Heli-Ski in the
mountains of Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan is one of the 'new' venue's for skiing and snowboarding on virgin snow. The mountains of the Western Tien-Shan, situated only within one-hour drive from the capital of Uzbekistan – City of Tashkent, offer favorable combinations of snow quality, topography and climatic conditions.
the Snow' in Uzbekistan is one of the youngest but fastest developing
style of active recreation. The resort area in has become the centre of
such recreation, and based on its picturesque landscapes has been named
the "Uzbek Switzerland". This region represents a vast territory within
the National park, whose unique nature characteristics are well known.
"Uzbek Switzerland" has become a centre for international snow sports. Over the last few years resort complexes with modern hotels, cottages, sport entertainment structures, swimming pools, bars and restaurants have been built. For snowboarders and alpine skiers there are modern chair-lifts. For those who fancy freedom rides there is helisking.
The most popular resorts are situated near Lake Charvak: "Charvak Oromgohi", "Chimgan Oromgohi" and "Beldersay Oromgohi". In translation from Uzbek the word "oromgoh" means "making healthier". And this word was used not accidentally – the purpose of all three resorts is to use the healthy mountain climate for rehabilitation and rest.
The resort "Charvak" is situated at an altitude of 890 meters above sea level, on the shore of enormous lake. The lakes capacity is two billion cubic meters of water and is fed by the local mountain rivers. The resort has three comfortable hotels with the usual restaurants, bars, saunas, massage venues, discotheque, conference- hall and business centre.
The resort, "Chimgan Oromgohi" is situated in the picturesque Chimgan valley at an altitude of 1400 meters above sea level. This resort is the favourite amongst local Uzbek skiers.
Not far from the Chimgan valley, at an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level, in a scenic area, there is the most comfortable resort in the Western Tian-Shan – "Beldersay Oromgohi". The vast area of almost 50 hectares is occupied by a four star hotel and 16 cottages.
The mountains of the Western Tien-Shan are known for a mild climate. The average temperature in January at the altitude of 1000 meters above sea level is only minus 2 to minus 4 degrees celsius. The day temperature seldom falls to minus 15 degrees. By mid-December most of precipitation has already fallen and starting from mid-January there is a stable two meter deep snow blanket.
Skiing and snowboarding down virgin snow are usually done from 4100 meters to 1500 meters above sea level. Experienced guides chose for the peaks, ridges and spurs usually not accessible for ordinary skiers.
The most popular among rider is on the highest peak of this mountain area – Big Chimgan, which is 3309 meters above sea level. From its granite crest opens the majestic panorama of the whole "Uzbek Switzerland". In the west there come into view the outlines of the city Tashkent. The mountain range Karjantau rises in the north-west. A little bit to the right the Ugam mountain range towers and in the north-west one can see the wave-like folds of the Pskem mountain range. Between these two mountain ranges there is another favorite place for free riders – the Maidantal range.
Far to the south east one may be lucky to see the peaks of the Chatcal mountain range. And at last, in the south west, one can see dressed in snow the stone waves of the Kuramin range.
In the centre of this vast mountain country there
lies a real local natural gem – the nonfreezing lake which is often
called the Charvak Sea. The resort "Charvak Oromgohi" is situated on the
southern shore of the lake. At the foothills of Big Chimgan one
can catch the sight of hotels, cottages, and a number of buses. This is
"Chimgan Oromgohi" resort. A six kilometer ski route leads down to
One of the routes provide skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to slide down the to the ice surface of the exotic mountain lake 'Ikhnach-kul', which was formed many centuries ago as a result of a river being blocked by an avalanche. At present the length of the lake is 700m and a width is 350m. In wintertime pink granite rocks are reflected in the ice cover of the lake. All along the shores there are dark green juniper trees – the main attraction of Uzbekistan' mountains.
Another route finishes in a valley flanked with shrubs and trees. Decorated with snow they add to the overall beauty. The mystery of the surroundings can be emphasized by a chain of footmarks belonging to unknown beasts…
Then, of course, you will be impressed by another run that involves rapid descents along the surfaces of iced over rivers – the Tekesh and Eastern Ayutor glaciers of the Maidantal range.
No less fascinating is the descent from the Davan
range in the Chatkal mountains. The length of this route, which finishes
on the highland Angren plateau, is 8 kilometers. For the freeride
veterans it presents no difficulties, but less experienced riders will
certainly gain a new thrill.
Date for 2014
18.01 - 25.01.2014
Transfer Tashkent – Charvak – Tashkent
Transport (minivan Toyota Coaster) in Charvak
Mountains instructor service
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