Most of the tours to Uzbekistan take the travelers to the main Classical Travel Destinations were every traveler in Uzbekistan goes. But, still Uzbekistan can offer various activities to mountain and nature travel lovers. This is a very good fact that in Uzbekistan you can totally have great time no matter what type of tourism you prefer. There are so many places out there that you have surely have never heard of.
Mountain Tours in Uzbekistan:
Samarkand or Tashkent can offer a few nice places with wonderful mountain lakes (best for visiting Uzbekistan in summer), waterfalls, beautiful gardens, amazing horses and uncountable number goats and sheep…
You can go to do some retreat in luxury hotels or even small guesthouses of Tashkent mountainous which is good for hiking, climbing the mountains, swimming in lakes, horse riding or just enjoying the beautiful landscapes.
Chimgan is the top popular destination for winter tourism. It’s good for skiing, mountain climbing, snowboarding whereas the Zarafshan Mountains are the most popular for mountaineers and hikers.
Mountains in Uzbekistan
The highest point of Uzbekistan is the Khazrat Sultan Range in the Gissar/Pamir Mountains. This mountain is situated near Uzbek-Tajik border in the south of Uzbekistan, in the region of Surkhandarya. The second highest peak of the country is the Adelung Mountain. Both mountains are good for hiking during the months of June, July, August and early September.
Zarafshan Range. This mountain stands mainly between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan and extends about 400 km. Highest point is 5489 meters and the Zarafshan Mountains have one of the longest glaciers of all Central Asia. In the 4th century BC Alexander the Great reaches the Zarafshan Mountains and the existence of the lake Iskandarkul (lake of Alexander) is apparently related to the name of the conqueror. Nearly all valleys of the mountain are populated. Visitors do not find any towns or big cities in them and the closest big cities are Samarkand in Uzbekistan and Penjakent in Tajikistan.
Greater Chimgan Mountain. Greater Chimgan is a part of the Chatkal Mountains situated in the region of Tashkent.
Gissar - Hissar Range. Hissar mountains stretc about 200 kilometers between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The Gissar Range lies on the south of the Zarafshan Mountains. The highest point is 4643 meters.
Zaamin Mountains / Unesco World Heritage Site in Uzbekistan
In the territory of Uzbekistan, Jizzakh Region on the road from Samarkand to Tashkent one can see the beautiful Zaamin Mountains. The territory of the mountains compounds of two different parts: Zaamin National Park and Zaamin State Reserve.
The Zaamin State Reserve was founded n 1960 and occupies a territory of 26840 hectares.
The Zaamin National Park was founded in the 1920s and recreated officially in 1978. The surface of the Zaamin National Park is 24110 hectares.
Some particular plants and animals of the Zaamin Mountains have been protected by the state since the beginning of the 20th century and it helped the mountains keep its natural beauty as well as its unique vegetation and animals. In the territory of the Zaamin National Park and Zaamin State Reserve 14 species of animals and 18 species of vegetation are protected by the
Sarmishsay Gorge / Uzbekistan Off Beaten Tracks
Sarmish Gorge or Sarmishsay in Uzbekistan is located between the cities of Navoi and Nurata on the south of the Karatau Mountains. Naturally this is a tremendously original place which lies between the desert Kyzylkum and Zerafshan valley and historically it is the main site of the most ancient Rock Paintings in Uzbekistan which makes it a very special place for all Central Asia and the whole world.
Te territory of Sarmish keeps some 4000+ rock paintings most of which dating back Bronze Age even though there still a significant number of images which date the Sako-Scythian period (9000-100 years BC).
Apart from its historical importance the Sarmish Gorge registers over 650 species of plants and nearly 30 of them are endemic plants. The fauna of the gorge is typical to the fauna of smaller mountains and deserted areas.