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Trekking in Western Tian Shan, Uzbekistan – 5 days

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Trekking in Western Tian Shan, Uzbekistan – 5 days

Explore picturesque river valleys of Galvasay and Beldersay, visit interesting Gulkam Canyon and enjoy the stunning mountain views from the western slopes of Great Chimgan Peak with this 5 days trekking in the mountain of Western Tian Shan. The trekking takes part in  the area easily accessible from Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. The first day of the trek starts near the village of Karamazar in Aksakata valley and crossing in total 58km distance in 5 days it ends in Beldersay valley.  This medium difficulty trekking program is aimed to take you to the most spectacular spots in Western Tian Shan Mountains. The program is suitable for all participants who are in good and healthy shape. 

Trip Highlights

  • Gulkam Canyon 
  • Beldersay valley
  • Marble River

Best time: May-October

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Day 1 –  Karamazar village – Galvasay valley  (14km/8 hours)
Transfer by car from Tashkent to Karamazar village (65km / 1,5 hours). Start trekking by ascending to the mountain ridge that divides Galvasay and Beldersay rivers. Reach the height of 1500m on the ridgeline and continue hiking down towards the village of Uchterek. Pass the village from the east and proceed to Galvasay river valley. Camping in Galvasay River valley.

Day 2 – Galvasay  – Chimgan Waterfall (10km/6 hours)
From the camp in Galvasay river valley head up to Archali Pass (1600m) of mount Kiziljar. Reaching the top of the pass, continue on the ridgeline to the north-east towards Chimgan Waterfall. Reach the area of waterfall and install the camp at the height of 1759m. 

Day 3 – Gulkam day trip (10km/6hours)
This whole day is dedicated for a day trip from the campsite to Gulkam Canyon. Start walking up from the campsite to Gulkam Pass (1830m) then drop down to Gulkam Canyon. Explore the waterfall, interesting stone formations and steep walls of Gulkam Canyon. Return to the campsite near Chimgan waterfall. 

Day 4 – Chimgan waterfall – Beldersay valley (8km/5hours)
From the camp near Chimgan waterfall continue to the south-east on the direction to Great Chimgan Peak eventually reaching the western side ridge of the peak at 2460m. There a panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the peak from the ridge. After a short break, start descending to the source of Beldersay River. Install the camp along the riverbed of Beldersay River.

Day 5 – Beldersay valley – Marble River (6km/4 hours)
Continue down in Beldersay valley before reaching the accession start point of Urtakumbel Pass (1830m). Hike up to the pass then drop down to Marble River valley. Continue heading down along the stream passing the waterfall. Reach the ending point of the trek and meet our driver who will transfer you to Tashkent (82km/1,5 -2 hours).


Price & Service

Number of People 2 3-4 5-9 10-13 14-16
Price per person USD 450 USD 400 USD 375 USD 330 USD 300

What is Included
  • Camping equipment (2 pax tents, bags, matrasses) 
  • Transport: Tashkent-Karamazar, Beldersay-Tashkent
  • All meals during the trekking (incl. service men meals) 
  • Mountain guide (speaks basic English)
  • Cook*
  • Gas stove, gas and tableware 
  • Horses/donkeys for the luggage transportation
  • Trekking permits
  • Registration for the duration of the trekking
  • First Aid Kit
    *-For the groups up to 5 persons, meals are prepared
    by mountain guide

What's not Included
    • Items of personal nature such as sun block cream ect.
    • Personal Travel Insurance

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1 – Karamazar village- Galvasay valley

After breakfast transfer by car to the trek starting point - mountain village Karamazar in Aksakata river valley (65km, 1,5 h, 850m). The trek starts with smooth ascent to the mountain ridge that divides Beldersay and Galvasay river valleys. Heading up on the ridge to the northeast, there are panoramic views of the river valleys with lush green vegetation mainly represented by walnuts, birch and other bush flora. Reaching the altitude of 1500m on the ridge, start descending towards the village of Uchterek. The route passes Uchterek from the east and continues the descent further to Galvasay river valley. Reach the camping area after a short walk up along the Galvasay riverbed.

Highest Altitude 1500m
Sleeping altitude 1250m
Distance 14km, 8 hours, ascent 650m, descent 250m 

Day 2 – Galvasay - Big Chimgan Waterfall

In the morning, start the trekking from the campsite towards north-east aiming to reach the Archali Pass (1600m) of the mount Kiziljar. Reach the pass and take a look around to enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountains. From the Archali Pass, we will then continue generally to south-east on the ridge line towards the Chimgan Waterfall located on the foot of Great Chimgan Peak. There are great views of the mountains and Great Chimgan Peak throughout the day. Install the base camp at the foot of Big Chimgan mount.

Highest Altitude 1750m
Sleeping altitude 1750m
Distance 10km, 6 hours, ascent 500m 

Day 3 – Gulkam Day Trip

Today we do  day trekking from the base camp to Gulkam canyon – one of the most beautiful places in Western Tian-Shan. From the camp head up  towards Gulkam Pass also known as Pesochniy Pass (1830 m). Once you are on the Pass start descending to Gulkam canyon. The descent from the pass to canyon requires participants more concentration as some stretches of the trail has loose and slippery ground. The 5-7 meters wide canyon meets hikers with vertical walls, several waterfalls and interesting stone formation. Having spent some time enjoying in the canyon, return to the base camp.

Highest Altitude 1830m
Sleeping altitude 1750m
Distance 10km, 6 hours, ascent 80m descend 300m 

Day 4 – Chimgan Waterfall – Beldersay valley

Today we reach the highest point in our trek - the western side ridges of Great Chimgan peak. After breakfast, start heading up on the path to south-east getting ever closer to Great Chimgan.  The trail that leads to the top of the ridgeline is considerably steep and requires more endurance from participants. Reach the ridge at the height of 2460m and enjoy the views of lush green Beldersay river valley. Take some time for a break before starting the descent to the ‘Beldersay Walls’ – the sources of Beldersay River. Beldersay is great for bird watching where  bird species including White crowned Penduline-tit, Turkestan tits, Rufous naped tit as well as bird of prey such as Booted Gagle, Short-toed eagle, Eurasian Griffon Vultures and can be spotted. Walk down steam in the valley and reach the camping area.

Highest Altitude 2460m
Sleeping altitude 1730m
Distance 8km, 5 hours, ascent 710, descent 730m 

Day 5 – Beldersay valley – Marble River

After breakfast, continue down in Beldersay valley and reach the last major accent- Urtakumbel Pass (1830m). Though Urtakumbel Pass drop down to picturesque marble River valley (1700m). Head down in the valley passing waterfall and reach the ending point of the trek (1500m). Meet by our driver and be transferred to Tashkent (82km/ 1,5- 2 hours) 

Highest Altitude 1830m
Distance 6km, 4 hours, 100m ascent, descend 330m


Mountain Guide

Your mountain guide is a leader of a group and a representative of our company on the program. Therefore the guide reserves the right to change the route of the trekking in the program due to known safety issues and bad weather conditions.  It is the responsibility of the guide to act as a cook for the groups smaller than 5 people.   

Recommended personal equipment/belongings

All the food, kitchen and camping equipment provided by our company will be transported by animals. The maximum allowed luggage weight is 13kg per person. We advise the participants to have below equipment and wear for the program:

  • Backpack
  • Trekking shoes
  • Warm clothing (for spring and autumn season)
  • Head-dress (cap, panama cap etc.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock crème
  • Flashlight
Ascending-to-Archali-pass- Descending-to-Galvasay-river ascending-to-pesochniy-pass
At-the-foots-of-Chimgan-Peak trekking-in-Chimgan Uzbekistan-mountain-views
western slope of Great Chimgan aksakata from-Beldersay-to-Urtakumbel-Pass