Itinerary: Tashkent - Zaamin National Park - Tashkent
Tour type: auto
Region: Zaamin National Park, Djizzakh province, Uzbekistan
Season: April-October, January
Tour duration: 2 days/1 night
Zaamin National Park info: In 240 km from Tashkent, on northern slope of the western part of Pamir-Alai Turkestan ridge, Zaamin National park which has been created in 1976 is located. Here mountain ecosystems and juniper complexes are protected almost untouched by human-beings. The total area of nature reserved territory makes 31500 hectares. Absolute heights of a surface fluctuate from 1000 m. to 4030 m. (the peak of Shaukartau). Many single relic junipers have remained up to 2500 years old.
The fauna here is presented by hares, foxes, porcupines. There are wolves, wild boars, bears, a Turkestan lynx and sometimes a snow leopard. From rare birds there are some pairs of black storks nests, but it is full of chukars - stone partridges and their larger relatives mountain ulars (mountain turkeys). The only fish in the local rivers is Marinka.
On the pass Sufa the automobile line comes to the end at the well-known spring built in the form of a grotto with stone ladders and the arches. Its "burning" ice streams which are making the way directly through the walls and the ceiling (because of the high maintenance of calcium in water) have sweet taste of the cooled milk.
Brand dish of local menu - "tandyr kabob": In the basics of tandyr-kabob preparation way in Zaamin is mutton and ... a juniper. Shovels, a fillet and interiors of a young lamb, after cutting, string on wooden skewers made of juniper branches. In the tandyr - an earthen hole - by the time coals from juniper fire wood already decay, continuing to exhale the well-known high-temperature heat. Cooks stack skewers over the furnace, sprinkle meat with salt and spices, then fill up a thick layer of fresh juniper needles from above, and densely cover several layers of a thick matter, at last having powdered the hole with the earth. In an hour mutton will be baked through, and will become impregnated at the same time with aroma of coals and needles. Because of this fact meat gets exclusive tenderness and incomparable taste.
During the tour in Zaamin National Park you will take pleasure in contemplation of the majestic nature and greatly enjoy the cleanest mountain air.
08:00-12:00 - transfer Tashkent - Zaamin district; (240 km);
12:00-13:00 - visiting the cave "Peshigor" (350 m long); visiting pilgrimage place "Besh bulok" (five waters);
13:00-14:00 - lunch in the shadow place surrounded by small canals, where dishes of the national cuisine serves in the asian style;
14:00-16:00 - transfer to Zaamin district center;
16:00-16:30 - visiting the museum of history and applied arts;
16:30-17:00 - transfer to the guest house "Urazboy aka";
17:00-19:00 - cooking master class of Zaamin brand dishes "kozon bread" and "tandyr kabob", local folklore show; dinner;
19:00-19:30 - transfer to the sanatorium "Zaamin" located inside Zaamin national park;
19:30-21:30 - check-in; massage upon request; overnight in the sanatorium.
07:00-08:00 - breakfast in the sanatorium's cafe;
08:00-08:30 - visiting small bazaar with mountain honey, medical herbs, fruits and spices;
08:30-09:00 - visiting the spring water "Sher bulok";
09:00-10:00 - visiting the ancient great walnut tree "Boboyongok" (age more than 700 years old);
10:00-14:00 - transfer to Tashkent.
1. trekking boots/sports footwear;
3. head lighter;