Chatkal ridge which crosses Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan is the most western branch of the Tien Shan mountain system. The main peaks of this ridge exceed a little 3000 m, and among them are Greater Chimgan, Kyzylnura, Babaytag, Karakush and also Chatkal peak which, in fact, lies in the territory of Kyrgyzstan. Snow does not thaw from November to March in these mountains.
Just a 2-hour drive from the Uzbek capital, there are such holiday camps with cable ways as Chimghan and Beldersay, and on the Chatkal southern slopes, Yangiabad camping site. In spring and autumn the Chatkal Ridge attracts climbers and mountain tourists with a possibility to effect an ascent of a mountain of different degrees of complеxity and make a multi-day trekking to the mysterious Pulatkhan plateau. Along with that, in these mountains, it is quite common to come across prehistoric petroglyphs, the most famous of which are the Beldersay ones.
In addition, the foothills of the Chatkal ridge feature indigenous villages where it is possible to see all the wealth of the Uzbek ethnos, coupled with splendid views of the poppy fields and vineyards. The most famous villages are Sukok, Nevich and Brichmulla, located on the bank of the Charvak Reservoir, the pearl of Chatkal ridge.