at. The list of the hotels we offer is below. However, due to seasonal conditions and group size this list is subject to change.
- Hotels 3* - cozy private hotels, with traditional national interiors in many of them, providing all the necessary facilities for comfortable stays; notable for very warm hosting and home-like atmosphere.
|Tashkent||Samir Hotel 3*or similar|
On this route will be used the following type of transport (depending on the number of people in a group):
"Hyundai Grand Starex"
DETAILED TOUR ITINERARY
Day 1. Arrival in Tashkent.
Day 2. Tashkent - Chimgan - Pass Sand - Small Chimgan - gorge Gulkam, Camp 1.
Dear friends! Finally You’re here, in Chimgan - that’s cool! Do you watch there the summit of Big Chimgan? Well, You can believe or not, but the fact is that not later then two days you are going to stay on that point yourself! Do you feel what air is here? Aha! What did I tell you! It’s full pleasure to go up hill and down dale running this crystal clear air through your organism! So, we go up by path - with happy smiles - towards to Pasochy pass. We are going to stay here not for long - only to get our breath back after absolutely not hard 40-minute ascent. Coming to be on this pass you can watch at once Gulkam gorge in its birch beauty - down there are birch groves everywhere, and you will go by their shady crowns, but… some time later. And right now we ascend to Small Chimgan summit. Don’t worry - it’s easy! But You can watch just super picture of Charvak reservoir and also Pskem, Ugam, Korjantau ridges above it. And all that views - at the same moment, could you imagine that?! By the way, Okhotnichy peak (3099m) with the ridge, connecting it with Big Chimgan summit, is watched very clear from this point. (When You come next time then we are going to ascend to this peak together).
Descent from Small Chimgan summit back to Pesochny pass and further dawn along Gulkamsay river gorge to the place of inflow of Kichkinekocksay river into it (4km, 1h30min, 1500m, -597m). Pitch Camp 1. Lunch.
Well, now we go dawn, to the Gulkamsay river gorge. As we promised to You before - the path is passing under the canopy of birches, which are everywhere here. Usually the silence just sounds, and birches rustle with their leafage in the wind among this singing silence… And Your touched heart becomes excited from this pacifying picture… We will go dawn by not big but very nice waterfall which become overgrown with peppermint, burdock and “touch-me-not” from every sides. Then we are going to come to the Camp 1 spot. And meanwhile we’ll have a snack - it’s the time for lunch. Do You feel rested now? Then…
Walk around Gulkamsay river to narrows (± 800m, 30min).Probably, many people talked to You about these narrows. At its massive and serious appear these narrows though can be passed very easy - of course, at having experienced guide with rope. Even kids are able to pass this place, but if You’re first time then it’s better not to try to pass it Yourself. Just we know every simple stone here, so, let’s go with us. Actually, this place is quite famous. Hundred meter rocky walls here clutched the river with its giant vice, and the river falls dawn with waterfalls into stony bowls of its narrow bed, shocking Your imagination. It’s so beautiful!
Return to Camp 1. Rest. Dinner.
Let’s gather firewood - if to check close environs then we always can find dry snags and twigs.
In return - we’ll sit around campfire in the evening! By the way, we are able to sing songs - it’s so romantically, when indistinct shadows of the night creep to the firelight ring, and gleams of the light dance on fun faces of Your friends singing at the top of their lungs… It would be cool to spend all the night near dancing fire tongues, but… Tomorrow morning we have to wake up early, so, lights-out time is declared now!
Day 3. Gulkam Gorge - the spring "Vodoprovod (Pipeline)" - the uppers of the river Mazarsai - "Kholodilnik (Fridge)", Camp 2.
Passage up to northern-western spur of the Big Chimgan and further along it towards the uppers of Mazarsay river to the place called «Kholodilnik» («Fridge», if to translate), (7km, 2h, 2150m, +500m). Fallows, wake up! We have breakfast, pack up our things and go in single file up by those path among trees. If You face with apples, barberry, blackberry or «alcha» (it’s small round yellow or black fruit with taste of plum) - You can take it and eat without problems, because if You don’t do it then bears do it - they are well-known gourmands! But though it’s going to be enough for everybody! Firstly we have to go to «Vodoprovod» - it’s a spring, which comes out of the rock and does not become dry even in summer season. The water in this spring is ever cold with tinge of melted snow, it’s very delicious. It’s a reason to sit down close to the spring and to make lunch. May be, somebody does not feel hungry yet - then just get a water, it will come in handy later, when You get hungry or just want to drink. Here, near the spring, juniper forest grows close to birch grove. And very soon - in 15 minutes approximately - You will see real Stone Man! Nobody knows where he had come to be from and how long time is he sitting there. But - just like many years ago - You can always meet him at one and the same place. Everybody visits him, climbing up from the path, and he is glad to see every single guest - he shakes them by the hand, but he always keeps silence. That’s what phenomenon is.There are a lot of different rocky towers, castles and sculptures made by winds, cold and hotness - You will be surprised. But we go further - along the crest, ascending gently to the uppers of turbulent Mazarsay river becoming closer to the foot of Big Chimgan and Okhotnichy peaks. Grandiose canyon of its bed is just like hewed from cliffs by some giant power. Look! Do You watch there something strange looking like a heap of ruins of some castle? That is limestone stratum which had come out of the ground and covered the adjacent one. You can see there grottos and caves where shepherds usually stay overnights. This place is called «Kholodilnik» («Fridge»), because only 10 years ago snow was not melting here even in summer, and it was always cold. But now we have got global warming and another similar stuff more, and now we have only name from the «Fridge». But, in order to be just, we have to note that wind is always chilly here. We will go a little further and pitch camp.
Pitch Camp 2 at fit place near the river.
Tomorrow we are to exert ourselves in some sense, so, You should not sit up very late after delicious dinner. It’s better to come to sleep earlier in order to have a good relaxation and get life powers.
Day 4. Camp 2 - Komsomolets pass - the upper reaches of the Kara-Archa River - Camp 3.
Morning sun is rising from behind of Okhotnichy peak - it means that it’s time to wake up and have breakfast. Friends, be ready! Great adventures wait for us! Especially today, because, as we had already reminded, today it’s going to be ascent to Komsomolets pass. We are not going to hush up that it’s not easy walk, because in reality it’s quite intensive ascent by dry stony river bed, where it’s impossible to hop up on one foot. Just You should remember that besides feet You also have hands, so, You should not ignore the chance to use this usable parts of Your organism in proper time. There on a stepped bottom of the drained river small terraces with islands of moss on wet stones took shelter here, and even not melted snow islands, too. Every single new glance around opens some new little miracle - it can be unknown flower or some stone of queer form… Having trained a little in scrambling by cross-country locality we finally come out to the saddle of the pass. Now everything is going to be easy, because the path becomes gentle and then goes up almost horizontally to the shoulder, after that short descent is left to the camp spot. Here we can take lunch, but if You prefer to be on a plane ground as soon as possible, then we can take lunch beneath.In return You will have free time before dinner for making a walk dawn to the snow tongue which is jammed with long plug into up part of the Kara-Archa river bed and it’s not going to melt ever.
Pitch Camp 3 on a plane green ground under Big Chimgan summit. Dinner.
Day 5. Ascent to the top of Big Chimgan. Descent to Camp 3.
Ok, ok! Today You can luxuriate in Your warm sleeping bags a little more time! It seems to be real ascent (such a serious word), but - as You can be sure - it will be not hard absolutely. You even don’t have enough time to feel tired. In return going by slope You can watch (many people watch it firstly!) unique plant - «snowdon rose», or «rosewort» (Rhodiola rosea)! You know, that it’s terrific rarity, and there is plenty of this sort of medical plant here. Of course, we are not going to pick it, - «Red Book», You know, and besides we would feel sorry to pluck this plant.
But, any way, we can scrutinize it and take photographs - it’s going to be welcomed! And - surely! - the most breathtaking thing is panorama opened from the summit - yes, yes, You are on the summit of Big Chimgan now! Do You remember - somebody could not believe that? Look there - You can see those mysterious Pulatkhan plateau just like on a palm. This plateau is full of strange legends and rumours… Yes, that’s truth - several very deep caves are there - depth of it is up to 300m, could You imagine?! Even a few research expeditions were carried out there. And besides all neighbours of Big Chimgan are situated here - there are ridges called Mingjilky, Pskem, Ugam, Korjantau, summits called Surenata and Maigashkan, and also - Charvak reservoir, which looks like a small sky-blue triangle from this point… Such a real pleasure to have a lunch on the summit of Big Chimgan, looking round this beauty! Well - it’s time to return now!
Descent from the summit of Big Chimgan to Camp 3. Rest. Dinner.
Don’t You feel tired? If somebody did not go to those huge snow tongue then You can do it now - while all members loaf about before dinner. And then - invite You to sit down to table!
Day 6. Camp 3 - Pass Takhta - Pass Chet-Kumbel - Camp 4.
Today we are going to pass quite long distance - in order to stay by camp to the evening at some comfortable place near spring. But the way today is going to be very interesting and not hard. Firstly we ascend to those saddle, which looks distant, but it finds out that we reach it in quite short time and easily. During our ascent we would like to recommend You to look at Pulatkhan plateau again and remember view of it - just because this path is the last place of the route when You can see this plateau. Well, we are on the saddle now - incredible view is revealed from this point! Now we have to descend to Takhta pass - You can watch there - ahead and beneath.
Walking by this path You can easily face with traces of bear’s paws which suspiciously lead in our trace’s direction… But don’t worry - bears indeed live hear, but they fear greatly of people and so bears try not to come nearer to them. In return - when we stay near Takhta pass for having lunch, then we don’t miss the chance and walk to rock carvings which are absolutely real, everything is open and aboveboard! It is everywhere around - it’s just like some under the open sky museum! Unbelievable! Can You imagine that all those ancient people run here with their bows hunting for mountain goats, and after that their warm hands engraved on firm rock pictures of their deeds…
These petroglyphs were carved with such amazing details that You can see clearly not only images of the persecuted (goats with nice-curved horns), but also their persecutors (hunters with bows - riding on horses and not, and also wolves, packs of which are chasing hunters), and moreover - You can see images of camels (this gives you something to think about how come that camels are here?), spiders, some intricate maps and symbols. And all pictures of this wild and primeval life become real, people and animals return to life, and this astounding harmony of the man and the nature which reigned at those far epoch becomes reality when the word «life» itself had literal meaning - as the planet barely started to be peopled…Don’t forget to take photographs of these unique petroglyphs - then You talk to Your friends about it. And now we are going to walk further to Kumbel pass near which we can watch new rock pictures. Then the time to go down - to Chet-Kumbel pass, where we plan to settle in for the night.
Passage from Takhta pass to Kumbel (2550m) pass and further to Chet-Kumbel (1880m). Pitch Camp 4 after Chet-Kumbel pass on gentle slope near spring. Dinner.
The Big Chimgan summit is falling asleep being still aflame with the red sunset"s dying glow - just yesterday You were staying there and observing environs top-down. It’s impossible to believe that! Say Big Chimgan «Good night!» - because this is final night near foot of this eternal mountain…
Day 7. Camp 4 is the Beldersay tract. Transfer to Tashkent.
In the morning You can take a shower under waterfall - to completely wake up and at the same time to get dust from Your body away. After breakfast during which everybody is going to recollect all nuances of our adventure we go down along the Beldersay river gorge not being in hurry. Dense thicket of juniper parts in front of Your path, giving You a pat on the shoulders with acerose leaf boughs just like they want to say: «Dear friends! We are glad that You are here!».
Well, we have already come to the foot of Kumbel mountain, closing the ring around Big Chimgan. Sunny haze will wrap the summit round, and it will take shape with not clear contour under dome of deep-blue Asian heaven conjuring with clouds. And Big Chimgan will look at You from under its heavy brows and having said «Good bye!» to his guests old mountain will fall into a deep somnolence… He has been seeing so much, he is so wise…
Lunch on Beldersay river bank. Meeting with bus. Chair-lift tour - at will. Let’s sit on the river bank not for a long time, wash tired feet, have a snack and then - set off to Tashkent. Adventure along Chimgan ring has finished, and You take away full sea of impressions, and - of course! - You will want to come back. Then we wait for You, dear friends! Transfer by Chimgan - Gazalkent - Tashkent highway (80km, 2h). Accommodation at hotel in Tashkent.
Day 8. Tashkent. Departure.
List of personal gear
We provide spacious two person tents and big mess tent to be used in inclement weather, as well as foodstuff, tableware, tables, chairs, portable WC, first aid kit, gas burner and gas cylinders (or primus stove and gasoline) in case it is raining and the wood is wet and does not burn.
List of personal gear:
Throughout the trekking travel you will be escorted by high altitude guide, who is the tour manager and our authorized representative. He is responsible for the safety and security of the group as well as decision making, including any changes in the route due to unforeseen circumstances that could threaten the health and well-being of the participants.
The tour is serviced by a team whose responsibility is to pitch and take down tents, lay the table for meals, wash up, pack the loads, make fire and the like.
The team also includes a dedicated professional cook and a porters who is responsible for proper packing of the loads.
Throughout the trek programme you will be served hot meals three times a day. (Please note that in cities we provide only breakfast, whereas lunch and dinner, or any additional food extravagance and alcoholic beverages can be arranged extra.) Below you can find the menu of one of the trekking days:
First dish: cereal porridge (semolina, oats, rice).
Second dish: cooked eggs with sausages, omelette, pancakes, thick pancakes, toasted bread, cottage cheese pancake, etc.
Buffet table: cheese, sausage, assorted bread, butter, ketchup, marmalade, chocolate paste, sweets, cookies, wafers, dried cream, honey, sugar, halavah.
Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa.
Buffet lunch: assorted bread, fresh salads, canned fish, cheese, sheep cheese, assorted meat appetizers, tea (black and green) sweets, cookies, wafers, fruits (apples, pears), dried fruits (apricot, raisin, figs, etc.), assorted nuts.
*In case of camp lunch first course is added.
First course - soup (European or local cuisine).
Second course - various dishes of European cuisine with assorted garnish, as well as a choice of local dishes.
Buffet table: assorted bread, cheese, sausage, ketchup, spices (mustard, various dressings), sweets, cookies, wafers, sugar.
Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa, thin jelly.
Dessert: watermelon, melon, fruits.
Tourists should arrive to Tashkent- the starting point of the tour on the date the tour begins. All expenses connected with early arrival or late departure on completion of the tour should be covered by tourists themselves. In this case our company can arrange transfers to and from the airport as well as book the hotel.
Visa and Visa invitation to Uzbekistan:
The citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine can enter the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan without visa. In relation to these countries there was established a bilateral visa-free regime.
The citizens of Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Thailand, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Japan can obtain visa to Uzbekistan without preliminary issuance of the visa invitation by the inviting party from Uzbekistan (in our case, by travel agency). The citizens of listed countries can obtain visa at the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the country of their residence during 2 working days.
Citizens of all other countries can get visa to Uzbekistan only on the basis of preliminary issued visa invitation. The visa invitation is being issued by our company on the basis of the following documents of yours:
- filled-in application form (sample of the application form is being send beforehand);
- scanned copy of your passport of good quality;
- employment verification letter.
After receiving these documents we apply to the MFA of Uzbekistan for visa invitation issuance for our tourists. The process of visa invitation issuance takes 13-15 days. On the basis of the visa invitation a tourist can get visa at the embassy of Uzbekistan in his/her country of residence (or in another country, where there is our embassy). If in the country of tourist’s residence there is no Uzbekistan Embassy, he/she can obtain Uzbek visa at the Uzbekistan in any other country (where it is located) or at the consular department of Tashkent airport on arrival.
Any foreigner to Uzbekistan is to get a stay permit within 3 working days (consecutive or not) during his / her visit to the country. If he / she stays at an Uzbekistan hotel or a guesthouse, such a stay permit for the period of stay at it is granted automatically. (Inquire whether the hotel / guesthouse you want to stay at provides such a permit unless your accommodation is organized by a host tour operator or travel agency. Also make sure you are given your stay permit certificate with the seal of your hotel / guesthouse when you check out.) If you stay at other lodging facilities during your visit, you will have to get your stay permit from a local foreign visits registration police department (transliterated from Russian as OVVIG; also called OVIR, which was the old acronym of such a department.)
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