Trekking tour in Chimgan – 3 days

Explore one of the most scenic mountain areas of Uzbekistan with this 3 days trekking tour in the Chimgan area of Western Tien Shan Mountains.  Rich flora and fauna, picturesque mountain landscapes, and availability of different hiking options make this area a popular trekking destination among guests visiting Uzbekistan. The first day of trekking starts with the hike from Beldersay Ski Resort near  Chimgan village, crossing in total 36k m distance (4-8 hours trekking per day) in three days, the tour is completed near the village of Shuldak in Aksakata valley. The itinerary is suitable for all participants who are in good and healthy shape.

Trip Highlights

  • Stunning mountain views
  • Diverse flora and fauna of Ugam Chatkal National Park
  • Petroglyphs from the Stone Age period

Best time: March-end of June, September-November

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 – Tashkent – Beldersay Ski Resort – Beldersay valley (6 km/4 hours)

At 9:00 be picked up by our guide and driver from your hotel in Tashkent to Beldersay Resort (98km / 1,5 – 2 hours). Start trekking near Beldersay Ski Resort towards plains called Sunny Meadow, reaching the meadow descend to Marble River. After an excursion through the valley of Marble River, continue heading up towards Urta Kumbel pass (1850). Descend from Urta Kumbel to Beldersay valley.
Camping in Beldersay valley.

Day 2 – Beldersay – Nurekata valley (12 km / 6 hours)

Start ascending from Beldersay valley via Chetkumbel pass (1800m) towards Kubmel pass (2550). On the way see the petroglyph site at 2400m height above sea level (the highest point in three days of trekking).
From the petroglyph site descend towards the southwest to Nurekata valley and reach the camping area (1400m).
Camping in Nurekata valley.

Day 3 – Nurekata – Shuldak village (18 km / 8 hours)

Continue descending in Nurekata valley until reaching the junction of Nurekata and Aksakata rivers. From the junction continue towards the village of Shuldak (1050m). Meet by our driver in Shuldak and be transferred to Tashkent (84km/1,5 -2 hours). Arrive in Tashkent at about 16:30.


Price & Service

Number of People 1 2-3 4-12
Price per person Upon request EUR 290 EUR 245

What is Included

  • Camping equipment (2 pax tents, bags, matrasses)
  • Transport: Tashkent-Chimgan, Shuldak-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 sunblock cream etc.
  • Personal Travel Insurance

Day 1 - Tashkent - Beldersay Ski Resort – Beldersay Valley

At 9:00 be picked up by our guide and driver from your hotel in Tashkent and drive to the trek starting point – Beldersay Ski Resort (98km /1,5-2 hours). Start trekking near Beldersay Ski Resort towards the plains called Sunny Meadow. Reach the meadow and observe the stunning mountain landscape around, the place is also great for taking pictures of panoramic mountain views. From Sunny Meadow, you will then continue along the trail that descends to the Marble River. Before ascending from Marble River valley to Urta Kumbel pass (1850), walk through the valley seeing on the way waterfall and canyon. Picnic in the valley. After lunchб continue heading up along the trail surrounded by numerous juniper trees to Urta Kumbel pass. Observe the stunning views of Chirchik valley and Chetkumbel pass from Urta Kumbel. After a short rest on the pass, descend to  Beldersay valley for today’s camping area (1720m).

Highest Altitude 2000m
Camping altitude 1720m
Distance 6 km, 4 hours, ascent 204m, descent 280m


Day 2 - Beldersay Valley – Nurekata valley

After breakfast, we pack our things and continue trekking up from Beldersay valley generally to the south towards Chetkumbell (1800) pass that separates Beldersay and Nurekata valleys. From Chetkumbel view the scenic panorama of the massive Chimgan peak (3309m). Carry on along the trail on the ridgeline to the east towards Kumbel Pass (2550m). Before the major ascend on the way to the Kumbel pass the track turns sharp to the left and after a short walk on the left-hand side we will see petroglyph sites (2400m) from the late Stone Age period. This is the highest point of our three days trekking in the mountains of Ugam Chatkal National Park. The spot opens up panoramic views of Chatkal Range and Chirchik valley. From the petroglyph site, we start descending to the south to scenic Nurekata valley. We will be camping in an open space along the riverbed of Nurekata (1400m).

Highest Altitude 2400m
Camping altitude 1400m
Distance 12 km, 6 hours, ascent 680m, descent 1000m


Day 3 - Nurekata valley – Shuldak village

Today we continue descending along the valley of Nurekata river abundant with juniper, walnut, and fruit trees until we reach the junction of the Aksakata and Nurekata rivers. On the way, we will see herds of sheep and horses in the mountain meadows. Occasionally one can see birds of prey flying high above the valley. Walking down through the valley we meet summer huts of nomadic shepherds where one can try Kymiz (fermented mares milk – the traditional drink of mountain people). Most of the shepherd families build their summer huts in the valley and stay there during the hot summer months.
Once we reach the junction of two rivers we continue heading down for about 1 hour along the valley of Aksakata river crossing a small pass before reaching the ending point of our trek – Shuldak village (1000m). Arriving in Shuldak village we will be met by our driver who transfers us to Tashkent (84km/1,5 -2 hours).

Highest Altitude 1400m
Distance 18 km, 8 hours, ascent 300m, descent 400m



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

    Group tour details

    The meeting point for this group tour is the parking lot of Uzbekistan Hotel (east of Amir Temur square, 41°18’39.0″N 69°16’57.0″E). You will be met by our mountain guide and the driver at the meeting point, our guide will be wearing clothing with Responsible Travel logo. Please make sure to arrive at 8:30 as our minibus starts to the mountains at 9:00.
    This group tour is booked by making advance payment using visa or master card, we will send the link once we receive your request.

    Tour Reviews

    5.00 based on 5 reviews
    20 August 2017

    The service was excellent. During all the trip, including the trip in the car, Nourredine and the driver, were ensuring that we were sufficiently hydrated and not hungry.
    The walking distance was well balanced between the days. During the most difficult part, Nourredine was really paying attention for our rest time.
    The landscapes were nice and the camp site was perfectly placed. The food was good and with discoveries.

    1 November 2017

    We booked two-day trips in Nuratau and Chimgan mountains by Responsible travel LLC. We were happy with everything Sherzod organized for us. We found the service and response to be excellent. Sherzod tailored the official published program according to our personal requirements. All pick ups and transfers were coordinated well and punctual. The guides and driver were friendly, spoke fluently English/Russian and provided helpful services and planning. We found both tours impressive. We have recommended our friends to get in touch with Responsible travel LLC, if they are going to visit Uzbekistan.
    Jana, Slovakia

    15 April 2018

    Dear Sherzod,
    Thank you for the nice tour in the Chimgan Mountains. We had an excellent time.
    Best regards
    Johanna & Norbert

    11 May 2018

    My boyfriend and I did the 3-day trekking in the Chimgan mountains, and we loved it. It is a beautiful trip and was definitely one of the highlights of our 3-weeks in Uzbekistan. The guide was very helpfull, and the food and service was great. Some parts were difficult but when we reached the top it was worth it! It was very cool to stay in the middle of nowhere, the stars at night are amazing! But bring warm clothes, as it can be pretty cold during the night!
    Thank you for the beautiful trip, we will definitely recommend a trekking in Uzbekistan with this organisation.

    25 September 2022

    We spend 6 days hiking in Nuratau Mountains (hiking tour to Hayat, Uhum and Asraf villages, yurt stay and Lake Aydarkul) and did a 3 days trekking tour in Chimgan Mountains in september 2022. Both trips were great and very well organized. As well as very different, we saw a lot of typical scenery and had a good impression of the life in the mountains. Always really good food, great quality and traditional dishes. Thanks a lot to our guides Nuriddin and Barlan and of course to our donkeys in Chimgan Mountains. All of them did a great job in difficult conditions! The price was really reasonable for this quality of individual trekking tour! We warmly recommand Responsible Travel for his trekking and hinking tours in the Mountains of Uzbekistan.

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