Begin an engaging exploration of the Great Solar Oven, also known as Physics-Sun, a remarkable scientific laboratory that started its operations in 1987. This tour will give you an insightful look into the facility's history and structure. Make sure to have your camera at the ready, as there will be plenty of opportunities for stunning photography. The adventure also includes a leisurely hike along a scenic trail, meandering through a lush pine forest and surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of the mountains. This experience is a perfect blend of scientific discovery and the appreciation of nature's wonders.
09:00 - 10:30: Start your day by meeting your guide and driver at your Tashkent hotel. We'll embark on a 55 km drive (about 1 hour and 20 minutes) to Parkent city. Our destination is the Great Solar Furnace, a fascinating scientific relic from Soviet times, also known variously as Object Sun, Physics Sun, or Heliocomplex Sun. It's a site where terms like "heliopolygon" and "heliocomplex" come to life.
Upon arrival, we'll dive into a guided exploration of the Great Solar Furnace. This technical marvel boasts a solar concentrator, a towering technology hub, and a field of heliostats. These are special mirrors designed to perfectly align and concentrate sunlight onto the solar bowl. Today there are only two solar furnaces of this capacity and design in the world: one in Uzbekistan and the other in France.
12:00 - 12:30: After the tour, we'll make our way to the mountain village of Sukok, which nestles charmingly above the river sharing its name, at the base of the Chatkal ridge. A brief climb to the reserve's entrance is followed by a stop for registration and entrance ticket purchase.
12:30 - 14:00: Now begins the more active part of our tour. We'll trek to a quaint cave located at the base of a rocky outcrop. The trail meanders through a forest of ancient pines and assorted deciduous trees, serenaded by bird song and surrounded by the stunning vistas of the Chatkal ridge's spurs. After exploring the cave, we'll navigate a steep path down to a shallow hollow, then gently ascend back to the reserve's main entrance.
14:00 - 15:30: Lunch time at one of the quaint cafes dotting the roadside along the Sukok River. A perfect chance to relax and refuel.
15:30 - 16:30: Our day concludes with the return journey to Tashkent, wrapping up a memorable tour Solar Exploration near Tashkent.
- Transportation to/from the mountains (1-2 people by sedan type car; 3-6 people by minivan);
- Services of a mountain guide;
- Ecological fee.
Price does not include:
Prices per person
The tour is private with your personal guide. There will be no other people joining the tour.
Our guides will follow your own pace.
The starting time of the tour is up to you and may vary from 09.00 am to 16.00 pm.
We are happy to offer this tour for air/train passengers too. Our guide will meet you at the arrival station.
Solar Furnace and Sukok Tour Reviews
Visited February 2024