The tour is offered from mid-May until early October.
Adventurous and active travellers that want to experience Uzbekistan’s nature will love this day of hiking in the Gulkam Canyon and the Chimgan Mountains. Start by climbing up to the pass for magnificent mountain views, before descending through a grove of birch trees towards the canyon and enjoying a picnic in a beautiful location by a stream. Enter the canyon via a special walkway and marvel at the waterfalls and dramatic views of the steep canyon walls, before ending the day with a short walk along the river.
9:00-11:00 Transfer to Chimgan.
11:00-12:00 Start hiking at 1,600m, with an intensive hour-long ascent (+220m) to Gulkam Pass (1,820m) along a good mountain trail that passes through thickets of wild trees and bushes. From the top of the pass, enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains and the Gulkamsay river below, and see the route you’ll take down to Gulkam Canyon.
12:00-13:00 Descend to the canyon, passing through a small grove of birch trees where you’ll stop for a short rest (1,550m).
13:00-14:15 Cross the Gulkamsay river, before making a steep climb up to a forest glade on the ridge (1,600 m). View the surrounding panoramas, and then descend to the Kuiliksai stream, with its water rich in silver.
14:15-14:45 Enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch on the banks of the Kuiliksai stream (1,500m).
14:45-15:30 Descend to the confluence of the Kuliksai stream and the Gulkamsay river (1,420m). Approach Gulkam Falls from below (1,480m) and enjoy magnificent views of the Gulkam gorges, their sheer cliffs, and the pools all along the series of waterfalls.
15:30-16:30 Continue along the Gulkamsay river, crossing it 12-14 times along the way. Please note that, if there is a lot of water (likely to be the case between May and July), you will get your feet wet. It is also advisable to take hiking sticks.
16:30-18.30 Exit the canyon and meet your driver. Drive to Tashkent, passing the picturesque Charvak reservoir. Stop to take photos and listen to a short commentary about the reservoir, the nearby settlements, and the surrounding mountains.
Note:In bad weather, guides may adjust the route to ensure tourists’ safety.
We recommend you bring the following on the trek: hiking shoes, and clothes suitable for the weather (in hot, sunny weather: sun hat, sunglasses, and sun cream; in cold or rainy weather: jacket, windbreaker, or raincoat). In all types of weather, trousers and long-sleeved tops are advisable. Shorts are not suitable because the route passes through areas of thorny bushes.
Note: This tour does not require any special equipment. However, please be aware that it involves several steep ascents and descents. If you have had any operations in the past, or have any medical conditions (like asthma or high blood pressure) or medical devices/implants, please let us know. With advance notice, we can also cater for special dietary requirements (such as vegetarian or vegan diets).
- Transport to and from the mountains (1-2 pax: sedan; 3-6 pax: van)
- Experienced local, English-speaking mountain guide(s) for the trek
- Picnic lunch.