Gulkam Canyon - 22 Days | Chimgan

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The tour is offered from mid-May until early October.

Take an adventure through the wild mountains just outside Tashkent with this trip to Gulkam Canyon. Hike up the Smaller Chimgan to a panoramic view of the mountains and the Charvak Reservoir. The best part of the tour is the parts through the Gulkam Canyon, where the rushing river cuts between the taller canyon walls, Even though Gulkam isn’t that far from the city, it’s the best tour for getting a break and taking time back in nature.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Tashkent – Chimgan – Gulkam mountain river

9:00-11:00 Early morning, leaving the stuffy and noisy city, we go to the mountains, vague bluish strip on the horizon. The road, starting from the valley in Chirchik gradually drawn into a mountain gorge and begins to zigzag along the serpentine. After 2 hours we come to Chimgan, where our trek begins.

11:00-12:00 Start hiking to the mount pass Pesochniy (1820 m, 220 m) on a good path through the thickets of wild trees and shrubs. Lovely view from the pass will allow us to see the path of descent from the pass and enjoy the view of the mountain river Gulkamsay from the height of bird's-eye view. Hiking Small Chimgan Mountain. (+ 1 hour, +350 m).

13:00-13:30 Return to the mount pass. Lunch at the pass.

13:35-14:30 Lunch.

14:30-15:30 Descent from the pass to the entrance of the canyon. The trail will lead us to a small birch grove, located near the entrance to Gulkam canyon (50 min, -250 m).

16:00-19:00 Setting up the camp. Enjoy the free time and rest.

19:00 Dinner. Overnight in tent.

Day 2: Gulkamsay – Mazarsay – Tashkent

09:00-10:00 Breakfast.

10:00- 12:00 Hiking through gorges. Gorges are narrow (up to 5 meters) long rocky corridor about 100 meters, where you will see 3 scenic waterfalls. Walk through the canyons and waterfalls with the help of rope. Return to the camp.

12:00-13:30 After short rest, move to the right influx of Gulkamsay through separating ridges (100 m, 100 m, 1.5 hours).

13:30-14:30 Lunch.

15:30–17:00 In the afternoon descent to the river Mazarsay along Gulkamsay canyons for our transport. On the way there are 12 crossings at the mountain stream. We will overcome small waterfalls, pass through narrow rocky banks of the river and enjoy the unique views of the steep canyon walls.

17:00-19:30 Return to Tashkent. We will go back through the Charvak reservoir, and we will be able to see it in all its beauty.

Note: If adverse weather conditions occur, guides reserve the right to adjust the route in order to ensure the safety of tourists. 
It will be more comfortable to trek with sunglasses, raincoat, climbing shoes, warm and protective clothes.

NB: this trip does not require any special gear, but during the tour you will have steep ascents and descents. If you have had any operations in the past or have life supporting devices/implants (like prosthetic cardiac valve) or have any health conditions (like asthma, high pressure), any special dietary requests or restrictions including vegetarian/vegan diet, please let us know.

  • Transfer to/from the mountains;
  • Double/triple accommodation in tents;
  • Full board in the mountains;
  • Rent of necessary equipment in mountains;
  • Services of mountain guide, cook, porters or horses.
  • Registration at the hotel;
  • Sleeping bags;
  • Travel insurance.


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