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Uzbekistan mountain hiking to Paltau valley

Uzbekistan mountains trekking hiking tours to waterfall Paltau

Uzbekistan mountains trekking, hiking, climbing. watching tulips in Paltau valley

Tulipa kaufmanniana Regel 

Uzbekistan mountains trekking, hiking, climbing. watching tulips in Paltau valley

Tulipa greigii Regel

Uzbekistan mountains trekking tours to Paltau valey

Tulipa bifloriformis Vved

Uzbekistan mountains trekking tours to Paltau valey

Tulipa tschimganica Z.Botsch

Uzbekistan mountains trekking tours to Paltau valey

Paltau valley

Uzbekistan mountains trekking tours to Paltau valey

Paltau waterfall

Uzbekistan mountains trekking, hiking, climbing. watching tulips in Paltau valley

Picnic in birch grove

Uzbekistan mountains trekking tours to Paltau valey

"Obi-rakhmat" grotto

Itinerary: Tashkent – Ugam-Chatkal National Park, Paltau valley – Tashkent
Region: Ugam-Chatkal National Park, Western Tien-Shan, Uzbekistan

Tour duration: 1 day
Season: April - November
Hiking distance: 12,8 km
Tulips blooming season: 5-25 April
Kinds of tulips: Tulipa kaufmanniana Regel, Tulipa greigii Regel, Tulipa tschimganica Z.Botsch, Tulipa bifloriformis Vved

Highlights: Paltau tour passes through Ugam-Chatkal National Park, which located among the mountain spurs of Western Tian-Shan. The word “Paltau” comes from the Turkic language. Originally it sounded off like Pulat Tau, which means “Iron Mountain”. Since ancient time, Paltau valley has been famous for producing ore rich in iron content. There are still some remains of smelting furnaces, dating back to the Iron Age.

There are various mountain landscapes along the route. At the beginning, the route passes through a canyon to Paltau waterfall, which cascades from the height of 25 meters. At hot summer day the splashes of the waterfall gives a welcome relief and refreshing hikers. The highest mark of the route is a birch grove located in a valley between high mountains. There, under the leafy shade a national styled picnic serves for riders. During the rest after the picnic the hikers can read the Red Book of flora and fauna of Chatkal Nature Reserve.

After the picnic and rest a trail passes through the upper side of the canyon. There appears a spectacular panorama of Paltau canyon, the river flowing along its bottom, as well as a mountain range between Mt.Kungyrbuka and Mt.Paltau. Next, the trail comes to a cave, which is the object for speleological researches. A beekeeper lives just in 100 meters before the cave. There is a possibility to taste the mountain honey there.

Obi-Rakhmat grotto
– cave settlement of primitive people from the Paleolithic Age. On the place of excavations guide tells about the unique discoveries  of the archeological site.

Tour program:

08:00-10:00 - transfer Tashkent - Ugam-Chatkal National Park, Chatkal river (L=100 km, H=953 m);
Horse riding upstream Paltau river. Sightseeing of Paltau waterfall (h=25 m). Visiting the birch grove (1430 m). Picnic and rest in the birch grove. Visiting a cave. Visiting the grotto "Obi Rakhmat", cave settlement of primitive people from the Paleolithic Era.
18:00-20:00 - transfer to Tashkent.

Inclusions: 

  • special permit to the nature conservation area;
  • transfer Tashkent - Ugam-Chatkal National Park - Tashkent;
  • Ugam-Chatkal National Park's ecological fees;
  • English speaking guide service;
  • picnic (sandwiches, vegetables, fruits, sweets, tea, water).

Useful info:

  • At summer time it is recommended to start the program one hour earlier;
  • April month is the only season of tulips blooming;
  • Summer is the season of archeological excavations in the grotto "Obi Rakhmat".

Recommended outfit:
1. trekking boots;
2. trekking trousers;
3. windcheater;
4. passport.

Recommended UV protection:
1. cap;
2. sun block cream and sun glasses.


Permitting requirements:

1. The itinerary passes through the nature conservation area where the special permit demands. The documents for permitting should be submitted in 15 days before the tour. 
2. Copies of the following documents are required for permitting:

  • scanned copy of passport;
  • scanned copy of entry visa.
     
    Map of hiking route to Paltau valley  
    Paltau valley ENG  
          Hiking start & end point - 953 m
          Hiking highest point - 1430 m
          Hiking distance - 12,8 km

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